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Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington)

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Where is Dorchester, Dorset, England? 

Dorchester is a market town in southern central Dorset, England, on the River Frome at the junction of the A35 and A37 roads, 20 miles (32 km) west of Poole and 8 miles (13 km) north of Weymouth. In 2001 the town had a population of 16,171 and a catchment population of approximately 40,000. There were 7,386 dwellings in 2001 and 205 shops in 1991. Dorchester has been the county town of Dorset since 1305.

Fordington is a part of the town of Dorchester, Dorset; originally a separate village, it has now become a suburb.wikipedia



Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) -
Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington)

Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) -
Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington)

Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) -
Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington)


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1563 - Dorchester is struck by plague
During this period Dorchester remained a small market town. In 1500 it was said to have 260 houses, ...Read MORE...

1579 - The plague returns

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1595 - Plague strikes Dorchester again

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1610 - Dorchester is given a charter
In 1610 Dorchester was given a charter (a document granting the townspeople certain rights and...Read MORE...

1613 - Dorchester is badly damaged by fire
In 1613 Dorchester suffered a severe fire, which destroyed much of the town. There were other less...Read MORE...

1625 - Trinity School is founded
There was a school in Dorchester in the Middle Ages but it was refounded as a grammar school in...Read MORE...

1630 - The charter is renewed

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1643 - During the Civil War royalists capture Dorchester
In 1642 came civil war between king and parliament. Dorchester was a hotbed of Puritanism and so...Read MORE...

1685 - Following a failed rebellion 312 people are tried in Dorchester and 13 are executed in the town.
In 1685 a rebellion broke out in South-western England led by the Duke of Monmouth. However the...Read MORE...

1700 - Dorchester has a population of about 1,700. The old wool industry is in decline.
During the 16th and 17th centuries the old wool industry continued in Dorchester but in the 18th...Read MORE...

1916
Dorchester, a municipal borough of England, capital of Dorsetshire, on the Frome, 8 miles N. of...Read MORE...

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