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Shaftesbury, situated atop the 700 foot high plateau overlooking Blackmoor Vale, is the only hilltop town in Dorset. Thomas Hardy, in his Wessex novels, refers to the town as Shaston, which was its original name. The ruined Abbey dates from AD 981. The town’s museum stands at the top of the cobbled Gold Hill. The map below shows the features of the town of Shaftsbury as it was in the mid twentieth century. Click on a selected area of the map below to see an enlargement.

 Shaftesbury Town Map

Map of Shaftesbury

Old map of the town of Shaftesbury circa 1950

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