Dorset: Fun Facts
Dorset has a rich history with its Jurassic coastline where dinosaurs once walked, the proof of which can be found in perfectly formed fossilised remains, and a human history dating back to the Neolithic era.
Today, the charm of the Dorset countryside still attracts many settlers and visitors to the county, who are seeking peace and quiet to explore ancient green lands and stunning vistas that look out across the beautiful sandy beaches and rock formations of the county’s coastline.
Throughout Dorset there are numerous market towns each with their own individual character traits and pretty villages tucked away that are within a stone throw of these bustling towns.
As you can imagine with all this history and charm comes many interesting facts here are just a few of them.
Did you know:
- The village of Holwell in Dorset is home to the oldest post box in England. It dates back to the reign of Queen Victoria and it received it’s first letter in 1853. It is a treasured piece of history with Queen Victoria’s initials inscribed on its casing.
- Dorset is home to many film and TV locations, know quite so famous though as Gold Hill in Shaftesbury where the infamous 1973 Hovis advert was filmed. It was also used for the 1967 adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’ and continues to be a favourite with location scouts for period dramas.
- Many of the questions in the fun family parlour game, Trivial Pursuit, were researched in Weymouth’s public library.
- Dorset’s Jurassic coast is the first ever natural site to make it onto the UNESCO World Heritage list in December 2001.
- Dorset is home to the bendiest road in the county; a one mile stretch from Cann Common near Shaftesbury to Tollard Royal on the Dorset/Wiltshire border. Take care driving down that road!
- Dorset’s most famous resident is the late Thomas Hardy; the Victorian novelist was born in June 1840 in Higher Bockhampton to the east of Dorchester and later became know for classic novels such as Tess of the d’Urbervilles, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Under the Greenwood Tree and, of course, Far From the Madding Crowd. Several of which have been dramatised for cinema and TV.
Added: 4th November 2019