Arne, Dorset

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The Church of St Nicholas of Myra, Arne
Arne is located in Dorset
 Arne shown within Dorset
Population 1,297 [1]
OS grid reference SY972881
   – London  121 miles (195 km) 
Civil parish Arne
District Purbeck
Shire county Dorset
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WAREHAM
Postcode district BH20
Dialling code 01929
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament South Dorset
List of places

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Arne is a village and civil parish in the Purbeck district of Dorset, England; situated 4 miles (6.4 km) east of Wareham. The local travel links are located at Wareham railway station. Bournemouth International Airport is 11 miles (18 km) away. The main road through the village is Arne Road connecting Arne to Wareham. The village is situated on the Arne Peninsula, which protrudes into Poole Harbour opposite the town of Poole.


Evidence of prehistoric human activity within the civil parish consists of 19 barrows and the remains of 4 linear dykes.[2] [3] The most significant of the barrows is the 'King's Barrow' at Stoborough, which probably dates from the Early Bronze Age.[2] The dykes are on Worgret Heath; they are undated but analogy with similar structures elsewhere suggests Romano-British origins.[3] In the Roman period there was also a salt industry of significant size on the shore of Poole Harbour.[2]

Arne village is not recorded in the Domesday Book. The earliest record of the village is from 1285, though the parish church, which consists of a single-cell chancel and nave, dates from around 1200, and has not been substantially altered since, though it was restored in the 19th century and in 1952.[2]

In medieval times the parish of Arne was much smaller; it covered 2,700 acres (1,100 ha) on the Arne peninsula and adjacent heathland. In the late 19th century it was expanded to include the two parts of Wareham Holy Trinity parish that separately covered Stoborough and Middlebere, and the part of Wareham Lady St Mary parish that covered Worgret, resulting in Arne parish more than doubling in size.[2]


Besides the village and peninsula of Arne, the civil parish includes a significant area to the west of Arne and south and west of Wareham, including the villages of Ridge, Stoborough, Stoborough Green and Worgret, and has an area of 6,500 acres (26 km2).[2]


At the time of the 2011 census, the parish had a population of 1,297.[1]


Arne parish forms part of the Purbeck local government district.[4][5][6] It forms the majority of the population of Creech Barrow electoral ward, which extends to the English Channel at Kimmeridge. The population of the ward at the 2011 census was 1,764.[7]

Bird reserve

Arne is well known for the Arne RSPB reserve (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds), which is adjacent to the village. It also lies within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Neighbourhood Statistics. Area: Arne (parish)". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 10 June 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "'Arne', in An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, Volume 2, South east (London, 1970), pp. 8-11". British History Online. University of London. Retrieved 5 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 "'Dykes', in An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, Volume 2, South east (London, 1970), pp. 515-519". British History Online. University of London. Retrieved 6 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Arne - Dorset For You". Dorset For You Partnership. Retrieved 2007-08-11.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. OS Explorer Map OL15 - Purbeck & South Dorset. Ordnance Survey. 2006. ISBN 978-0-319-23865-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Parish Statistics" (PDF). Purbeck District Council. 2007-01-11. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-08-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Creech Barrow ward 2011". Retrieved 27 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


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