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district (1991 pop. 42,600), Dorset, England. Purbeck is filled with the clays of the Hampshire Basin, and is therefore largely infertile. Some minor farming occurs on the chalk plateaus and ridges in the northern and southern extremities of the district. Purbeck is drained by the Trent and Frome rivers. Wareham and Swanage are the main towns of the area. Marble quarrying, oil-field work, and nuclear power plant operation comprise Purbeck's economic activities. The region was once thought to be infested with smugglers, who could easily hide in its forests and on its ridges. Poole Harbour attracts many boaters, while the district's varied strata appeals to geologists. Purbeck gets its name from the ancient Isle of Purbeck.
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If one wanted to show a foreigner England, perhaps the wisest course would be to take him to the final section of the Purbeck Hills, and stand him on their summit, a few miles to the east of Corfe.
They were looking across the Isle of Purbeck and on to Swanage, soon to be the most important town of all, and ugliest of the three.
Technically Purbeck isn't an island although it's largely bounded by water - the Channel to the south and east and the River Frome and Poole Harbour to the north.
Post-mortems revealed the boys, both pupils of Purbeck School, in Wareham, Dorset, had drowned.
Richard Holman, headteacher of The Purbeck School, confirmed that the two missing boys attended his school in Wareham, Dorset
His plans were initially rejected by Purbeck District Council, despite no objections but he won on appeal.
With stunning views across to Studland Bay and the Purbeck Hills, the island is home to rare red squirrels and is an ideal place for meandering strolls and a picnic in the (hopefully sunny) summer months.
ON 15th June 1945 a Liberator aircraft of No 232 Squadron of RAF Transport Command crashed in the Purbeck Hills near Corfe Castle in Dorset with the loss of all 27 crew and passengers aboard.
n Three men were rescued by firefighters after a blaze in the bedroom of a first floor flat in Purbeck Croft, Harborne, last night.
Encombe, on the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, is going on the market for the first time in 200 years after the trustees of the estate decided to sell.
Paths have been laid to take visitors around the garden at varying levels, and there are several different pools on different levels culminating in a splendid waterfall cascading over huge purbeck stone rocks.