History of Wimborne
Wimborne is situated at the confluence of the River Stour and River Allen and is 5 miles north of Poole and is considered part of the South East Dorset conurbation which includes Christchurch, Southbourne, Bournemouth, Alum Chine, Westbourne, Canford Cliffs and Sandbanks. Wimborne Minster is a Saxon Church with Norman and Gothic architecture and has been a centre of pilgimage, worship and prayer for almost 1400 years. Wimborne At Doomesday in 1086 Wimborne was held by Queen Matilda as lands of the King.
Places to Visit in Wimborne
The bustling, sophisticated and pleasant centre of Wimborne has many quality pubs, shops, restaurants and cafes. Around Wimborne is the beautiful meadow walks with it vibrant wildlife. The medieval Priest's House Museum homed the priests of Wimborne Minster which is opposite.
What Wimborne is famous for
Wimborne Minster Church of course, but the surrounding 15th, 16th and 17th century buildings. There is also the art deco cinema and theatre. Wimborne Minster is famous for its chained library and the tomb of King Ethelred, brother of Alfred the Great, as well as the maternal grandparents of King Henry VII of England.
Events in Wimborne
At the weekends and national holidays, the town crier can be seen in the main square and around Wimborne Minster which dates back to the civil war.
Wimborne Rail Station
From 1847 to 1977 there was a two platform railway station and was part of the London and South Western Railway.