does anyone know that really long brick wall on the A35 just outside Dorchester?

(54 Posts)
brimfull Sun 20-Apr-08 18:08:17

What is on the other side?

Obviously a large estate,but whose?

I am very nosy?

ladytophamhatt Sun 20-Apr-08 18:10:02

I know it, its got a big gate with a deer on top hasn't it?

No, I don't know who lives there though....

brimfull Sun 20-Apr-08 18:13:11

yes that's the one

there are 3 massive gates on that stretch of road alone

I have tried to look on google earth for it.

Tommy Sun 20-Apr-08 18:13:15

just asked DH as we drive past it every time we go to his parents'. He said "It's obviously a large estate..."
so no help here grin

He's just told me to "Phone Dad - he'll know" - so my FIL knows but I can't really be bothered to phone him to ask as I'll be there for about an hour while he tells me all about it!!

brimfull Sun 20-Apr-08 18:15:09

tommy-that's the sort of stating the bleedin obvious my dh does

ladytophamhatt Sun 20-Apr-08 18:15:24

Dh just said "its an Earl or something.....ummmm...Wimbourne...ummm I dunno"

so not much help either.

brimfull Sun 20-Apr-08 18:15:43

give me your fil's number grin

Tommy Sun 20-Apr-08 18:17:43

I wouldn't inflict that on you ggirl grin

DH thought it might be Lord Cranbourne but we just looked him up and it doesn't seem to be

(obviously have nothing better to do at bathtime on the day before children go back to school hmm)

MrsBadger Sun 20-Apr-08 18:20:39

not Kingston Maurward is it?

brimfull Sun 20-Apr-08 18:21:00

Cranbourne's pad is in Cranbourne near Fordingbridge.So no not him.

Obviously someone wealthy enough not to have to open it to the public or sell to Natioanl Trust

brimfull Sun 20-Apr-08 18:21:58

No I don't think it's Kingston Maurward ,too far away from it

MrsBadger Sun 20-Apr-08 18:22:58

no joy on google earth - an OS map wpuld show it but I don't have a local one

scaryteacher Sun 20-Apr-08 18:24:13

I think it may belong to Earl Drax(?) or so MIL tells me.

brimfull Sun 20-Apr-08 18:24:14

I have an OS map somewhere,will get off my arse and find it.

burstingbug Sun 20-Apr-08 18:24:19

Def not Kingston Maurward.
I know it, can't think of it, should know it as it's in my county hmm

WendyWeber Sun 20-Apr-08 18:25:23

here - run up and down this one grin

(Or side to side, possibly)

scaryteacher Sun 20-Apr-08 18:28:37


Just googled it, he owns half South Dorset

brimfull Sun 20-Apr-08 18:28:57

wendy -thanks my OS map was new forest so useless.
Am just about to have dinner so will search later.

brimfull Sun 20-Apr-08 18:29:28

scary- how did you do that


MrsBadger Sun 20-Apr-08 18:32:16

but he's dead

burstingbug Sun 20-Apr-08 18:32:22
burstingbug Sun 20-Apr-08 18:40:24

Google 'stag gate' and that'll take you to a few links too.

WendyWeber Sun 20-Apr-08 19:11:38

That says it's the A31 though, not the A35 (in which case my map is useless grin)

And it seems to be Charbourgh House - why can't these people spell properly wink

WendyWeber Sun 20-Apr-08 19:14:33

That one is near Bournemouth, not Dorchester. ggirl's must be another (shorter) one?

seb1 Sun 20-Apr-08 19:15:12

Get on goggle earth and look down from on high and have a good nose.

brimfull Sun 20-Apr-08 19:21:42

we've tried that seb-hard to see anything

brimfull Sun 20-Apr-08 19:26:34

looking at that wolkipedia it must be that one as it mentions the stag gates.

I think the A31 turns into the A35 at some point near there anyway.

So it's the Drax family who are the rich buggers then! Thanks.
I see the house is open to the public a few times a yr when the locals sell their tea and cakes...may well bake a lemon drizzle for the occasion!grin

FluffyMummy123 Sun 20-Apr-08 19:27:30

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WendyWeber Sun 20-Apr-08 19:29:20

It's about 25 miles from Dorchester though, ggirl?

<tears up map>


brimfull Sun 20-Apr-08 19:33:38

wendy-is it ,where does it say that?

cod-keep up ! we've done that wink

WendyWeber Sun 20-Apr-08 19:35:30
brimfull Sun 20-Apr-08 19:39:46

how do you get the distnace form dorchester to be 25 miles from that map though?

winterbourne zelston is on that map and it's quite close to Dorchester ..isn't it?

WendyWeber Sun 20-Apr-08 19:48:21

this map has a 10km line at bottom L - Dorchester's on the L of the map and I reckon it's at least 30km to Winterbourne Zelston? (That would be 20 miles)

WendyWeber Sun 20-Apr-08 19:51:42

This is the OS map, with the Stag Gate marked and the Lion Lodge, it looks amazing grin

ButterflyBessie Sun 20-Apr-08 19:54:49

Not Cranbourne anyway, it is Cranborne (minus o), if you mean the Dorset one, which as you are discussing an area in Dorset it is more than likely that you do wink

I went into the grounds as a child, many, many years ago, sadly all I can remember is the long drive from the gate, I can't even remember which gate we drove through blush

sophiewd Sun 20-Apr-08 19:55:50

Locally known as the Drax Estate, they don't own that much, son is running as potential MP at next election, I used to go to tea parties there when I was little.

lulu25 Sun 20-Apr-08 19:59:46

we used to drive past it on the way to my granny's when i was little

i'm sure there was a stretch of it painted red where Lawrence of Arabia was killed - but i can't find anything on t'internet. does anyone know about that?

MargaretMountford Sun 20-Apr-08 20:00:57

we used to drive past it on our way to our holidays...a landmark on our journey !

ButterflyBessie Sun 20-Apr-08 20:00:58

Oooh you are right Lulu, there was something in the paper recently about him, I am sure there is a dispute as to where he actually died hmm

snorris Sun 20-Apr-08 20:07:15

My FIL used to work on the farms there and my IL's live in a cottage on the edge of the estate. It's great because they're allowed to go into the estate and when dd1 was little they would take down to look for the deer. There's nearly always a white one in the herd.

(Lawrence of Arabia was killed at Clouds Hill,Bovington which is about 10 miles away )

Further down the A31 there is Red Post which was to do with deportation of prisoners to Australia. Just up from there is the Botany Bay Inn wink.

WendyWeber Sun 20-Apr-08 20:08:24

Isn't Drax a fantastic name?

Surfermum Sun 20-Apr-08 20:19:05

Drax sounds like something out of James Bond. There's a Drax Arms pub as well.

Did you know the stag has 5 legs.

brimfull Sun 20-Apr-08 21:56:26

oooh sophie and snorris,actual connections ,what is the house like ?

Thanks everyone,my nosiness is now satsfied.

brimfull Sun 20-Apr-08 21:57:12


will attempt a look tomorrow morning

Spidermama Sun 20-Apr-08 22:15:28

I know that one. I always get unaccountably annoyed when driving by. Have you noticed the deer on the gate has five legs? I bet someone's already said that and I haven;'t read properly due to wine.

WendyWeber Sun 20-Apr-08 22:29:07

Surfermum just did! grin

(It's a tree or something really, according to one of the write-ups)

WendyWeber Sun 20-Apr-08 22:31:15


you do wonder why a perfect skilful sculptor would add a skinny treestump to a statue like that - I reckon it was a tease! (It works, doesn't it!)

sophiewd Mon 21-Apr-08 08:29:40

House is lovely, parents go there sometimes for dinner parties an am sure they go up in a lift to the dining room, they had a big auction and sold off a lot of stuff there a few years ago.

EggyChick Mon 21-Apr-08 08:39:17

This brings back memories, used to drive past this wall and gate on the way to visit my late Grandad in Bere Regis, always wondered who lived there.

FluffyMummy123 Mon 21-Apr-08 09:02:47

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fishie Mon 21-Apr-08 09:08:52

ooh fil lives near here, i always think it is so romantic looking. have been in grounds once but had to go before having a good look round. their own website

do you think stag log is to save it from structural weakness? legs rather spindly and must be quite windy up there.

Surfermum Mon 21-Apr-08 13:53:11

<<Surfermum worries that she'll be the cause of a series of accidents on the A35, due to people trying to see said deer's 5th leg>>

WendyWeber Mon 21-Apr-08 14:01:56

You might be on to something there, fishie - I reckon the sculptor had a "whoops!" moment with his chisel as he tapered the very last leg and had to superglue it back on, with the treestump to hide the join.

Its my weekend house grin

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