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Dorchester is a beautiful English town in Dorset that dates back to pre-Roman times.

As well as its brewing industry, Dorchester relies on toursim and is a welcoming and friendly town to visit and stay.

ŠJohn Mead

Dorchester, history and present-day details

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The beautiful English town of Dorchester goes back in history to Roman times at around 40AD. The Maunbury Rings, a stone circle, provides evidence that people were living in the Dorchester area prior to this time.

The Romans bought their knowledge and taught their skills of building uniform buildings in stone, replacing many wooden & wattle buildings. An aqueduct was built to carry water to the developing town, where the occupants would have bathed in public baths. The Maumbury Rings was an ideal foundation which later supported an amphitheatre.

By 400AD stone walls encircled the town to protect it against attack. However, subsequent invasions by the Saxons put Roman civilisations into decline.

What happened next is uncertain. It seems that people abandoned the Dorchester area and then, after many years, started to work the land once more. By 1066, the Norman Conquest, the population stood at less than 1000 inhabitants, so it remained a small yet busy market town.

The town continued to grow to a population of about 1,700 by the end of the 18th century and today, about 16,000.

Dorchester is known in particular for its brewing industry, which followed a declining wool industry. It is also known for the plight of the six Tolpuddle Martyrs who were tried and sent to Australia for trying to form a union for farm workers. They were pardoned two years later, such was the outcry.

Dorchester remains a beautiful town to visit and has plenty to offer. You will be welcome at the many guest houses and hotels and you can enjoy fine dining at the abundance of traditional restaurants and cafes.

ŠJohn Mead

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