Estate agents in 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.
Property in Blandford
As previously mentioned the 'great fire of Blandford in 1731 largely shaped the town centre that is amazingly intact today, with many buildings remaining (externally at least) remarkably untouched from that period. With the arrival in 1860 of the railway in the town the growth of Blandford boomed with large scale (for the Victorian period) development seeing the arrival of many terraced Victorian cottages (and other Victorian buildings), largely in the area to the north of the (long demolished station), but also the neighbouring streets. The development effectively filling an area bounded by the two existing main roads of Salisbury Road & Damory Street. Later Edwardian development continued the expansion / creep of these areas.
Interwar development saw the town expand further when development was largely seen on the main routes through the town (Salisbury Road, Milldown Road, and St Leonards Avenue was also developed during this time.
During these times Blandford's population still remained relatively modest, between 1851 and 1891 Blandford's populated remained around 4000, this decreased to 3200 by 1921, increasing slowly until approx 1981 when in just a decade the population exploded to just under 8000 by 1991.
Blandford had relatively large scale council (or as we now call it Housing Association) houses being built to further extend the town Northwards, Elizabeth Road, Barnes Close, Hunt Road and various smaller roads off of.
The boom in population came with the development of what is referred to locally as the Bradley estate or Damory Down estate, when approximately 750 property were built. In the mid 1980's Blandford bypass was built, effectively diverting traffic from the busy A350 and A354 roads from travelling through the town centre. It is the bypass that has largely shaped the future growth of Blandford as infill development has now almost completely filled the majority of land before the bypass, Persimmon homes built a large site (known locally as Badbury Heights or less imaginatively the 'Persimmon estate') over several phases with phases 1 completing around 1999, phase two coming 2003 and phase 3 2009 - 2013, overall the development comprised approximately 470 houses were built.
With the town largely confined by the River Stour and the Bypass mainly developed, perhaps unsurprisingly plans have recently been submitted to develop the town further, perhaps a little perversely beyond he confines of the bypass, as we type development in Blandford St Mary have began to be occupied on a development by Bellway homes with their development named 'St Mary's Hill'. Wyatt Homes have plans currently being considered with will see a large scale development in an area to the North East of Blandford over a site covering 37.25 hectares, which if built will see approximately 600 new homes being built.
Blandford has an interesting mix of housing, with something to suit almost every taste. Given the size of the town there is normally a good supply of available properties both for sale and to let at any one time.
A stylish and modern two bedroom luxury ground floor apartment, with the added benefit of gas central heating, double glazing and secure underground parking. Available late...
A one bedroom retirement apartment situated on the second floor conveniently situated for the lift access without having to use any stairs. Property benefits from new carpets and...
A well presented one bedroom ground floor flat situated in close proximity to the town centre. The property benefits from an enclosed rear garden, gas central heating and UPVC...
Myself and my partner bought our first house using Forum and they made the process so much easier and relaxing! Martin helped us...Miss L - Sales Buyer
I would highly recommend Forum Sales & Lettings. The service was good excellent from beginning to end . They went above any beyond to do...Miss T - Sales Client
Forum Sales and Lettings couldn’t have done a better job with helping us purchase our house. Martin’s communication was second to...Miss R - Sales Buyer Review
Forum Sales & Lettings have provided us a consistent and outstanding service over the many years we have worked with them. They have made...Mr R - Sales & Lettings Client
Excellent Service both on the Rental side and the Sales side. A great team. Always very straightforward and helpful. Highly...Mr W - Sales & Lettings Client
Fantastic service start to finish , loads of help and great communication throughout purchase.
Ashley was extremely professional helping me to understand the local market for rental and sales as an investor. He went above and beyond...Mr B - Buy To Let Investor
Our thanks to Martin who did a great job in getting what proved to be a difficult transaction through He persistently responded when...Mrs L - Sales Client Buyer
Excellent service, when buying a property through this agent. Would highly recommend.... Mrs P - Sales Client Buyer
Martin was fantastic from start to finish with the sale of our flat. He kept us informed at every stage and provided advice when needed....Mrs K - Sales Vendor
Forum have let my flat twice in the last couple of years and I've found them to be very supportive and approachable throughout the...Mr W - Lettings Client
I was completely new to letting and visited several letting agents in our area. The...Mrs E - Lettings Client
We have bought 2 properties through Forum during a 12 month period August 20 to August 21.
To say we are pleased with the service...
Forum Sales and Lettings used creative marketing and excellent customer service to sell my flat. It had been on the market with another...Mrs R - Sales Vendor
We employed Forum Sales & Lettings to sell my parents house as they wished to downsize and relocate to
We had a particularly 'trying' purchase and the team at Forum sales were always hugely helpful and endlessly patient. They did everything...Miss S - Sales Vendor
Forum Sales & Lettings have managed my property since 2008.
Each tenant they found for me was always a good one. They used...Mr B - Sales & Lettings Client
The service we received was excellent. Ashley and the team really delivered and found us excellent tenants... Mr L - Lettings Client
Ashley Babbs was first class. Friendly and gave us good advice very professional I would use then again if I was to buy or sell again... Mr J - Sales Buyer Review
Everyone in the team at Forum Sales & Lettings were really lovely and helpful with the sale of our property.
Professional service from Martin and Ashley. Use an eye catching old style black and white picture of property on right move etc to make...Mr R - Sales Vendor
Having recently Let our property through Forum Sales & Lettings we cannot thank them enough. We dealt with Lynsey throughout the process...Mr N - Landlord
We bought a house marketed through Forum. From our first appointment right through to completion and picking up the keys, Martin and his...Mr W - Sales Buyer Review
Thank you Lynsey for your letting support – we really value your wealth of knowledge, expertise and your prompt and professional 'can...Mrs H - Lettings Client
Martin and Ashley at forum sales were a great help through-out the process of me purchasing my first house - a 2 bed semi-detached...Mr L - Sales Buyer Review
I sold my house with Forum Sales & Lettings and had a truly positive experience. Their communication was excellent (dealt mainly with...Mrs E - Sales Client
Thank you so much to Ashley and Martin for all their time. Very professional and would highly recommend. Our house previously was on for...Miss L - Sales Client
Have just sold our property with Forum. Predominantly Martin dealt with the sale, and Ashley a little. It's been a long winded...Mrs S - Sales Client
Excellent, very professional and friendly service. Martin and Ashley were very efficient and kept me
updated throughout the...
Ashley, Martin and the team have worked tirelessly to assist us in selling 2 properties, having let one of them for us for many years. As...Mr S - Sales & Lettings Client
I dealt mainly with Martin. They have been very accommodating throughout the process - as my husband and I visited the property often (it...Mrs N - Sales Client
I have dealt with Forum Sales and Lettings before both for a property purchase and for a property sale and was very impressed with the...Ms E - Sales & Lettings Client
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