Shaftesbury is a town in the north of Dorset, England. The city lies about 200 meters above sea level. In 2001, the city had 6,665 inhabitants with 3,112 households. From 1001 to the Reformation it was called Edwardstowe because in Shaftesbury Abbey the remains of Edward the Martyr were. The city is located above the Blackmore Valley and a play on the River Stour. From its various viewpoints you can see Glastonbury Tor and the Isle of Purbeck. Shaftesbury is particularly famous for Gold Hill, a staircase, steep road (which was used for "Hovis bread" in advertising).