Woodlands, Dorset

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Woodlands
The Church of the Ascension, Woodlands - geograph.org.uk - 474105.jpg
The Church of the Ascension, Woodlands
Woodlands is located in Dorset
Woodlands
Woodlands
Woodlands shown within Dorset
Population 522 2011 Census
OS grid reference SU051090
Civil parish
  • Woodlands
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WIMBORNE
Postcode district BH21
Dialling code 01202
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Dorset
50°52′52″N 1°55′41″W / 50.881°N 1.928°W / 50.881; -1.928Coordinates: 50°52′52″N 1°55′41″W / 50.881°N 1.928°W / 50.881; -1.928
A historical map of Woodlands, Dorset in 1945
Graph showing the occupational structure in Woodlands in 1881

Woodlands is a village and civil parish in the East Dorset district of Dorset, South-West England. It is five miles (8km) north of Wimborne Minster. Horton Road is the main road going through the parish.

Woodlands has a long history and is known for multiple reasons. It is home to the Woodlands Church of the Ascension which is a grade 2 listed building. Woodlands also attracts visitors all year round due to the village being home to the largest family theme park in Devon.[1]

In 2001, the village had a population of 544 but in 2011 the population had fallen to 522.[2]

The Village[edit]

Demography[edit]

In 2001, the village had a population of 544 but in 2011 the population had fallen to 522.[2] According to the 2011 census, there were 272 males and 250 females living in the parish.[3] The majority of the population (504) are white British and Christianity (334) is the main religion according to the 2011 census.[4] The population changed minimally between 1811 (346) and 1911 (384) but has increased dramatically to 522 in the 2011 census.[5]

Economy[edit]

Of the 286 people who are economically active,[6] 280 are currently in employment, the majority (67) are either managers, directors or senior officials.[7] The main industry that the residents of Woodlands work in is the Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motor Cycles (44). Manufacturing (37) and construction (35) also make up a large sector of employment in Woodlands.[8] In 1831 the majority of the population (67) were employed as agricultural labourers,[9] in 1881 that increased to 70.[10]

Housing[edit]

There are currently 201 households in Woodlands[11] which has increased from 95 in 1901.[12] The average house price in Woodlands is £447,735 which is comparatively more expensive than in neighbouring Verwood (£332,770) and Three Legged Cross (£352,353) but is cheaper than nearby Holt (£699,607).[13] The majority of households (90) are married couple households with no dependent children.[14]

Recreation[edit]

Woodlands has a number of main attractions and recreational activities that draw in visitors all year round. Woodlands is home to the largest family theme park in Devon, Woodlands Family Theme Park, which is targeted at young families with children.[15] There is also Woodlands Grove Caravan & Camping Park which is an award-winning camping and caravaning site that also attracts visitors to the area.[16] Remedy Oak golf club is located in the heart of Woodlands that helps to increase the popularity of the area.

The Village Church[edit]

Woodlands is home to Woodlands Church of the Ascension, a grade 2 listed building. The Church is the only church in the Diocese of Salisbury. The church was dedicated in 1892 and was given to the village by Harriet, the Countess of Shaftesbury, in memory of her husband Anthony who was the 8th Earl of Shaftesbury.[17] The church was designed by prolific church architect G. F. Bodley R.A who also designed cathedrals in Tasmania and Washington.[18] The exterior of the church is a plain brick structure but the inside is prominent. There are three central columns arcading down the middle of the nave. On entering the church there is a large Saxon/Normal Font which, according to tradition, was used at Knowlton church (a henge church two miles west) and was said to have been used for baptisms by Saint Adhelm. [19]

History[edit]

Woodlands parish was established when the hamlets of Baggeridge, Woodlands and Knowlton (the earliest settlement) were detached from Horton in the 19th century. Woodlands village was then first recorded in 1244.[20] Woodlands was part of the Shaftesbury estate until after the Second World war.[21]

The parish is home to the hamlet of Knowlton with its prehistoric henges known as Knowlton Circles.

In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales said that in Woodlands:

"The Duke of Monmouth, after the battle of Sedgemoor, was taken here in a ditch."[22]

The village is mentioned in 'Owens book of fairs' in 1788 as having a yearly fair selling horses cheese and toys on the 5th of July. (https://archive.org/stream/owensnewbookfai00owengoog#page/n39/mode/2up)

Graph showing total population change in Woodlands between 1801 and 2011.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Woodlands". Woodlands. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  2. ^ a b Sillitoe, Neighbourhood Statistics - Neil (2008-04-14). "Detect browser settings". www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  3. ^ "Woodlands (Parish) Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved April 2, 2017. 
  4. ^ Sillitoe, Neighbourhood Statistics - Neil (2008-04-14). "Detect browser settings". www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  5. ^ "Woodlands CP/Ch through time, Population Statistics, Total Population". visionofbritain.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-02.  horizontal tab character in |title= at position 34 (help)
  6. ^ Sillitoe, Neighbourhood Statistics - Neil (2008-04-14). "Detect browser settings". www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  7. ^ Sillitoe, Neighbourhood Statistics - Neil (2008-04-14). "Detect browser settings". www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  8. ^ Sillitoe, Neighbourhood Statistics - Neil (2008-04-14). "Detect browser settings". www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  9. ^ "Woodlands CP/Ch through time | Industry Statistics | Males aged 20 and over, in 9 occupational categories". visionofbritain.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-02.  horizontal tab character in |title= at position 35 (help)
  10. ^ "Woodlands CP/Ch through time | Industry Statistics | Occupation data classified into the 24 1881 'Orders', plus sex". visionofbritain.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-02.  horizontal tab character in |title= at position 35 (help)
  11. ^ Sillitoe, Neighbourhood Statistics - Neil (2008-04-14). "Detect browser settings". www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  12. ^ "Woodlands CP/Ch through time | Housing Statistics | Total Households". visionofbritain.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-02.  horizontal tab character in |title= at position 35 (help)
  13. ^ "House Prices in Woodlands, Wimborne, Dorset". www.rightmove.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  14. ^ Sillitoe, Neighbourhood Statistics - Neil (2008-04-14). "Detect browser settings". www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  15. ^ "Woodlands". Woodlands. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  16. ^ "Woodlands Caravan Park and Camping Site Devon. A 5 Star Campsite". www.woodlandsgrove.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  17. ^ "The Quintet Group of Parishes". www.dorsetquintet.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  18. ^ "Church of Ascension". verwood.org. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  19. ^ "The Quintet Group of Parishes". www.dorsetquintet.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  20. ^ "Woodlands | British History Online". www.british-history.ac.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  21. ^ "Church of Ascension". verwood.org. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  22. ^ Wilson, John Marius (1870–72). Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales. Edinburgh: A. Fullerton & Co. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Woodlands, Dorset at Wikimedia Commons