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Dorchester is a pretty market town with a history dating back to Roman times. Traces of Iron Age structures can be found within two miles of Dorchester, such as Maiden Castle, the largest hill fort in Europe. The town is also known for being the place from which the Tolpuddle Martyrs were deported to Australia in the 19th century. One of the most famous residents here was the author, Thomas Hardy, and the house where he lived is now open to the public. The beautiful Georgian buildings are a particular feature of Dorchester, and reveal much of its history. There is undoubtedly a great deal to discover in this town.