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Dorset, in South West England, sits on the English Channel coast. The market town of Dorchester is the county town. Dorset borders Devon to the west, Somerset to the north-west, Wiltshire to the north-east, and Hampshire to the east. Around half the population live in the 'South East Dorset conurbation', (consisting of the seaside resort of Bournemouth, the historic port of Poole and the town of Christchurch plus many other villages).
Dorset has a population of 406,800, plus 163,200 in Bournemouth and 138,000 in Poole (total 708,000). Dorset's eight districts are: Weymouth and Portland, West Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck, East Dorset, Christchurch and Poole & Bournemouth (both are unitary authorities).
Dorset is famous for the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, which features landforms such as Lulworth Cove, the Isle of Portland, Chesil Beach and Durdle Door, as well as the holiday resorts of Bournemouth, Poole, Weymouth, Swanage, and Lyme Regis.
Roman roads radiated from Dorchester and from the hillfort at Badbury to the many small Roman villages around the county. In the 12th-century civil war, Dorset was fortified with the construction of the defensive castles at Corfe Castle, Powerstock, Wareham and Shaftesbury. During the Industrial Revolution, Dorset remained largely rural, and retains its agricultural economy today.
The principal industry in Dorset was once agriculture. However agriculture has become less profitable and the industry has declined somewhat. Tourism has grown as an industry in Dorset since the early 19th century. The county has the highest proportion of conservation areas in England, (44% of the whole county are considered 'Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty'). The climate of Dorset has warm summers and mild winters enjoy more sunshine than many other parts of the UK.
Dorset is the native county of author and poet Thomas Hardy. Other writers to live in Dorset included; Douglas Adams (author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), and Ian Fleming (James Bond). Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, lived in Corfe Mullen. Other residents have included Madonna, Martin Clunes, Billy Bragg, Jonathan Ross, Noel Gallagher, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Redknapp.
Dorset is connected to London by two main railway lines. The West of England Main Line runs through the north of the county at Gillingham and Sherborne. Running west to Crewkerne (Somerset) and Axminster (Devon) it services those living in Dorset's western districts. The South Western Main Line runs through the south at Bournemouth, Poole, Dorchester and the terminus at Weymouth. Additionally, the Heart of Wessex Line runs from Weymouth to Bristol. The only passenger airport in the county is Bournemouth International Airport, but there are two passenger sea ports, at Poole and Weymouth.
Dorset will host the sailing event at the 2012 Summer Olympics at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy in Portland Harbour. Along with Weymouth Bay, these waters have been credited by many, including the Royal Yachting Association, as being amongst the best in Northern Europe for sailing.
Dorset’s rural towns and villages offer affordable flexible serviced offices; traditional leasehold offices to let, as well as virtual office space. For competitive prices deal on office space to rent in Dorset contact your Dorset commercial property expert via http://freeofficesearch.co.uk or telephone us free on 0800 0710 710.