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Right on the northern border of Dorset sits a town of opposites. In places Gillingham doesn’t seem to have changed since Thomas Hardy’s day. The old town bridge, once painted by John Constable, is also there, untouched.
However, life has moved on and these days the town, which has a population of about 11,000, offers all the mod cons anyone could wish for. There are lots of public open spaces to enjoy, sporting and arts facilities and a mixture of industry has sprung up.
Constable’s painting of the old town bridge – he stayed at the vicarage in the 1820s – is in the Tate Gallery in London. He painted many other scenes around the town and surrounding area, some of which are in the town museum. The town was dubbed Leddenton in Thomas Hardy’s novels.
Gillingham is the most northerly town in Dorset, nestling in the Blackmore Vale near the border with Wiltshire and Somerset. The origins of a settlement in this area can be traced back through the stone age, Roman and Saxon eras. In the Middle ages the royal hunting lodge in the town was visited by four kings before being destroyed in 1369. Gillingham became a thriving centre for the local farming community and built the first grammar school in Dorset in 1526. By the end of the 18th century, it also had a silk mill. The local church has a 14th century chancel, but mostly dates from the 19th and 20th centuries. There are still many 15th century buildings surviving in the town.
In 1859 the railway came to the town and the industrial side flourished notably with brick making amongst the many other industries that were introduced.
Today sees an active high street and town centre boasting around 70 shops, there are four pubs, restaurants, coffee shops and takeaway outlets. Within the town limits are three commercial estates providing employment across a range of sectors.
Leisure facilities include Hardings Lane Recreation Ground, home to Gillingham Cricket Club. It also features the main children’s play area for the town, a public shelter and a temporary pavilion, with separate access to the public conveniences.
There are play areas, open spaces and nature conservation areas at Ham Farm and Saxongate on Shaftesbury Road and at Cresscombe, Barnaby Mead, King John Road, Hyde Road, Gillings and Lodbourne. Wesley Garden in Queen Street was restored as a millennium project. Chantry Fields is a small riverside retreat along the River Stour. Rollsbridge is a green space with riverside benches where you can sit and appreciate this tranquil site.
There are also town council-owned open spaces in: Maple Way West and Maple Way East, Campion Close, Ivy Close, Somerset Way, Sorrel Way, Gyllas Way, Lodden Fields.
RiversMeet sports and leisure centre has a fitness suite, a sports hall, conference, function and meeting rooms, and a swimming pool. And Gillingham Town Football Club is near RiverMeet on Hardings Road. There are plans for more community sports pitches and a cycleway from Gillingham to Motcombe. In addition, North Dorset Rugby ground is to the north of Gillingham.
Gillingham also has five supermarkets, three garden centres, five churches, a museum and a library.
There are many leisure activities including a gym, a thriving trust run leisure centre with a pool and group cycling studio. There are rugby and football clubs, a Silver Band and a community cinema.
There are seven primary schools (four in the town itself) and a secondary school, founded in 1516, that caters for 1,750 students aged 11-18.
There is an annual agricultural show at the nearby Motcombe Showground in August, which has about 500 trade stalls, livestock, food. music and demonstrations. There is a walking festival in September, a carnival in October, and many other days throughout the year where community events are arranged. They range from a classic car rally to pizza and live music on the town meadow on Friday nights in the summer.
Gillingham is on the main train line between London and Exeter – you can get to London in two-and-a-half hours and Exeter in two hours. Salisbury is only half an hour away. The A303 is only four miles away and means that Salisbury can be reached in 50 minutes by car or Yeovil in 45 minutes.
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