Beaminster, Dorset (Part 1)
Photos from a small town in west Dorset
(Photos © urban75, April 2010)
A small town and civil parish in the West Dorset district of Dorset, Beaminster stands at the head of the valley of the River Brit.
With no railway making it into Beaminster in Victorian times (the nearest station is Crewkerne, five miles north), the population remained low at around 3,000, with the town's best claim to fame being the Beaminster Festival, an annual nine-day music and art festival.
The town is also notable for being the home of Clipper Teas (we've certainly drunk some of their produce over the years), and, err, being the hometown of actor Martin Clunes, the place where PJ Harvey went to school and the home of Lynne Reid Banks, who wrote the excellent book, 'The L-Shaped Room'.
It also holds the record for the most expensive taxi ride I've ever taken in the UK, with the local cab firm charging me an astonishing £24 for the five mile trip to nearby Crewkerne station.
Apparently, 4pm on a Sunday afternoon was deemed to be such an unsociable time that an almighty excess charge was levied. I'll bring my bike next time.
In the centre of Beaminster is the Red Lion and the Greyhound boozers.
The Greyhound was easily the best pub of the two - the larger Red Lion was friendly enough, but the lighting was horrible.
The Bridgehouse hotel and restaurant. We went to a reception and a meal here and the nosh wasn't 'alf bad.
The River Brit flows through the town.
Congregational Church and Beaminster museum.
It's a very pretty town with some lovely buildings.
Doorway detail, with sea shell decoration.
Road out of town.
Sympathetic and well built modern housing.
Painted alcove in house.
Some nifty topiary work near the museum.
Brook Cottage, Beaminster.
An old canal runs around the backs of houses.
View from the churchyard.
Town centre view.
Attractive new housing.
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