Blandford, or Blandford Forum to give it its correct name, is a small town in Dorset. It's just to the south of Shaftesbury, to the north-west of Poole and to the south-west of Salisbury. The town is located at the crossroads of the A354 and A350.
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Blandford, in Dorset, is a charming old market town. Located on the banks of the River Stour, its population has remained under 10,000 despite some new housing developments. The town is perhaps best known for its annual Georgian Fayre and its several public schools - as well as for being the seat of the North Dorset District Council.
Blandford is one of the older settlements in Dorset, having been established since at least Anglo-Saxon times. Its local importance as a market town can be traced back to the 13th century and Blandford Forum takes the latter part of its name - Forum - from the Latin for market.
Despite Blandford's age, visitors will note that none of the architecture appears to date any earlier than the 18th century. The reason for this is simple; much of the town was destroyed by fire in 1731 and was subsequently rebuilt, resulting in a uniformly Georgian appearance!
The town has a perhaps disproportionate number of bars, restaurants and barber shops for its size. An explanation for this can be found in the long-time presence of Blandford Army Camp to the north of the town - the traditional home of the Royal Corps of Signals.
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