Verwood UK - History

Verwood UK. - History



0930 to 1899 AD
1900 to 1999 AD
2000 to 2009 AD
2010 to present
Crafts in Verwood
Domesday - BBC

0930 to 1899 AD
1900 to 1999 AD
2000 to 2009 AD
2010 to present
Crafts in Verwood
Domesday - BBC

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0930 to 1899 AD 1900 to 1999 AD 2000 to 2009 AD 2010 to present Articles Reminiscences Crafts in Verwood Domesday - BBC



 While this site attempts to put Verwood History into a Chronological order with reminiscences
 and articles and new information as it is found. If you want a good read about Verwood
History then why not purchase a copy of the latest book by Jill Coulthard - "Village to Town"
 which is packed with information. Its well worth its cost of £10 for so much Information.


The Church of the Ascension, Woodlands
In January 2014 a new article written by the Rector has been added


Pam Reeks awarded the BEM in 2014
A New article has been added about the awarding of the British Empire Medal to Verwood’s Pam Reeks for services to the community in the 2014 Honours List.



Publications About Verwood.

     Verwood Historical Society are pleased to announce    
the publication of a new book

Written and compiled by
Jill Coulthard.


Originally priced at £10 it can be obtained 
at the
bargain price of £5 from

- The Verwood Heathland Heritage Centre.

Please visit the the Historical Society Website
 for information about Postal Copies

There have been 2 further publications in 2010.
The book celebrating 50 years of  

"Verwood Memorial Hall "

which includes 50 years of memories and anecdotes
 with photos, some in colour, of the Memorial Hall.

It is available at the 
Verwood Heathland Heritage Centre 
(9am – 12 noon, Mon. to Sat.).

Another book  published by
Verwood Methosit Church which celebrates
in 2009

"100 Years at Vicarage Road".

A Report of the pre-history of Methodism in Verwood 
prior to 1909 and a record of Activities and 
personal memories of the years 1909 until 2009.


New Verwood.Org Sites Details This site contains Verwood general community Information including the "What's On" page. This is the site of the
"Verwood Heathland Heritage Centre". This is the site of the
"Verwood & 3LX" Twinning Association". This is the site that is aimed at giving information about the history of Verwood including its chronology with reminiscences.





   Verwood, Dorset UK. - Where is it!  


VERWOOD, (Developed from FAIRWOOD, FAYREWOOD, WRTWOOD & WEIRWOOD) was first recorded in 1329 and is situated on the far eastern boundary of Dorset near the Hampshire border, five miles north-west of Ringwood and about twelve miles north of Bournemouth. It became a Civic Parish in l894. Previously it's history was recorded under Cranborne. 

Its ALTITUDE above sea level varies between 70 and 130 feet. The CLIMATE is mild and the average RAINFALL is approximately 32 inches. 

To the north and east lie areas of coniferous forests and to the west are mixed farms. There are two tracks of heath which are of Special Scientific Interest. 

   Verwood, Dorset UK. - Brief History!  


 For centuries it was a small, scattered settlement whose inhabitants made a living from the surrounding heathland.  The clay and sand deposits gave rise to potteries and brick and tile yards in the early 1900's, with the heath providing materials for besom making, fodder & peat.  Eventually it became the centre of production of the distinctive yellowy-green glazed pots. Potters, brickmakers, broom makers and the like all plied their trades alongside the traditional agricultural workers.   Today it is a fast growing town of some 14,000 and rising.

Development of Verwood is relatively recent and it was only in the last century that the settlement built its own small cob church which was consecrated in 1829. Till then the village, together with Alderholt, had been part of the huge parish of Cranborne. Parochial Status for Verwood was granted in 1887.




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