Place:Blandford Forum, Dorset, England

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NameBlandford Forum
Alt namesBlandfordsource: Wikipedia
Blandford-Forumsource: Family History Library Catalog
Chipping Blandfordsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeTown
Coordinates50.85°N 2.15°W
Located inDorset, England
Contained Places
Area
Damory
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Blandford Forum, commonly Blandford, is a market town on the River Stour in Dorset, England. The town is noted for its Georgian architecture. In the 2011 Census the town had a population of 11,694. Blandford is the administrative headquarters of North Dorset District Council. Blandford Camp, a military base, is sited on the hills a mile to the east of the town.

History

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Blandford has been a fording point since Anglo-Saxon times, when it was recorded as Blaen-y-ford and as Blaneford in the Domesday Book, meaning ford of the river of blay, or bleak (Alburnus alburnus). By the 13th century it had become an important market town with a livestock market serving the nearby Blackmore Vale with its many dairy farms. The Latin word Forum, meaning market, was recorded in 1540. It was an important break on the journey between the port of Weymouth and the capital London. There is still a weekly outdoor market and a bi-weekly indoor market held in the Corn Exchange

In 1731 much of the town was destroyed in a fire. John and William Bastard rebuilt the town over the following 30 years and the town centre features Georgian architecture from the 1730s to 1760s.

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