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Seen here on a hot day in July, the village of Cranborne lies at the centre of Cranborne Chase. A large manor house dating from the time of Henry VIII, an abandoned motte and bailey castle to the south-east, and a 13th century house built for King John are all clues to a more significant past; today it is a relatively quiet and undisturbed part of the county.

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In the top row of pictures:

  • Farmland to the south-west of Cranborne (picture)
  • View from Castle Hill towards Cranborne (picture)
  • The main street through Cranborne (picture)
  • Village stores (picture)
  • Crossroads in the centre of the village, Fleur de Lys hotel (picture)

In the bottom row of pictures:

  • Church of St Mary and St Bartholomew, flint and stone, Late Norman (picture)
  • Village cross (picture)
  • Thatched cottage in the village (picture)
  • Village Post Office (picture)
  • The River Crane, the main river flowing through the village! (picture)

Nearby locations that also feature in galleries on this site:


directionWimborne St Giles

More views of Dorset in July

Other sites on the web

The Dorset Page:   Cranborne – 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 Cranborne in this gallery were captured at medium resolution.
This is images of dorset stock photography gallery 082
All photographs copyright © 1998–2003 John Allen

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