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Charmouth - historic towns survey

The Dorset Historic Towns Project report on Charmouth.

Charmouth's local distinctiveness is derived from the relationship between its plan layout, plot structure, historic buildings and its landscape setting. The layout and extent of the original planned medieval town can be traced on the ground today, and has had a strong influence on the development of individual plots in the town, particularly in its northern part.

The built environment exerts a strong influence on the historic urban character, with the frontage of the main street composed largely of historic buildings with relatively little intrusion from modern development. There is a strong contribution from late Regency and early Victorian houses and cottages throughout the town, punctuated by a number of older houses and cottages which add additional variety and interest to the built environment.

Here is a summary (pdf, 183kb) (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, 538kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 3 and 4 Context and sources (pdf, 555kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 5 Historical development (pdf, 917kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Character appraisal (pdf, 376kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 1 (pdf, 691kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 2 (pdf, 535kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 3 (pdf, 657kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 4 (pdf, 541kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 7 Research and appendices (pdf, 248kb) (opens in a new window)

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