Village Information

Welcome to West Moors..............

West Moors is a delightful village located in Dorset, approximately 10 miles from Bournemouth and 100 miles southwest of London. It is a typical residential village surrounding a commercial village centre.

West Moors was known as La More in the 14th century, Mours in the 15th century and Le Moure in the 16th century and has a wealth of history associated with it. During these centuries West Moors was a sparsely populated heathland hamlet at the northern end of the ancient parish of West Parley (recorded in the Doomsday book as Perlai). West Moors Parish Council was created in 1956. 

The development from hamlet to village was largely due to the arrival of the railway in 1847 when a line from Southampton and Dorchester was built with a station at West Moors. In 1861 the village became an important railway junction when a route north from West Moors was added. The railways remained the outstanding feature of the village until it was closed. The last scheduled passenger service was in 1968 but freight and fuel services continued until the 1970's. The last train pulled out of West Moors station in 1974.

During World War 2 the Ministry of Defence Fuel Depot, located to the north of the village, played a crucial role for the armed forces. Huge numbers of American troops and personnel arrived in the local area, many working at the fuel depot, as well as further developing nearby St Leonards hospital and operating aircraft missions from Hurn Airport (now the thriving Bournemouth International Airport).

Remembrance Sunday is a very important day in the West Moors calendar, with many organisations, both military and civilian, represented along with several hundred villagers, all paying their respects.

Today West Moors has a population of around 7,500 and is a vibrant community. It is surrounded by (and with access to) many conservation sites and can be described as having a rural character whilst possessing most of the attributes associated with modern living.

West Moors itself plus its proximity to Bournemouth, Poole, the Jurassic Coast, the Purbeck Hills, Cranborne Chase, the New Forest National Park and many other areas of outstanding natural beauty makes West Moors an attractive place to live.