• The Dorset County Boundary Survey website
17 Sep
Durotriges

Cranfield Chase

Cranborne Chase/Chalke Valley AONB.

Indoor Meeting

Wednesday 7 February, - 10.00 for 10.30am
Location: Meetings Room at Blandford Museum, Bere’s Yard, Blandford DT11 7HQ; 01258 450388

Roger Goulding, leader of the Cranborne Chase AONB HLF-funded Landscape Partnership project, confirmed arrangements for our forthcoming 7 February indoor meeting.  And which (as I’ve already noted) promises to be a very interesting session which will take the findings of the DCB research project along this length of the Dorset/Wiltshire boundary into the future; see the attached map of the area concerned.  

So do bring along any maps, notes, photos etc. (the making of a future AONB archive/collection?) - and ideas and suggestions. 

This will also be a valuable opportunity to share our Recording Methodology – our HRFs – which will have a wider application to the Chase as a whole.

Roger has kindly booked us in to the Meetings Room at Blandford Museum (not his office in Wimborne); address Bere’s Yard, Blandford DT11 7HQ; 01258 450388.  The Museum is sited on the south side of the High Street almost opposite the Church from which it is signposted.  The Museum has no Visitor Parking but immediately south of the Museum along the Stour are two large (Pay and Display) car parks which are well-signposted. 

We meet up at 10 for 10.30 – Roger has booked tea, coffee – and lunch too.  And will be very happy to continue things after lunch; this is an ‘open’ room booking.  And pasted in here are some suggestions Roger makes as to what we might like to achieve on the 7th.  Do join us all!

Read on for Roger’s ‘bullet points’ – as to how he suggests we share things.

I think that’s it for now, but quite a lot to be going on with!  If there’s any items to add for the day please feel free.

Dorset Boundaries
Blandford Car Parks
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Cranborne Chase
Dorset Boundaries
Area of Cranfield Chase across Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire borders.

Cranborne Chase AONB Joint Landscape Partnership

It was the Cranborne Chase AONB Joint Landscape Partnership Workshop held on 23 November 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.

The current AONB Landscape Project is such to invite conservation, management and a wider ‘acknowledgement’ of these demonstrably historic lengths – one not restricted to Bokerley Dyke. The Joint Landscape Partnership Project is worth some £2 million and is to involve local groups and societies as to enhance and promote the landscapes of this area. There are certainly a range of unique opportunities presented here. And which have already attracted great interest by Roger Goulding. Do join us all on 7 February – a meeting not to be missed!

Next Meeting

6 April will be a field meeting near Shaftesbury 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 1:125,000
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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.

Border parishes and Turnpike roads.

Cranborne Chase Relief map PDF
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Additional Information
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1 Cranborne Chase AONB HLF-funded Landscape Partnership project bullet points on areas of shared interest East Dorset Roger Goulding PDF
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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
Stalbridge Arms
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.