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Gold Hill

Shaftesbury, Dorset

Gold Hill is a famous street in Shaftesbury in the English county of Dorset and one of the most photographed streets in England.
It is a steep cobbled street featured on the cover of countless books, chocolate boxes, and calendars of Dorset and
rural England. Thomas Hardy based his novels in this part of England, which he called Wessex.

Gold Hill also became famous in a television commercial for Hovis bread directed by Ridley Scott in 1973, recently voted the
favorite commercial of all time in England. It can be seen at

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Pierre08-Apr-2019 17:05
Une vue formidable de cette jolie rue bordée de magnifiques maisons, une très belle composition! BV
laine21-Mar-2019 08:03
It was on my wish list but I still hope to get there one day. Such a pretty photo, Jay. V
Buz Kiefer21-Jun-2018 20:34
Gorgeous composition and colors, Jay. BV
Allan Jay02-Apr-2016 17:39
FastUno25-May-2014 23:22
Damn, I wanna go there like now!
Guest 05-Feb-2010 19:35
wow, wow, wow!!!!!! Love the street and your beautiful image Jay!! Big vote!
CM Kwan06-Mar-2009 12:33
It's really amazing! The composition, details and colours are all excellent! V
Andre Fontaine03-Mar-2009 12:00
Sweet!!! Love the perspective! v
Maria W29-Jan-2009 01:28
I totally get why it's one of the most photographed streets in England. I wanna go!
blizzard19-Dec-2008 23:55
brilliant composition
marvelous work favorite
Apostolos Tikopoulos11-Dec-2008 21:47
Wonderful composition, Jay. V.
Guest 07-Dec-2008 18:05
What a romantic spot - brilliant! V~
Marcia Rules01-Dec-2008 00:11
very strong shot, great lines & lens choice !!! V
mathilda williams10-Nov-2008 05:12
wow! wonderful detail, light and small town ambience.
you captured it perfectly. voted.
Rosemarie Kusserow08-Nov-2008 18:20
I like a lot this image, wonderful perspective and a very lovely panorama at the background, beautiful colors and details, vote, Rosemarie :o)
Walter Otto Koenig31-Oct-2008 18:37
Beautiful image. Great perspective and view. I can see why it's a favorite. "V"
Leslie Cohelan31-Oct-2008 01:34
you definitely had some beautiful light for this...such detail!
Wei O'Connell25-Sep-2008 03:45
Wow! What a beautiful image. v
Love to ride a bike there :-)))
Marc Demoulin31-Aug-2008 09:12
Outstanding view here! V
Aida Villaronga28-Aug-2008 22:56
This is absolutely beautiful in colors,detail,depth and composition!!V
Jim Coffman27-Aug-2008 01:58
This is outstanding!! It reminds me of a master piece hanging in a museum! V
Lise Trempe15-Aug-2008 03:47
Wounderful place well captured.
Chris Spracklen12-Aug-2008 14:19
Classic shot of this much-photographed scene, Jay. (V)
You got pretty close to my home!!
See : for my version of this shot.
Kind regards, Chris
tomandlinda01-Aug-2008 17:20
Can definitely understand why this is the 'most photographed'.... Wonderful shot. V. Linda
BleuEvanescence27-Jul-2008 04:32
Stunning point of view beautifully framed
Nestor Derkach24-Jul-2008 13:22
Excellent photograph Jay, beautiful composition and a scene that was well seen by you.
You have a calender image posted.
Guest 22-Jul-2008 03:36
What a beautiful scene, you captured it beautifully! V
Ghislaine et Réal Boulet19-Jul-2008 01:53
Impressive point of view
Sayer18-Jul-2008 19:16
Nicely done Jay, great composition. ~v
Char15-Jul-2008 15:53
Hi Jay,
I can't begin to tell you how much I like this picture! A storybook scene with the perfect POV. Thank you for this! \/
Yiannis Pavlis15-Jul-2008 03:16
I like the colour saturation you have maintained and the details.Beautiful work.V
Janet Forjan-Freedman15-Jul-2008 00:39
Perfectly framed and idyllic scene!
1moremile14-Jul-2008 23:56
Voted. I agree with Cindi. Awesome.
Cindi Smith14-Jul-2008 23:08
This is fantastic! Whoa! Do they have to mow the street? This is one gorgeous shot! GMV big time!
Steve Morris14-Jul-2008 19:48
A classic shot well photographed!! BV
Guest 14-Jul-2008 17:29
i so love this scene Jay, perfect framing- Our V
Guest 14-Jul-2008 10:13
I can smell the English country air, excellent capture.
Art Parnell14-Jul-2008 03:41
You captured this scene perfectly, Jay.
Hank Vander Velde13-Jul-2008 15:37
Most beautiful/tranquil well taken scene Jay . V.
QUERIDO13-Jul-2008 05:38
Excellent shot,vote
Matthew Mannell12-Jul-2008 18:11
Stunning shot Jay, I love the moody/overcast sky and light...beautifully done.
Thanks for the link to the commercial as well, definately one of Scott's most famous.
edwina beaumont12-Jul-2008 18:02
another beautiful piece of England , beautifully photographed , despite the typical English weather
Vince12-Jul-2008 17:11
Very beautiful English country scene. Vote.
Steve Highfield12-Jul-2008 12:38
Whatever the weather conditions, Gold Hill in Dorset always looks picturesque.
As you rightly pointed out Jay, the scene was further popularized by the 'Hovis' bread advert back in the early 70's (surprising how fast time goes!) and is firmly imprinted in the British public's mind.
A really neat shot from the optimum position - you did justice to the place.
Well done Jay. +V
Steve Sharp12-Jul-2008 12:34
The absolute best of England. You don't see much of Basingstoke/Milton Keynes on calendars!
olivier bruning12-Jul-2008 07:41
gorgeous! indeed it brings british novelists to mind....v
Simon Chandler12-Jul-2008 07:15
A very beautiful imge. Totally love this one. Excellent composition. Love the rich country tone. v
Debbie Blackburn Beierle12-Jul-2008 07:14
Love it, Jay! This is the kind of "stuff" I was hoping you would see and photograph. CLASSIC and excellently captured! I really like the dramatic sky also!
Lloyd & Sandy Spitalnik12-Jul-2008 06:43
Gorgeous shot Jay!
Bryan Murahashi12-Jul-2008 05:43
Beautiful photo of this old English road and neighborhood. GMV.
January Grey12-Jul-2008 05:20
Marvelous vantage point, and a splendid shot, Jay! I'd love to walk into this photo and disappear! V~
Jean D12-Jul-2008 02:36
Beautifully imaged, nice composition and great color, Jay!~V~
Jess. ( Lady.D.)12-Jul-2008 01:37
Captivating image jay, well composed and beautifully presented....
Alina12-Jul-2008 00:40
With rainy clouds you captured English mood perfectly Jay. v
Kathy Pedersen11-Jul-2008 22:59
So peaceful and quaint, I love these cottage scenes and you framed it so well!
Tom Munson11-Jul-2008 16:47
Great colors and beautifully framed, Jay. A winner. V
Tricia11-Jul-2008 16:26
Very nice Jay, I have seen images of this street many times, yours looks very dramatic with the dark sky behind it though!
peterjay4511-Jul-2008 15:33
This is a beautiful composition and photo, Jay. Well done indeed. V.
Fong Lam11-Jul-2008 15:20
Wonderful capture of this picturesque English county street lined by charming houses, Jay.........V
Paco López11-Jul-2008 15:16
Really beautiful!!!! V!
coaster11-Jul-2008 14:08
Besitiful shot, Jay!
Carol Rollins11-Jul-2008 13:36
This is a wonderful image Jay. You have really captured the beauty, the mood,
the very unique quality of this location. Well done. V
Gerard Koehl11-Jul-2008 13:12
Belle perspective... V
Sylvie C11-Jul-2008 12:02
So beautiful! Wish I could go there, one day!
Michelle11-Jul-2008 10:01
Wow Jay, BEAUTIFUL!!!!
Pat Shawyer11-Jul-2008 09:41
Know the advert well, a BIG favourite of mine too.
This is really a lovely shot ! Well done Jay.
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