Gillingham Certificated Locations
Situated in the Blackmore Vale, Gillingham is easy to reach and conveniently positioned for exploring Dorset.
The town has a fascinating and long history. The stone age barrow in the town is evidence that there has been a settlement here for thousands of years, and there is also evidence of Roman settlement in the 2nd and 3rd centuries. Much of it is as it was in the days of Thomas Hardy, who based his books on the area.
John Constable knew the area too, and was so impressed by the beauty of the countryside that he undertook a number of sketches and paintings - his painting of the old town bridge is in the Tate Gallery in London.