Photographs taken around the county of Dorset in the west of England. Use the arrows to navigate through the whole set of Dorset pictures. New photos are added from time to time so come back soon for another look at contemporary Dorset through the eyes of a picture postcard enthusiast! Related Dorset webpage: sign up for or log in to a completely free Dorset email address.
The sea front, Lyme Regis, Dorset. The handwritten sign tells visitors to be beware of the seagulls!
Old picture postcards and detailed interactive maps of: Abbotsbury; Beaminster; Bere Regis; Blandford Forum; Bradford Peverell; Broadwindsor; Bournemouth; Boscombe; Bridport; Burton Bradstock; Cattistock; Cerne Abbas; Charmouth; Charminster; Christchurch; Corfe Castle; Dorchester; Eype; Ferndown; Gillingham; Long Breedy; Lulworth Cove; Lyme Regis; Maiden Newton; Milton Abbas; Marshwood; Poole; Portland; Puddletown; Shaftesbury; Sherborne; Studland Bay; Sturminster Newton; Sydling st Nicholas; Swanage; Thorncombe; Tolpuddle; Verwood; Wareham; West Bay; Weymouth; Wimborne Minster; Winterborne Abbas; Yetminster
Dorset, maritime County, on the south coast of England; is bounded north by Somerset and Wilts, east by Hants, south by the English Channel, and west by Devon; length, east and west, 52 miles; breadth, north and south, 37 miles; coastline, 75 miles; area, 627,265 acres; population 191,028. The main features of the coast are Poole Harbour, St Alban's Head, and the singular projection called the Isle of Portland. The principal streams are the Stour and the Frome. Great part of the county is traversed by the two ranges of chalk hills called the North and South Downs, and the soil consists mainly of chalk, gravel, and sand, but is very fertile in the valleys. Wheat and barley are grown in the west and north. Immense flocks of sheep are pastured on the Downs. Dairy farms are generally large, and dairy husbandry is carried to a very high point of perfection. The only mineral of any importance is Portland stone, quarried in the Isle of Portland. There are manufactures, to some extent, of sailcloth, sacking, nets, paper, silk, &c., with malting and brewing, and iron-founding. The fisheries, especially of mackerel, are considerable, and ships and yachts are built at Poole." (from Bartholemew's Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1887)
An interactive satellite map of Dorset. Use the arrows and + and - buttons to zoom in and out and explore the whole county.
Historic photographic images and old picture postcards of the south west of England (Devon, Dorset, Somerset) with interactive maps of the town or village and area around as it is today. A virtual museum of the towns and villages of the west of England. Places to stay in the area. Buy vintage and collectible postcards from our online postcard store.