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Shaftsbury Gold Hill looking up Gold Hill
Shaftesbury is the only real hilltop town in Dorset set in the chalk hills of Cranborne Chase in the north of the county. Shaftesbury is most famous for Gold Hill, the steep cobbled hill featured in the Hovis "Boy on the Bike" advert used in the 1970s-80s and directed by Ridley-Scott. The advert was voted the favourite advertisement of all time in 2006 and Hovis are reputed to have contributed to the restoration of the cobbles. Link to Original Hovis Advert 1773

Shaftesbury carries on its market town heritage with markets every Thursday and the monthly Farmers Market on the first Saturday of each month. The Old Covered Market has been converted to house Shaftesbury Arts Centre which organises a programme of amateur and professional plays, films, art, photography and craft exhibitions and workshops. The locally run Shaftesbury & Gillingham Tourism Services next to the town's supermarket is very helpful and it's well worth picking up the town Heritage Trail for a minimal fee to help guide you round the town s historic sights.

Shaftesbury was founded about 1100 years ago as the home of King Alfred's citadel Benedictine Abbey and it has remained largely unchanged since the 18th century. The famous author Thomas Hardy loved the area and immortalised many of Shaftesbury's (Shaston's) streets and houses in his works. The Ox House in Bimport, behind Shaftesbury's Abbey, was the schoolmaster's house in 'Jude the Obscure'.
The IOld Town Hall High Street
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