Which is situated on the
edge of Cranborne Chase.
Author & (c) :- Pamela
(Written in 1968 - with updates ).
Verwood did not. become a Civic
Parish until 1894 when the Local Government Board
transferred it from Cranborne, one of the largest parishes
in Dorset. Any
earlier history, therefore, can only be found under
This was connected with the New Forest and extended
to Salisbury, Wilton, Tisbury, Kingsettle, Blandford,
Wimborne Minster, Ringwood and Fordingbridge. Cranborne Chase belonged to the Crown from
1199, when King John hunted there, to 1603. In that year it
was given to the Earl of Pembroke and was handed down to
Enquiries were hampered by a succession of fires in
Blandford which destroyed all records of the area. There were two
large fires in 1579. and 1731, and two lesser fires in 1676
and 1713. I
understand that children orphaned by these fires, and who
could not be identified, were given the surname
It was felt that Verwood must have some history and
from the small snippets heard from village folk the search
There is still much to find out; Mr Lavender
Curator of the Red House Museum, Christchurch said in 1968, "There
is still a lot to find out about the potteries.". There
is a distinct possibility that excavated pot shards may
throw more light on when the potteries began, and on the
types of glazes used on the pots.
It is surprising to find that so many crafts are
being kept alive today. In 1968 the Evening Institutes were
playing a large part in encouraging craftwork and this has
continued. From Verwood many potential weavers, potters and
wrought-iron smiths travel to Ringwood, Cranborne or
Ferndown to spend evenings learning the old skills.
As Verwood develops even more evidence of past
village life will be erased including the remaining remnants
of Verwood as a village. Verwood has now of course been
designated a Town and while there is always progress it is
sad to see some of the inevitable changes.
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M.A. pub. - 1868
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Wabe Smart M.D. - 1841 (Physician of Cranborne)
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Warren . -1940
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Wales 1860 and 1872
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Southern England - Hudson 1965
Hunt and Company's Directory of
Kelly's Directories of Dorset -
1875, 1886, 1890, 1895, 1903, 1915 & 1927.
Industries of Dorset - F. C.
Warren. - 1936
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Chase - W. Chafin 1816
Celtic tumuli of Dorset -
Charles Warne P. S. A. - 1866.
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Chase - Alan Penny
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The "Wimburnian" Lent
term. -- 1898
First report on a land use and
transportation study of Southeast Dorset and south-west
Hampshire - April 1967.
The Bournemouth County Borough Council, Dorset
County Council andHampshire County Council.
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