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Blandford Forum - historic towns survey

The Dorset Historic Towns Project report on Blandford Forum.

The historic urban character of Blandford Forum is closely bound up with its distinctive landscape setting and the quality of its historic fabric, as well as the preservation of its medieval layout. The medieval town plan retains distinctive burgage plots into which the distinctive coherent Georgian streetscape has been fitted.

The wide sweep of the river Stour and its associated wooded cliffs and broad meadows, coupled with post-medieval bridges, set the scene on the town approaches. This green swathe, so close to the medieval town centre, also provides a suitable backdrop to the Georgian design, underscores its local setting and emphasises links with the surrounding landscape. Victorian and later suburbs and industrial buildings around the fringes of the medieval town testify to the Blandford's more recent expansion.

Here is a summary (pdf, 204kb) (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, 498kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 3 and 4 Context and sources (pdf, 482kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 5.1 Historical development - Medieval (pdf, 374kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 5.2 Historical development - Post-medieval (pdf, 438kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 5.3 Historical development - Victorian-Edwardian (pdf, 428kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 5.4 and 5.5 Historical development - Inter-war and modern (pdf, 740kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Character appraisal (pdf, 436kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 1 The medieval town (pdf, 649kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 2 Salisbury Street (pdf, 655kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 3 Milldown Road (pdf, 580kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 4 Railway suburb (pdf, 886kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 5 North and East Blandford (pdf, 767kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 6 Blandford St Mary (pdf, 651kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 7 Research and appendices (pdf, 199kb) (opens in a new window)

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