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Dorchester is the county topwn of Dorset, England. It's a historic market town that lies on the banks of the River Frome in the Frome Valley.
Dorchester is noted as being home and inspiration to the author Thomas Hardy, whose novels Tess of the d'Urbervilles and The Mayor of Casterbridge were both based on the town.
The estimated population in 2010 was around 18,200. Poundbury is the well-known western extension of the town, constructed on Duchy of Cornwall land according to urban village principles since 1993. Being developed over 25 years, it will eventually be composed of four phases with a total of 2,500 dwellings and a population of about 6,000.
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The above information was obtained from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorchester,_Dorset