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The county of Dorset is to be found on the Southern coast of England nestled between Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire. It covers some 1.023 Square Miles

The principal towns of Dorset are the market towns of Dorchester, Poole (which can boast the second largest natural harbour in the world, next to that of Sydney, Australia), Shaftesbury, Sherbourne and the resorts of Bournemouth, Lyme Regis and Weymouth.

Dorset is the birthplace of Thomas Hardy, who wrote of Dorchester as 'Casterbridge' and renamed Dorset as 'Barsetshire' in his literary classic, "The Mayor of Casterbridge".