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Shitterton Medieval

Lane

For   over   10   years   I   walked   past   the   sunken   Medieval   lane   in   the   Gallery   below   and   had   no   idea   it   existed.   It   was   only   upon   reading   it   mentioned   in a book that I pushed the brambles aside and lo and behold... This   lane,   called   Dark   Lane,   was   part   of   the   original   medieval   route   between   Bere   Regis   and   Dorchester.   The   village   itself was   isolated   until   the   creation   of   the   Dorchester,   Poole   &   Wimborne Turnpike   roads   in   1841.   It   was   isolated   because   the   18th century   coaching   period   had   passed   the   village   by.   Up   until   1841,   the   only   routes   to   and   from   neighbouring   towns   &   villages to Bere Regis were remnants of the old Medieval lanes. Thus the lane leading out of Shitterton had a lot more use than most rural Medieval lanes! Dark   Lane   leads   north   west   from   where   the   tarmac   of   modern   Shitterton   Lane   heads   into   a   field   just   west   of   Shitterton   Farmhouse.   It   carries   on   as a   10   foot   deep   gully   with   trees   standing   each   side   at   normal   ground   level.   It   is   overgrown   with   brambles   and   rises   to   ground   level   after   around   300 feet where it peters into a field. From   old   maps   the   route   it   takes   appears   to   skirt   around   the   northern   base   of   Black   Hill   before   heading   towards   Affpuddle,   where   it   joins   up   with another Medieval track running along the Piddle Valley towards Dorchester.
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Shitterton Medieval

Lane

For   over   10   years   I   walked   past   the   sunken   Medieval   lane   in   the Gallery   below   and   had   no   idea   it   existed.   It   was only   upon   reading   it   mentioned   in   a   book   that   I pushed the brambles aside and lo and behold... This   lane,   called   Dark   Lane,   was   part   of   the original    medieval    route    between    Bere    Regis    and    Dorchester.    The village   itself   was   isolated   until   the   creation   of   the   Dorchester,   Poole   & Wimborne   Turnpike   roads   in   1841.   It   was   isolated   because   the   18th century   coaching   period   had   passed   the   village   by.   Up   until   1841,   the only   routes   to   and   from   neighbouring   towns   &   villages   to   Bere   Regis were   remnants   of   the   old   Medieval   lanes.   Thus   the   lane   leading   out   of Shitterton had a lot more use than most rural Medieval lanes! Dark    Lane    leads    north    west    from    where    the    tarmac    of    modern Shitterton   Lane   heads   into   a   field   just   west   of   Shitterton   Farmhouse.   It carries   on   as   a   10   foot   deep   gully   with   trees   standing   each   side   at normal   ground   level.   It   is   overgrown   with   brambles   and   rises   to   ground level after around 300 feet where it peters into a field. From   old   maps   the   route   it   takes   appears   to   skirt   around   the   northern base   of   Black   Hill   before   heading   towards Affpuddle,   where   it   joins   up with   another   Medieval   track   running   along   the   Piddle   Valley   towards Dorchester.
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