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Shambles, Dorset

Historical Description

Shambles, a shoal off the coast of Dorsetshire, 3 miles E of Portland. It extends from E to W, is 2 miles long, has from 2 to 4 fathoms water, and raises the dangerous surf known as the Race of Portland.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyDorsetshire 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Dorset is available to browse.

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the Dorset County Chronicle and the Sherborne Mercury online.