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...