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Purbeck District

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Purbeck is a local government district in Dorset, England. The district is named after the Isle of Purbeck, a peninsula that forms a large proportion of the district's area. However the district extends significantly further north and west than the traditional boundary of the Isle of Purbeck along the River Frome. The district council is based in the town of Wareham, which is itself north of the River Frome.


Purbeck District
Purbeck shown within Dorset
Purbeck shown within Dorset
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth West England
Non-metropolitan countyDorset
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQWareham
Incorporated1 April 1974
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyPurbeck District Council
 • LeadershipLeader and Cabinet (Conservative)
 • MPsMichael Tomlinson
Richard Drax
 • Total156.1 sq mi (404.4 km2)
Area rank102nd (of 326)
(mid-2017 est.)
 • Total46,800
 • Rank322nd (of 326)
 • Density300/sq mi (120/km2)
 • Ethnicity
98.8% White
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code19UG (ONS)
E07000051 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSY9223587441

The district was formed under the Local Government Act 1972 on 1 April 1974, from the former municipal borough of Wareham, Swanage urban district and Wareham and Purbeck Rural District. The district and its council will be abolished on 1st April 2019 and, together with the other 4 districts outside the greater Bournemouth area, will form a new Dorset unitary authority.[1]

Its name is recorded in 948 AD as Anglo-Saxon Purbicinga, meaning "of the people of Purbic", where Purbic may be a former Celtic name, or may contain a supposed Anglo-Saxon word *pur or "male lamb".



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  1. ^ Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (25 May 2018). "The Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole (Structural Changes) Order 2018". Retrieved 2018-05-28.

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