If Dorset wasn't already interesting enough, the county is also home to some extraordinary facts and legends that give us an intriguing glimpse into Dorset's fascinating history! Here are 10 of the most weird and wonderful things that you may not already know about Dorset's colourful character.

1. A photograph taken underwater by William Thompson in Weymouth Bay 1856 is said to be the worlds first-ever underwater snap shot.

2. Studland Bay has the world’s largest seahorse-breeding colony in Great Britain and the beach was also the backdrop for Coldplay’s video of their hit song “Yellow”.

3. Did you know that if you live in Dorset you can expect to live up to 2 years longer than the average English person? It is also in fact, one of the most spacious places to live in England with only 197 people per square kilometre.

4. Legend has it that the Villages of Puddletown and Briantspuddle which used to contain the word ‘piddle’ changed their village titles to avoid embarrassing Queen Victoria whilst she was visiting!

5. The further east you go along Chesil beach the larger the pebbles. In West Bay the shingle is the size of a pea but in Portland they are bigger than your fist. Legend has it that at night local smugglers could tell exactly where they were by the size of the pebbles.

6. Lush was founded in 1995 by Mark and Mo Constantine who’s first shop was in Poole and Britain's first ever New Look store opened on New Bond Street in Weymouth in 1969.

7. It is said that Bournemouth is the birthplace of the good old fashioned beach hut. By the 1960's they were so popular, you could rent one supplied with deckchairs for a fiver a week. Nowadays, anyone looking for their own perfect spot on the beach could be paying anywhere up to £90,000!

Above photo credit: Bournemouth Tourism

8. Maumbury Rings is the remarkable site of a giant henge monument, which was built 4,500 years ago. When the Roman's arrived 2,000 years later they then developed the site further into a 10,000 seat amphitheatre.

9. Some of Dorset's many pubs have a very interesting story such as The Crown Inn at Marnhull and its feature as ‘The Pure Drop Inn’ in Thomas Hardy’s famous novel, Tess of the d’Urbervilles. To this day, the pub still has many of its original features including an inglenook fireplace and priest hole. If you fancy taking a step back in time, you can visit Dorset's oldest pub, The World's End in Blandford Forum!

10. Badbury Rings dating back to 2200BC is believed to be one of the few settlements that belonged to the Durotridges – an ancient tribe who were amongst the first to live in Dorset, now that's interesting!

There's so many more quirky facts about Dorset that are sure to astonish and amaze you, check out our other blogs to find out more!

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