Dorset’s towns are the fortunate survivors of a once much larger number of urban settlements. Bere Regis, Cerne Abbas, Charmouth, Corfe Castle, Cranborne, Milton Abbas, Stalbridge – all once were towns, with markets and fairs, even MPs, yet none today is much more than a large village. The story of Dorset’s towns and coastal ports spans 2000 years, from Roman Dorchester to Victorian Bournemouth. Some, like the Nova Villa on the shores of Poole Harbour, were doomed from the start. Others owe their success to the patronage of the crown or arrival of the railway. Trade, religion, war, plague, fire and flood have shaped their streets and the lives of their inhabitants.
138mm x 204mm
Black and white illustrations throughout