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  Physical Changes
to the Coast
  Settlements & Society
Origins of Growth & Settlement
Life on the Land and in the Town
Leisure Hours
The Influence of the Sea
Dorset and the Development of Radar
  Managing the Coast
  Schools Learning Materials
  Origins of Growth & Settlement  

Maps and estate plans in the archive record the growth of settlements on the coast from the sixteenth century onwards. Many villages are recorded in the 1086 Domesday survey. Most large estates were established by the sixteenth century. Medieval legal cases explain some of these patterns of growth.