Wool  Dorset


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Wool like this:

WOOL, a parish, with three hamlets, in Wareham district, Dorset; on the river Frome, and on the Southampton and Dorchester railway, 5½ miles W by S of Wareham. It has a post-office under Wareham, a r. station, and a fair on 14 May. Acres, 2,550. Real property, with Coombe-Keynes, £3,743. Pop., 590. Houses, 117. The manor belongs to J. Weld, Esq. A Cistertian abbey was founded at Great Bindon, in 1172, by R. de Newburgh. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £80. Patron, the Bishop of S. The church was restored in 1866.

Wool through time

Wool is now part of Purbeck district. Click here for graphs and data of how Purbeck has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Wool itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Wool, in Purbeck and Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 04th July 2022

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