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Blandford Forum

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Blandford Forum, commonly Blandford, is a market town on the River Stour in Dorset, England. It is the administrative headquarters of North Dorset District Council.Blandford is notable for its Georgian architecture, the result of rebuilding after the majority of the town was destroyed by a fire in 1731. The rebuilding work was assisted by an Act of Parliament and a donation by George II, and the rebuilt town centre has survived to the present day largely intact. Blandford Georgian Fayre, a one-day celebration of the town's Georgian heritage, takes place every other year in May.Blandford Camp, a military base, is sited on the hills two miles to the north east of the town. It is the base of the Royal Corps of Signals, the communications wing of the British Army.Dorset County Council estimates that in 2013 the town's civil parish had a population of 10,610.HistoryBlandford has been a fording point since Anglo-Saxon times, when it was recorded as Blaen-y-ford and as Blaneford in the Domesday Book. The name Blandford derives from the Old English blǣge, and probably means ford where gudgeon or blay are found. By the 13th century it had become a market town with a livestock market serving the nearby Blackmore Vale with its many dairy farms. At the start of the 14th century it returned two members of parliament and was also known as Cheping Blandford. The Latin word Forum, meaning market, was recorded in 1540.
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