Verwood-Past & Present

Verwood-Station-1964Verwood has changed dramatically over the past few decades and has grown from a widespread series of tiny hamlets to what is reputed to be Europe’s fastest growing town and even now has been earmarked for further expansion in the future. Using extracts and original photographs from Jill Coulthard’s excellent book “Verwood Village to Town” together with recent photographs from locations as close as possible to the original, these articles will give you an idea of how Verwood has changed.

The example right shows how dramatic the transformation has been with the bustling Railway Station photographed in 1964 swept away – a victim of the Beeching cuts, to be replacerd in later years by a housing development. The adjacent colour photo shows how even the road has been completely re-aligned leaving the station site today almost unrecognisable.  All text and photos are copyright.

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The Albion, Station Road.

Albion Way

Barrow Brothers-The Verwood Stores

Bethel Chapel, Ringwood Road

Birch Tree Farm, Crab Orchard, Verwood

‘Chandler Wine’, Ringwood Road, Verwood

Corner of Margards Lane and Horton Way

The Crossroads

The Crossroads, Verwood

The Crossroads, Verwood – looking East.

Dewlands Way, Verwood

Does Hatches, Dewlands.

East Farm, Romford

Eastworth Farmhouse & Verwood Smugglers

Edmondsham Road looking towards Eastworth

Goodfellow’s General Store

Gregory’s Store & Post Office, Three Legged Cross

“Hazledene”, Coopers Lane

“Henry’s Stores,Corner of Ringwood Rd & Newtown Rd

Home Farm Road roundabouts

Lake Road, Newtown

Lake Road, Newtown (part 2)

Mace ‘Super-Fayre’, Ringwood Road, Verwood

Manor Road Chapels

Manor Road Garage

Manor Road looking south

Margards Lane, Priddle & Franklin’s sweet shop

‘Oakdene’, Three Legged Cross

Old Crossroads Pottery,Manor Way, Verwood

The Old Farmhouse, Newtown Road

Pine View, Three Legged Cross

Primitive Methodist Chapel, Three Legged Cross.

Primitive Methodist Chapel, Vicarage Road

Punch & Judy Café, Manor Road

Railway Bridge,Three Legged Cross

The Restynge House, Ringwood Road

Ringwood Road

Ringwood Road looking west

Ringwood Road, Verwood, looking east.

Ringwood Road Stores

Romford Bridge

Shearing’s Cycle & Motor Cycle Repairs The Crossroads, Verwood

Station Road – The Railway Bridge

Thatch Cottage, Three Legged Cross

The Timber Mills – part 1 – Romford Mill

The Timber Mills – part 2 – Old Sawmill Close

“The Tin Church” All Saints Church, Three Legged Cross.

The Turnpike Road through Three Legged Cross

Three Legged Cross Congregational Church

Verwood Carnival

Verwood Church School

Verwood Crossroads looking west.

Verwood Memorial Hall

Verwood Methodist Church, Vicarage Road.

Verwood Parish Church

Verwood Motors

Verwood Station

Verwood Station

Verwood Station after closure

Verwood Station looking north towards Salisbury

West Farm, Romford.

Westworth Farm Cottage

Woolsbridge Farm

Ye Olde Greye Cottage, Three Legged Cross.