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Sherborne has been described as the most attractive town in Dorset. Few British towns have such a wealth of unspoilt medieval buildings, some of the buildings date back to the 15th century and it has retained its historical charm, free from modern development.

Sherbourne is located in Dorset,  just 16,5 miles north  of Dorchester.

In 1550, Edward VI founded Sherborne School, thereby saving the Abbey Church and other monastic buildings that might otherwise have been demolished in the Dissolution.

 There are two castles in Sherborne:

  • The old castle was built between 1107 and 1135 and was bought by Sir Walter Raleigh in the 16th century. He attempted to convert it into a house but gave up in the 1590s and built the new castle.

The old castle was ruined  by the Parlamentarians  at the end of Civil War. Raleigh was sent to the tower and executed by James I.

  • The new castle was then bought by the Digby family, who still own it. The 30 acres of gardens were landscaped by Capability Brown. There are excellent views of the castle both from the gardens and across the lake.

Many of the buildings, including the Abbey, are constructed of hamstone an oche-coloured stone from Somerset.


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"One of British towns with wealth of unspoilt medieval buildings"

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