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tincleton

tincleton

tincleton

tincleton

tincleton

tincleton

charmouth

charmouth

charmouth

charmouth

seacombe

seacombe

kimmeridge

kimmeridge

kimmeridge

kimmeridge

kimmeridge

kimmeridge

west knighton

west knighton

west knighton

west knighton

cotness

cotness

cotness

cotness

cotness

cotness

east holme

bindon abbey

The images from Tincleton are from a very large project which I started in 1989, recording a short length of the River Frome over many years in all seasons. This will eventually have its own catalogue.

Dorset is famous for the "Jurassic Coast" and the cliffs range from Charmouth through West Bay to Tyneham, Kimmeridge, and Seacombe .

Hidden in a small wood at West Knighton is the remains of an airfield from the Second World War. There are now just a few walls, the odd trench shelter, and the bays for the fighters. There are trees still marked with the graffiti carved into them by pilots based here, and just visible through the moss on a shelter wall is a Cross of Lorraine from the Free French forces.

South Dorset is covered in large sand and gravel quarries which are threatening to consume ever more landscape including the land near Tincleton and the old airfield at West Knighton. The airfield has already lost most of its structures and land to a huge hole in the ground. Near Wareham at Cotness is another area of quarries. This time most of the quarries in this area are for China Clay. Outside Wareham, the River Frome floods over the meadows each winter and not far up river is Bindon Abbey, near Wool. Little remains of the old abbey now except for a few broken walls and graves. This is the area made famous in Thomas Hardy's "Tess of the d'Urbevilles".

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