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The market town of Blandford Forum sited on the banks of the River Stour, the town famous for its Georgian architecture. The town was devastated by the what is known as the 'Great Fire of Blandford' in 1731, it is thought that 90% of the town centre's...
Blandford St Mary is a village adjacent to the town of Blandford Forum which is divided by the River Stour. The village is home to the Hall and Woodhouse Brewery & their famous Badger Beers, the firm dates back to 1777 and is now a well-known brand with hundreds of...
Bryanston is a delightful, much sought-after village situated on the River Stour, 1 mile west of Blandford Forum.In the 1890s the Portman family built a large country house, designed by Richard Norman Shaw and set in 400 acres (160 ha). Since 1927 the building has...
Charlton Marshall is a small village situated just 2 miles from Blandford Forum built up around the A350 road, the village offers convenient commutes to Poole, Bournemouth, Dorchester and Salisbury. According to the 2011 census the village is made up of 513 dwellings...
Child Okeford is a village in the county of Dorset, 3 miles east of the small town of Sturminster Newton and 6 miles north of Blandford Forum. The village lies downstream from Sturminster, along the River Stour, which passes half a mile west of the village.To the...
Durweston is a small village of 385 residents (Census 2011) that lies 2 miles North of Blandford heading out along the road to Sturminster Newton.Although small in size, Durweston is home to two educational resources, the local village school, Durweston Primary School...
Iwerne Minster is a large village which lies on the edge of the Blackmore Vale, approximately midway between the Anglo-Saxon town of Shaftesbury (7 miles) and Georgian town of Blandford Forum (7 miles). The A350 main road between those towns passes through the edge...
Milborne St Andrew is a village situated on the A354 road, 9 miles northeast of the county town Dorchester and 10 miles west of Blandford Forum, in a winterbourne valley on the dip slope of the Dorset Downs. In the 2011 census the parish had 472 dwellings,...
Milton Abbas is a beautiful village located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Dorset and renowned locally for the picturesque ‘chocolate-box’ cottages with their cob walls and thatched roofs that line ‘The Street’ and have done so since the 1770’s....
Set in the heart of North Dorset and situated within the Blackmore Vale, Okeford Fitzpaine, is surrounded by beautiful countryside. The village is situated 3 miles south of Sturminster Newton, and 7 miles north west of Blandford Forum.In 2015 it was noted that...
Pimperne is a village off the A354, 2 miles (3 kilometres) North-East of its closest town Blandford Forum.The first records of Pimperne go back to the Domesday Book in the late 11th century, but it is believed that the village goes back to Anglo-Saxon times....
The historic village of Shillingstone lies approximately 5 miles North West of Blandford Forum, and is noted in the 1806 Doomesday Book, with a small-scale settlement of just 46 households. Originally named Shilling Okeford, it forms one of the arms of The Three...
Shroton, also known as Iwerne Courtney, is a pretty and peaceful village that lies approximately 5 miles north-west of Blandford Forum (its closest town) and approximately 7 miles south of Shaftesbury. It is situated by the River Iwerne between Hambledon Hill and the...
Spetisbury is pretty little village built up in a predominantly linear pattern along the banks of the River Stour and the A350 road, according to the 2011 census the village was made up of just 224 homes.Spetisbury is a village steeped in history, overlooked by the...
Stourpaine is a modest size village situated approximately 2 & ½ miles North West of Blandford Forum. The village straddles the A350 which appears to have structured the villages growth with the houses to the western side of the road generally being older housing stock...
Tarrant Keyneston is a small village forming part of a group of eight villages (and hamlets) know collectively as the Tarrant Valley, Tarrant Keyneston is the largest of the villages in the Tarrant Valley. The villages take their name from the small 7.5 mile long River...
Winterborne Kingston is a village in Dorset approximately 7 miles south of Blandford Forum and approximately 2 miles north of Bere Regis.The 2011 census reported a population of 643 residents across 282 households.The village has a primary school (Dunbury Church of...
Winterborne Whitechruch is a village off the A354 which is approximately 5 miles (8 kilometres) South-West of its closest town Blandford Forum. The northern part of the village is within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.According to the 2011 census the...