The Dorset Historic Towns Project report on Shaftesbury.
The historic urban character of Shaftesbury is closely bound up with its distinctive landscape setting and the quality of its historic fabric, as well as its significant early history. Shaftesbury's dramatic hilltop setting and spectacular views are major elements in the its distinctiveness. The late Saxon and medieval town plan survives virtually complete, but the area of the Alfredian burh has largely lost its earlier settlement pattern. Most later suburban development has taken place outside the historic core to the east of the town.
Good survival of the historic town structure is complemented by a large number of historic buildings. The existence of many unbroken groups of historic buildings, with little disruption from modern development, is a major factor which highlights the contribution made by historic elements to Shaftesbury's urban character. The harmonious use of local building materials helps underscore its local setting and emphasises the linkage with the surrounding landscape.
Here is a summary of the report (February 2011).
Detailed sections of the report
We have broken down the full report into individual sections, please select one of the parts to read:
- Part 1 and 2 Introduction and overview
- Part 3 and 4 Context and sources
- Part 5.1 Historical analysis - Saxon
- Part 5.2 Historical analysis - Medieval
- Part 5.3 Historical analysis - Post-medieval
- Part 5.4 Historical analysis - Nineteenth and early twentieth century
- Part 5.5 Historical analysis - Inter war period
- Part 5.6 Historical analysis - Post war period
- Part 6 Character appraisal
- Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 1 Bimport
- Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 2 Shaftesbury Town Centre
- Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 3 St James
- Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 4 Barton Hill and Cockram's Field
- Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 5 Layton Lane
- Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 6 Cann
- Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 7 Enmore Green
- Part 6 Historic Urban Character Area 8 East of Christy's Lane
- Part 7 Research and appendices