East Lulworth Dorset


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described East Lulworth like this:

LULWORTH (EAST), a village and a parish in Ware ham district, Dorset. The village stands 1 mile from the coast, 3¼ SSE of Wool r. station, and 5½ SW of Wareham; and has a post office under Wareham. The parish, with West Lulworth, comprises 4,364 acres; of which 25 are water. Real property of E. L. alone, £2,285. Pop., 453. Houses, 88. The property belonged to the Lulworths; passed to the Newburghs, the Howards, and the Welds; and belongs now to Joseph Weld, Esq. Lulworth Castle, the seat of Mr. ...

Weld, was originally built in 1146; was rebuilt in 1588-1641, chiefly out of the ruins of Bindon abbey; is a cube of 80 feet, with two round corner towers, each 110 feet high; commands a beautiful sea-view, through a gap in a range of chalk hills; was visited by James I., Charles II., and George III.; gave an asylnm, in 1830, to Charles X. of France, when driven from his throne; contains a statebedroom, some family portraits by Lely, and others in pencil by Hussey; and stands in a park of about five miles in circuit, amid a very secluded tract of country, adjacent to a sequestered and very romantic reach of coast. A modern chapel is connected with the castle, but stands apart from it; and contains an illuminated psalter of the time of Edward I., a copy of Raphael's picture of the Transfiguration, and an altar decorated with porphyry, alabaster, and Italian marble. A trappist monastery stood in the grounds prior to the peace of 1815. A tradition ascribed varionsly to Lulworth and to Painshill gave rise to O'Keefe's comedy of "The London Hermit, or Rambles in Dorsetshire. ''There are a treble-ditched camp of 5 acres, and several barrows. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £109. Patron, J. Weld, Esq. The church was recently rebuilt; but retains an ancient embattled tower, and some memorials of the Weld family. There are a school with £5 a year from endowment, and charities £56.

East Lulworth through time

A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing East Lulworth has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Purbeck. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering East Lulworth and units named after it.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of East Lulworth, in Purbeck and Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 20th February 2017

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