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AFC Bournemouth is a professional football club in Bournemouth, Dorset, that plays in the Premier League, the top tier of the English football league system.
The A303 is a trunk road in southern England, running between Basingstoke in Hampshire and Honiton in Devon via Stonehenge.
The A31 is a major trunk road in southern England that runs from Guildford in Surrey to Bere Regis in Dorset.
The A338 is a major primary route in southern England, that runs from the junction with the A35 at Poole in Dorset to the junction with the A420 at Besselsleigh in Oxfordshire, a distance of.
The A35 is a road in southern England, connecting Honiton in Devon and Southampton in Hampshire.
The A350 is a north-south primary route in southern England, that runs from the M4 motorway in Wiltshire to Poole in Dorset.
The A354 is a primary route in England which runs from Salisbury in Wiltshire to Easton on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, a total distance of.
The A37 is a major road in south west England.
Academy schools are state-funded schools in England which are directly funded by the Department for Education and independent of local authority control.
Adber (formerly Eatan) is a hamlet in Dorset, England.
Administrative counties were a level of subnational division of England used for the purposes of local government from 1889 to 1974.
An air show, (or airshow, air fair, air tattoo) is a public event where aircraft are exhibited.
AirportWatch is an environmental group which campaigns for sustainable air transport through reduction or redistribution of demand, determined by either timing or location (Demand Management approach).
Aldhelm (c. 63925 May 709), Abbot of Malmesbury Abbey, Bishop of Sherborne, Latin poet and scholar of Anglo-Saxon literature, was born before the middle of the 7th century.
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle is a collection of annals in Old English chronicling the history of the Anglo-Saxons.
The Anglo-Saxons were a people who inhabited Great Britain from the 5th century.
The terms anno Domini (AD) and before Christ (BC) are used to label or number years in the Julian and Gregorian calendars.
Arable land (from Latin arabilis, "able to be plowed") is, according to one definition, land capable of being ploughed and used to grow crops.
In language, an archaism (from the ἀρχαϊκός, archaïkós, 'old-fashioned, antiquated', ultimately ἀρχαῖος, archaîos, 'from the beginning, ancient') is the use of a form of speech or writing that is no longer current or that is current only within a few special contexts.
An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is an area of countryside in England, Wales or Northern Ireland which has been designated for conservation due to its significant landscape value.
Arts University Bournemouth (abbreviated AUB) is a further and higher education university based in Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom, specialising in art, performance, design, and media.
An astronomical clock is a clock with special mechanisms and dials to display astronomical information, such as the relative positions of the sun, moon, zodiacal constellations, and sometimes major planets.
Athelhampton (also known as Admiston or Adminston) is a settlement and civil parish in Dorset, England, situated in the West Dorset administrative district approximately east of Dorchester.
BAE Systems plc is a British multinational defence, security, and aerospace company.
Bagber is a hamlet in the county of Dorset in southern England, situated about west and northwest of Sturminster Newton in the North Dorset administrative district.
John (ca 1688–1770) and William Bastard (ca 1689–1766) were British surveyor-architects, and civic dignitaries of the town of Blandford Forum in Dorset.
The Battle of the Somme (Bataille de la Somme, Schlacht an der Somme), also known as the Somme Offensive, was a battle of the First World War fought by the armies of the British Empire and France against the German Empire.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster.
BBC News is an operational business division of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) responsible for the gathering and broadcasting of news and current affairs.
Beaminster is a small town and civil parish in Dorset, England, situated in the West Dorset administrative district approximately northwest of the county town Dorchester.
Bere Regis) is a village and civil parish in the Purbeck district of Dorset, England, situated north-west of Wareham. In the 2011 census the civil parish had a population of 1,745. The village has one shop, a post office and two pubs, The Royal Oak and The Drax Arms. The parish church is St. John the Baptist Church. The village features in the Domesday Book.
The Bishop of Sherborne is an episcopal title which takes its name from the market town of Sherborne in Dorset, England.
The Black Death, also known as the Great Plague, the Black Plague, or simply the Plague, was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, resulting in the deaths of an estimated people in Eurasia and peaking in Europe from 1347 to 1351.
The Black Death was a bubonic plague pandemic, which reached England in June 1348.
The Blackmore Vale (less commonly spelt Blackmoor) is a vale, or wide valley, in north Dorset, and to a lesser extent south Somerset and southwest Wiltshire in southern England.
Blandford Camp is a military base comprising some 390 hectares of downland lying 2 miles (3 km) north-east of Blandford Forum in the county of Dorset in southern England.
Blandford Forum, commonly Blandford, is a market town in the North Dorset district of Dorset, England, sited by the River Stour about northwest of Poole.
The Bloody Assizes were a series of trials started at Winchester on 25 August 1685 in the aftermath of the Battle of Sedgemoor, which ended the Monmouth Rebellion in England.
A boarding school provides education for pupils who live on the premises, as opposed to a day school.
Bokerley Dyke (or Bokerley Ditch) is a Romano-British defensive dyke long in north east Dorset, England, near the villages of Woodyates and Pentridge.
A borough is an administrative division in various English-speaking countries.
Bournemouth is a large coastal resort town on the south coast of England to the east of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site, long.
The Bournemouth Air Festival is an annual air show held along the coast at Bournemouth, in Dorset, England.
Bournemouth Airport (previously known as Hurn Airport and Bournemouth International Airport) is an airport located north-northeast of Bournemouth, in southern England.
The Bournemouth and Poole College (BPC) is a well established educational provider which delivers further education, higher education and community based courses in Bournemouth and in Poole on the south coast of England.
Bournemouth Borough Council is the local authority of Bournemouth in Dorset, England.
The Bournemouth Daily Echo, commonly known as the Daily Echo (a.k.a. the Bournemouth Echo), is a local newspaper that covers the area of southeast Dorset, England, including the towns of Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch.
Bournemouth East is a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
The Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, Dorset, was opened in September 1984.
The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is an English orchestra with a remit to serve the South and South West of England.
Bournemouth University (abbreviated BU) is a public university in Bournemouth, Dorset, England, with its main campus situated in neighbouring Poole.
Bournemouth West is a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council will be the unitary local authority for the district of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole that is to come into being on 1 April 2019.
Bovington Camp is a British Army military base in Dorset, England.
BP plc (stylised as bp), formerly British Petroleum, is a British multinational oil and gas company headquartered in London, England.
Bridport is a market town in Dorset, England, inland from the English Channel near the confluence of the River Brit and its tributary the Asker.
Bristol is a city and county in South West England with a population of 456,000.
The Bristol Post is a regional daily newspaper covering news in the city of Bristol, including stories from the whole of Greater Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
The British Armed Forces, also known as Her/His Majesty's Armed Forces, are the military services responsible for the defence of the United Kingdom, its overseas territories and the Crown dependencies.
The British Geological Survey (BGS) is a partly publicly-funded body which aims to advance geoscientific knowledge of the United Kingdom landmass and its continental shelf by means of systematic surveying, monitoring and research.
British History Online is a digital library of primary and secondary sources on medieval and modern history of Great Britain and Ireland.
The British Museum, located in the Bloomsbury area of London, United Kingdom, is a public institution dedicated to human history, art and culture.
Brittany Ferries is a French shipping company that operates a fleet of ferries and cruiseferries between France and United Kingdom, Ireland, and Spain, and between United Kingdom and Spain.
The Bronze Age is a historical period characterized by the use of bronze, and in some areas proto-writing, and other early features of urban civilization.
Brownsea Island (also archaically known as Branksea) is the largest of the islands in Poole Harbour in the county of Dorset, England.
The Byzantine Revival (also referred to as Neo-Byzantine) was an architectural revival movement, most frequently seen in religious, institutional and public buildings.
The Cabinet Office is a department of the Government of the United Kingdom responsible for supporting the Prime Minister and Cabinet of the United Kingdom.
Caen (Norman: Kaem) is a commune in northwestern France.
Calcareous grassland (or alkaline grassland) is an ecosystem associated with thin basic soil, such as that on chalk and limestone downland.
Cambridge County Geographies is a book series published by Cambridge University Press.
Cambridge University Press (CUP) is the publishing business of the University of Cambridge.
Camp Bestival is a British music festival, the "little sister" of Bestival, both organised by BBC Radio 1 DJ Rob Da Bank.
Canford School is a coeducational independent school for day and boarding pupils.
A cathedra (Latin, "chair", from Greek, καθέδρα kathédra, "seat") or bishop's throne is the seat of a bishop.
The term Cavalier was first used by Roundheads as a term of abuse for the wealthier Royalist supporters of King Charles I and his son Charles II of England during the English Civil War, the Interregnum, and the Restoration (1642 – c. 1679).
The Britons, also known as Celtic Britons or Ancient Britons, were Celtic people who inhabited Great Britain from the British Iron Age into the Middle Ages, at which point their culture and language diverged into the modern Welsh, Cornish and Bretons (among others).
The ceremonial counties, also referred to as the lieutenancy areas of England, are areas of England to which a Lord Lieutenant is appointed.
Cerne Abbey was a Benedictine monastery founded in 987 in the town now called Cerne Abbas, Dorset, by Æthelmær the Stout.
A chained library is a library where the books are attached to their bookcase by a chain, which is sufficiently long to allow the books to be taken from their shelves and read, but not removed from the library itself.
Chaldon Herring or East Chaldon is a village and civil parish in the English county of Dorset, situated within the Purbeck administrative district about south-east of the county town Dorchester.
Chalk is a soft, white, porous, sedimentary carbonate rock, a form of limestone composed of the mineral calcite.
Chalk streams are streams that flow through chalk hills towards the sea.
The Channel Islands (Norman: Îles d'la Manche; French: Îles Anglo-Normandes or Îles de la Manche) are an archipelago in the English Channel, off the French coast of Normandy.
Charborough House, also known as Charborough Park, is a grade I listed building, the manor house of the ancient manor of Charborough.
Chardstock is a village and civil parish located on the eastern border of Devon, England off the A358 road between Chard and Axminster.
Charles, Prince of Wales (Charles Philip Arthur George; born 14 November 1948) is the heir apparent to the British throne as the eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre is based in the upstairs floor of a long-disused cement factory on the foreshore of Charmouth in Dorset, England.
The use of toxic chemicals as weapons dates back thousands of years, but the first large scale use of chemical weapons was during World War I. They were primarily used to demoralize, injure, and kill entrenched defenders, against whom the indiscriminate and generally very slow-moving or static nature of gas clouds would be most effective.
Cherbourg-Octeville is a city and former commune situated at the northern end of the Cotentin peninsula in the northwestern French department of Manche.
Chesil Beach, sometimes called Chesil Bank, in Dorset, southern England is one of three major shingle structures in Britain.
Christchurch is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Sir Christopher Chope of the Conservative Party.
Christchurch Harbour is a natural harbour in the county of Dorset, on the south coast of England named after the nearby town of Christchurch.
Christchurch Priory is an ecclesiastical parish and former priory church in Christchurch in the English county of Dorset (formerly in Hampshire).
Christchurch is a town and borough on the south coast of England.
Sir Christopher Wren PRS FRS (–) was an English anatomist, astronomer, geometer, and mathematician-physicist, as well as one of the most highly acclaimed English architects in history.
The Church of England (C of E) is the state church of England.
The Church of St Candida and Holy Cross is an Anglican church in Whitchurch Canonicorum, Dorset, England.
A Cistercian is a member of the Cistercian Order (abbreviated as OCist, SOCist ((Sacer) Ordo Cisterciensis), or ‘’’OCSO’’’ (Ordo Cisterciensis Strictioris Observantiae), which are religious orders of monks and nuns. They are also known as “Trappists”; as Bernardines, after the highly influential St. Bernard of Clairvaux (though that term is also used of the Franciscan Order in Poland and Lithuania); or as White Monks, in reference to the colour of the "cuccula" or white choir robe worn by the Cistercians over their habits, as opposed to the black cuccula worn by Benedictine monks. The original emphasis of Cistercian life was on manual labour and self-sufficiency, and many abbeys have traditionally supported themselves through activities such as agriculture and brewing ales. Over the centuries, however, education and academic pursuits came to dominate the life of many monasteries. A reform movement seeking to restore the simpler lifestyle of the original Cistercians began in 17th-century France at La Trappe Abbey, leading eventually to the Holy See’s reorganization in 1892 of reformed houses into a single order Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (OCSO), commonly called the Trappists. Cistercians who did not observe these reforms became known as the Cistercians of the Original Observance. The term Cistercian (French Cistercien), derives from Cistercium, the Latin name for the village of Cîteaux, near Dijon in eastern France. It was in this village that a group of Benedictine monks from the monastery of Molesme founded Cîteaux Abbey in 1098, with the goal of following more closely the Rule of Saint Benedict. The best known of them were Robert of Molesme, Alberic of Cîteaux and the English monk Stephen Harding, who were the first three abbots. Bernard of Clairvaux entered the monastery in the early 1110s with 30 companions and helped the rapid proliferation of the order. By the end of the 12th century, the order had spread throughout France and into England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Eastern Europe. The keynote of Cistercian life was a return to literal observance of the Rule of St Benedict. Rejecting the developments the Benedictines had undergone, the monks tried to replicate monastic life exactly as it had been in Saint Benedict's time; indeed in various points they went beyond it in austerity. The most striking feature in the reform was the return to manual labour, especially agricultural work in the fields, a special characteristic of Cistercian life. Cistercian architecture is considered one of the most beautiful styles of medieval architecture. Additionally, in relation to fields such as agriculture, hydraulic engineering and metallurgy, the Cistercians became the main force of technological diffusion in medieval Europe. The Cistercians were adversely affected in England by the Protestant Reformation, the Dissolution of the Monasteries under King Henry VIII, the French Revolution in continental Europe, and the revolutions of the 18th century, but some survived and the order recovered in the 19th century.
Clay is a finely-grained natural rock or soil material that combines one or more clay minerals with possible traces of quartz (SiO2), metal oxides (Al2O3, MgO etc.) and organic matter.
Clubmen were bands of local defence vigilantes during the English Civil War (1642–1651) who tried to protect their localities against the excesses of the armies of both sides in the war.
Cobham plc is a British manufacturing company based in Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England.
Common Brittonic was an ancient Celtic language spoken in Britain.
A commuter town is a town whose residents normally work elsewhere but in which they live, eat and sleep.
A comprehensive school is a secondary school that is a state school and does not select its intake on the basis of academic achievement or aptitude, in contrast to the selective school system, where admission is restricted on the basis of selection criteria.
Condor Ferries is an operator of passenger and freight ferry services between The United Kingdom, Bailiwick of Guernsey, Bailiwick of Jersey and France.
In the United Kingdom, the term conservation area nearly always applies to an area (usually urban or the core of a village) considered worthy of preservation or enhancement because of its special architectural or historic interest.
The Conservative Party, officially the Conservative and Unionist Party, is a centre-right political party in the United Kingdom.
Continuum International Publishing Group was an academic publisher of books with editorial offices in London and New York City.
Coppicing is a traditional method of woodland management which exploits the capacity of many species of trees to put out new shoots from their stump or roots if cut down.
Corfe Castle is a fortification standing above the village of the same name on the Isle of Purbeck in the English county of Dorset.
The Cornish pilot gig is a six-oared rowing boat, built of Cornish narrow leaf elm, long with a beam of.
Cornwall (Kernow) is a county in South West England in the United Kingdom.
The counties of England are areas used for the purposes of administrative, geographical, cultural or political demarcation.
A county council is the elected administrative body governing an area known as a county.
A county town in Great Britain or Ireland is usually, but not always, the location of administrative or judicial functions within the county.
A cove is a small type of bay or coastal inlet.
Cranborne Chase is a chalk plateau in central southern England, straddling the counties Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire.
The Cretaceous is a geologic period and system that spans 79 million years from the end of the Jurassic Period million years ago (mya) to the beginning of the Paleogene Period mya.
Culture24, originally the 24 Hour Museum, is a British charity which publishes two websites, Culture24 and Show Me, about visual culture and heritage in the United Kingdom, as well as supplying data and support services to other cultural websites including Engaging Places.
This is a list of people who have served as Custos Rotulorum of Dorset.
Damory Coaches is a bus and coach operator based in Blandford Forum in Dorset, England.
A day school—as opposed to a boarding school—is an educational institution where children (or high school age adolescents) are given instruction during the day, after which the students return to their homes.
Dean Park is a cricket ground in Bournemouth, England, currently used by Dorset County Cricket Club, Bournemouth University Cricket Club, as well as by Parley Cricket Club and Suttoners Cricket Club.
The Department for Education (DfE) is a department of Her Majesty's Government responsible for child protection, education (compulsory, further and higher education), apprenticeships and wider skills in England.
The Designation Scheme is an English system that awards "Designated status" to museum, library and archive collections of national and international importance.
Devon, also known as Devonshire, which was formerly its common and official name, is a county of England, reaching from the Bristol Channel in the north to the English Channel in the south.
The Diocese of Bath and Wells is a diocese in the Church of England Province of Canterbury in England.
The Diocese of Salisbury is a Church of England diocese in the south of England, within the ecclesiastical Province of Canterbury.
The Diocese of Winchester forms part of the Province of Canterbury of the Church of England.
The Dissolution of the Monasteries, sometimes referred to as the Suppression of the Monasteries, was the set of administrative and legal processes between 1536 and 1541 by which Henry VIII disbanded monasteries, priories, convents and friaries in England and Wales and Ireland, appropriated their income, disposed of their assets, and provided for their former personnel and functions.
Dorchester Castle was a motte and bailey castle in the market town of Dorchester, Dorset, southern England.
Dorchester Town Football Club are a semi-professional football club, based in Dorchester, Dorset, England.
Dorchester is the county town of Dorset, England.
Dorset was a county constituency covering Dorset in southern England, which elected two Members of Parliament (MPs), traditionally known as knights of the shire, to the House of Commons of England from 1290 until 1707, to the House of Commons of Great Britain from 1707 to 1800, and to the House of Commons of the United Kingdom until 1832.
Dorset Council is the unitary local authority for Dorset, England that is to come into being on 1 April 2019.
Dorset County Council (DCC) is the county council for the county of Dorset in England.
The 2017 Dorset County Council election took place on 4 May 2017 as part of the 2017 local elections in the United Kingdom.
Dorset County Cricket Club is one of twenty minor county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales.
The Dorset County Museum is located in Dorchester, Dorset, England.
The Dorset Cursus is a Neolithic cursus monument that spans across 10 km (6¼ miles) of the chalk downland of Cranborne Chase in east Dorset, United Kingdom.
The Dorset Downs are an area of chalk downland in the centre of the county Dorset in south west England.
The Dorset Echo is a daily newspaper published in the county of Dorset, England.
Dorset Police is the territorial police force responsible for policing the English county of Dorset in the south-west of England.
The Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner is the police and crime commissioner, an elected official tasked with setting out the way crime is tackled by Dorset Police in the English County of Dorset.
The Dorset Regiment was a line infantry regiment of the British Army in existence from 1881 to 1958, being the county regiment of Dorset.
Douglas Noel Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English author, scriptwriter, essayist, humorist, satirist and dramatist.
A downland is an area of open chalk hills.
The Duchy of Cornwall (Duketh Kernow) is one of two royal duchies in England, the other being the Duchy of Lancaster.
Durdle Door (sometimes written Durdle Dor) is a natural limestone arch on the Jurassic Coast near Lulworth in Dorset, England.
Durnovaria is the Latin form of the Brythonic name for the Roman town of Dorchester in the modern English county of Dorset.
The Durotriges were one of the Celtic tribes living in Britain prior to the Roman invasion.
The Early Jurassic epoch (in chronostratigraphy corresponding to the Lower Jurassic series) is the earliest of three epochs of the Jurassic period.
East Dorset is a local government district in Dorset, England.
East Lulworth is a village and civil parish nine miles east of Dorchester, near Lulworth Cove, in the Purbeck district of Dorset, South West England.
Edward Schroeder Prior (1852–1932) was an architect, instrumental in establishing the arts and crafts movement.
The eleven-plus (11-plus) is an examination administered to some students in England and Northern Ireland in their last year of primary education, which governs admission to grammar schools and other secondary schools which use academic selection.
End of the Road Festival is an annual music festival in England which focuses on independent rock and folk music.
England and Wales is a legal jurisdiction covering England and Wales, two of the four countries of the United Kingdom.
The English Channel (la Manche, "The Sleeve"; Ärmelkanal, "Sleeve Channel"; Mor Breizh, "Sea of Brittany"; Mor Bretannek, "Sea of Brittany"), also called simply the Channel, is the body of water that separates southern England from northern France and links the southern part of the North Sea to the Atlantic Ocean.
The English Civil War (1642–1651) was a series of armed conflicts and political machinations between Parliamentarians ("Roundheads") and Royalists ("Cavaliers") over, principally, the manner of England's governance.
The English football league system, also known as the football pyramid, is a series of interconnected leagues for men's association football clubs in England, with six teams from Wales and one from Guernsey also competing.
English Gothic is an architectural style originating in France, before then flourishing in England from about 1180 until about 1520.
English Heritage (officially the English Heritage Trust) is a registered charity that manages the National Heritage Collection.
The English Reformation was a series of events in 16th century England by which the Church of England broke away from the authority of the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church.
The Eocene Epoch, lasting from, is a major division of the geologic timescale and the second epoch of the Paleogene Period in the Cenozoic Era.
The European Parliament (EP) is the directly elected parliamentary institution of the European Union (EU).
The United Kingdom's component of the 2014 European Parliament election was held on Thursday 22 May 2014, coinciding with the 2014 local elections in England and Northern Ireland.
Exeter St Davids is the principal railway station serving the city of Exeter in Devon, England.
Exmouth is a port town, civil parish and seaside resort, sited on the east bank of the mouth of the River Exe.
Fan vaulting over the nave at Bath Abbey, Bath, England. Made from local Bath stone, this is a Victorian restoration (in the 1860s) of the original roof of 1608. A fan vault is a form of vault used in the Gothic style, in which the ribs are all of the same curve and spaced equidistantly, in a manner resembling a fan.
Ferndown is a town and civil parish in the East Dorset district of Dorset in southern England, situated immediately to the north of the unitary authority areas of Poole and Bournemouth.
Feudalism as practiced in the Kingdom of England was a state of human society which was formally structured and stratified on the basis of land tenure and the varieties thereof.
First Hampshire & Dorset is a bus operator providing services in the counties of Hampshire and Dorset.
See infant school, junior school, or primary school and primary education.
FirstGroup plc FirstGroup plc is a Scottish multi-national transport group, registered and operating in the United Kingdom.
The Flag Institute is an educational charity headquartered in London, UK.
The Flag of Dorset is the flag of the English county of Dorset.
The flag of England is derived from St George's Cross (heraldic blazon: Argent, a cross gules).
A floodplain or flood plain is an area of land adjacent to a stream or river which stretches from the banks of its channel to the base of the enclosing valley walls, and which experiences flooding during periods of high discharge.
Forde Abbey is a privately owned former Cistercian monastery in Dorset, England, with a postal address in Chard, Somerset.
The Further and Higher Education Act 1992 made changes in the funding and administration of further education and higher education within England and Wales with consequential effects on associated matters in Scotland which had previously been governed by the same legislation as England and Wales.
Further education (often abbreviated FE) in the United Kingdom and Ireland is education in addition to that received at secondary school, that is distinct from the higher education (HE) offered in universities and other academic institutions.
Gascony (Gascogne; Gascon: Gasconha; Gaskoinia) is an area of southwest France that was part of the "Province of Guyenne and Gascony" prior to the French Revolution.
The General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) is an academic qualification, generally taken in a number of subjects by pupils in secondary education in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
George III (George William Frederick; 4 June 1738 – 29 January 1820) was King of Great Britain and Ireland from 25 October 1760 until the union of the two countries on 1 January 1801, after which he was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland until his death in 1820.
George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys of Wem, PC (15 May 1645 – 18 April 1689), also known as "The Hanging Judge", was a Welsh judge.
Georgian architecture is the name given in most English-speaking countries to the set of architectural styles current between 1714 and 1830.
The Georgian era is a period in British history from 1714 to, named eponymously after kings George I, George II, George III and George IV.
Gillingham is a town and civil parish in the Blackmore Vale area of Dorset, England.
The Glorious Revolution, also called the Revolution of 1688, was the overthrow of King James II of England (James VII of Scotland) by a union of English Parliamentarians with the Dutch stadtholder William III, Prince of Orange, who was James's nephew and son-in-law.
Goathill is a hamlet and civil parish in the county of Dorset in England, situated in the West Dorset district a couple of miles east of the town of Sherborne.
Gold Hill is a steep cobbled street in the town of Shaftesbury in the English county of Dorset.
Golden Cap is a hill and cliff situated on the English Channel coast between Bridport and Charmouth in Dorset, England.
Google Maps is a web mapping service developed by Google.
Gothic Revival (also referred to as Victorian Gothic or neo-Gothic) is an architectural movement that began in the late 1740s in England.
gov.uk (styled on the site as GOV.UK) is a United Kingdom public sector information website, created by the Government Digital Service to provide a single point of access to HM Government services.
A grammar school is one of several different types of school in the history of education in the United Kingdom and other English-speaking countries, originally a school teaching Latin, but more recently an academically-oriented secondary school, differentiated in recent years from less academic Secondary Modern Schools.
Gravel is a loose aggregation of rock fragments.
The Great Britain Historical GIS (or GBHGIS), is a spatially enabled database that documents and visualises the changing human geography of the British Isles, although is primarily focussed on the subdivisions of the United Kingdom mainly over the 200 years since the first census in 1801.
The Great Dorset Steam Fair (abbreviated GDSF, and since 2010 also known as The National Heritage Show) is an annual show featuring steam-powered vehicles and machinery.
In United Kingdom town planning, the green belt is a policy for controlling urban growth.
In economics, gross value added (GVA) is the measure of the value of goods and services produced in an area, industry or sector of an economy.
Hambledon Hill is a prehistoric hill fort in Dorset, England, situated in the Blackmore Vale five miles northwest of Blandford Forum.
Hampshire (abbreviated Hants) is a county on the southern coast of England in the United Kingdom.
Hawkchurch is a village and civil parish in Devon, England, 3 miles north east of Axminster on the border of Devon and Dorset, and about 6 miles south of Somerset.
The Hawkhurst Gang was a notorious criminal organisation involved in smuggling throughout southeast England from 1735 until 1749.
The Heart of Wessex Line, also known as the Bristol to Weymouth Line, is a railway line that runs from to to Weymouth in England.
A heath is a shrubland habitat found mainly on free-draining infertile, acidic soils and is characterised by open, low-growing woody vegetation.
Henry VIII (28 June 1491 – 28 January 1547) was King of England from 1509 until his death.
A heritage coast is a strip of coastline in England and Wales, the extent of which is defined by agreement between the relevant statutory national agency and the relevant local authority.
A heritage railway is a railway operated as living history to re-create or preserve railway scenes of the past.
The High Sheriff of Dorset is an ancient High Sheriff title which has been in existence for over one thousand years.
Highways England (formerly the Highways Agency) is the government-owned company charged with operating, maintaining and improving England's motorways and major A roads.
A hillfort is a type of earthworks used as a fortified refuge or defended settlement, located to exploit a rise in elevation for defensive advantage.
Hinton St Mary is a village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southern England.
The Hinton St Mary Mosaic is a large, almost complete Roman mosaic discovered at Hinton St Mary, Dorset, England.
The historic counties of England are areas that were established for administration by the Normans, in many cases based on earlier kingdoms and shires created by the Anglo-Saxons and others.
The Historic England Archive is the public archive of Historic England, located in The Engine House on Fire Fly Avenue in Swindon, formerly part of the Swindon Works of the Great Western Railway.
Holwell is a village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southern England, situated in the West Dorset administrative district approximately south-east of Sherborne.
Honiton is a market town and civil parish in East Devon, situated close to the River Otter, north east of Exeter in the county of Devon.
The House of Tudor was an English royal house of Welsh origin, descended in the male line from the Tudors of Penmynydd.
Hurn is a village and civil parish in southeast Dorset, England, between the River Stour and River Avon in the borough of Christchurch, north-east of the Bournemouth town centre.
Ichthyosaurs (Greek for "fish lizard" – ιχθυς or ichthys meaning "fish" and σαυρος or sauros meaning "lizard") are large marine reptiles.
The Industrial Revolution was the transition to new manufacturing processes in the period from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840.
The Institute of Commercial Management (ICM), founded in 1979, is a professional body for Commercial and Business Development Managers and an examining and awarding body for business and management students.
The Western Allies of World War II launched the largest amphibious invasion in history when they assaulted Normandy, located on the northern coast of France, on 6 June 1944.
The Iron Age is the final epoch of the three-age system, preceded by the Stone Age (Neolithic) and the Bronze Age.
The Isle of Portland is a limestone tied island, long by wide, in the English Channel.
The Isle of Purbeck is a peninsula in Dorset, England.
The Isle of Wight (also referred to informally as The Island or abbreviated to IOW) is a county and the largest and second-most populous island in England.
ITV Meridian (previously Meridian Broadcasting) is the holder of the ITV franchise for the South and South East of England.
James II and VII (14 October 1633O.S. – 16 September 1701An assertion found in many sources that James II died 6 September 1701 (17 September 1701 New Style) may result from a miscalculation done by an author of anonymous "An Exact Account of the Sickness and Death of the Late King James II, as also of the Proceedings at St. Germains thereupon, 1701, in a letter from an English gentleman in France to his friend in London" (Somers Tracts, ed. 1809–1815, XI, pp. 339–342). The account reads: "And on Friday the 17th instant, about three in the afternoon, the king died, the day he always fasted in memory of our blessed Saviour's passion, the day he ever desired to die on, and the ninth hour, according to the Jewish account, when our Saviour was crucified." As 17 September 1701 New Style falls on a Saturday and the author insists that James died on Friday, "the day he ever desired to die on", an inevitable conclusion is that the author miscalculated the date, which later made it to various reference works. See "English Historical Documents 1660–1714", ed. by Andrew Browning (London and New York: Routledge, 2001), 136–138.) was King of England and Ireland as James II and King of Scotland as James VII, from 6 February 1685 until he was deposed in the Glorious Revolution of 1688.
James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth, 1st Duke of Buccleuch, KG, PC (9 April 1649 – 15 July 1685) was an English nobleman.
James Philip Knight, Baron Knight of Weymouth, (born 6 March 1965) is a British Labour and Co-operative Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for South Dorset from 2001 until 2010, when he lost his seat.
John Cowper Powys (8 October 187217 June 1963) was a British philosopher, lecturer, novelist, literary critic, and poet.
John Robert Fowles (31 March 1926 – 5 November 2005) was an English novelist of international stature, critically positioned between modernism and postmodernism.
David John Moore Cornwell (born 19 October 1931), better known by the pen name John le Carré, is a British author of espionage novels.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. is an American multinational investment bank and financial services company headquartered in New York City.
The Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site on the English Channel coast of southern England.
Kent is a county in South East England and one of the home counties.
The Kimmeridge Oil Field is to the northwest of Kimmeridge Bay, on the south coast of the Isle of Purbeck, in Dorset, England.
Kingston Maurward College is a college for land-based studies situated two miles east of Dorchester, Dorset, England.
The labour movement or labor movement consists of two main wings, the trade union movement (British English) or labor union movement (American English), also called trade unionism or labor unionism on the one hand, and the political labour movement on the other.
The Labour Party is a centre-left political party in the United Kingdom.
A landform is a natural feature of the solid surface of the Earth or other planetary body.
Langton Herring is a village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in South West England.
The Larmer Tree Festival is a five-day music and arts festival held annually at the Larmer Tree Gardens near Tollard Royal on the Wiltshire-Dorset border in England.
Sir Alan Charles Laurence Whistler, CBE (born 21 January 1912 – died 19 December 2000, always referred to as Laurence Whistler) was a British poet and artist.
Legio secunda Augusta ("Augustus' Second Legion") was a legion of the Imperial Roman army that was founded during the late Roman republic.
Lewesdon Hill is a hill, high, in west Dorset, England.
The Lias Group or Lias is a lithostratigraphic unit (a sequence of rock strata) found in a large area of western Europe, including the British Isles, the North Sea, the Low Countries and the north of Germany.
The Liberal Democrats (often referred to as Lib Dems) are a liberal British political party, formed in 1988 as a merger of the Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party (SDP), a splinter group from the Labour Party, which had formed the SDP–Liberal Alliance from 1981.
Limestone is a sedimentary rock, composed mainly of skeletal fragments of marine organisms such as coral, forams and molluscs.
This is a list of hills in Dorset.
The ceremonial county of Dorset (which includes the unitary authorities of Bournemouth and Poole) is divided into 8 Parliamentary constituencies - 3 Borough constituencies and 5 County constituencies.
Ten or eleven species of reptiles occur in Great Britain: three snakes and three lizards, which were established at the time of the last ice age.
The soil composition of vineyards is one of the most important viticultural considerations when planting grape vines.
A listed building, or listed structure, is one that has been placed on one of the four statutory lists maintained by Historic England in England, Historic Environment Scotland in Scotland, Cadw in Wales, and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency in Northern Ireland.
Local education authorities (LEAs) are the local councils in England and Wales that are responsible for education within their jurisdiction.
The Local Government Act 1888 (51 & 52 Vict. c.41) was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, which established county councils and county borough councils in England and Wales.
The Local Government Act 1972 is an Act of Parliament in the United Kingdom that reformed local government in England and Wales on 1 April 1974.
The Local Government Commission for England was the body responsible for reviewing the structure of local government in England from 1992 to 2002.
The pattern of local government in England is complex, with the distribution of functions varying according to the local arrangements.
Waterloo station, also known as London Waterloo, is a central London terminus on the National Rail network in the United Kingdom, located in the Waterloo area of the London Borough of Lambeth.
Lulworth Cove is a cove near the village of West Lulworth, on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site in Dorset, southern England.
Lyme Regis is a town in West Dorset, England, west of Dorchester and east of Exeter.
The M27 is a motorway in Hampshire, England.
The M3 is a motorway that runs from Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, to Southampton, Hampshire, a distance of approximately.
Maiden Castle by John Cowper Powys was first published in 1936 and is the last of Powys so-called Wessex novels, following Wolf Solent (1929), A Glastonbury Romance (1932), Weymouth Sands (1934).
Maiden Castle is an Iron Age hill fort south west of Dorchester, in the English county of Dorset.
A manor house was historically the main residence of the lord of the manor.
Market town or market right is a legal term, originating in the Middle Ages, for a European settlement that has the right to host markets, distinguishing it from a village and city.
The Marshwood Vale (or Vale of Marshwood) is a low-lying, bowl-shaped valley of Lower Lias clay, in the western tip of the county of Dorset in south-west England.
Mary Anning (21 May 1799 – 9 March 1847) was an English fossil collector, dealer, and paleontologist who became known around the world for important finds she made in Jurassic marine fossil beds in the cliffs along the English Channel at Lyme Regis in the county of Dorset in Southwest England.
Max Gate is the former home of Thomas Hardy and is located on the outskirts of Dorchester, Dorset, England.
Mechanization or mechanisation (British English) is the process of changing from working largely or exclusively by hand or with animals to doing that work with machinery.
Melcombe Regis is an area of Weymouth in Dorset, England.
A Member of the European Parliament (MEP) is a person who has been elected to serve as a popular representative in the European Parliament.
In Old World archaeology, Mesolithic (Greek: μέσος, mesos "middle"; λίθος, lithos "stone") is the period between the Upper Paleolithic and the Neolithic.
The Mesozoic Era is an interval of geological time from about.
The Met Office (officially the Meteorological Office) is the United Kingdom's national weather service.
Michael James Tomlinson-Mynors known as Michael Tomlinson (born 1 October 1977) is a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom.
Mid Dorset and North Poole is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2015 by Michael Tomlinson, a Conservative.
A middle school (also known as intermediate school or junior high school) is an educational stage which exists in some countries, providing education between primary school and secondary school.
The Minor Counties Cricket Championship is a season-long competition in England that is contested by those county cricket clubs that do not have first-class status.
The Monmouth Rebellion, also known as The Revolt of the West or The West Country rebellion, was an attempt to overthrow James II, the Duke of York.
Moreton is a village and civil parish in Dorset, England, situated on the River Frome about east of Dorchester.
National Trails are long distance footpaths and bridleways in England and Wales.
The National Trust, formally the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, is a conservation organisation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the largest membership organisation in the United Kingdom.
A natural arch, natural bridge, or (less commonly) rock arch is a natural rock formation where an arch has formed with an opening underneath.
The nave is the central aisle of a basilica church, or the main body of a church (whether aisled or not) between its rear wall and the far end of its intersection with the transept at the chancel.
The Neolithic was a period in the development of human technology, beginning about 10,200 BC, according to the ASPRO chronology, in some parts of Western Asia, and later in other parts of the world and ending between 4500 and 2000 BC.
Network Rail is the owner (via its subsidiary Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd, which was known as Railtrack plc before 2002) and infrastructure manager of most of the rail network in England, Scotland and Wales.
Newfoundland (Terre-Neuve) is a large Canadian island off the east coast of the North American mainland, and the most populous part of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Sir Nikolaus Bernhard Leon Pevsner (30 January 1902 – 18 August 1983) was a German, later British scholar of the history of art, and especially that of architecture.
Non-League football describes football leagues played outside the top leagues of a country.
A non-metropolitan county, or colloquially, shire county, is a county-level entity in England that is not a metropolitan county.
Non-metropolitan districts, or colloquially "shire districts", are a type of local government district in England.
Norden railway station is a railway station located one mile to the north of the village of Corfe Castle, on the Isle of Purbeck in the English county of Dorset.
The Norman conquest of England (in Britain, often called the Norman Conquest or the Conquest) was the 11th-century invasion and occupation of England by an army of Norman, Breton, Flemish and French soldiers led by Duke William II of Normandy, later styled William the Conqueror.
The Normandy landings were the landing operations on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II.
North Dorset is a local government district in Dorset, England.
North Dorset is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament by Simon Hoare, a Conservative.
O2 Academy Bournemouth is a live entertainment venue in Bournemouth, Dorset, England.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is the executive office of the UK Statistics Authority, a non-ministerial department which reports directly to the UK Parliament.
An "oil field" or "oilfield" is a region with an abundance of oil wells extracting petroleum (crude oil) from below ground.
Old English (Ænglisc, Anglisc, Englisc), or Anglo-Saxon, is the earliest historical form of the English language, spoken in England and southern and eastern Scotland in the early Middle Ages.
Old Harry Rocks are three chalk formations, including a stack and a stump, located at Handfast Point, on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, southern England.
Old Sarum is the site of the earliest settlement of Salisbury in England.
Old Saxon, also known as Old Low German, was a Germanic language and the earliest recorded form of Low German (spoken nowadays in Northern Germany, the northeastern Netherlands, southern Denmark, the Americas and parts of Eastern Europe).
Oliver Cromwell (25 April 15993 September 1658) was an English military and political leader.
Sir Oliver Letwin, (born 19 May 1956) is a British Conservative politician.
Operation Tonga was the codename given to the airborne operation undertaken by the British 6th Airborne Division between 5 June and 7 June 1944 as a part of Operation Overlord and the D-Day landings during the Second World War.
Ordnance Survey (OS) is a national mapping agency in the United Kingdom which covers the island of Great Britain.
Oxford University Press (OUP) is the largest university press in the world, and the second oldest after Cambridge University Press.
The Parliament of the United Kingdom, commonly known as the UK Parliament or British Parliament, is the supreme legislative body of the United Kingdom, the Crown dependencies and overseas territories.
The Pavilion Theatre and Ballroom, located in the Westover Road in Bournemouth, is a venue for year-round entertainment.
Penal transportation or transportation refers to the relocation of convicted criminals, or other persons regarded as undesirable, to a distant place, often a colony for a specified term; later, specifically established penal colonies became their destination.
Perenco is an independent Anglo-French oil and gas company with a headquarters in London and Paris It has exploration and production activities in 16 countries around the globe (the North Sea, Cameroon, Gabon, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Brazil, Belize, Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey, Iraq, Vietnam).
Petrified wood (from the Greek root petro meaning "rock" or "stone"; literally "wood turned into stone") is the name given to a special type of fossilized remains of terrestrial vegetation.
Pilsdon Pen is a 277-metre (909 ft) hill in Dorset in South West England, situated at the north end of the Marshwood Vale in the West Dorset administrative district, approximately west of Beaminster.
A planned community, or planned city, is any community that was carefully planned from its inception and is typically constructed on previously undeveloped greenfield land.
Poole is a large coastal town and seaport in the county of Dorset, on the south coast of England.
Poole is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Robert Syms, a Conservative.
Poole Bay is a bay in the English Channel, on the coast of Dorset in southern England, which stretches 16km from Sandbanks at the mouth of Poole Harbour in the west, to Hengistbury Head in the east.
Borough of Poole is the unitary authority responsible for local government in the Poole, Dorset, England.
Poole Harbour is a large natural harbour in Dorset, southern England, with the town of Poole on its shores.
Poole Museum (formerly known as the Waterfront Museum) is a local history museum situated on the Lower High Street in the Old Town area of Poole, Dorset, and is part of the Borough of Poole Museum Service.
Poole Pirates (also known as Poole Speedway) are a motorcycle speedway team based in Poole, England, competing in the SGB Premiership.
Poole Stadium is a greyhound racing venue and speedway track located in the town centre of Poole, Dorset in England.
Poole Town Football Club is a football club based in Poole, Dorset, England.
Portland Castle is an artillery fort constructed by Henry VIII on the Isle of Portland, Dorset, between 1539 and 1541.
Portland Harbour is located beside the Isle of Portland, Dorset, on the south coast of England.
Portland Museum is a museum on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, southern England.
Portland stone is a limestone from the Tithonian stage of the Jurassic period quarried on the Isle of Portland, Dorset.
Poundbury is an experimental new town or urban extension on the outskirts of Dorchester in the county of Dorset, England.
Power boating describes activities performed in a motorized boat.
Poyntington is a village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in South West England.
The Premier League is the top level of the English football league system.
An industry involved in the extraction and collection of natural resources, such as copper and timber, as well as by activities such as farming and fishing.
The Progress 8 benchmark is an accountability measure introduced in 2016 and used by the United Kingdom government to measure the effectiveness of secondary schools in England.
Protected areas or conservation areas are locations which receive protection because of their recognized natural, ecological or cultural values.
Proto-Norse (also called Proto-Scandinavian, Proto-Nordic, Ancient Scandinavian, Proto-North Germanic and a variety of other names) was an Indo-European language spoken in Scandinavia that is thought to have evolved as a northern dialect of Proto-Germanic in the first centuries CE.
Purbeck is a local government district in Dorset, England.
The Purbeck Group is an Upper Jurassic to Lower Cretaceous lithostratigraphic group (a sequence of rock strata) in south-east England.
The Purbeck Hills, also called the Purbeck Ridge, are a ridge of chalk downs in Dorset, England.
Purbeck Marble is a fossiliferous limestone found in the Isle of Purbeck, a peninsula in south-east Dorset, England.
The Queen's Gurkha Signals (QGS) is a regular unit of Royal Corps of Signals, one of the combat support arms of British Army.
RAF Tarrant Rushton was a Royal Air Force station near the village of Tarrant Rushton east of Blandford Forum in Dorset, England from 1943 to 1947.
The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat is an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands.
The red squirrel or Eurasian red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) is a species of tree squirrel in the genus Sciurus common throughout Eurasia.
In religion, a relic usually consists of the physical remains of a saint or the personal effects of the saint or venerated person preserved for purposes of veneration as a tangible memorial.
Religion in the United Kingdom, and in the countries that preceded it, has been dominated for over 1,400 years by various forms of Christianity.
Richard Grosvenor Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax (born 29 January 1958), known as Richard Drax, is a Conservative politician and a former British Army officer and journalist.
Ringwood is a historic market town and civil parish in Hampshire, England, located on the River Avon, close to the New Forest and northeast of Bournemouth.
The River Avon is a river in the south of England.
The River Axe is a river in Dorset, Somerset and Devon, in the south-west of England.
The River Bride is a river in Dorset, England, situated in the West Dorset administrative district between the towns of Dorchester and Bridport.
The River Brit is a river in west Dorset in south-west England, which rises just to the north of Beaminster.
The River Char is a river in West Dorset.
The River Frome is a river in Dorset in the south of England.
The River Piddle or Trent or North River is a small rural Dorset river which rises next to Alton Pancras church.
The River Stour is a river which flows through Wiltshire and Dorset in southern England, and drains into the English Channel.
The River Wey is a chalk stream flowing through Dorset in south west England.
The River Yeo, also known as the River Ivel, is a tributary of the River Parrett in north Dorset and south Somerset, England.
Royal Marines Base Poole (RM Poole) is a British naval base in Poole, England and is the centre for Special Boat Service activities.
Roman Britain (Britannia or, later, Britanniae, "the Britains") was the area of the island of Great Britain that was governed by the Roman Empire, from 43 to 410 AD.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Plymouth is a Latin Church Roman Catholic diocese in England.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth is a Latin Church Roman Catholic diocese that covers the Channel Islands as well as parts of England (Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and parts of Berkshire, Dorset and Oxfordshire).
The Roman conquest of Britain was a gradual process, beginning effectively in AD 43 under Emperor Claudius, whose general Aulus Plautius served as first governor of Roman Britain (Britannia).
The Roman Town House in Dorchester is a Roman ruin within Colliton Park, Dorchester, Dorset.
A round barrow is a type of tumulus and is one of the most common types of archaeological monuments.
Roundheads were supporters of the Parliament of England during the English Civil War.
The Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) provides the armour capability of the British Army, with vehicles such as the Challenger 2 Tank and the Scimitar Reconnaissance Vehicle.
The Royal Corps of Signals (often simply known as the Royal Signals - abbreviated to R SIGNALS) is one of the combat support arms of the British Army.
The Corps of Royal Marines (RM) is the amphibious light infantry of the Royal Navy.
The Royal School of Signals is a military training establishment that is part of the United Kingdom's Defence School of Communications and Information Systems.
The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is the British national governing body for all forms of boating sport, including dinghy and yacht racing, motor and sail cruising, RIBs and sports boats, powerboat racing, windsurfing, and personal watercraft.
The Russell-Cotes Museum (formally, the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum) is an art gallery and museum in Bournemouth, England.
A safe seat is an electoral district (constituency) in a legislative body (e.g. Congress, Parliament, City Council) which is regarded as fully secure, for either a certain political party, or the incumbent representative personally or a combination of both.
Sailing employs the wind—acting on sails, wingsails or kites—to propel a craft on the surface of the water (sailing ship, sailboat, windsurfer, or kitesurfer), on ice (iceboat) or on land (land yacht) over a chosen course, which is often part of a larger plan of navigation.
Saint-Malo (Gallo: Saent-Malô) is a historic French port in Brittany on the Channel coast.
Salisbury is a cathedral city in Wiltshire, England, with a population of 40,302, at the confluence of the rivers Nadder, Ebble, Wylye and Bourne.
Sand is a naturally occurring granular material composed of finely divided rock and mineral particles.
Sandbanks is a small peninsula or spit (1 km2 or 0.39 sq mi) crossing the mouth of Poole Harbour on the English Channel coast at Poole in Dorset, England.
Sandford Orcas is a village and parish in northwest Dorset, England, north of Sherborne.
In the United Kingdom, a scheduled monument is a "nationally important" archaeological site or historic building, given protection against unauthorised change.
Scouting or the Scout Movement is a movement that aims to support young people in their physical, mental and spiritual development, that they may play constructive roles in society, with a strong focus on the outdoors and survival skills.
Sea bathing is swimming in the sea or in sea water and a sea bath is a protective enclosure for sea bathing.
A sea kayak or touring kayak is a kayak developed for the sport of paddling on open waters of lakes, bays, and the ocean.
Seaborough is a small village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southwest England.
A seaside resort is a resort town or resort hotel, located on the coast.
The secondary sector of the economy includes industries that produce a finished, usable product or are involved in construction.
Self-employment is the state of working for oneself rather than an employer.
Set-aside was a scheme introduced by the European Economic Community (EEC) in 1988 (Regulation (EEC) 1272/88), to (i) help reduce the large and costly surpluses produced in Europe under the guaranteed price system of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP); and (ii) to deliver some environmental benefits following considerable damage to agricultural ecosystems and wildlife as a result of the intensification of agriculture.
Shaftesbury is a town and civil parish in Dorset, England.
Shaftesbury Abbey was an abbey that housed nuns in Shaftesbury, Dorset.
Shale is a fine-grained, clastic sedimentary rock composed of mud that is a mix of flakes of clay minerals and tiny fragments (silt-sized particles) of other minerals, especially quartz and calcite.
Sherborne is a market town and civil parish in north west Dorset, in South West England.
The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin at Sherborne in the English county of Dorset, is usually called Sherborne Abbey.
Sherborne Castle is a 16th-century Tudor mansion southeast of Sherborne in Dorset, England, within the parish of Castleton.
Sherborne School is a British independent boys' school, located in the town of Sherborne in north-west Dorset, England.
A shingle beach (also referred to as rocky beach or pebble beach) is a beach which is armoured with pebbles or small- to medium-sized cobbles (as opposed to fine sand).
A shire is a traditional term for a division of land, found in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and some other English speaking countries.
In oceanography, geomorphology, and earth sciences, a shoal is a natural submerged ridge, bank, or bar that consists of, or is covered by, sand or other unconsolidated material, and rises from the bed of a body of water to near the surface.
Single-sex education, also known as single-gender education, is the practice of conducting education where male and female students attend separate classes or in separate buildings or schools.
A Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in Great Britain or an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI) in the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland is a conservation designation denoting a protected area in the United Kingdom and Isle of Man.
Slighting is the destruction, partial or complete, of a fortification without opposition, to render it unusable as a fortress.
Smuggling is the illegal transportation of objects, substances, information or people, such as out of a house or buildings, into a prison, or across an international border, in violation of applicable laws or other regulations.
Somerset (or archaically, Somersetshire) is a county in South West England which borders Gloucestershire and Bristol to the north, Wiltshire to the east, Dorset to the south-east and Devon to the south-west.
South Dorset is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Richard Drax, a Conservative.
The South East Dorset conurbation (also known as the South Dorset conurbation, Poole-Bournemouth urban area and Bournemouth urban area) is a multi-centred conurbation on the south coast of Dorset in England.
The South West Coast Path is England's longest waymarked long-distance footpath and a National Trail.
South West England is one of nine official regions of England.
South West England is a constituency of the European Parliament.
The South West Observatory (SWO) was a regional resource for the South West of England, originally established by the former South West Regional Development Agency, Government Office for the South West, and the South West Regional Assembly (now South West Councils) as a partnership for use by policy-makers to aid and improve evidence-based decision-making.
The South West of England Regional Development Agency (SWRDA) was one of the nine Regional Development Agencies set up by the United Kingdom government in 1999.
The South Western Main Line (SWML) is a 143-mile (230 km) major railway line between Waterloo station in central London and Weymouth on the south coast of England.
Southampton is the largest city in the ceremonial county of Hampshire, England.
The Southern Daily Echo, more commonly known as the Daily Echo or simply The Echo, is a regional tabloid newspaper based in Southampton, covering the county of Hampshire in the United Kingdom.
The Southern League, currently known as the Evo-Stik League South under the terms of a sponsorship agreement with Bostik Ltd, is a men's football competition featuring semi-professional clubs from the South West, 'South Central' and Midlands of England and South Wales.
St Edwold's Church in Stockwood, Dorset, England was rebuilt in the 15th century.
St George's Church is a Church of England church on the Isle of Portland, built between 1754 and 1766 to replace St. Andrew's which had fallen into disuse and was no longer suitable as a place of worship.
St Martin's Church, Wareham, sometimes St Martin's-on-the-walls, is an Anglo-Saxon church in the town of Wareham, Dorset in England.
St Mary's School is an independent Roman Catholic day and boarding school for girls located in a rural setting near Shaftesbury, Dorset, England.
St Peter's Church is a Church of England parish church located in the heart of Bournemouth, Dorset, England.
St Stephen's Church is an Anglican church in Bournemouth, Dorset (formerly in Hampshire).
A stack or sea stack is a geological landform consisting of a steep and often vertical column or columns of rock in the sea near a coast, formed by wave erosion.
Stalbridge is a small town and civil parish in Dorset, England, situated in the Blackmore Vale area of North Dorset district, near the border with Somerset.
State schools (also known as public schools outside England and Wales)In England and Wales, some independent schools for 13- to 18-year-olds are known as 'public schools'.
Stockland is a village and civil parish in Devon, close to the Somerset boundary.
Studland is a village and civil parish on the Isle of Purbeck in the English county of Dorset.
Sturminster Newton is a town and civil parish in the Blackmore Vale area of Dorset, England.
Sunseeker International is a British luxury motor yacht manufacturer.
Swanage is a coastal town and civil parish in the south east of Dorset, England.
The Swanage Railway is a railway branch line from near Wareham, Dorset to Swanage, Dorset, England, opened in 1885 and now operated as a heritage railway.
Theodore Francis Powys (20 December 1875 – 27 November 1953) – published as T. F. Powys – was a British novelist and short-story writer.
Taylor & Francis Group is an international company originating in England that publishes books and academic journals.
The tertiary sector or service sector is the third of the three economic sectors of the three-sector theory.
Thankful Villages (also known as Blessed Villages) are settlements in England and Wales from which all their members of the armed forces survived World War I. The term Thankful Village was popularised by the writer Arthur Mee in the 1930s.
The Daily Telegraph, commonly referred to simply as The Telegraph, is a national British daily broadsheet newspaper published in London by Telegraph Media Group and distributed across the United Kingdom and internationally.
The French Lieutenant's Woman is a 1969 postmodern historical fiction novel by John Fowles.
The Guardian is a British daily newspaper.
The History Press is a British publishing company specialising in the publication of titles devoted to local and specialist history.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (sometimes referred to as HG2G, HHGTTG or H2G2) is a comedy science fiction series created by Douglas Adams.
The Independent is a British online newspaper.
The Keep, Dorchester is part of the former county barracks of the 39th (Dorsetshire) Regiment of Foot and the 75th (Stirlingshire) Regiment of Foot.
The Lighthouse is an arts centre in Poole, Dorset, England.
The Tank Museum (previously The Bovington Tank Museum) is a collection of armoured fighting vehicles at Bovington Camp in Dorset, South West England.
TheGuardian.com, formerly known as Guardian.co.uk and Guardian Unlimited, is a British news and media website owned by the Guardian Media Group.
Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Lord Fairfax of Cameron (17 January 1612 – 12 November 1671), also known as Sir Thomas, Lord Fairfax, was an English nobleman, peer, politician, general, and Parliamentary commander-in-chief during the English Civil War.
Thomas Hardy (2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928) was an English novelist and poet.
Thomas Hardy's Cottage, in Higher Bockhampton, Dorset, is a small cob and thatch building that is the birthplace of the English author Thomas Hardy.
The English author Thomas Hardy set all of his major novels in the south and southwest of England.
Thorncombe is a village and civil parish now in the English county of Dorset but historically until 1844 in Devon.
Three-tier education refers to those structures of schooling, which exist in some parts of England, where pupils are taught in three distinct school types.
The Tolpuddle Martyrs were a group of six 19th-century Dorset agricultural labourers who were arrested for and convicted of swearing a secret oath as members of the Friendly Society of Agricultural Labourers.
Thomas Ridley Sharpe (30 March 1928 – 6 June 2013) was an English satirical novelist, best known for his Wilt series, as well as Porterhouse Blue and Blott on the Landscape, which were both adapted for television.
Trent is a village and civil parish in northwest Dorset, England, situated in the Yeo valley northwest of Sherborne and four miles northeast of Yeovil.
The Triassic is a geologic period and system which spans 50.6 million years from the end of the Permian Period 251.9 million years ago (Mya), to the beginning of the Jurassic Period Mya.
A trunk road, trunk highway, or strategic road is a major road, usually connecting two or more cities, ports, airports and other places, which is the recommended route for long-distance and freight traffic.
Tyneham is a ghost village and former civil parish, now in the civil parish of Steeple with Tyneham, in south Dorset, England, near Lulworth on the Isle of Purbeck.
Tytherleigh is a village in the civil parish of Chardstock in Devon, England, close to the borders with Dorset and Somerset on the A358 road between the towns of Axminster and Chard.
The UK Independence Party (UKIP) is a Eurosceptic and right-wing populist political party in the United Kingdom.
A unitary authority is a type of local authority that has a single tier and is responsible for all local government functions within its area or performs additional functions which elsewhere in the relevant country are usually performed by national government or a higher level of sub-national government.
A census of the population of the United Kingdom is taken every ten years.
In the United Kingdom (UK), each of the electoral areas or divisions called constituencies elect one member to a parliament or assembly, with the exception of European Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly constituencies which are multi member constituencies.
The 2017 United Kingdom general election took place on Thursday 8 June, having been announced just under two months earlier by Prime Minister Theresa May on 18 April 2017 after it was discussed at cabinet.
The University of Portsmouth is a public university in the city of Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.
Upland and lowland are conditional descriptions of a plain based on elevation above sea level.
A valley is a low area between hills or mountains often with a river running through it.
Verwood is a town and civil parish in Dorset, England.
Vespasian (Titus Flavius Vespasianus;Classical Latin spelling and reconstructed Classical Latin pronunciation: Vespasian was from an equestrian family that rose into the senatorial rank under the Julio–Claudian emperors. Although he fulfilled the standard succession of public offices and held the consulship in AD 51, Vespasian's renown came from his military success; he was legate of Legio II ''Augusta'' during the Roman invasion of Britain in 43 and subjugated Judaea during the Jewish rebellion of 66. While Vespasian besieged Jerusalem during the Jewish rebellion, emperor Nero committed suicide and plunged Rome into a year of civil war known as the Year of the Four Emperors. After Galba and Otho perished in quick succession, Vitellius became emperor in April 69. The Roman legions of Roman Egypt and Judaea reacted by declaring Vespasian, their commander, emperor on 1 July 69. In his bid for imperial power, Vespasian joined forces with Mucianus, the governor of Syria, and Primus, a general in Pannonia, leaving his son Titus to command the besieging forces at Jerusalem. Primus and Mucianus led the Flavian forces against Vitellius, while Vespasian took control of Egypt. On 20 December 69, Vitellius was defeated, and the following day Vespasian was declared emperor by the Senate. Vespasian dated his tribunician years from 1 July, substituting the acts of Rome's Senate and people as the legal basis for his appointment with the declaration of his legions, and transforming his legions into an electoral college. Little information survives about the government during Vespasian's ten-year rule. He reformed the financial system of Rome after the campaign against Judaea ended successfully, and initiated several ambitious construction projects, including the building of the Flavian Amphitheatre, better known today as the Roman Colosseum. In reaction to the events of 68–69, Vespasian forced through an improvement in army discipline. Through his general Agricola, Vespasian increased imperial expansion in Britain. After his death in 79, he was succeeded by his eldest son Titus, thus becoming the first Roman emperor to be directly succeeded by his own natural son and establishing the Flavian dynasty.
Vikings (Old English: wicing—"pirate", Danish and vikinger; Swedish and vikingar; víkingar, from Old Norse) were Norse seafarers, mainly speaking the Old Norse language, who raided and traded from their Northern European homelands across wide areas of northern, central, eastern and western Europe, during the late 8th to late 11th centuries.
Wambrook is a village and civil parish in the Blackdown Hills, Somerset, England.
Wareham Castle and the town defences, known locally as the Walls, were fortifications in the town of Wareham in Dorset, England.
Wareham Town Museum tells the story of the Wareham area of Dorset in southern England from prehistoric times to the present day, with a special exhibition on Lawrence of Arabia, who lived nearby.
Wareham is an historic market town and, under the name Wareham Town, a civil parish, in the English county of Dorset.
Warminster is a town and civil parish in western Wiltshire, England, by-passed by the A36 (between Salisbury and Bath) and the partly concurrent A350 between Westbury and Blandford Forum.
Wessex (Westseaxna rīce, the "kingdom of the West Saxons") was an Anglo-Saxon kingdom in the south of Great Britain, from 519 until England was unified by Æthelstan in the early 10th century.
The West Country is a loosely defined area of south western England.
West Country English is one of the English language varieties and accents used by much of the native population of South West England, the area sometimes popularly known as the West Country.
West Dorset is a local government district and parliamentary constituency in Dorset, England.
West Dorset is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Sir Oliver Letwin, a Conservative.
West Moors is a village in East Dorset, England, on the northern fringe of the Poole-Bournemouth conurbation, just outside the larger settlements of Ferndown and Verwood.
The West of England line (also known as the West of England Main Line) is a British railway line from, Hampshire, to Exeter St Davids in Devon, England.
West Sussex is a county in the south of England, bordering East Sussex (with Brighton and Hove) to the east, Hampshire to the west and Surrey to the north, and to the south the English Channel.
Westminster Abbey, formally titled the Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, is a large, mainly Gothic abbey church in the City of Westminster, London, England, just to the west of the Palace of Westminster.
Weymouth and Portland is a local government district and borough in Dorset, England.
Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy is a centre for the sport of sailing on the Isle of Portland, Dorset, on the south coast of England.
Weymouth Bay is a sheltered bay on the south coast of England, in Dorset.
Weymouth College is a further education college located in Weymouth, England.
Weymouth Football Club is an association football club based in the town of Weymouth, Dorset, England.
Weymouth Harbour (or the Old Harbour) is a picturesque harbour at the seaside town of Weymouth in Dorset, southern England.
The Weymouth Pavilion, formerly the Ritz, is a theatre in Weymouth, Dorset.
Weymouth Sands was written by John Cowper Powys in rural upper New York State and published in February 1934 in New York City by Simon and Schuster.
Weymouth is a seaside town in Dorset, England, situated on a sheltered bay at the mouth of the River Wey on the English Channel coast.
Whitchurch Canonicorum or Whitechurch Canonicorum is a village and civil parish in southwest Dorset, England, situated in the Marshwood Vale westnorthwest of Bridport.
William Barnes (22 February 1801 – 7 October 1886) was an English writer, poet, Church of England priest, and philologist.
Wilt is a comedic novel by Tom Sharpe, first published by Secker and Warburg in 1976.
Wilts & Dorset Wilts & Dorset Bus Company Limited is a bus operator providing services in East Dorset, South Wiltshire and West Hampshire.
Wiltshire is a county in South West England with an area of.
Wiltshire Council is a unitary authority in South West of England, created in 2009.
Wimborne Minster (often referred to as Wimborne) is a market town in East Dorset in South West England, and the name of the Church of England church in that town.
Wimborne Minster, known locally as the Minster, is the parish church of Wimborne, Dorset, England.
Wimborne Minster Folk Festival took over from the previously known Wimborne Folk Festival in 2013 when the previous organisers retired in August 2012, after over 30 years organising the festival.
A World Heritage site is a landmark or area which is selected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as having cultural, historical, scientific or other form of significance, and is legally protected by international treaties.
World War I (often abbreviated as WWI or WW1), also known as the First World War, the Great War, or the War to End All Wars, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918.
World War II (often abbreviated to WWII or WW2), also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier.
Wytch Farm is an oil field and processing facility in the Purbeck district of Dorset, England.
Yale University Press is a university press associated with Yale University.
Yellow Buses Bournemouth Transport Limited is a bus operator based in Bournemouth, on the south coast of England.
Yeovil is an English town and civil parish in the district of South Somerset, with a population of 45,000.
The 2012 Summer Olympics, formally the Games of the XXX Olympiad and commonly known as London 2012, was an international multi-sport event that was held from 27 July to 12 August 2012 in London, United Kingdom.