England, Blandford Forum Guide (B): Blandford Forum - A Georgian Gem in England

Blandford Forum - A Georgian Gem in England
In 1731 a great fire swept through the small market town of Blandford Forum in Dorset. It destroyed ninety per cent of the town. Thanks to some unusual circumstances it was quickly rebuilt and today it is the best example of a small Georgian town in the UK.

The Market Place

During the mid-eighteenth century there were several town fires in Dorset which were generally attributed to the abundance of thatched roofs. They were not considered newsworthy for the London papers – with the exception of the Great Fire in Blandford Forum. Thanks to several wealthy landowners who lived close to the town it was reported as a national disaster. Donations were received from George II, charitable performances were held in a London theatre and an Act of Parliament was passed decreeing that Blandford should be re-built in brick and tile. William and John Bastard, prominent citizens of the town as well as being architects, surveyors and principal builders undertook the task of re-building the town. The result is a spacious Market Place where open-air markets are still held every Thursday and Saturday ringed by the most complete group of Georgian buildings in England. The Market Place is also the venue for a Farmers’ Market on the second Friday of every month. The Great Fire Monument stands in front of the church.

The Town Hall and Corn Market

Dominating the Market Place is the colonnaded Town Hall and Cornmarket. It was re-sited in order to create more space in the ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Blandford Forum - A Georgian Gem in England
Guide Location: England » Blandford Forum
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: The Market Place   Great Fire Monument   Town Hall   Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul   Fashion Museum   Blandford Town Museum   The Old House   Water Meadows   Scruples Coffee Shop   Hall and Woodhouse Brewery  
Author: Valery Collins
Read it on author's website: https://www.experiencedtraveller.com/journal/2018-08-19-blandford-forum-a-georgian-gem-in-england