Stoborough is located half a mile south of Wareham connected by an ancient road known locally as the Causeway.

Stoborough is a great base for exploring the local nature reserves at Arne and Stoborough Heath, as well as the famous ‘Blue Pool’ natural beauty spot.

Stoborough is another ancient Dorset settlement: perhaps even older than Wareham according to some sources. For example, the King’s Barrow, which is on a low ridge on the northern edge of Stoborough Heath, dates back about 4000 years to the Late Neolithic / Late Bronze age. This funerary monument is known to have contained a rare example of a tree trunk coffin with a headless skeleton wrapped in deerskin in it!

For thousands of years the main business has been farming and – just like elsewhere in Purbeck – the clay industry. In fact there have been potsherds found in Stoborough dating back to the 1st century. However, although Stoborough was described as a place “once so great as to boast a mayor and corporation”, over the centuries Wareham eclipsed its neighbour and was relegated to just being a part of Wareham’s borough. To this day it falls within the Wareham Council boundary.

Amazingly, during the English Civil War in 1643, the citizens of Stoborough willingly permitted their houses to be burned down in order to preserve the Parliamentary garrison in Wareham. According to a petition that the village presented to Parliament in 1655, a hundred local families were made homeless because of this. 

Attractions in Stoborough…

Eating out in Stoborough…

The Kings Arms

The Kings Arms

'Old thatched cottage with live music, patio garden and parking, serving pub grub and real ale.'

There has been an Inn on the site for over 400 years, and it is said that Oliver Cromwell's troops were billeted here during the siege of Corfe Castle in 1643.

3 Corfe Road, Stoborough
Tel: 01929 552705
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Getting to Stoborough…

Stoborough is a 30 second drive from Wareham. Catch the No. 40 bus (timetable here), or take a stroll for 10 minutes!

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