Purbeck, Isle of

Purbeck, Isle of,

peninsula, c.12 mi (20 km) long and c.8 mi (13 km) wide, Dorset, S England, between Poole Harbour and the English Channel. St. Albans Head is the most southerly point of the rocky shore. Ranges of chalk hills cross the peninsula from east to west. The region is noted for the production of Purbeck marble and china clay. Purbeck was a favorite hunting ground of Saxon and Norman kings. The larger district of PurbeckPurbeck,
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.
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 was named after this peninsula.
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