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The South Sights


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Updated 05/28/2014

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The model for the town of Shaston in Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure is still a small market town. It sits on a ridge overlooking Blackmore Vale—you can catch a sweeping view of the surrounding countryside from the top of Gold Hill, a steep street lined with cottages, so picturesque it was used in an iconic TV commercial to evoke the quintessential British village of yore. Shaftesbury is 20 miles west of Salisbury and 15 miles east of Sherbourne.

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Sherborne, England

Updated 05/28/2014


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