Poundbury History: Phase 1

When did Phase 1 begin?

Planning consent for the first homes was obtained in May 1993 following extensive public consultation. The length and breadth of Phase 1 is 18.5 acres (7.5 hectares). Work on the first phase of the development started in 1994. 

What’s in Phase 1?

There are 196 houses and 56 flats in Phase 1 including 55 social housing units rented through the Guinness Trust.

What is Pummery Square?

Pummery Square is the heart of the first phase of Poundbury in the shadow of the grand Brownsword Hall. The traditional hall was designed by John Simpson, whose inspiration was a traditional West Country market hall. Greetings card entrepreneur Andrew Brownsword sponsored the £1 million development of the hall. As well as being booked up daily for community activities and private functions, the underloft of the hall hosts markets and other events.

Surrounding the square is a host of businesses, including Meraki, Rivoli, Stitchinghouse Design, the Poundbury Village Stores and the pub The Poet Laureate.

The Poundbury Square Dance takes place every year and brings the square alive. It is a family event, usually taking place in July, which is aimed at anyone over the age of four.

The square is within the 18.5-acre Phase 1, which was completed in 1996 by builders C G Fry & Son.

What else is part of Phase 1?

The Fleur de Lis building on Bridport Road is iconic and can be seen for miles.

A row of houses on the edge of Poundbury, Holmead Walk looks over the park and children’s play area and has spectacular views of Maiden Castle. There is also a walkway to The Prince of Wales School.


Brownsword Hall in Pummery Square
Phase 1 of Poundbury



Read more/External Links

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