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Sturminster Newton - historic towns survey

The Dorset Historic Towns Project report on Sturminster Newton.

The historic urban character of Sturminster Newton is closely bound up with the town's distinctive landscape setting and the quality of its historic fabric. The medieval town plan survives virtually complete and the associated streetscapes are largely intact.

The surviving plan elements of Sturminster's market reflect the importance of rural commerce to the town. Large scale modern development has been limited to the northern part of the historic town. The landscape setting of the town is fundamental to its character. In particular, its containment within a wide bend of the Stour and its relationship with Newton on the opposite bank.

Here is a summary (pdf, 222kb) (opens in a new window) and the full report (February 2011) is below. We would welcome your comments. Please send any feedback to the Senior Archaeologist (Promotion and Liaison).

Part 1 and 2 Introduction and overview (pdf, 461kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 3 and 4 Context and sources (pdf, 446kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 5.1 and 5.2 Historical development - Saxon and medieval (pdf, 646kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 5.3 to 5.5 Post-medieval to modern (pdf, 969kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Character appraisal (pdf, 407kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 1 The Minster (pdf, 546kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 2 The Town Centre (pdf, 638kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 3 The Western Fringe (pdf, 651kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 4 The Railway and Butts Pond Industrial Estate (pdf, 581kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 5 North East Sturminster Housing Estates (pdf, 516kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 7 Research and appendices (pdf, 215kb) (opens in a new window)

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