Dorchester is Dorset's county town dating back to the iron age, and is also the town of Casterbridge which featured in several of Thomas Hardy's novels.
It was also the departure point for the six men known as the Tolpuddle Martyrs who, in 1834 were deported to Australia and later pardoned. Today, a traditional market is held here every Wednesday with over 500 stalls selling a wide range of products
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Market day in Dorchester - Dorchester visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Market day in Dorchester' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Dorset.
This panorama was taken at Dorchester Market, which is held on Wednesdays with a car boot sale on Sunday mornings. The panoramic picture shows the great variety of stalls found at the market. The market is held at Farifield, just south of Dorchester town center, close to both bus stops and railway stations. In all there are over 500 pitches, 150 of which are in a covered space which used to be the cattle market. At Dorchester market you will find almost everything from superb local farm produce in the farmers market, through to second hand items and antiques. Organisationally, the market is managed by the district council's Property Services Division on behalf of Dorchester Markets Joint Committee, which is made up of representatives from both West Dorset District Council and Dorchester Town Council.
Dorchester Market is in an area just south of the town center boundaried by Fairfield Road, Maumbury Road and Weymouth Avenue. Dorchester is on the A35, which runs from Poole (24 miles) to Dorchester then then continues west towards Bridport (16 miles) and Lyme Regis (26 miles). Dorchester is also linked to Weymouth and Portland (about 9 miles) to the south by the A354, to Yeovil (about 20 miles) in the north by the A37 and also to Sherborne (20 miles) by the A352.