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Dorset place-names

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Full name Dorset
Abbreviation Dor
Coordinates 50.833333333333, -2.3333333333333
Area (1891) 2558.714 km2[1]
Population (1891) 194517[2]
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Localities named after Robin Hood (or members of his band) in Dorset. Click locality marker for link to page. Historical county boundary coordinates provided by the Historic Counties Trust.

"Transport","Area","Public house",

"16th","19th","20th",

"Robin Hood name","Robin Hood name","Robin Hood name",

"Defunct","Defunct","Extant",

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2014-08-18. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-07-24.

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County description

The Historic Counties Trust describes Dorset as follows:

Dorset is a Wessex county of chalk downs, a charming coast and the home of the stately and rural life lovingly captured in the novels of Thomas Hardy, a Dorset man, and before him by the Rev. William Barnes. The downs reach a height of over 900 feet in the west. Dorset's farmland and the look it has bequeathed to the landscape has thankfully been little touched by excessive modern development. The limestone cliffs of the Dorset coast are rich in nature and in other ways; "Purbeck marble", Portland stone, and from the cliffs of Lyme Regis innumerable dinosaur fossils. Chesil Beach, a unique pebble bank runs some eight miles to the Isle of Portland, projecting into the English Channel south from Weymouth. Weymouth and Poole Harbour are top yachting havens. Poole Harbour, a great island-studded inlet between Purbeck and the town of Poole, is one of the largest natural harbours in the world. Dorchester is a confident market town. The rest of the county is a landscape of farmland and villages with smaller historic towns.

Main Towns: Abbotsbury, Bridport, Dorchester, Gillingham, Lyme Regis, Poole, Portland, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Herbourne, Swanage, Weymouth.
Main Rivers: Axe, Frome, Stour.
Highlights: Brownsea Island; Cerne Abbas Giant; Chesil Beach and Portland Bill; Durdle Door; Lulworth Cove; Maiden Castle.
Highest Point: Lewesdon Hill, 278.89 m.
Area: 2538.19 km2[3]

Chronology

16th Century

1 Robin Hood-related place-name first documented in the 16th century.

19th Century

1 Robin Hood-related place-name first documented in the 19th century.

20th Century

1 Robin Hood-related place-name first documented in the 20th century.

All localities

3 Place-names and localities.

List and Gazetters

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