Shaftesbury, in the county of Dorset, is oldest and at 219 metres above sea level, one of the highest towns in England. Alfred the Great founded a defended settlement there in 880 AD. Another claim to fame is that King Canute, the great Danish king, died there in 1035.
The town is beautifully situated with fine views of the Blackmore Vale. The most famous part of the town is Gold Hill, a steep cobbled street leading to the Town Hall. It is on this hill that the Shaftesbury Museum is situated. The museum is owned by the Historical Society and admission is free.