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Wool, Dorset

Historical Description

Wool, a parish, with three hamlets, in Dorsetshire, on the river Frome, with a station on the L. & S.W.R., 125 miles from London, and 5½ W by S of Wareham. It has a fair on 14 May, and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Wareham. Acreage, 2587; population, 621. There is a parish council consisting of six members. A Cistercian abbey was founded at Great Bindon in 1172 by R. de Newburgh. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £120 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Salisbury. The church is a building of stone in the Late Perpendicular style, with an embattled tower. There are Wesleyan and Roman Catholic chapels.

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 
DioceseBristol1542 - 1836
DioceseSalisbury1836 -
Ecclesiastical parishWool Holy Rood 
Poor Law unionWareham and Purbeck1836 -
Registration districtWareham 
Registration sub-districtWareham 

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

Church Records

The register of baptisms dates from 1585, burials from 1586, and of marriages from 1583. 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 Holy Rood (parish church)

The parish church of the Holy Rood is a building of stone, chiefly in the Late Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, and an embattled western tower containing 4 bells, re-hung and two new bells added in 1907 at a cost of £240: a piece of very ancient tapestry, at one time used here as a pulpit cloth, is now deposited in the museum at Dorchester: there is also an ancient stone cresset, with four cups, dating from the 12th century, in very good preservation: there are 270 sittings.

Civil Registration

Wool was in Wareham Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Poole Registration District from 1937 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Wool from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Wool 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.

Villages, Hamlets, &c


Visitations Heraldic

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

RegionSouth West
Postal districtBH20
Post TownWareham