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Ben Robinson reveals the story of the village of Milton Abbas in Dorset, which perfectly captures the romantic notion of what the idyllic English village should look like.

The village of Milton Abbas in Dorset perfectly captures our romantic notion of what the idyllic English village should look like. But as archaeologist Ben Robinson reveals, behind it lurks a history of one man's wealth and power. With help from local historians, Ben learns how the local landowner in the 18th century destroyed a nearby town, uprooting its residents, because it ruined the view from his house. The landscape was transformed and a new village was built as part of his showpiece estate.

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29 minutes

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Ben Robinson
Producer Jane Goddard
Series Producer Diana Hare
Executive Producer Tony Parker

Broadcasts

  • Mon 26 Nov 2018 19:30
  • Wed 30 Jan 2019 19:30
  • Thu 31 Jan 2019 02:30