This Side of the Pond

Notes from an Uprooted Englishwoman


December 8, 2022

Nestled on the western border of Dorset is a place I’ve only just discovered. Somehow, I’ve gone decades without realizing that a town of almost 5000 people – with all the associated amenities – exists just a short drive from my own home town.

Obviously this came as a surprise and caused some deep reflection on my observation skills, but then it turned out that Poundbury’s skill at playing hide-and-seek is not the most interesting thing about it. The more I delved into its history, the more impressed I am with its very existence.

Poundbury, you see, is an experimental community, a...

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