Purbeck is a local government district in Dorset, England. The district is named after the Isle of Purbeck, a peninsula that forms a large proportion of the district's area. However the district extends significantly further north and west than the traditional boundary of the Isle of Purbeck along the River Frome. The district council is based in the town of Wareham, which is itself north of the River Frome.
The district was formed under the
Local Government Act 1972 on 1 April 1974, from the former municipal borough of Wareham, Swanage urban district and Wareham and Purbeck Rural District.
Its name is recorded in 948 AD as
Anglo-Saxon Purbicinga = "of the people of Purbic", where Purbic may be a former Celtic name, or may contain a supposed Anglo-Saxon word * pur = "male lamb".
Settlements [ edit ]
Settlements with a population over 2,500 are in bold.
Bere Regis, Bloxworth
Chaldon Herring, Church Knowle, Coombe Keynes, Corfe Castle
East Lulworth, East Stoke
Langton Matravers, , Lytchett Matravers Lytchett Minster
Steeple, Stoborough, Stoborough Green, Studland, Swanage
, Wareham West Lulworth, Winfrith Newburgh, , Wool Worgret, Worth Matravers
Upton Lytchett Minster and Upton
Places of interest [ edit ]
Ballard Down, Blue Pool, Brownsea Island
Chaldon Down, Chapman's Pool, Clouds Hill, Corfe Castle
Dancing Ledge, Dunshay Manor, Durdle Door, Durlston Country Park
Godlingstone Heath, Godlingstone Manor
Jurassic Coast (A World Heritage Site)
Lulworth Castle, Lulworth Cove
Nine Barrow Down
Old Harry Rocks
Poole Harbour, Purbeck Heritage Coast
Smedmore Hill, South West Coast Path, St Aldhelm's Head, Studland Bay, Swanage Railway, Swyre Head
Worbarrow Tout, Wareham Forest, Winspit, Wytch Farm
See also [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]
Coordinates: 50°41′9.60″N 2°6′35.71″W / 50.6860000°N 2.1099194°W