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Durotriges

Landshire Lane

County boundary between Stalbridge, Dorset, and Henstridge, Somerset.

Wednesday 6 April 2016, - 10.00 for 10.30am

Much looking forward to our first field meeting of the year when we shall be exploring one of the most 'accessible' lengths of the county boundary along Landshire Lane across Blackmore. Following an almost straight course across a formerly unenclosed tract of Common its 'shire' designation in relation to its distinctive course suggest a deliberately 'made' length of the county boundary, a suggestion complemented by the fact that to this day it serves as a routeway - often quite a busy road.

Further to marking the Dorset/Somerset border, Landshire Lane is also the boundary between the parish/manors of, respectively, Stalbridge and Henstridge, both of which present surviving Anglo-Saxon charters - the latter with bounds. We shall meet up in the concrete-surfaced pulling-in area on the north side of the Lane a few hundred yards east of Copse House [Farm], ST711181 [DT10 2SB]. Rosalyn Sclater of Frith Farm will kindly unlock the gateway for us.

Landshire Lane
Stalbridge, Lanshire Lane, looking East from Somerset. The Dorset boundary is along the face of the wall around Stalbridge Park
6 Apr 2016, J. Childs

For our 'wash up' afterwards we will be meeting up at the Stalbridge Arms - in Stalbridge - which I am assured is open all day with plenty of room and lots of tables. (And will phone and re-confirm a little nearer the 6 April). Drive south on the A357 Henstridge-Stalbridge Road continuing on through Stalbridge village, through the narrow 'pinch point,' on past the entrance to Dykes Supermarket when a village green will come into view and the road divide. Take the left-hand fork and the Stalbridge Arms is located on the right-hand side of the road a few hundred yards further on. There is a car park behind the pub, turn in beside the further edge of what is quite a substantial building. (DT10 2NF)

Landshire Lane, Stalbridge
Dorset Boundaries
Index for 1:2500 maps C.1886 of the Dorset (Stalbridge) and Somerset (Henstridge) boundary meered to Lanshire Lane

Do join us all for what promises to be another interesting day in yet another very distinctive tract of country along the Dorset border. And once again, do bring a sandwich for an informal picnic lunch - fingers crossed for the weather.

I fell to thinking that I should have made further mention of the fact that the day after our Landshire Lane field-meeting - ie 7 April - is the exact tenth anniversary of the the launch of the DCB project by John Newbould and myself in the History Centre in 2006 bringing together those two 'arms' of the DNHAS, 'natural history and archaeology' [with historical geography].

I made reference to this in my 2015-2016 Report - but that's a while ago now . . . Our first field-meeting was to Corscombe on 9 May - a training session led by John - and the next on Tuesday 25 May was led by Peter Hatherley along the Shire Rack. It was not until the following year 2007 on 1 August at Sutton Poyntz that we adopted our bi-monthly Wednesdays. And what an interesting ten years this has been.

Thank you to you all once again, for your interest, support - and not least, your wide range of expertise.


Happy Easter!
Katherine

Extract maps (400m x 400m) from OS County Series 1st Edition 1:2500 mapping circa 1886 with digitised feature and boundary overlay. Sheet reference based on full easting-northing 100m grid reference to the lower left internal corner
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INDEX Landshire Lane  StalbridgeHenstridge, Somerset PDF
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769 1886
3708-1179 Copse House Farm, Landshire Lane FW alongside roadPurse Caundle, StalbridgeHenstridge, Somerset PDF
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171 1886
3712-1180 Landshire Lane FW alongside roadStalbridgeHenstridge, Somerset PDF
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140 1886
3715-1183 Furge Plantation, Landshire Lane FW alongside roadStalbridgeHenstridge, Somerset PDF
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209 1886
3719-1185 Nr Rabbit Warren, Landshire Lane FW alongside roadStalbridgeHenstridge, Somerset PDF
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190 1886
3722-1188 Landshire Lane FW alongside roadStalbridgeHenstridge, Somerset PDF
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179 1886
3726-1189 Roundhill Lodge, Landshire Lane FW, 6ft RH alongside roadStalbridgeHenstridge, Somerset PDF
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286 1886
3730-1191 S&DJR rail bridge, Landshire Lane 6ft RH, 6ft Tk H alongside roadStalbridgeHenstridge, Somerset PDF
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241 1886
3734-1192 Landshire Lane 6ft RH alongside roadStalbridgeHenstridge, Somerset PDF
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195 1886
3738-1193 Landshire Bridge, Landshire Lane 6ft RH alongside roadStalbridgeHenstridge, Somerset PDF
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208 1886
3742-1194 Rhodes House, Landshire Lane 6ft RH alongside roadStalbridgeHenstridge, Somerset PDF
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185 1886
3746-1196 Landshire Lane 6ft RH alongside roadStalbridgeHenstridge, Somerset PDF
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174 1886
3750-1197 Landshire Lane 6ft RH alongside roadStalbridgeHenstridge, Somerset PDF
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181 1886
3754-1198 Landshire Lane 6ft RH alongside roadStalbridgeHenstridge, Somerset PDF
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156 1886
3758-1199 Cale Bridge, Landshire Lane 6ft RH alongside road, CR (River Cale)Fifehead Magdalen, StalbridgeHenstridge, Somerset PDF
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250 1886
- All of the above less index - Fifehead Magdalen,Purse Caundle, Stalbridge Henstridge, Somerset PDF
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Tithe 1840
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Ordnance Survey 1st Ed 1in mapping - draft 2in drawings
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21,283 C.1810
Stalbridge Park
Stalbridge Park wall
Stalbridge Park Wall
Dorset Life, 2012

The Old Stone Wall at Stalbridge

An article in Dorset Life magazine where Hilary Townsend explores the history behind the Park Wall. Five miles of ten feet high dry-laid coursed rubble with rounded capping and a projecting dripstone built c1760.

Sherborne map 1808
Sherborne map 2in drawing

Sherborne - 2in drawing, 1808

The copy in the British Library includes a red pecked line describes the border between the counties of Dorset and Somerset. Look at Wincanton to the north.

Stalbridge Arms
Stalbridge Arms

Stalbridge Arms

For our 'wash up' afterwards we will be meeting up at the Ring St, Stalbridge, Sturminster Newton DT10 2NF.