• The Dorset County Boundary Survey website
30 Jan
Durotriges

Priests House Museum

Wimborne.

Indoor Meeting

Wednesday 6 February, - 10.00 for 10.30am
Location: Meetings Room at Priests House Museum, 23-27 High Street, Wimborne. BH21 1HR. SZ009999

Further to my earlier note a pleasure to confirm arrangements for our forthcoming indoor meeting on Wednesday 6 February, 10 for 10.30, when we will be joined by Roger Goulding of the Cranborne Chase AONB to take forward to the next stage the conservation/way-marking et cetera of the historic length of the county boundary which traverses the designated arear of the AONB. We shall be taking as our ‘type-site’ that length of boundary between Shermal Gate and Garston Wood which ‘runs’ with the bounds recorded in the tenth-century charters for both the manors of Chalke (Wiltshire) and Handley (Dorset); a length registered as the ‘Shire Rack.’ Led by KB, GH, AM and RW.

Roger has confirmed the booking of the Meetings Room at the Priests House Museum in Wimborne. Its address is 23-27 High Street, Wimborne BH21 1HR, and is sited towards the western end of the High Street opposite the Minster. The nearest [Pay and Display] car park is the High Street Car Park behind the Museum [Hanham Road?] (accessible, as I recall, by a footpath through to the High Street) located along the north bank – the town side – of the River Allen beside the A349 from Poole where it crosses the bridge into the town – on into the High Street.

Dorset Boundaries
Possible Wimborne Car Parks. King Street, BH21 1UN, Hanham Road BH21 1LN following the one way system. Or use Parkopedia website
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KB will bring along coffee/tea et cetera. Roger will bring along a laptop/projector and in support of our maps and pencils we will be able to take a virtual walk along the AONB/DCB ‘length,’ photos kindly assembled by MF. Do join us all for what promises to be a very interesting, forward-looking, far-reaching (OE racu ‘reach,’ today’s ‘rack’) morning.

Also look forward to catching up with matters further to the DCB 2019 programme – and am sure we will be able to find somewhere close by for a light pub lunch after the meeting.

Very best wishes – and don’t hesitate to get in touch further to ideas – or queries. Katherine

Shire Rack along the Dorset/Wiltshire border
Dorset Boundaries
Shire Rack along the Dorset/Wiltshire border

Cranborne Chase AONB Joint Landscape Partnership

It was the Cranborne Chase AONB Joint Landscape Partnership Workshop held on 23 November 2017 in Sixpenny Handley that drew attention to that wider county-based heritage. As noted above, this area is described as ‘overlapping’ four counties and which includes those distinctive lengths of the DCB explored by GH and AM. Both have conducted further research and written up papers respectively on Handley/Chalke and Ringwood/Damerham A-S charter bounds – and which remain ‘on hold,’ publication pending. It was shortly after launching the DCB survey (prompted by the Up/Lyme length) that KB held a short-term contract at the AONB as to research and write-up the medieval deer parks of this designated area – her attention almost immediately drawn to the fact that the AONB ‘embraced’ many miles of historic shire boundary and which (like the Up/Lyme length) had hitherto seemed to have escaped attention.

 


Next Meeting

3 April will be a field meeting at Kingsettle Wood so please note the information below.


The activities of our Research Group are organised informally, and by joining in any of our outdoor events you do so entirely at your own risk, and we accept no liability for those who participate. If you wish to join us you are reminded that you must rely on your own ability and experience to gauge the difficulty and severity of the activity and the route or terrain involved, and you will be responsible for your own safety at all times. Any decision to continue or discontinue any walk or activity at any point is entirely your own choice, and you are reminded that you should have appropriate clothing, rainwear and footwear, and carry sun protection, food and drink adequate for the weather and the duration of the walk or excursion.

c 1886 mapping. Nominal 1:10,000
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1 Map index for below   Handley Bower Chalke, Wiltshire PDF
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Shermel Gate

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3993-1193 Mistleberry Camp Handley Bower Chalke, Wiltshire PDF
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3997-1193 Sessions Gate Handley Bower Chalke, Wiltshire PDF
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4001-1193 Pribdean Wood Handley Bower Chalke, Wiltshire PDF
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c 1886 mapping. Nominal 1:125,000
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Cranfield Chase area of East Dorset.

Border parishes and Turnpike roads.

Cranborne Chase OS 6in base PDF
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Cranfield Chase area of East Dorset.

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436 2018
 

 

Cranborne Chase
Stalbridge Park wall
Cranborne Chase
Forests and Chases of England and Wales

Cranborne Chase

Mapping attributed to Thomas Aldwell, 1618, and an 18th century revison by Richard Harding

OS - 2in drawing, early 19th C

Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire border

The British Library copies include the Shaftesbury and Cranborne in Dorset and Berwick St. John in Wiltshire.

Cranborne Chase AONB
Cranborne Chase
HLC project for the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs AONB

Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covers 380 square miles of Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire.