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Situated on the river Frome, twenty miles west of Poole, Dorchester, the bustling county town of Dorset, is an important market town and shopping centre, with a population of around 16,000 and serving a wide area. The town dates back to Roman times and its roads follow the route of the early Roman roads. Dorset County Museum has a good collection of Roman artefacts. In addition, Dorchester is connected to London and Southampton by the South Western main railway line and to Bristol via the Wessex line. Dorchester incorporates the village of Poundbury, built to the west on the site of the old Roman camp on Duchy of Cornwall land. The town was also home to Thomas Hardy, who based the fictional town of Casterbridge on Dorchester. Maumbury Rings, to the south of the town, is the site of a Stone Age circle and Roman amphitheatre. The map below shows the features of the town, its streets and houses as they were in the mid twentieth century. Click on a selected area of the map to see an enlargement.

 Dorchester Town Map

Map of Dorchester

Old map of the town of Dorchester circa 1950

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Dorchester Map

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