Dorchester, in the county of Dorset, England, is a historic market town on the banks of the River Frome. With a population of about 20,000, it is becoming a favorite retirement choice in England, as reported by Experian, the credit checking company. It refers to a group of the pension population as Smarties (senior market town retirees) who move here to enjoy a comfortable retirement.
Retirees could keep busy in Dorchester with its interesting history that dates back even before pre-Roman Britain, and there are still some remaining Roman features. Within Dorchester parish there are close to 300 structures that are listed by Historic England for their historic or architectural interest. Described as the “Small Town with a Big Story”, Dorchester offers town walks and several types of tours to explore its rich past.
The Town Pump is a central point and is located next to Dorchester's Corn Exchange and the impressive clock tower, where shops and businesses are located. Dorchester is also home to Kingston Maurward College. Picture of Town Pump monument and the Corn Exchange courtesy of Wikipedia and Alex Liivet; picture of St. Peter's Church courtesy of Wikipedia and Oast House Archive; picture of River Frome courtesy of Wikipedia and Malcome Etherington.