First recorded in 1329, Verwood (meaning 'beautiful wood') lies on the western edge of the New Forest. For centuries it was a tiny backwater, dependent on the pottery industry which manufactured kitchen and dairy wares, but eventually it became the centre of production of the distinctive yellowy-green glazed pots. Today, it is one of the fastest-growing places in east Dorset.

The development of Verwood is relatively recent and it was only in the last century that the settlement acquired its own church. A small, cob-built chapel-of-ease was consecrated in 1829; up until then the village, together with Alderholt, had been part of the huge parish of Cranborne, the villagers having to walk there for services. In 1887, the church at Verwood was granted parochial status.

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