Verwood 1985 BBC Domesday Project. - Hillside School.
Miss Gertie Sims now 91 (1985)
years old lives in EASTWORTH FARM on the Road to Alderholt
which is said to be haunted. It used to be the Heathpoult
Inn once used by SMUGGLERS.
Miss Sims has never seen the GHOST, but she hears
it open the door and go up the stairs. She thinks that it is
the Ghost of a man who was hung from a nearby tree. The
Smugglers used to hide barrels under the floor. A Smuggler
tried to give away the secret, so he was caught and hung.
Legend has it that STEPHEN'S STONE, a solitary
block of stone in WILD CHURCH BOTTOM has a GOLDEN CASKET
beneath it. It is said that it measures 6M X 3M X 3M approx.
It could be a BOUNDARY STONE. In 1220 it was recorded as
"LE HORESTONE" and was a boundary point in this
16. Health in Verwood.
15 people work at the SURGERY in Manor Road, where
there are 4 DOCTORS, a NURSE and several RECEPTIONISTS. 130
people attend the surgery per day. A SPEECH THERAPIST visits
once a week. A HEALTH VISITOR works from the Surgery who
looks after 'well' people and visits them in their homes.
She helps Mums who have just had babies & visits them
after 10 days. There are CLINICS for chiropody, child
welfare and blood donors. Some Health Visitors help families
who do not have enough money or who don't have a Dad.
There are 2 CHEMISTS in the village.
In the 2 DENTAL SURGERIES the DENTISTS advise about
preventing tooth decay as well as mending bad teeth.
There is an undertaker who buries bodies in
Verwood. Sometimes they are taken to Bournemouth or
Salisbury CREMATORIUMS and the ashes are scattered.
17. Law and Order in
Police Control Room.
Magistrates / Crown Courts.
We have one COMMUNITY POLICEMAN who patrols the
area on a PEDAL CYCLE or MOTOR CYCLE, so that he is easily
available to the villagers.
Verwood is also patrolled by shifts of 20 policemen
using four 'panda cars', giving us a 24 hour cover. They are
here to protect us and our property and they carry a
TRUNCHEON and not a gun.
The CONTROL ROOM is in Bournemouth, so, if we need
a DETECTIVE or a POLICE DOG, one can be sent out quickly.
Some problems today are cars parked badly at road junctions,
graffiti on buildings, vandalism and children who try
The nearest MAGISTRATES' COURT is in Wimborne
and CROWN COURTS in Bournemouth and Dorchester. Four SPECIAL
POLICEMEN and women who live in Verwood assist the Police
Force when needed.