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Verwood is a town and civil parish in Dorset, England. The town lies 15mi north of Bournemouth and 19mi north of Poole. The town has a population of 14,820 according to latest figures (2009) from Dorset County Council, making it the largest town in Dorset without an upper school in terms of population. The population of the parish and four electoral wards had only risen slightly to 14,852 at the 2011 census.HistoryEarly historyVerwood was originally recorded as Beau Bois in 1288, and it was not until 1329 that it got the name Verwood, which developed from Fairwood or The Fayrewood.Verwood is recorded as "Fairwod" and as "Fayrwod" ; this name has the meaning "fair wood" and the modern form shows the change of initial "f" to "v" characteristic of many Southwestern English dialects.Pottery industryThe East Dorset Pottery Industry, known collectively as “VERWOOD POTTERY” thrived from early times on the clay soils of the neighbourhood and with ample firing material close at hand. The major production was of domestic earthenware although finer and more unusual pieces have been found from earlier times. In the latter days ornamental and novelty items were produced.Until the end of their useful life, the methods of production had not varied from Roman times, all the processes being carried out with no mechanisation or electrification. For example, the clay was always trodden by foot and not mixed in a pug mill. The wheel was turned by an assistant with a pole or handle. The kilns were wood fired. As such the Crossroads Pottery, then the last remaining in the area, attracted national and local newspaper attention in the early to mid 20th century.
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