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"Dor/ chester (anc. Durnovaria, and Durinum; Saxon, Dornceaster, probably a corruption of Durini Castra, i.e., the “Station of Durinum”), a town of England, capital of Dorset, on the Frome, at a railway junction, 8 miles N. of Weymouth, and 140 miles by rail S.W. of London. It is sur rounded by fine avenues, and handsomely built, the poorer edifices being confined to the adjoining village, Fordington. It has 3 churches (one of which—St. Peter's—is an ancient structure, containing some curious monuments), a grammar school, several ancient poor's hospitals, a county hospital, workhouse, a handsome town hall with market-house, shire hall, county jail and house of correction, barracks, theatre, banks, and several interesting Roman remains, including traces of the ancient walls. In the close vicinity of the town are two entrenched stations, and the amphitheatre of Maumbury, the most perfect in the kingdom. Dorchester has a flourishing retail trade, breweries, and large fairs for sheep and lambs. Pop. in 1891, 7946."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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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, which probably gave it a population of around... Read MORE...

  • 1579 - The plague returns dorchestertime.html
  • 1595 - Plague strikes Dorchester again dorchestertime.html
  • 1610 - Dorchester is given a charter
    In 1610 Dorchester was given a charter (a document granting the townspeople certain rights and reforming local government). Dorchester was given... 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 serious fires in Dorchester in 1622, 1725, 1737... 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 1567. Trinity school was founded in 1625. dorchestertime.html
  • 1630 - The charter is renewed dorchestertime.html
  • 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 supported parliament. Attempts were made to fortify... 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 rebellion was crushed. 'Hanging Judge' Jeffreys then... 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 century it died out due to competition with northern ... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Dorchester, a municipal borough of England, capital of Dorsetshire, on the Frome, 8 miles N. of Weymouth and 115 miles SW. of London. One of its... Read MORE...

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