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Sherborne - historic towns survey

The Dorset Historic Towns Project report on Sherborne.

The historic urban character of Sherborne is closely bound up with its distinctive landscape setting and the quality of its historic fabric, as well as its richly-documented history. The late Saxon and medieval town plan survives almost complete, and the associated post-medieval streetscapes are largely intact. The location of the Abbey and historic town centre are also significant in terms of landscape setting, sitting as they do, just above the open meadows of the Yeo floodplain.

Good survival of the historic town structure is complemented by many historic buildings. The survival in the historic core of many unbroken groups of buildings, with little disruption from modern development, is a major factor which highlights the contribution made by historic elements to Sherborne'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, 192kb) (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, 460kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 3 and 4 Context and sources (pdf, 500kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 5.1 Historical development - Saxon (pdf, 324kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 5.2 Historical development - Norman (pdf, 300kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 5.3 Historical development - Medieval (pdf, 378kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 5.4 Historical development - Post-medieval (pdf, 487kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 5.5 Historical development - Late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (pdf, 727kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 5.6 Historical development - Early twentieth century (pdf, 322kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 5.7 Historical development - Later twentieth century (pdf, 385kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Character appraisal (pdf, 343kb) (opens in a new window)

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

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 2 Newland, Hound Street and Long Street (pdf, 892kb) (opens in a new window)

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

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 4 Castleton (pdf, 575kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 5 Westbury (pdf, 614kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 6 Horsecastles and Barton (pdf, 775kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 7 Lenthay (pdf, 715kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 8 Nethercombe and Clatcombe (pdf, 691kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 9 North East Sherborne Housing Estates (pdf, 542kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 10 Riverside Industrial and Commercial Area (pdf, 693kb) (opens in a new window)

Part 7 Research and appendices (pdf, 229kb) (opens in a new window)

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