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Chettle and Farnham

Tucked into the hollows of the gently rolling farmland of Cranborne Chase – Chettle (ST 950 135) and Farnham (ST 960 150) are typical examples of the many small communities spread sparsely across the north-eastern portion of the county, and are seen here in photographs taken mid-April. Large estates dominate the area, such as Rushmore to the north, consequently many of the buildings and farms are estate owned.

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It was at Farnham where the renowned archaeologist General Pitt-Rivers exhibited many of the finds from his excavations of the Romano-British village at Rushmore. In 1899 there were over 12,000 visitors to the museum he established to display the finds, many of whom would have stayed and dined in the village inn which had been extended and renamed 'The Museum Hotel'. Today the museum no longer exists and much of the collection has been rehoused in museums in Salisbury and Oxford.


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In the top row of pictures:

  • Farmland between Chettle and Farnham (ST 946 144) (picture)
  • Church of St Laurence, Farnham (picture)
  • The Museum Inn and village playground, Farnham (picture)
  • The main street, Farnham (picture)
  • A thatched cottage, Farnham (picture)

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Nearby locations that also feature in galleries on this site:


direction Pentridge, Wimborne St Giles

directionTarrant Valley

directionBlandford Forum

More views of Dorset in April

Other sites on the web

The Dorset Page:   Chettle, Farnham – local information and links to further resources on the web

Maps of the area on streetmap.co.uk:   1:50,000 – detail, 1:250,000 – locality and route to get there

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The pictures of Chettle and Farnham in this gallery were captured at high resolution.
This is images of dorset stock photography gallery 025
All photographs copyright © 1998–2003 John Allen

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