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Dorset
Dorset
(/ˈdɔːrsɪt/; archaically, Dorsetshire) is a county in South West England
England
on the English Channel
English Channel
coast. The ceremonial county comprises the non-metropolitan county, which is governed by Dorset County Council, and the unitary authority areas of Poole
Poole
and Bournemouth. Covering an area of 2,653 square kilometres (1,024 sq mi), Dorset
Dorset
borders Devon
Devon
to the west, Somerset
Somerset
to the north-west, Wiltshire
Wiltshire
to the north-east, and Hampshire
Hampshire
to the east. The county town is Dorchester which is in the south. After the reorganisation of local government in 1974 the county's border was extended eastward to incorporate the Hampshire
Hampshire
towns of Bournemouth and Christchurch. Around half of the population lives in the South East Dorset
East Dorset
conurbation, while the rest of the county is largely rural with a low population density. The county has a long history of human settlement stretching back to the Neolithic
Neolithic
era. The Romans conquered Dorset's indigenous Celtic tribe, and during the early Middle Ages, the Saxons settled the area and made Dorset
Dorset
a shire in the 7th century. The first recorded Viking raid on the British Isles occurred in Dorset
Dorset
during the eighth century, and the Black Death
Black Death
entered England
England
at Melcombe Regis
Melcombe Regis
in 1348. Dorset
Dorset
has seen much civil unrest: in the English Civil War, an uprising of vigilantes was crushed by Oliver Cromwell's forces in a pitched battle near Shaftesbury; the doomed Monmouth Rebellion
Monmouth Rebellion
began at Lyme Regis; and a group of farm labourers from Tolpuddle were instrumental in the formation of the trade union movement. During the Second World War, Dorset
Dorset
was heavily involved in the preparations for the invasion of Normandy, and the large harbours of Portland and Poole were two of the main embarkation points. The former was the sailing venue in the 2012 Summer Olympics, and both have clubs or hire venues for sailing, Cornish pilot gig
Cornish pilot gig
rowing, sea kayaking and powerboating. Dorset
Dorset
has a varied landscape featuring broad elevated chalk downs, steep limestone ridges and low-lying clay valleys. Over half the county is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Three-quarters of its coastline is part of the Jurassic Coast
Jurassic Coast
Natural World Heritage Site
World Heritage Site
due to its geological and palaeontologic significance. It features notable landforms such as Lulworth Cove, the Isle of Portland, Chesil Beach
Chesil Beach
and Durdle Door. Agriculture was traditionally the major industry of Dorset
Dorset
but is now in decline and tourism has become increasingly important to the economy. There are no motorways in Dorset
Dorset
but a network of A roads cross the county and two railway main lines connect to London. Dorset
Dorset
has ports at Poole, Weymouth and Portland, and an international airport. The county has a variety of museums, theatres and festivals, and is host to the Great Dorset
Dorset
Steam Fair, one of the biggest events of its kind in Europe. It is the birthplace of Thomas Hardy, who used the county as the principal setting of his novels, and William Barnes, whose poetry celebrates the ancient Dorset
Dorset
dialect.

Contents

1 Toponymy 2 History 3 Settlements 4 Physical geography

4.1 Climate

5 Demography 6 Politics 7 Economy and industry 8 Culture 9 Transport 10 Religious sites 11 Education 12 See also 13 Footnotes 14 Notes 15 References 16 External links

Toponymy[edit] Dorset
Dorset
derives its name from the county town of Dorchester.[2] The Romans established the settlement in the 1st century and named it Durnovaria
Durnovaria
which was a Latinised version of a Common Brittonic
Common Brittonic
word possibly meaning "place with fist-sized pebbles".[2] The Saxons named the town Dornwaraceaster (the suffix "ceaster" being the Old English name for a Roman town) and Dornsæte came into use as the name for the inhabitants of the area from "Dorn"—a reduced form of Dornwaraceaster—and the Old English
Old English
word "sæte" meaning people.[2][3] It is first mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
in AD 845 and in the 10th century the county's archaic name, "Dorseteschyre" (Dorsetshire), was first recorded.[4] History[edit] Main article: History of Dorset The first human visitors to Dorset
Dorset
were Mesolithic
Mesolithic
hunters, from around 8000 BC.[5][6] The first permanent Neolithic
Neolithic
settlers appeared around 3000 BC and were responsible for the creation of the Dorset
Dorset
Cursus, a 10.5-kilometre (6.5 mi) monument for ritual or ceremonial purposes.[7][8] From 2800 BC onwards Bronze Age farmers cleared Dorset's woodlands for agricultural use and Dorset's high chalk hills provided a location for numerous round barrows.[9][10] During the Iron Age, the British tribe known as the Durotriges
Durotriges
established a series of hill forts across the county—most notably Maiden Castle which is one of the largest in Europe.[11][12] The Romans arrived in Dorset
Dorset
during their conquest of Britain in AD 43. Maiden Castle was captured by a Roman legion under the command of Vespasian, and the Roman settlement of Durnovaria
Durnovaria
was established nearby.[13][14] Bokerley Dyke, a large defensive ditch built by the county's post-Roman inhabitants near the border with modern-day Hampshire, delayed the advance of the Saxons into Dorset for almost 150 years.[15] However, by the end of the 7th century Dorset
Dorset
had fallen under Saxon control and been incorporated into the Kingdom of Wessex.[16] The Saxons established a diocese at Sherborne and Dorset
Dorset
was made a shire—an administrative district of Wessex
Wessex
and predecessor to the English county system—with borders that have changed little since.[17] In 789 the first recorded Viking
Viking
attack on the British Isles took place in Dorset
Dorset
on the Portland coast, and they continued to raid into the county for the next two centuries.[18][19] After the Norman Conquest in 1066, feudal rule was established in Dorset
Dorset
and the bulk of the land was divided between the Crown and ecclesiastical institutions.[20] The Normans consolidated their control over the area by constructing castles at Corfe, Wareham and Dorchester in the early part of the 12th century.[21] Over the next 200 years Dorset's population grew substantially and additional land was enclosed for farming to provide the extra food required.[22] The wool trade, the quarrying of Purbeck Marble
Purbeck Marble
and the busy ports of Weymouth, Melcombe Regis, Lyme Regis
Lyme Regis
and Bridport
Bridport
brought prosperity to the county.[23] However, Dorset
Dorset
was devastated by the bubonic plague in 1348 which arrived in Melcombe Regis
Melcombe Regis
on a ship from Gascony.[24] The disease, more commonly known as the Black Death, created an epidemic that spread rapidly and wiped out a third of the population of the country.[25][26]

Corfe Castle, captured and destroyed by Cromwell's army in 1646

The dissolution of the monasteries (1536–1541) met little resistance in Dorset
Dorset
and many of the county's abbeys, including Shaftesbury, Cerne and Milton, were sold to private owners.[27] In 1642, at the commencement of the English Civil War, the Royalists took control of the entire county apart from Poole
Poole
and Lyme Regis. However, within three years their gains had been almost entirely reversed by the Parliamentarians.[28] An uprising of Clubmen—vigilantes weary of the depredations of the war—took place in Dorset
Dorset
in 1645. Some 2,000 of these rebels offered battle to Lord Fairfax's Parliamentary army at Hambledon Hill
Hambledon Hill
but they were easily routed.[29][30] Sherborne
Sherborne
Castle was taken by Fairfax that same year and in 1646 Corfe Castle, the last remaining Royalist stronghold in Dorset, was captured after an act of betrayal: both were subsequently slighted.[29][31] The Duke of Monmouth's unsuccessful attempt to overthrow James II began when he landed at Lyme Regis
Lyme Regis
in 1685.[32] A series of trials known as the Bloody Assizes
Bloody Assizes
took place to punish the rebels. Over a five-day period in Dorchester, Judge Jeffreys
Judge Jeffreys
presided over 312 cases: 74 of the accused were executed, 175 were transported, and nine were publicly whipped.[33] In 1686, at Charborough Park, a meeting took place to plot the downfall of James II of England. This meeting was effectively the start of the Glorious Revolution.[34] During the 18th century, much smuggling took place along the Dorset coast; its coves, caves and sandy beaches provided opportunities for gangs such as the Hawkhursts to stealthily bring smuggled goods ashore.[35] Poole
Poole
became Dorset's busiest port and established prosperous trade links with the fisheries of Newfoundland which supported cloth, rope and net manufacturing industries in the surrounding towns and villages.[36] However, the industrial revolution largely bypassed Dorset
Dorset
which lacked coal resources and as a consequence the county remained predominantly agricultural.[37][38][39] Farming has always been central to the economy of Dorset
Dorset
and the county became the birthplace of the modern trade union movement when, in 1834, six farm labourers formed a union to protest against falling wages. The labourers, who are now known as the Tolpuddle Martyrs, were subsequently arrested for administering "unlawful oaths" and sentenced to transportation but they were pardoned following massive protests by the working classes.[40][41] The Dorsetshire Regiment
Dorsetshire Regiment
were the first British unit to face a gas attack during the First World War
First World War
(1914–1918) and they sustained particularly heavy losses at the Battle of the Somme.[42][43] In total some 4,500 Dorset
Dorset
servicemen died in the war and of the county's towns and villages, only one, Langton Herring, known as a Thankful Village, had no residents killed.[43][44] During the Second World War (1939–1945) Dorset
Dorset
was heavily involved in the preparations for the invasion of Normandy: beach landing exercises were carried out at Studland
Studland
and Weymouth and the village of Tyneham
Tyneham
was requisitioned for army training.[45][46] Tens-of-thousands of troops departed Weymouth, Portland and Poole
Poole
harbours during D-Day and gliders from RAF Tarrant Rushton dropped troops near Caen
Caen
to begin Operation Tonga. Dorset experienced an increase in holiday-makers after the war.[47] First popularised as a tourist destination by George III's frequent visits to Weymouth, the county's coastline, seaside resorts and its sparsely populated rural areas attract millions of visitors each year.[37][48] With farming declining across the country, tourism has edged ahead as the primary revenue-earning sector.[38][49] Settlements[edit] See also: List of places in Dorset
List of places in Dorset
and List of settlements in Dorset by population

Bournemouth

Poole

Christchurch

Weymouth

Blandford
Blandford
Forum

Sherborne

Dorchester

Bridport

Wimborne

Verwood

Gillingham

Shaftesbury

Some of the larger settlements of Dorset

Dorset
Dorset
is largely rural with many small villages, few large towns and no cities.[50][51] The only major urban area is the South East Dorset conurbation, which is situated at the south-eastern end of the county and is atypical of the county as a whole. It consists of the seaside resort of Bournemouth, the historic port and borough of Poole, the towns of Christchurch and Ferndown
Ferndown
plus many surrounding villages.[52][53] Bournemouth, the most populous town in the conurbation, was established in the Georgian era
Georgian era
when sea bathing became popular.[54] Poole, the second largest settlement (once the largest town in the county), adjoins Bournemouth
Bournemouth
to the west and contains the suburb of Sandbanks
Sandbanks
which has some of the highest land values by area in the world.[55] The other two major settlements in the county are Dorchester, which has been the county town since at least 1305,[56] and Weymouth, a major seaside resort since the 18th century.[57][58] Blandford
Blandford
Forum, Sherborne, Gillingham, Shaftesbury
Shaftesbury
and Sturminster Newton
Sturminster Newton
are historic market towns which serve the farms and villages of the Blackmore Vale in north Dorset.[59] Beaminster
Beaminster
and Bridport
Bridport
are situated in the west of the county; Verwood
Verwood
and the historic Saxon market towns of Wareham and Wimborne
Wimborne
Minster are located to the east.[59] Lyme Regis
Lyme Regis
and Swanage
Swanage
are small coastal towns popular with tourists.[60] Under construction on the western edge of Dorchester is the experimental new town of Poundbury
Poundbury
commissioned and co-designed by Prince Charles.[61] The suburb, which is expected to be fully completed by 2025, was designed to integrate residential and retail buildings and counter the growth of dormitory towns and car-oriented development.[62] Physical geography[edit] Main articles: Geography of Dorset, Geology of Dorset, List of hills of Dorset, and South West Hampshire/South East Dorset
East Dorset
Green Belt Dorset
Dorset
covers an area of 2,653 square kilometres (1,024 sq mi) and contains considerable variety in its underlying geology, which is partly responsible for the diversity of landscape.[63][64][65] A large percentage (66%) of the county comprises either chalk, clay or mixed sand and gravels. The remainder is less straightforward and includes Portland and Purbeck stone, other limestones, calcareous clays and shales.[66] Portland and Purbeck stone are of national importance as a building material and for restoring some of Britain's most famous landmarks.[67][68] Almost every type of rock known from the Early Jurassic
Early Jurassic
to the Eocene
Eocene
epochs can be found in the county.[69][70]

Geological map of Dorset

Dorset
Dorset
has a number of limestone ridges which are mostly covered in either arable fields or calcareous grassland supporting sheep.[71] These limestone areas include a wide band of Cretaceous
Cretaceous
chalk which crosses the county as a range of hills from north-east to south-west, incorporating Cranborne Chase
Cranborne Chase
and the Dorset
Dorset
Downs, and a narrow band running from south-west to south-east, incorporating the Purbeck Hills.[72][73] Between the chalk hills are large, wide vales and wide flood plains.[70] These vales are dotted with small villages, farms and coppices, and include the Blackmore Vale
Blackmore Vale
(Stour valley) and Frome valley.[73][74] The Blackmore Vale
Blackmore Vale
is composed of older Jurassic deposits, largely clays interspersed with limestones,[70] and has traditionally been a centre for dairy agriculture.[75] South-east Dorset, including the lower Frome valley and around Poole
Poole
and Bournemouth, comprises younger Eocene
Eocene
deposits,[70] mainly sands and clays of poor agricultural quality.[76] The soils created from these deposits support a heathland habitat which sustains all six native British reptile species.[77] Most of the Dorset
Dorset
heathland has Site of Special
Special
Scientific Interest (SSSI) status with three areas designated as internationally important Ramsar sites.[78] In the far west of the county and along the coast there are frequent changes in rock strata, which appear in a less obviously sequential way compared to the landscapes of the chalk and the heath.[79] In the west this results in a hilly landscape of diverse character that resembles that of neighbouring county Devon.[80] Marshwood Vale, a valley of Lower Lias clay at the western tip of the county,[81] lies to the south of the two highest points in Dorset: Lewesdon Hill
Lewesdon Hill
at 279 metres (915 ft) and Pilsdon Pen
Pilsdon Pen
at 277 metres (909 ft).[82] A former river valley flooded by rising sea levels 6,000 years ago, Poole
Poole
Harbour is one of the largest natural harbours in the world.[83][84] The harbour is very shallow in places and contains a number of islands, notably Brownsea Island, the birthplace of the Scouting
Scouting
movement and one of the few remaining sanctuaries for indigenous red squirrels in England.[85] The harbour, and the chalk and limestone hills of the Isle of Purbeck
Isle of Purbeck
to the south, lie atop Western Europe's largest onshore oil field.[86] The field, operated by Perenco
Perenco
from Wytch Farm, has the world's oldest continuously pumping well at Kimmeridge which has been producing oil since the early 1960s.[86][87] Dorset's diverse geography ensures it has an assortment of rivers, although a moderate annual rainfall coupled with rolling hills, means most are typically lowland in nature.[88] Much of the county drains into three rivers, the Frome, Piddle and Stour which all flow to the sea in a south-easterly direction.[89] The Frome and Piddle are chalk streams but the Stour, which rises in Wiltshire
Wiltshire
to the north, has its origins in clay soil.[90] The River Avon, which flows mainly through Wiltshire
Wiltshire
and Hampshire, enters Dorset
Dorset
towards the end of its journey at Christchurch Harbour.[91] The rivers Axe and Yeo, which principally drain the counties of Devon
Devon
and Somerset
Somerset
respectively, have their sources in the north-west of the county. In the south-west, a number of small rivers run into the sea along the Dorset
Dorset
coastline; most notable of these are the Char, Brit, Bride and Wey.[92]

Durdle Door, a natural arch near Lulworth Cove

Most of Dorset's coastline is part of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site, which stretches for 155 kilometres (96 mi)[93] between Studland
Studland
and Exmouth
Exmouth
in Devon. This coast documents the entire Mesozoic
Mesozoic
era, from Triassic
Triassic
to Cretaceous
Cretaceous
and is noted for its geological landforms.[94] The Dorset
Dorset
section has yielded important fossils, including Jurassic trees and the first complete Ichthyosaur, discovered near Lyme Regis
Lyme Regis
in 1811 by Mary Anning.[94] The county features some notable coastal landforms, including examples of a cove (Lulworth Cove), a natural arch (Durdle Door) and chalk stacks (Old Harry Rocks).[95][96] Jutting out into the English Channel
English Channel
at roughly the midpoint of the Dorset
Dorset
coastline is the Isle of Portland, a limestone island that is connected to the mainland by Chesil Beach, a 27-kilometre (17 mi) long shingle barrier beach protecting Britain's largest tidal lagoon.[97][98] The county has one of the highest proportions of conservation areas in England—and two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) covering 53% of the administrative county.[99][100] It has two Heritage Coasts totalling 92 kilometres (57 mi) and Sites of Special
Special
Scientific Interest covering 199 km2 (77 sq mi).[101][102] The South West Coast Path, National Trail, begins at South Haven Point at the entrance to Poole
Poole
Harbour.[103] There are also substantial areas of green belt surrounding the South East Dorset
East Dorset
conurbation, filling in the area between this and the Cranborne Chase
Cranborne Chase
and the West Wiltshire
Wiltshire
Downs AONB. Climate[edit] Dorset's climate of warm summers and mild winters is partly due to its position on Britain's south coast. The third most southerly county in the UK, Dorset
Dorset
is less affected by the more intense Atlantic winds than Cornwall
Cornwall
and Devon. Dorset, along with the entire south-west, has higher winter temperatures, average 4.5 to 8.7 °C (40.1 to 47.7 °F), than the rest of the United Kingdom.[104] However, Dorset
Dorset
maintains higher summer temperatures than Devon
Devon
and Cornwall, with average highs of 19.1 to 22.2 °C (66.4 to 72.0 °F).[105] Excluding hills such as the Dorset
Dorset
Downs, the average annual temperature of the county is 9.8 to 12 °C (49.6 to 53.6 °F).[106] The south coast counties of Dorset, Hampshire, West Sussex, East Sussex and Kent
Kent
enjoy more sunshine than anywhere else in the United Kingdom, receiving 1,541–1,885 hours a year.[107] Average annual rainfall varies across the county—southern and eastern coastal areas receive 700–800 millimetres (28–31 inches) per year; the Dorset Downs receive between 1,000 and 1,250 millimetres (39 and 49 inches) per year; less than Devon
Devon
and Cornwall
Cornwall
to the west but more than counties to the east.[108]

Climate data for Weymouth

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Average high °C (°F) 8.6 (47.5) 8.4 (47.1) 10.2 (50.4) 12.3 (54.1) 15.3 (59.5) 17.7 (63.9) 19.7 (67.5) 20.1 (68.2) 18.4 (65.1) 15.2 (59.4) 11.8 (53.2) 9.2 (48.6) 13.9 (57)

Daily mean °C (°F) 6.4 (43.5) 6.1 (43) 7.6 (45.7) 9.3 (48.7) 12.2 (54) 14.7 (58.5) 16.8 (62.2) 17.1 (62.8) 15.5 (59.9) 12.7 (54.9) 9.5 (49.1) 6.9 (44.4) 11.2 (52.2)

Average low °C (°F) 4.1 (39.4) 3.7 (38.7) 4.9 (40.8) 6.2 (43.2) 9.1 (48.4) 11.7 (53.1) 13.9 (57) 14.1 (57.4) 12.5 (54.5) 10.2 (50.4) 7.2 (45) 4.6 (40.3) 8.5 (47.3)

Average rainfall mm (inches) 78.5 (3.091) 58.3 (2.295) 58.0 (2.283) 49.4 (1.945) 44.7 (1.76) 40.2 (1.583) 35.9 (1.413) 50.0 (1.969) 55.8 (2.197) 85.3 (3.358) 88.7 (3.492) 85.5 (3.366) 730.3 (28.752)

Average rainy days (≥ 1 mm) 13.0 9.9 9.4 8.3 8.4 7.0 6.6 7.5 7.9 11.5 12.4 12.4 113.9

Mean monthly sunshine hours 66.8 91.1 133.6 200.3 228.5 229.1 243.6 227.7 175.5 126.3 84.3 62.9 1,869.8

Source: 1981–2010 averages for Wyke Regis
Wyke Regis
climate station. Sources: Met Office[109] and Cefas[110]

Demography[edit] See also: List of settlements in Dorset
Dorset
by population

Dorset
Dorset
ethnicity and religion

UK Census 2011 Dorsetnote [111][112] Bournemouth [113][114] Poole [115][116] South West [111][112] England [111][112]

Population 412,905 183,491 147,645 5,288,935 53,012,456

White 97.9% 91.9% 95.8% 95.4% 85.5%

Mixed 0.8% 2.3% 1.3% 1.4% 2.2%

Asian 0.7% 2.9% 1.8% 1.5% 7.0%

Black 0.2% 1.0% 0.3% 1.0% 3.4%

Chinese or other 0.3% 1.9% 0.8% 0.7% 1.7%

Christian 65.3% 57.1% 60.4% 60.4% 59.4%

Non-Christian 1.3% 4.6% 2.3% 2.5% 8.7%

No religion 25.2% 30.5% 29.7% 29.3% 24.7%

Not stated 8.0% 7.8% 7.6% 7.9% 7.2%

^ Excluding Bournemouth
Bournemouth
and Poole

The 2011 Census records Dorset's population as 744,041. This consisted of 412,905 for the non-metropolitan county (not including Bournemouth and Poole), 183,491 for the unitary authority of Bournemouth
Bournemouth
and 147,645 for the unitary authority of Poole.[111][113][115] In 2013 it was estimated that the population had risen by around 1.4% to 754,460: 416,720 in the non-metropolitan county and 188,730 and 149,010 in Bournemouth
Bournemouth
and Poole
Poole
respectively.[117] More than half of the county's residents live in the Bournemouth, Poole
Poole
and Christchurch conurbation.[111] Dorset's population has a high proportion of older people and a lower than average proportion of young people: According to 2013 mid-year estimates,[Note 1] 23.6% are over 65 years of age, higher than the England
England
and Wales average of 17.4%, and 18.6% are less than 17 years old, lower than the England
England
and Wales average of 21.3%.[57] The working age population (females and males between 16 and 64) is lower than England
England
and Wales average, 60% compared to 64%.[118] Data collected between 2010 and 2012 shows that average life expectancy at birth in the county is 85.3 years for females and 81.2 years for males. This compares favourably with the averages for England
England
and Wales of 82.9 and 79.1 years respectively.[119] Around 95.2% of Dorset's population are of white ethnicity, 60.9% of the population are Christian and 28.5% say they are not religious.[111][112] More than 33% of the county’s population possess a level 4 qualification or above, such as a Higher National Diploma, Degree or a Higher Degree; while nearly 6.3% have no qualifications at all.[120] Almost 43.7% are employed in a professional or technical capacity (Standard Occupational Classification 2010, groups 1 – 3), just over 10.3% are administrators or secretaries (group 4), around 12.8% have a skilled trade (group 5), over 18% are employed at a low-level in the care, leisure, sales or customer relations sector (groups 6 and 7) and 14.8% are operatives or in elementary occupations (groups 8 and 9).[120]

Historical population of Dorset

Year Pop. ±% p.a.

1801 101,857 —    

1811 112,930 +1.04%

1821 129,210 +1.36%

1831 143,443 +1.05%

1841 161,617 +1.20%

1851 169,699 +0.49%

Year Pop. ±% p.a.

1861 174,255 +0.27%

1871 178,813 +0.26%

1881 183,371 +0.25%

1891 188,700 +0.29%

1901 188,263 −0.02%

1911 190,940 +0.14%

Year Pop. ±% p.a.

1921 193,543 +0.14%

1931 198,105 +0.23%

1941 214,700 +0.81%

1951 233,206 +0.83%

1961 259,751 +1.08%

1971 292,811 +1.21%

Year Pop. ±% p.a.

1981 321,676 +0.94%

1991 366,681 +1.32%

2001 390,986 +0.64%

2011 412,905 +0.55%

Pre-1974 statistics were gathered from local government areas that now comprise Dorset Source: Great Britain Historical GIS.[121]

Politics[edit] See also: List of Parliamentary constituencies in Dorset Local government in Dorset
Dorset
consists of a county council ( Dorset
Dorset
County Council) and two unitary authorities ( Bournemouth Borough Council
Bournemouth Borough Council
and Poole
Poole
Borough Council). Dorset County Council
Dorset County Council
was created by the Local Government Act 1888 to govern the newly created administrative county of Dorset
Dorset
which was based largely on the historic county borders. Dorset
Dorset
became a two-tier non-metropolitan county after a reorganisation of local government in 1974 and its border was extended eastwards to incorporate the former Hampshire
Hampshire
towns of Bournemouth
Bournemouth
and Christchurch.[Note 2][124] Following a review by the Local Government Commission for England, Bournemouth
Bournemouth
and Poole
Poole
each became administratively independent single-tier unitary authorities in 1997, although they remain part of the county geographically and for ceremonial purposes. The county council is based in Dorchester and comprises six-second-tier districts: West Dorset, East Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck, Christchurch, and Weymouth and Portland. The council is controlled by the Conservative Party: at the 2017 local elections 32 Conservative, 11 Liberal Democrat, 1 Labour and 2 Green Party county councillors were elected.[125] The Conservatives also have control of Bournemouth
Bournemouth
and Poole. At the Bournemouth
Bournemouth
Council election in 2015: 51 Conservative, one Green Party, one UK Independence Party and one independent councillors were elected.[126] As of 2015 Poole council comprises 32 Conservative councillors, six Liberal Democrat, three Poole
Poole
People (a political party of Poole
Poole
residents) and one UKIP.[127] For representation in Parliament Dorset
Dorset
is divided into eight Parliamentary constituencies—five county constituencies and three borough constituencies. At the 2017 general election, the Conservative Party was dominant, taking all eight seats.[128] The borough constituencies of Bournemouth
Bournemouth
East, Bournemouth
Bournemouth
West and Poole
Poole
are traditionally Conservative safe seats and are all represented by Conservative members of parliament.[129][130] The county constituencies of North Dorset
North Dorset
and Christchurch are also represented by Conservative MPs. West Dorset
West Dorset
is represented by Conservative MP Oliver Letwin
Oliver Letwin
who was the Minister of State at the Cabinet Office
Cabinet Office
in David Cameron's government.[131][132] The marginal seat of South Dorset
Dorset
is represented by Richard Drax, who gained the seat from Labour representative, Jim Knight, in 2010. Drax retained the seat in 2015 and 2017.[133][134][130] Mid Dorset
Dorset
and North Poole
Poole
has been held by Liberal Democrat MP Annette Brooke
Annette Brooke
who retained her seat in 2010 with a slim majority of 269 (0.6% of the vote) over the Conservative candidate.[135] Since 2015 the constituency has been represented by the Conservative MP, Michael Tomlinson.[136] For the European Parliament the county lies within the South West England
England
constituency which elected two Conservative, two UKIP, one Labour and one Green Party Members of the European Parliament
European Parliament
(MEPs) at the 2014 European Parliament election.[137] Economy and industry[edit]

Dorset's employment structure (2008)[A]

Industry Dorset[C] [138] Poole [139] Bournemouth [140] Great Britain [138]

Manufacturing 11.9% 15.8% 3.2% 10.2%

Construction 5.3% 4.6% 3.2% 4.8%

Services 81.5% 79% 93.1% 83.5%

Tourism-related[B] 10.2% 7.7% 12% 8.2%

A.^ Excludes self-employed, government-supported trainees and armed forces B.^ Includes industries that are also part of the services industry C.^ Excluding Poole
Poole
and Bournemouth

In 2003 the gross value added (GVA) for the non-metropolitan county was £4,673 million, with an additional £4,705 million for Poole
Poole
and Bournemouth.[141] Primary industry produced 2.03% of GVA, secondary industry produced 22.44% and 75.53% came from tertiary industry.[141] The average GVA for the 16 regions of South West England
England
was £4,693 million.[141] The principal industry in Dorset
Dorset
was once agriculture. It has not, however, been the largest employer since the mid 19th century as mechanisation substantially reduced the number of workers required.[142][143] Agriculture has become less profitable and the industry has declined further. Within the administrative county between 1995 and 2003, GVA for primary industry (largely agriculture, fishing and quarrying) declined from £229 million to £188 million—7.1% to 4.0%.[141] In 2007, 2,039 km2 (787 sq mi) of the county was in agricultural use, up from 1,986 km2 (767 sq mi) in 1989, although this was due to an increase in permanent grass, and land set aside.[144] By contrast, in the same period, arable land decreased from 9,925 to 9,157 km2 (3,832 to 3,536 sq mi).[144] Excluding fowl, sheep are the most common animal stock in the county; between 1989 and 2006 their numbers fell from 252,189 to 193,500. Cattle and pig farming has declined similarly; during the same period the number of cattle fell from 240,413 to 170,700, and pigs from 169,636 to 72,700.[145] In 2009 there were 2,340 armed forces personnel stationed in Dorset including the Royal Armoured Corps
Royal Armoured Corps
at Bovington, Royal Signals at Blandford
Blandford
and the Royal Marines
Royal Marines
at Poole.[146] The military presence has had a mixed effect on the local economy, bringing additional employment for civilians, but on occasion having a negative impact on the tourist trade, particularly when popular areas are closed for military manoeuvres.[147][148] Plans to relocate the Royal School of Signals from Blandford
Blandford
to South Wales could result in a loss of up to £74 million GVA for the area.[149] Other major employers in the county include: BAE Systems, Sunseeker International, J.P. Morgan, Cobham plc
Cobham plc
and Bournemouth University.[150] Dorset's three ports, Poole, Weymouth and Portland, and the smaller harbours of Christchurch, Swanage, Lyme Regis, Wareham and West Bay generate a substantial amount of international trade and tourism.[151] Around 230 fishing vessels that predominantly catch crab and lobster are based in Dorset's ports.[152] When the waters around Weymouth and Portland
Weymouth and Portland
were chosen for the sailing events in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, the area underwent an increased investment in infrastructure and a growth in the marine leisure sector. It is expected that this will continue to have a positive effect on local businesses and tourism.[153]

The beach near Bournemouth
Bournemouth
Pier. Dorset's coastline is a major attraction for tourists.

Tourism has grown in Dorset
Dorset
since the late 18th century and is now the predominant industry.[154] It is estimated that 37,500 people work in Dorset's tourism sector.[155] Some 3.2 million British and 326,000 foreign tourists visited the county in 2008, staying a total of 15.1 million nights.[156] In addition there were 14.6 million day visitors.[156] The combined spending of both groups was £1,458 million.[156] Towns received 56% of Dorset's day trippers, 27% went to the coast and 17% to the countryside.[157] A survey carried out in 1997 concluded that the primary reason tourists were drawn to Dorset
Dorset
was the attractiveness of the county's coast and countryside.[158] Numbers of domestic and foreign tourists have fluctuated in recent years due to various factors including security and economic downturn, a trend reflected throughout the UK.[159] Manufacturing industry in Dorset
Dorset
provided 10.3% of employment in 2008. This was slightly above the average for Great Britain but below that of the South West region which was at 10.7% for that period.[160][161][162] The sector is the county's fourth largest employer, but a predicted decline suggests there will be 10,200 fewer jobs in manufacturing by 2026.[163] Culture[edit] Main article: Culture of Dorset

The Keep Military Museum in Dorchester

As a largely rural county, Dorset
Dorset
has fewer major cultural institutions than larger or more densely populated areas. Major venues for concerts and theatre include Poole's Lighthouse arts centre, Bournemouth's BIC, Pavilion Theatre and O2 Academy, and the Pavilion theatre in Weymouth.[164] One of Dorset's most noted cultural institutions is the Bournemouth
Bournemouth
Symphony Orchestra which was founded in 1893.[165][166] Based in Poole, the orchestra performs over 130 concerts across southern England
England
each year.[166] Dorset
Dorset
has more than 30 general and specialist museums.[167][168] The Dorset County Museum
Dorset County Museum
in Dorchester was founded in 1846 and contains an extensive collection of exhibits covering the county's history and environment.[169] The Tank Museum
The Tank Museum
at Bovington
Bovington
contains more than 300 tanks and armoured vehicles from 30 nations.[170] The museum is the largest in Dorset
Dorset
and its collection has been designated of national importance.[170][171] Other museums which reflect the cultural heritage of the county include The Keep Military Museum in Dorchester, the Russell-Cotes Museum
Russell-Cotes Museum
in Bournemouth, the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, Poole
Poole
Museum, Portland Museum and Wareham Town Museum.[168][172] Dorset
Dorset
contains 190 conservation areas, more than 1,500 scheduled monuments, over 30 registered parks and gardens and 12,850 listed buildings.[173][174] Grade I listed buildings include: Portland Castle, a coastal fort commissioned by Henry VIII;[175] a castle with more than a 1,000 years of history at Corfe;[176] a Roman ruin described by English Heritage
English Heritage
as the "only Roman town house visible in Britain";[177] Athelhampton, a Tudor manor house;[178] Forde Abbey, a stately home and former Cistercian
Cistercian
monastery;[179] Christchurch Priory, the longest church in England;[180] and St Edwold's church, one of the smallest.[181]

Traction engines on display at the Great Dorset
Dorset
Steam Fair

Dorset
Dorset
hosts a number of annual festivals, fairs and events including the Great Dorset Steam Fair
Great Dorset Steam Fair
near Blandford, one of the largest events of its kind in Europe,[182] and the Bournemouth
Bournemouth
Air Festival, a free air show that attracted 1.3 million visitors in 2009.[183] The Spirit of the Seas is a maritime festival held in Weymouth and Portland. Launched in 2008, the festival features sporting activities, cultural events and local entertainers.[184] The Dorset
Dorset
County Show, which was first held in 1841, is a celebration of Dorset's agriculture.[185] The two-day event exhibits local produce and livestock and attracts some 55,000 people.[185] Inside Out Dorset
Dorset
is an outdoor arts festival produced by Dorchester-based Activate Performing Arts that takes place every two years in rural and urban locations across Dorset.[186][187] In addition to the smaller folk festivals held in towns such as Christchurch and Wimborne,[188][189] Dorset
Dorset
holds several larger musical events such as Camp Bestival, Endorse It in Dorset, End of the Road and the Larmer Tree Festival.[190][191][192][193] Dorset's only professional football club is A.F.C. Bournemouth, which plays in the Premier League— the highest division in the English football league system. Non-League semi-professional teams in the county include National League South
National League South
team Poole
Poole
Town F.C., and Southern Premier Division teams Dorchester Town F.C.
Dorchester Town F.C.
and Weymouth F.C.. Dorset County Cricket Club competes in the Minor Counties Cricket Championship and is based at Dean Park Cricket Ground
Dean Park Cricket Ground
in Bournemouth. Poole
Poole
Stadium hosts regular greyhound racing and is the home to top-flight speedway team Poole
Poole
Pirates. The county's coastline, on the English Channel, is noted for its watersports (particularly sailing, gig racing, windsurfing, power boating and kayaking) which take advantage of the sheltered waters in the bays of Weymouth and Poole, and the harbours of Poole
Poole
and Portland.[194][195][196][197] Dorset
Dorset
hosted the sailing events at the 2012 Summer Olympics
2012 Summer Olympics
and 2012 Summer Paralympics at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing
Sailing
Academy. The venue was completed in May 2009 and was used by international sailing teams in preparation for the Games.[198][199][200]

Thomas Hardy

Dorset
Dorset
is famed in literature for being the native county of author and poet Thomas Hardy, and many of the places he describes in his novels in the fictional Wessex
Wessex
are in Dorset, which he renamed South Wessex.[201][202] The National Trust owns Thomas Hardy's Cottage, in Higher Bockhampton, east of Dorchester; and Max Gate, his former house in Dorchester.[203] Several other writers have called Dorset
Dorset
home, including Douglas Adams, who wrote much of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy while he lived in Stalbridge;[204] John le Carré, author of espionage novels, was born in Poole;[205] Tom Sharpe
Tom Sharpe
of Wilt fame lived in Bridport;[206] John Fowles
John Fowles
(The French Lieutenant's Woman) lived in Lyme Regis
Lyme Regis
before he died in late 2005;[207] T.F. Powys
T.F. Powys
lived in Chaldon Herring
Chaldon Herring
for over 20 years and used it as inspiration for the fictitious village of Folly Down in his novel Mr. Weston's Good Wine;[208] John Cowper Powys, his elder brother, also set a number of his works in Dorset, such as the novels Maiden Castle and Weymouth Sands.[209][210] The 19th-century poet William Barnes
William Barnes
was born in Bagber
Bagber
and wrote many poems in his native Dorset
Dorset
dialect.[202] Originating from the ancient Norse and Saxon languages, the dialect was prevalent across the Blackmore Vale
Blackmore Vale
but has fallen into disuse.[211][212] Dorset's flag, which is known as the Dorset
Dorset
Cross or St Wite's Cross, was adopted in 2008 following a public competition organised by Dorset County Council.[213][214] The winning design, which features a white cross with a red border on a golden background, attracted 54% of the vote.[215] All three colours are used in Dorset
Dorset
County Council's coat of arms and the red and white was used in recognition of the English flag.[216] The golden colour represents Dorset's sandy beaches and the Dorset
Dorset
landmarks of Golden Cap
Golden Cap
and Gold Hill. It is also a reference to the Wessex
Wessex
Dragon, a symbol of the Saxon Kingdom which Dorset
Dorset
once belonged to, and the gold wreath featured on the badge of the Dorset Regiment.[216] Transport[edit] Main article: Transport in Dorset Dorset
Dorset
is connected to London by two main line railways. The West of England
England
Main Line runs through the north of the county at Gillingham and Sherborne.[217] Running west from London Waterloo to Exeter St Davids in Devon, it provides a service for those who live in the western districts of Dorset.[217] The South Western Main Line
South Western Main Line
runs through the south at Bournemouth, Poole, Dorchester and the terminus at Weymouth.[218] Additionally, the Heart of Wessex
Wessex
Line runs north from Weymouth to Bristol
Bristol
and the Swanage
Swanage
Railway, a heritage steam and diesel railway, runs the 10 kilometres (6 mi) between Norden and Swanage.[219] Dorset
Dorset
is one of the few counties in England
England
not to have a motorway.[220] The A303, A35 and A31 trunk roads run through the county.[221] The A303, which connects the West Country
West Country
to London via the M3, clips the north-west of the county.[222] The A35 crosses the county in a west-east direction from Honiton
Honiton
in Devon, via Bridport, Dorchester, Poole, Bournemouth
Bournemouth
and Christchurch, to Southampton
Southampton
in Hampshire. The A31 connects to the A35 at Bere Regis, and passes east through Wimborne
Wimborne
and Ferndown
Ferndown
to Hampshire, where it later becomes the M27. Other main roads in the county include the A338, A354, A37 and A350. The A338
A338
heads north from Bournemouth
Bournemouth
to Ringwood
Ringwood
(Hampshire) and on to Salisbury
Salisbury
(Wiltshire) and beyond. The A354
A354
also connects to Salisbury
Salisbury
after travelling north-east from Weymouth in the south of the county. The A37 travels north-west from Dorchester to Yeovil
Yeovil
in Somerset. The A350 also leads north, from Poole
Poole
through Blandford
Blandford
and Shaftesbury, to Warminster
Warminster
in Wiltshire.[222] Two passenger sea ports and an international airport are situated in the county. Brittany Ferries
Brittany Ferries
and Condor Ferries, operate out of Poole Harbour; Brittany Ferries
Brittany Ferries
provide access to Cherbourg
Cherbourg
in France and Condor Ferries
Condor Ferries
sail a seasonal service to the Channel Islands
Channel Islands
and St Malo, France.[223] Condor Ferries
Condor Ferries
operated services from Weymouth harbour to Guernsey, Jersey and St. Malo throughout the year however, these ceased in 2015.[1][224] Poole, since the dredging of the main channel in 2008, and Portland harbours are capable of taking cruise liners.[225] Bournemouth
Bournemouth
Airport, which is situated on the edge of Hurn
Hurn
village 6 kilometres (4 mi) north of Bournemouth, has flights to 36 destinations and serves some 600,000 passengers a year.[226][227] In August 2007 work began on a £32 million expansion programme which includes enlargement of the terminal building and an increase in parking.[228] Dorset
Dorset
is served by 14 commercial bus operators.[229] The Wilts & Dorset
Dorset
bus company has a county wide network with frequent services linking major towns and a limited service in rural locations.[230] The First Group operate buses in the Weymouth and Bridport
Bridport
area, including: a regular route along the A35 from Weymouth to Axminster, which helps to compensate for the missing rail link west of Dorchester; and the Jurassic Coast
Jurassic Coast
service, one of the longest bus routes in the UK, which provides through travel from Poole
Poole
to Exeter, exploiting a popular tourist route.[231][232] Yellow Buses
Yellow Buses
are the main providers of routes within the South East Dorset Conurbation.[233] Damory Coaches
Damory Coaches
is one of a number of operators that provide access to more rural communities.[234] Religious sites[edit] See also: List of monastic houses in Dorset

Sherborne
Sherborne
Abbey

Unlike all of its neighbouring counties, Dorset
Dorset
does not have a cathedral.[235] Over 95% of the county falls within the Church of England
England
Diocese of Salisbury.[236] A small section to the west comes under the Diocese of Bath and Wells
Diocese of Bath and Wells
and to the east Christchurch and much of Bournemouth—both historically part of Hampshire—belong to the Diocese of Winchester.[237][238] The Roman Catholic Diocese of Plymouth incorporates most of Dorset
Dorset
with the exception of Christchurch and a portion of Bournemouth
Bournemouth
which belongs to the Diocese of Portsmouth.[239][240] Few purpose-built places of worship exist in Dorset
Dorset
for faiths other than Christianity. In 2008 a Hindu temple was constructed in Blandford Forum
Blandford Forum
for the Gurkhas based at the town's military camp. Bournemouth, which contains a higher proportion of Jewish residents than the national average, has two synagogues.[114][241] Christianity was introduced to Dorset
Dorset
by the Romans.[242] A 4th century Roman mosaic discovered near Hinton St Mary
Hinton St Mary
contains what is generally accepted to be an image of Christ.[243][244] Christianity became firmly established in the county during the Saxon period although there are few surviving Saxon churches; the most complete is St. Martin's in Wareham which has features from the early 11th century.[245][246] Mediaeval churches are more prevalent in Dorset; most are 15th century and are of a Perpendicular style.[247] Sherborne Abbey, one of the county's largest, is noted for its broad fan vaulting added during an extensive 15th century rebuild.[248] Founded in AD 705 by Aldhelm, the Abbey contained the chair of the Bishop of Sherborne
Sherborne
and was granted cathedral status until 1075 when the diocese was transferred to Old Sarum.[249] Wimborne
Wimborne
Minster features a chained library and a 14th-century astronomical clock;[250] Christchurch Priory
Christchurch Priory
is renowned for its miraculous beam which, according to legend, was installed by Christ;[251] and the 15th century roof spanning the nave at St John the Baptist Church in Bere Regis is described by architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner
Nikolaus Pevsner
as the "finest timber roof of Dorset".[252] St Candida and Holy Cross at Whitchurch Canonicorum
Whitchurch Canonicorum
is the only church in the country, besides Westminster Abbey, to have a shrine that contains the relics of a saint.[253] Monastic foundations were once abundant in Dorset, but all ceased to exist at the Dissolution.[254] The Reformation and the political and religious turmoil that ensued largely checked the building of new churches until the turn of the 18th century.[255][256] Notable examples of Early Georgian churches include the Bastard brothers' Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Blandford
Blandford
Forum, and St George's Church on the Isle of Portland, which has a steeple and tower inspired by the works of Christopher Wren.[257] From the late 18th century onwards, churches in Dorset
Dorset
tended towards a Gothic Revival style.[258] A notable exception to this trend, however, is the Church of St Mary in East Lulworth—the first freestanding Roman Catholic church built in England
England
after the Reformation.[259] George III gave permission to erect the building on the condition that it resembled a garden mausoleum rather than a church. It was completed in 1789.[255][259] Bournemouth, founded in 1810, has a wealth of 19th-century churches including St Peter's and St Stephen's. St Dunstan's Church (formerly St Osmund's) in Poole
Poole
is one of a small number of 20th-century churches in Dorset. The final major work of Edward Schroeder Prior, it is one of the last examples of the Neo Byzantine style.[260] The Church of St Nicholas and St Magnus in Moreton is noted for its elaborate engraved glass windows designed by Laurence Whistler. Severely damaged by a stray German bomb in 1940, the church subsequently underwent extensive renovation and Whistler had replaced every window by 1984.[261] Education[edit] See also: List of schools in Dorset, List of schools in Bournemouth, and List of schools in Poole Responsibility for state schools in Dorset
Dorset
is divided between three local education authorities: Dorset
Dorset
County Council, which covers the majority of the county, and Bournemouth
Bournemouth
and Poole
Poole
unitary authorities. Most of the Dorset County Council
Dorset County Council
area operates a two-tier comprehensive system whereby pupils attend a primary school before completing their education at secondary school. Only Dorchester, Ferndown, Wimborne
Wimborne
and Purbeck maintain a three-tier system (first, middle and high school),[262] although Purbeck is expected to switch to a two-tier system by 2013 because of an excess of unfilled places.[263] Bournemouth
Bournemouth
operates a two-tier system; Poole
Poole
operates a three-tier system but will switch to two tiers from September 2013.[264] Poole
Poole
and Bournemouth
Bournemouth
are two of a minority of local authorities in England
England
to maintain selective education, each containing two single-sex grammar schools which select pupils on the basis of an eleven-plus examination. Some of the county's schools are academies—self-governing state schools which have become independent of their local education authority and are maintained directly by the Department for Education.[265] In 2010, 59.4% of pupils attending schools in the county council area gained at least five GCSEs at A*–C grades including English and maths, above the national average of 53.4%.[266] Bournemouth
Bournemouth
and Poole
Poole
also recorded above average results at 56.5% and 55.3% respectively.[267][268] However, most non-selective schools in the two unitary authorities fell below the national average.[269] Dorset
Dorset
contains a range of privately funded independent schools. Many are boarding schools which also take day pupils, such as the co-educational Canford School
Canford School
which is built around a 19th-century Grade I listed manor house; St Mary's, a Catholic girls' school in Shaftesbury; and Sherborne
Sherborne
School, a boys school founded in the 16th century.[270] Four of the county's five largest towns contain a further education college: Weymouth College, Kingston Maurward College in Dorchester and Bournemouth
Bournemouth
and Poole
Poole
College which is one of the largest in the UK.[271] Dorset
Dorset
has two higher education establishments situated in the heart of the county's south east conurbation. Bournemouth University has facilities across Bournemouth
Bournemouth
and Poole
Poole
and over 17,000 students.[272] Previously named Bournemouth
Bournemouth
Polytechnic, it was granted university status as a result of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992.[272] The Arts University Bournemouth
Bournemouth
is situated between the border of Poole
Poole
and Bournemouth. It became a higher education institute in 2001 and was given degree-awarding powers in 2008.[273] It was granted full university status in 2012.[274] See also[edit]

Dorset
Dorset
portal

Custos Rotulorum of Dorset—list of keepers of the rolls for Dorset Dorset—list of MPs for the abolished Dorset
Dorset
county constituency List of High Sheriffs of Dorset List of hills of Dorset Dorset
Dorset
Police Dorset Police
Dorset Police
and Crime Commissioner

Footnotes[edit]

^ 2013 figures are mid year estimates produced by the ONS. Taking the 2011 census as a starting point, each year, the previous year's population is aged by one year, births and deaths are added and removed respectively whilst those leaving the county are subtracted and those moving in are added, each according to age and gender. ^ Alterations to Dorset's boundary prior to 1974 have been comparatively minor. In 1844 Stockland was transferred to Devon
Devon
in exchange for Thorncombe
Thorncombe
and Holwell was gained from Somerset. In 1896 the Somerset
Somerset
villages of Adber, Goathill, Poyntington, Sandford Orcas, Seaborough
Seaborough
and Trent were added in exchange for Wambrook
Wambrook
while Chardstock, Hawkchurch
Hawkchurch
and Tytherleigh
Tytherleigh
were ceded to Devon.[122][123]

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