|Alt names||Dorecestra||source: Domesday Book (1985) p 93|
|Dorecestre||source: Domesday Book (1985) p 93|
|Durnovaria||source: Encyclopædia Britannica (1988) IV, 183|
|Durnovarial||source: Canby, Historic Places (1984) I, 250|
|Maiden Castle||source: ARLIS/NA: Ancient Site Names (1995)|
|Located in||Dorset, England|
Dorchester, Dorset in A Vision of Britain Through TimeP
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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 is noted as being home and inspiration to 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.