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Frampton and Bradford Peverell

Taken on a bright frosty day at the end of November the pictures in this gallery are from a walk along a short stretch of the Frome valley. Starting at Notton (SY 608 958) – just south of Maiden Newton – the route follows the river south-eastwards to Dorchester; passing on its way Frampton, Muckleford – where a short detour onto the hilltop at Three Corners (SY 645 925) gives some good views back up the valley – then Bradford Peverell, before passing finally a stretch of Roman aqueduct on the outskirts of Dorchester.

102-01 Frampton and Bradford Peverell 102-02 Frampton and Bradford Peverell 102-03 Frampton and Bradford Peverell 102-04 Frampton and Bradford Peverell 102-05 Frampton and Bradford Peverell
102-06 Frampton and Bradford Peverell 102-07 Frampton and Bradford Peverell 102-08 Frampton and Bradford Peverell 102-09 Frampton and Bradford Peverell 102-10 Frampton and Bradford Peverell
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Traces of the Roman aqueduct can be seen following the contours of the hillside at several locations on the southern slopes of the valley. The covered channel – cut into the chalk hillside some 1900 years ago – was used to bring a supply of fresh water to Dorchester (the only Roman town in Dorset).


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In the top row of pictures:

  • Looking across the Frome valley, 1km south-east of Maiden Newton (picture)
  • Notton Farm (picture)
  • Bridge across the Frome, Frampton (picture)
  • Church of St. Mary, Frampton (picture)
  • Approaching Muckleford (picture)

In the bottom row of pictures:

  • Ascending Penn Hill (SY 644 925) looking north-westwards, radio masts of Rampisham Down in the distance (picture)
  • Strap Bottom, typical pasture for this area (SY 654 927) (picture)
  • Bradford Peverell, church of St Mary, built 1849–51 (picture)
  • Giles Cross, one of many small lanes leading to Dorchester (SY 665 923) (picture)
  • Roman Aqueduct – with inquisitive cows! Two standing within the 1900 year old water channel (SY 673 917) (picture)

Nearby locations that also feature in galleries on this site:

directionEvershot, Cerne Abbas


directionUpwey, Hardy's Monument

directionKingcombe, Powerstock

More views of Dorset in November

Other sites on the web

The Roman Aqueduct at Dorchester – a comprehesive guide

The Dorset Page:   Frampton, Bradford Peverell – 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 Frampton and Bradford Peverell in this gallery were captured at medium resolution.
This is images of dorset stock photography gallery 102
All photographs copyright © 1998–2003 John Allen

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