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Name:Charmouth: planned town
Type of Record:Place
HER Number:1 029 014
Last edited:Apr

Location:Charmouth, West Dorset
Grid Reference:SY 36 93
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Monument Type(s)

  • TOWN (Medieval - 1320 AD to 1539 AD)

Summary

Medieval planned town. Charmouth was founded in AD 1320 when the Abbot of Forde created a free borough. The general lay out of the town can be traced in some of the burgage plots, especially on the north side of the town. A boundary bank also survives.

Protected Status

  • Conservation Area

Sources and Further Reading

---SWX773 - Article in serial: Keen, L. 2000. 'Monastic urban speculation: the Cistercians and medieval Charmouth' Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society. 121. 17-21. 17-22.
<1>SWX1202 - Monograph: Penn, K J. 1980. Historic Towns in Dorset. pgs 34-37.
<2>SWX1175 - Bibliographic reference: Beresford, J and Findhead,. 1973. English medieval boroughs: a hand-list. p103.

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