Dunmore has a lot of meaning for those within England, from family names and decedents to the very meaningful town otherwise known as “great fort”. Dunmore, Falkirk is a small town in the United Kingdom, and has a total amount of 79 people within the population. This makes it one of the smallest villages within the entirety of the United Kingdom. However, it is also an amazing town filled with many landmarks and beauties. There are also many other towns around the world with the name of Dunmore, such as within the United States, Ireland, Australia, Scotland, Canada and even the Bahamas. In this blog, I want to discuss some of the many towns named Dunmore within the world.
One of the many beautiful aspects of smaller villages or towns around the world named Dunmore are the buildings within the area. Many have the common building type of cottages or hamlets, based on the designs of homes when the areas were first populated. It is very common for older villages to keep the same building styles as when they were first established for the sake of continuity and general aesthetics. Throughout the years, these smaller villages were often built around older and antiquated planning and architectural systems, and because there is such a great pride for the history of the villages themselves, there is little need for change. Many of the buildings within these villages are also old because apart from natural weather effects, there is little effecting the structural integrity of the buildings themselves. All they require is simple upkeep every few years to ensure that the building will run optimally.
I also find it personally interesting as I am someone from one of these smaller towns. I come from a Dunmore, and the “insignificance” the villages are considered to have is not actually accurate. These villages have homed hundreds of people throughout history and are some of the oldest populated areas in these countries. Although that does not sound very interesting to some, I find it interesting because I personally believe the place I am from is a part of my own personal history. Whenever I visit the Dunmore within the United Kingdom, I am filled with great pride and happiness that such a small community has managed to survive and thrive for such a long time within history without having been affected by the politics and businesses of the outside world to a severe extent. As an architect, I am also happy because it means that I get to take full advantage of that pride when visiting my home.
I also find it slightly interesting that there are so many villages around the world with the name “Dunmore”. I assume it is partially due to the colonisation periods, where many cities and towns around the world would be named after or influenced by towns and hamlets within the United Kingdom. Considering that all the villages named Dunmore are within the counties that England had colonised throughout that era, it would make sense that the influence was from the England Dunmore. This is repeated with many cities around the world. A good example of this would be “New York” in America, clearly named after the city of York in England. Another would be Manchester, which has become famous by the film “Manchester by the sea”. These villages are built with an influence of “home” in mind, and over time while the rest of the world had moved on, Dunmore villages around the world had continued to stay the same. Although this may be a subject that people cannot make much sense of interest, I still think that the history of our world is an amazing subject that would continue to be relevant and interesting throughout time. Villages like Dunmore make a key part of this history, which can be known as the “overlooked” part of history itself. Many people forget that these long-standing towns exist, but they do, and the buildings themselves have yet to fall.