Verwood 1985 BBC Domesday Project. - Hillside School.
01. The Gazetteer of
Altitude & Climate.
VERWOOD, previously FAIRWOOD, FAYRWOOD, WRTWOOD
& WEIRWOOD, is situated on the Hampshire & Dorset
border and 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.
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. 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 SSI (Special Scientific Interest). The shops
garages, services and supermarket meet the everyday
requirements of most people.
There is a 2 hourly BUS SERVICE, supplemented by
privately run buses, none of which run on Sundays.
(This has now increased as Verwood
02. Government in
The PARISH COUNCIL started in the late 19th
century. (Verwood has been
reclassified as as Town and now has a Mayor and Town
There is an election every 4 years. If 12 people
apply, they are automatically elected, but if there are
more, then an election takes place. The chairman is elected
annually by council members. If a councillor doesn't attend
for 6 months without good reason, he loses his office. If a
councillor moves away there is a vacancy so a notice is put
on the Parish Council board, people apply and the Parish
Council vote for who they think would do a good job.
The Parish Council is
responsible for the provision and maintenance of the
Recreation Ground and have representatives on other village
committees. Any member of the public can go to any Parish
Council meeting where they can ask questions during
03. Housing in Verwood
Accommodation for elderly.
The POPULATION in Verwood is approximately
9,000. (Currently around 14,000)
There are 3,637 dwellings today and 200 houses are
built each year. Many MATERIALS are used in building homes
today, eg:- bricks, insulation blocks, timber frames and
roofing tiles. Blocks of flats and terraced houses are
becoming the trend. Most modern gardens are small, as land
is so expensive there are approximately 70 cottages of
COBB/MUD walled construction, many built in the late
nineteenth century. A number of houses built then were built
from Verwood bricks, some of which are white and were made
The largest house is in Verwood is the MANOR HOUSE.
This is shortly to be demolished to make way for homes for
(It has now been demolished and
replaced by bungalows and apartments/flats)