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Dorchester prison has been put on the market by property developer City & Country.

The company admitted last August that it was struggling to find the cash for the plan to convert the site into homes, after buying a portfolio of former prisons from the government.


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Villagers in Cerne Abbas have been awarded a grant of £6,700 by the National Lottery Heritage Fund towards the cost of this year’s centenary celebrations of the 1919 auction sale of Cerne Abbas by the Pitt-Rivers family.

The grant, which will be supplemented by money raised within the village, will enable Cerne Abbas to put on...

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Dorset CPRE has officially backed support to create a Dorset National Park, incorporating the existing Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and possibly other areas so far not protected.

There is speculation a future National Park could be extended to include the beautiful downland north or Dorchester’s water meadows, currently being eyed by developers as a...

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Train services will once again run from Dorchester and local villages through to historic Corfe Castle this summer after the huge success of last year’s trial – when more than 4,000 tickets were snapped up.

Swanage-trainsThe special summer service runs to Corfe Castle on the Swanage Railway,...

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Dorchester’s first Thomas Hardy Victorian Fair held to celebrate the author’s 179th birthday drew big crowds. High West and High East Streets were closed to motor traffic and instead of engines the happy chatter of throngs of people, many in Victorian dress, filled the air.

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A MASSIVE row has erupted over a decision to designate the controversial scheme for 3,500 houses near the town’s water meadows as a ‘Garden Village’.

It has emerged that officers at the former West Dorset District Council (WDDC) applied for Garden Village status for the project – even though the site, on the downs north of...

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