Welcome to Blandford Forum
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 buildings were destroyed in the fire. It is the fire that we have to thank for the beautiful Georgian architecture, which gave the town the opportunity to almost be completely rebuilt.
Only a handful of town centre buildings survived the fire, perhaps the most famous being 'The Old House' (believed to be built between 1650 - 1670), one of several Grade I listed buildings (the others all being built after the fire of 1731). The town centre has a plethora of Grade II and Grade II* listed buildings, including our own office in Salisbury Street.
According to the 2011 census the town had a population of 10325, the 1981 census gave a population of less than 4000 so you can see the growth the town has experienced over the years, in the early 1980's the sizeable and ever-popular Damory Down development was built. Blandford is a popular location given its easy commute to several major towns / cities, with Poole, Bournemouth, Dorchester and Salisbury.
Common questions about Blandford...
How big is Blandford?
According to Dorset County Council the towns estimated population in 2013 was 10610. Roughly measured the town covers approx 1.4 square miles. The town is enclosed by the A350 Blandford Bypass to the North and East and the River Stour to the South and West.
What shops are there in Blandford?
Blandford has a plethora of independent businesses and larger chains based in the town. National brands include Screwfix and Toolstation, situated on one of the towns industrial estates, Blandford is well served for supermarkets with a Lidl, Morrisons, Iceland, Marks and Spencer and just across the river in Blandford St Mary, a Tesco. Blandford St Mary is also home to a Homebase.
Looking at the town centre itself businesses and shops include an M & Co, Specsavers, Domino's, Subway, Costa, Reeves, Clarks, Super Book, Two Boot's, Hays Travel and a Holland & Barrett. Banks & Building Societies include Nationwide, HSBC, Natwest, Lloyds and a small Yorkshire Building Society office.