"Gillingham, the Leddenton of Thomas Hardy's novels, is situated in the Blackmore Vale, and is the most northerly town in Dorset. The town is in a convenient position for anyone wishing to explore the surrounding area, as it is on the main railway line from Exeter to London, and only four miles from the main London to Penzance trunk road.
Gillingham became a thriving centre for the local farming community and built the first Grammar School in Dorset in 1526. By the end of the 18th century, it also had a silk mill. The local church has a 14th century chancel, but mostly dates from the 19th and 20th centuries. There are still many 15th century buildings surviving in the town." - Dorset Guide
Dorset for You: Gillingham Town Profile
Gillingham Chamber of Commerce
Gillingham Town Council
Rotary Club of Gillingham
Visit Dorset: Shaftesbury and Gillingham Visitor Information