Wool, Dorset

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Wool
Wool is located in Dorset
Wool
Wool
 Wool shown within Dorset
Population 4,118 (2001)
OS grid reference SY839865
District Purbeck
Shire county Dorset
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Wareham
Postcode district BH20
Dialling code 01929
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament South Dorset
List of places
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England
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Coordinates: 50°40′48″N 2°13′23″W / 50.680°N 2.223°W / 50.680; -2.223

Woolbridge Manor

Wool /wʊl/ is a large village in the Purbeck district of Dorset, England. The village has a population of 4,118 (2001), though the population has fluctuated over the past 15 years, due to the proximity of military institutions, reaching a high of 4,300 in 1992. The village lies at a historic bridging point on the River Frome, half way between Dorchester and Wareham. Woolbridge Manor House, a 14th-century building, is a prominent feature just outside the village and the location of Tess's honeymoon in Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Other prominent features of the village include the medieval church of Holy Rood, the railway station on the South Western Main Line from London Waterloo to Weymouth, and the thatched cottages along Spring Street.

Nearby, to the east of the village, are the ruins of Bindon Abbey, which was demolished in the Dissolution of the Monasteries of 1539, the stone being used to build castles in Portland, Lulworth and Sandsfoot.

According to local knowledge, only one building was destroyed during the war - on 3 May 1941. The building was a small bungalow by the name of "Two Birches", located on Bailey's Drove. The house was later rebuilt.

A small single lane hump backed stone bridge about 200m north from the railway station is no longer used for vehicular traffic. It has a stone halfway along it stating that those who deface or damage the bridge will be transported (sent to Australia or another penal colony) for the rest of their lives.

Local places of interest include the Bovington Tank Museum and Monkey World. It also boasts surrounding hamlets, including East Burton and Giddy Green

The village received significant media coverage in January 2012, after a fuel tanker crashed into the front of a bungalow, starting a fire. No one was injured in the incident, but the tanker driver was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.[1]

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