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Gillingham makes an excellent base for exploring North Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset, with good communications by road and rail.

The town's St Mary’s church was built over 900 years ago but was largely rebuilt in the 1830s. The chancel is the only ancient part remaining, dating from the 14th century. Another interesting building is Wyke Hall, parts of which date from Tudor times.

John Constable brought fame to the town bridge after painting it when he visited Gillingham in 1823. Some of his works can be viewed in the town museum.

Many industries thrived in Gillingham in the Victorian age, including brick and pottery, engineering and brewing and the town has steadily expanded in the 20th century with many new housing developments.

Close to Gillingham is the famous National Trust House and Gardens at Stourhead, a must for any visitor to the area. The landscaped gardens and lakes are spectacular and the mature woodland on the surrounding estate offer splendid country walks. The magnificent interior of the house includes furniture by Chippendale and an extensive picture collection.

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