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Historic Sherborne, Dorset centres around picturesque Cheap Street (above) with its interesting and individual shops (and regular Farmers’ Market), and the historic Abbey (founded in AD705 and burial place of the Saxon Kings of Wessex, King Ethelbald and King Ethelbert), the famous schools and Sherborne’s two castles – the 12th century “Old Castle” slighted by Cromwell, and the “New Castle” built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 with its 50 acre lake and 40 acres of “Capability” Brown parkland.
There is a good choice of restaurants, pubs, tea-rooms and cafés.
Sherborne was written about by Thomas Hardy as ‘Sherton Abbas’ and by John le Carré (who went to school here) as ‘Carne’ in his novel ‘A Murder of Quality’. Sir John Betjeman called Sherborne "An Abbey town of golden ironstone - a town of schools”.
< Ancient "Greenhill" with The Pheasants B&B on left of picture.
In May 2005 Sherborne celebrated the 13th centenary of its founding with the Sherborne Festival, a huge series of celebrations involving music, the arts, markets, street parties and many other events.
Not far from Sherborne are Dorchester (19 miles), Cerne Abbas and many other attractive and historic towns and villages. Within easy touring distance of Sherborne (up to an hour to an hour and a half or so by car or train) are Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Salisbury, Poole, Bournemouth, Taunton, Wells, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Dorset’s superb coastline with its sandy beaches, coves, old fishing ports and Jurassic cliffs, and many other of the West Country’s most beautiful and interesting places – including historic houses like Montacute, Stourhead, Wilton, Thomas Hardy’s Cottage and others.