♔Gold Hill- Shaftesbury-Dorset

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Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset, described as “one of the most romantic sights in England. One never tires of this view in any season.

This image appears on the covers of many books about Dorset and rural England, as well as on countless chocolate boxes and calendars.

In Thomas Hardy’s novels, Shaftesbury plays a leading role in Tess of the d’Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure, and appears in the 1967 film version of Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd. 

The street was also the main setting for “Boy on a Bike” (1973) – one of the all-time classic TV adverts  for Hovis bread, directed by (Sir) Ridley Scott, and voted Britain’s favourite advertisement of all time.

Photo by David Hansford.

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