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Shaftesbury - historic towns survey

The Dorset Historic Towns Project report on Shaftesbury.

The historic urban character of Shaftesbury is closely bound up with its distinctive landscape setting and the quality of its historic fabric, as well as its significant early history. Shaftesbury's dramatic hilltop setting and spectacular views are major elements in the its distinctiveness. The late Saxon and medieval town plan survives virtually complete, but the area of the Alfredian burh has largely lost its earlier settlement pattern. Most later suburban development has taken place outside the historic core to the east of the town.

Good survival of the historic town structure is complemented by a large number of historic buildings. The existence of many unbroken groups of historic buildings, with little disruption from modern development, is a major factor which highlights the contribution made by historic elements to Shaftesbury's urban character. The harmonious use of local building materials helps underscore its local setting and emphasises the linkage with the surrounding landscape.

Here is a summary (pdf, 202kb) (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, 585kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 3 and 4 Context and sources (pdf, 479kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 5.1 Historical analysis - Saxon (pdf, 400kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 5.2 Historical analysis - Medieval (pdf, 394kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 5.3 Historical analysis - Post-medieval (pdf, 429kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 5.4 Historical analysis - Nineteenth and early twentieth century (pdf, 405kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 5.5 Historical analysis - Inter war period (pdf, 331kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 5.6 Historical analysis - Post war period (pdf, 460kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Character appraisal (pdf, 461kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 1 Bimport (pdf, 615kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 2 Shaftesbury Town Centre (pdf, 808kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 3 St James (pdf, 616kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 4 Barton Hill and Cockram's Field (pdf, 791kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 5 Layton Lane (pdf, 687kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 6 Cann (pdf, 612kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 7 Enmore Green (pdf, 708kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 8 East of Christy's Lane (pdf, 979kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 7 Research and appendices (pdf, 223kb) (opens in a new window)

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