Emerging from a small hamlet, where little had changed since medieval times, Colehill saw signiﬁcant expansion in the Victorian era. Largely due to the arrival of the railway, Wimborne became prosperous and the rich of South East Dorset sought to make their homes on large estates on the slopes of Colehill. So began the development of the village as a community. Notably, the Village School in Middlehill was founded in 1865. Ten years earlier a Primitive Methodist Chapel had been built (replaced in 1913 by the Methodist Chapel in Lonnen Road). The Anglican Church started as a “Tin Tabernacle” in 1881 and was in use temporarily until St. Michael’s and All Angels was built in 1893. This is a particularly ﬁne building, designed by William Caröe in the Arts and Crafts style.
The Parish Council was formed in 1896, and met in Glyn’s Coffee Tavern in Colehill Lane. A year later a village recreation ground was proposed but, in fact, Oliver’s Park did not materialise until 1967. The woodland known as The Triangle has “village green” status and there are two areas of “common land” nearby.
Leigh Common to the south was created as a Local Nature Reserve in 1995. Some of the older parts of Colehill, Giddylake and Rowlands Hill, together with Merriﬁeld, Burt’s Hill and Dean’s Grove, have been designated Conservation Areas. There are six schools in Colehill, ranging from nursery schools and ﬁrst schools to a middle school; a special needs school and a private school. Many describe Colehill as a lovely place in which to live – part rural and part suburban. Some would like it to stay exactly as it is.
Colehill village, full of folklore and history
Dorset is home to some of the prettiest villages in England.
If you’re looking to wander down winding country lanes lined with sweet scented wild flowers, tinkling streams, thatched cobb cottages before chancing upon a quaint little village pub or tea room.
One of the most popular villages in Dorset is Abbotsbury, a picture postcard village set in the Dorset AONB countryside.
Whilst here, visit the famous Swannery, or climb to St Catherine’s Chapel for tremendous views along Chesil Beach and the Jurassic Coast.
You’re in for a treat if you visit West Lulworth as the small hamlet is dotted with little trinket shops and ice cream parlours as it meanders down to the stunning Lulworth Cove.
Milton Abbas is also well worth a visit, with its uniformed line of thatched white cottages. Visit in July for the 18th Century Street Fair and be whisked back in time.
And set in the heart of Cranborne Chase, once a mediaeval hunting estate, are the intimate, rural villages of the Tarrants, Chrichels and the Gussages.