Place:Dorchester, Dorset, England

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NameDorchester
Alt namesDorecestrasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 93
Dorecestresource: Domesday Book (1985) p 93
Durnovariasource: Encyclopædia Britannica (1988) IV, 183
Durnovarialsource: Canby, Historic Places (1984) I, 250
Maiden Castlesource: ARLIS/NA: Ancient Site Names (1995)
TypeTown
Coordinates50.717°N 2.433°W
Located inDorset, England

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Dorchester is the county town of Dorset, England. A historic market town, Dorchester lies on the banks of the River Frome, in the Frome Valley, just south of the Dorset Downs and north of the South Dorset Ridgeway, that separates the area from Weymouth, south.

Dorchester was the home and inspiration of the author Thomas Hardy, whose novel The Mayor of Casterbridge was based on the town.

In the 2001 Census the official population of Dorchester was 16,171, although by 2010 this was estimated to have risen to 18,280.

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