Place:Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, England

NameTollard Royal
Alt namesTollard-Royalsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeAncient parish, Civil parish
Coordinates50.96°N 2.081°W
Located inWiltshire, England     (1880 - )
Also located inDorset, England     ( - 1880)
See alsoChalk Hundred, Wiltshire, Englandhundred in which it was located after 1880
Cranborne Hundred, Dorset, Englandhundred in which it was part located until 1880
Tisbury Rural, Wiltshire, Englandrural district 1894-1934
Mere and Tisbury Rural, Wiltshire, Englandrural district 1934-1974
Salisbury District, Wiltshire, Englanddistrict municipality 1974-2009
Wiltshire District, Wiltshire, Englandunitary authority 2009--
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Tollard Royal is a village and civil parish in Wiltshire, England, situated on Cranborne Chase. The parish is on Wiltshire's southern boundary with Dorset and the village is 6 miles (10 km) southeast of the Dorset town of Shaftesbury. Tollard Royal was considered to be in Dorset until the county boundary was redrawn in 1880.

The "Royal" in the name refers to the royal hunting lodge that was used for hunting on the Chase.

Lieutenant-General Augustus Pitt Rivers, army officer and founder of modern archaeology, created a pleasure garden in 1880 at the Rushmore Estate near Tollard Royal. This was the first private garden to be opened for public enjoyment in the United Kingdom. Since 1990 the annual Larmer Tree Festival of music and arts has been held here. Ashcombe House and its 1,134 acres (459 ha) estate lies between Tollard Royal and Berwick St. John. Photographer and designer Cecil Beaton lived there between 1930 and 1945.

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