""Dorset, maritime County, on south coast of England; is bounded
north by Somerset and Wilts, east by Hants, south by the English Channel,
and west by Devon; length, east and west, 52 miles; breadth, north and south,
37 miles; coastline, 75 miles; area, 627,265 acres; population 191,028.
The main features of the coast are Poole Harbour, St Alban's Head, and the
singular projection called the Isle of Portland."
from Bartholemew's Gazetteer of the British Isles,
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