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Cranborne

The Dorset Historic Towns Project report on Cranborne.

The Historic Urban character of Cranborne is closely bound up with its landscape setting and the quality of its historic fabric. The medieval town plan survives nearly complete, and the location of the church and market are significant in terms of its medieval character. The manor house and gardens are of national historic and architectural significance. The built character of the central part of the former town reflects its urban history, whilst the northern and eastern fringes have a rural feel, reinforced by the passage of the chalk stream through Water Street.

Good survival of the historic layout is complemented by the large quantity of 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 Cranborne's urban character. The consistent use of local brick is a unifying feature within the town.

The large number of large mature trees within the town are a significant component of its character and provide many of the prominent landmarks. They provide a visual link with the surrounding woodlands and emphasise the sense of enclosure of the town.

Summary report

Here is a summary of the report (February 2011).

Detailed sections of the report

We have broken down the full report into individual sections, please select one of the parts to read:

Senior Archaeologist, Promotion and Liaison

Name: Claire Pinder
Email: c.j.pinder@dorsetcc.gov.uk
Tel: 01305 224921
Fax: 01305 224835
Full details for Senior Archaeologist, Promotion and Liaison

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