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