Dorchester The Essential
In the 1C AD, the Romans built the settlement of Durnovaria on the great London-Exeter route. Today, Dorchester has fine 17C houses, with many façades modified in the 19C, thus making for a varied appearance. This spirit of diversity is also in evidence on the modern and controversial Poundbury estate, which continues to grow on the town's outskirts.
Occupying around twenty hectares, Maiden
South Street, Dorchester's main shopping