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In 1539, the last Abbess of Shaftesbury, Elizabeth Zouche, signed a deed of surrender, the (by then extremely wealthy) abbey was demolished, and its lands sold, leading to a temporary decline in the town. Sir Thomas Arundel of Wardour purchased the abbey and much of the town in 1540, but when he was later exiled for treason his lands were forfeit, and the lands passed to Pembroke then Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, and finally to the Grosvenors.

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Shaftesbury /ˈʃɑːftsbəri/ is a town and civil parish in Dorset, England. It is situated on the A30 road, 20 miles (32 kilometres) west of Salisbury, near to the border with Wiltshire. It is the only significant hilltop settlement in Dorset, being built about 215 metres (705 ft) above sea level on a greensand hill on the edge of Cranborne Chase.

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Shaftesbury Arts Centre was established in 1957 and stages a variety of exhibitions, performances, workshops and training courses. It is based in the old covered market in the town centre and is a charitable company that is run wholly by its volunteer members.[47]

The beauty of the surrounding Dorset countryside is complemented by the collection of fine historical buildings that make up the centre of Shaftesbury itself. WIth a number of delightful Inns, restaurants and hotels, it has become a popular tourist destination for a relaxing family holiday or short break.

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In 1918 Lord Stalbridge sold a large portion of the town, which was purchased by a syndicate and auctioned piece by piece over three days.[23]

The city has had many names. It was, in the beginning, Caer Palladour. By the time of the Domesday Book it was Sceptesberie. It then, with all the affectation of a lady in an eighteenth-century lyric, called itself Sophonia. Lastly it became Shaston, and so the people call it to this day, while all the milestones around concern themselves only with recording the distances to "Shaston".

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An indespensible Medieval trading post for the farmers of the arable Cranborne Chase and dairying Blackmore Vale, today Shaftesbury offers centuries of history, stunning vistas over three counties, a range of traditional stores, regular markets, gift shops and the view that everyone recognises, iconic Gold Hill.

Most of Shaftesbury's buildings date from no earlier than the 18th century, as the Saxon and most of the medieval buildings have not survived.

Welcome to the Shaftesbury Theatre. The largest independent theatre in the West End, we have been presenting high quality large-scale productions for over a century. We are proud to be one of the West End’s leading forces and look forward to welcoming you through our doors to see one of our shows soon.

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In the 2011 census Shaftesbury's civil parish had 3,493 dwellings,[43] 3,235 households and a population of 7,314.[1] The average age of inhabitants was 43, compared to 39.3 for England as a whole. 22.1% of inhabitants were age 65 or older, compared to 16.4% for England as a whole.[44] 92% of Shaftesbury's residents were born in the United Kingdom, compared to 86.2% for England as a whole.[45] Previous census figures for the total population of the civil parish are shown in the table below:

Founded over 1000 years ago by King Alfred the Great, Shaftesbury is one of England’s most charming...

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The picturesque hilltop town of Shaftesbury lies nestled around its Saxon Benedictine Abbey and at its peak had the largest women's religious community in England.

Actor Robert Newton, best known for his portrayals of Long John Silver and Bill Sikes in the 1948 David Lean film Oliver Twist. Architect Richard Upjohn, famous for his Gothic Revival churches in the United States, including Trinity Church in New York, was also born in Shaftesbury.

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We are delighted to share that we are now the proud recipients of the New London Architecture Award for the Best Cultural and Community development in London.  Presented to the Theatre and Bennetts Associates, the award recognises the Theatre’s Fly Tower extension which was completed at the beginning of March.  In a statement about the...

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Hambledon Hill is Dorset's most impressive Iron Age hillfort with mulitple ramparts. The hilltop...

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The town looks over the Blackmore Vale, part of the River Stour basin. From different viewpoints, it is possible to see at least as far as Glastonbury Tor to the northwest.

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Shaftesbury has a Non-League football club Shaftesbury F.C. who play at Cockrams.[55]

Shaftesbury is the site of the former Shaftesbury Abbey, which was founded in 888 by King Alfred and became one of the richest religious establishments in the country, before being destroyed in the Dissolution in 1539. Adjacent to the abbey site is Gold Hill, the steep cobbled street made famous in the 1970s as the setting for Ridley Scott's television advertisement for Hovis bread.

In Survey of Dorsetshire, written in about 1630 by Thomas Gerard of the Dorset village of Trent, Shaftesbury is described as a "faire Thorough Faire, much frequented by Travellers to and from London".[15]