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Wednesday, 4 March 2009

A bustling walkway with a dark past

Dorchester's Antelope Walk has always played a leading role in county town life. A quaint and cobbled link between the bustling thoroughfares of South Street and Trinity Street, it is a magnet for shoppers and as well as those interested in learning a bit about Dorchester's past.

In Antelope Walk today, a number of High Street shops rub shoulders with popular independent retailers and the alleyway is usually thronged with customers. It has changed considerably over the years. The Cornhill/South Street end of the walk used to host the Antelope Inn, one of Dorchester's three old coaching inns, as the bow front windows of Monsoon and the Body Shop and the wide gap between the two bear witness. The other two inns were the Kings Arms in High East Street and the Greyhound Inn which stood where Waitrose now trades.

Source: Dorset Echo Tuesday 4th March 2008

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