In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described West Lulworth like this:
LULWORTH (WEST), a village and a parish in Wareham district, Dorset. The Village stands under Bindon hill, 5 miles SSW of Wool r. station, and 8½ SW by W of Wareham; curves over a length of nearly a mile to the coast; has a post office under Wareham, and a good inn; contains some lodging-houses; is a coast-guard station; and communicates twice a week in summer by steamer with Weymouth. The acreage of the parish is returned with East Lulworth. Real property, £1,549. Pop., 446. Houses, 95. ...
A cove at the end of the village is one of the most romantic inlets on the Dorset coast; has a circular outline, overhung all round by lofty cliffs of chalk and sand; opens to the sea by a narrow passage, between two bluffs of Portland stone; and exhibits, in its engirdling cliffs, a section of all the geognostic formations between the oolite and the chalk. A rock about a mile from the cove is pierced with a natural arch about 40 feet high; and a face of cliff, about a furlong E of the cove, exhibits a number of petrified trees. The living is a Vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £130.* Patron, the Bishop of Salisbury. The church is an old dilapidated structure, with a small tower.
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 West 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 West Lulworth and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of West Lulworth, in Purbeck and Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 25th May 2015
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