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The county town of Dorset, DORCHESTER still functions as the main agricultural centre for the region, and is liveliest on Wednesdays – market day. Fanning out around a pleasant central core of mostly seventeenth-century and Georgian buildings, the town has strong historical and literary associations. The surrounding area also has its share of ancient sites, notably at prehistoric Maiden Castle and Cerne Abbas, whose enormously priapic chalk-carved giant, seven miles north, is the county's most photographed site. For many, Dorchester is essentially Thomas Hardy's town; he was born at …
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