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Woodlands, Dorset

Historical Description

Woodlands, a parish in Dorsetshire, 2 miles from Verwood station on the L. & S.W.R. Post town, Cranborne, under Salisbury. Acreage, 2594; population, 416. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. The property belongs to the Earl of Shaftesbury. The Duke of Monmouth, after the battle of Sedgemoor, was taken here in a ditch, and a tree is still standing near the place, called Monmouth Ash. There is a church, built in 1892, also a Wesleyan chapel.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyDorsetshire 
Civil parishHorton 
DioceseBristol1542 - 1836
DioceseSalisbury1836 -
Poor Law unionCranborne1835 - 1836
Poor Law unionWimborne and Cranborne1836 -
Registration districtWimborne 
Registration sub-districtCranborne 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The register of baptisms and burials dates from the year 1892. The original register books are now deposited with the Dorset Archives Service, but have been digitised by and made available on their site (subscription required).


Church of England

The Ascension (parish church)

The parish church of the Ascension, built in 1892, by Harriet, 8th Countess of Shaftesbury (d. 1898), from the designs of Mr. G. F. Bodley A.R.A. architect, is an edifice of red brick, with stone dressings, consisting of chancel, nave of four bays, north porch and an eastern turret containing one bell: under the will of the late Countess of Shaftesbury, two stained glass windows and a carved oak screen and rood, from designs of Mr. G. F. Bodley A.R.A. and executed by Franklin & Co. of Doddington, were added in 1901: the bowl of the font originally belonged to the now destroyed church of Knowlton, and is of ancient date: a new organ was installed in 1906, and carved oak choir stalls in 1911. There are 110 sittings.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Woodlands was in Wimborne Registration District from 1837 to 1937, Blandford Registration District from 1937 to 1956, and Poole Registration District from 1956 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Woodlands from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Dorset is available to browse.


Online maps of Woodlands are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the Dorset County Chronicle and the Sherborne Mercury online.

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.

DistrictEast Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtBH21
Post TownWimborne