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Wimborne Minster

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Population: 6,418 (2001)
Ordnance Survey
OS grid reference: Maps for SU015005
District: East Dorset
County: Dorset
Region: South West England
Nation: England
Police force: Dorset Police
Ceremonial county: Dorset
Historic county: Dorset
Post office and telephone
Post town: WIMBORNE
Postal district: BH21
Dialling code: 01202
UK Parliament: North Dorset
European Parliament: South West England
The Minster
The Minster

Wimborne Minster is a market town in the East Dorset district of Dorset in South West England and the name of the church in that town. The central town has a population of 6,418 (as of 2001) and is situated at the confluence of the River Stour and River Allen, five miles north of Poole. The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using latitude or longitude. ... The districts of England are a level of subnational division of England used for the purposes of local government. ... East Dorset is a local government district in Dorset, England. ... Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties are a level of subnational division of England used for the purposes of local government. ... For other uses, see Dorset (disambiguation). ... The region, also known as Government Office Region, is currently the highest tier of local government subnational entity in England. ... South West England is one of the regions of England. ... Home Nations is a term used to refer to the four constituent parts of the United Kingdom - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (collectively, but also as separate entities, distinct from the United Kingdom as a whole), or the nations of the British Isles (traditionally England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland). ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location (dark green) within the United Kingdom (light green), with the Republic of Ireland (blue) to its west Languages English Capital London Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population –mid-2004... There are a number of policing agencies in the United Kingdom. ... Dorset Police police force with the responsibilty of policing the English county of Dorset. ... The Ceremonial counties of England are areas of England that are appointed a Lord-Lieutenant, and are defined by the government with reference to the metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties of England. ... For other uses, see Dorset (disambiguation). ... The traditional counties of England are historic subdivisions of the country of England into around 40 regions. ... For other uses, see Dorset (disambiguation). ... A post town is a required part of all UK postal addresses. ... UK postal codes are known as postcodes. ... The UK telephone numbering plan, also known as the National Numbering Plan, is regulated by the Office of Communications (Ofcom), which replaced the Office of Telecommunications (Oftel) in 2003. ... To see the list in alphabetical order see the categories UK Parliamentary constituencies and UK Parliamentary constituencies (historic). ... The European Parliament building in Strasbourg The inside of the building The European Parliament (formerly European Parliamentary Assembly) is the parliamentary body of the European Union (EU), directly elected by EU citizens once every five years. ... South West England is a constituency of the European Parliament. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... Wimborne Minster in Dorset, taken by Joe D November 5, 2004. ... Wimborne Minster in Dorset, taken by Joe D November 5, 2004. ... East Dorset is a local government district in Dorset, England. ... For other uses, see Dorset (disambiguation). ... South West England is one of the regions of England. ... A church building (or simply church) is a building used in Christian worship. ... In 2001 censuses were conducted in Canada: Canada 2001 Census Nepal: Demographics of Nepal Portugal Slovakia: Demographics of Slovakia United Kingdom: United Kingdom Census 2001 Categories: Demographics ... Confluence of Rhine and Mosel at Koblenz In geography, a confluence describes the point where two rivers meet and become one, usually when a tributary joins a more major river. ... Sturminster Newton water mill on a July evening. ... River Allen is a river in the county of Dorset Categories: UK geography stubs | Rivers in Dorset ... A mile is any of a number of units of distance, each in the magnitude of 1–10 km. ... Poole is a coastal town, port and tourist destination in the traditional county of Dorset in southern England. ...


Buildings and architecture

The architecture of Wimborne is regarded as one of the foremost collections of 15th, 16th and 17th century buildings in Dorset. Local planning has restricted the building of new buildings in areas such as the Corn Market and the high street, which has preserved almost all of the original buildings. The most interesting examples of English architecture include the centuries old Wimborne Minster, the Town Hall, The Priest House Museum, as well as dozens of original shops and pubs.

The minster, dedicated to St Cuthburga, sister to Ina, King of the West Saxons, was founded in Saxon times, but the surviving building is predominantly Norman in design and construction, with Gothic components from various periods. One of its more famous architectural features include one of the sole surviving chained libraries in the world and a working astronomical clock, which rings every hour and is represented in the form of a colourful quarterjack. It is built in a combination of Dorset limestone and New Forest stone. The most important tomb in the church is that of John Beaufort, Duke of Somerset, and his duchess, the maternal grandparents of King Henry VII of England, constructed out of alabaster and Purbeck marble. It has been suggested that the semi-mythical Pope Joan may have spent her youth at Wimborne Minster. Legend also has it that a former king from the tenth century is buried somewhere in the crypt. In 2005, the Minster celebrated its official 1300th birthday. St Cuthburga (died ca. ... Ine (died 728) was the King of Wessex from 688 to 726, noted particularly for his code of laws. ... The famous parade helmet found at Sutton Hoo, probably belonging to King Raedwald of East Anglia circa 625. ... The Nave of Durham Cathedral demonstrates the characteristic round arched style, though use of shallow pointed arches above the nave anticipates the Gothic style. ... See also Gothic art. ... Bucklers Hard on the Beaulieu River For other uses, see New Forest (disambiguation). ... John Beaufort, 1st Earl of Somerset (c. ... Somerset is a county in the south-west of England. ... Henry VII (January 28, 1457 – April 21, 1999), King of England, Lord of Ireland (August 22, 1485 – April 21, 1509), was the founder and first patriarch of the Tudor dynasty. ... Alabaster (sometimes called satin spar) is a name applied to varieties of two distinct minerals: gypsum (a hydrous sulfate of calcium) and the calcite (a carbonate of calcium). ... Purbeck is a local government district in Dorset, England, named for the Isle of Purbeck. ... The Papess, a Marseilles tarot card of the 18th century, depicts a female Pope. ...

The model town, is one of the largest and most established model towns in England. It depicts Wimborne in the 1950's.

The award-winning Priest’s House Museum is set in a 16th century townhouse with an enchanting English walled garden, it has dozens of rooms with period furniture and historical display. It also forms part of the local tourist office and its staff all wear period costumes.


Wimborne Minster was Winner of the regional ‘In Bloom Awards’ and Silver Gilt medallist in the national competition. The town welcomes visitors each summer with a wonderful display of flowers in six large gardened areas of the town.

On weekends and national holidays, the town crier can be seen in the main square and around the Minster. The legacy and position of the town crier date back to the Civil War. The town boasts a large civil war re-enactment society, which performs every year.

The town boasts a well established, large and long standing market. The market is held on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It was previously located in the Town Centre but moved out several years to a site on the edge of town to accommodate its size.

Every summer in June the town holds the Wimborne Folk Festival which involves lots of Morris Dancing and drinking in the pubs. The regional festival is attended by over 15,000 people across its weekend with parts of the town being closed to traffic. It is one of the largest events of its kind in England. A Morris dance is a form of folk dance. ...

Famous ex-residents

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Wimborne has one of the largest collections of pubs to resident ratio in Dorset. Many of which have existed for many centuries. Some of the older buildings date back to the 16th and 17th centuries. For other uses, see Dorset (disambiguation). ...

  • The Coach and Horses
  • The Cricketers Arms
  • The Rising Sun
  • The Bell
  • The Albion
  • The Kings Head
  • The Odfellows Arms
  • The White Hart
  • The Pudding and Pye
  • The Green Man
  • The Crown and Anchor
  • The Olive Branch
  • TJs

And a bit further out many more too numerous to mention here.

Education and schools

The Town has three primary schools and two middle schools.

Wimborne and the area of Merley, are served by schools in the local region, such as Corfe Hills School and Queen Elizabeth's School. Merley is a large housing estate a mile (2 km) south of Wimborne Minster. ... Corfe Hills School, is an all purpose secondary school in South East Dorset, located in Broadstone. ... The QE logo Queen Elizabeths School is a secondary school situated just outside Wimborne Minster in Dorset. ...

Queen Elizabeth's School, a specialist Sports College, has very close links with the Minster and was founded by Lady Margaret Beaufort in 1497. After her death the school became Wimborne Grammar School. Although the Grammar School buildings still remain they have now been converted to flats. The school was established on it's current site in 1972 after the merging of Wimborne Grammar School and the County Modern School. The QE logo Queen Elizabeths School is a secondary school situated just outside Wimborne Minster in Dorset. ... Margaret Beaufort, Mother of Henry VII, at prayer, by an anonymous artist, about 1500 Margaret Beaufort (May 31, 1443 – June 29, 1509) was the daughter of John Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset, granddaughter of John Beaufort, 1st Earl of Somerset and great-granddaughter of John of Gaunt and his mistress...

Perhaps the most famous of educational institutions in Wimborne include the private and renowned Canford School on the edge of Wimborne, Merley and Canford There is also a local Roman Catholic primary school, St Catherine's in Colehill. This draws from a wide area. Canford School is a full boarding coeducational school with a significant minority of day pupils, in Wimborne Minster, Dorset. ...


The historically important aerospace company Cobham plc has headquarters in Wimborne and employs a large proportion of its residents. Tourism is also an important industry. There are several towns and villages called Cobham, mostly in England. ...

See also

The Greater Churches Group is a self help organisation within the Church of England. ...

External links

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Wimborne Minster Tourist Information on AboutBritain.com (867 words)
Wimborne Minster is twinned with Valognes in France and Ochsenfurt in Germany.
Wimborne Minster offers a large variety of quality shops, and is the home of the famous Wimborne Market, one of the largest and most famous open and covered markets in the south of England.
Wimborne is surrounded by rivers, well known for the excellence of their fishing.
Wimborne Minster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (822 words)
Wimborne Minster (often referred to locally as Wimborne) is a market town in the East Dorset district of Dorset in South West England, and the name of the Church of England church in that town.
Wimborne Minster was winner of the regional ‘In Bloom Awards’ and Silver Gilt medallist in the national competition.
Wimborne and the area of Merley are served by two Upper Schools in the local region: Corfe Hills School and Queen Elizabeth's School.
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