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For the Irish Village see Colehill, County Longfordmarker
St. Michael's and All Angels' Church, Colehill, Dorset.
Colehill is a parish, neighbouring Wimborne Minstermarker, in Dorsetmarker, Englandmarker, with a population of 7,000 (2001).


The name Colehill originated in 1431 as Colhulle, becoming Colhill in 1518 and Collehill in 1547, but the origins of Colehill as a settlement predate this by a long way.

Six round barrows, which can still be seen, show that people lived here as early as 2,000 BC. The River Stour would have been navigable and there is evidence that in about 500 BC peoples from Continental Europe were populating the South West, bringing with them the culture of the early Iron Age. Fortifications at Hengistbury Headmarker and more forts inland were established then.

Part of the tracks survive, running parallel to the river from the coastal fort through modern locations such as Parley and Stapehill to Badbury Ringsmarker. It is very likely that the line of Middlehill Road derives from these very early tracks.

Later in Roman times Wimborne developed as an important trading centre on the River Stour, and as a junction for further tracks from Poole to Badbury Rings and on to Salisbury. Another track radiating eastward possibly set the line for what was to become in modern times the A31. Bridges replaced the fords (Canford) in about 100 AD.

There then followed the Saxon invasion and the formation of the Kingdom of Wessexmarker. Agriculture became established and with it clearance of some small plots on the sunny heathland slopes around Colehill. Over the centuries farms grew until, with the impetus of the Inclosure Acts (1750 to 1860), they were consolidated into the estates that we know of today - Kingston Lacymarker, Hanham and Uddens.

Colehill Today

In Colehill there are three first or primary schools:namely, Colehill First Schoolmarker, Hayeswood School and St Catherine's. The middle school is St Michael's. There is a Memorial Hall and also a County Library, which had been under threat of closure until recently. Colehill has two Post Offices (the Co-op Stores and the Furzehill Stores), a pharmacy and a hairdresser. The Parish Plan for Colehill has been published, and there was a public meeting in the Memorial Hall on 18 June 2008 when a hundred residents met the Service Providers. Several of the planned actions have already been implemented, and a comprehensive newly-designed website is due to be published in November 2008.

There are a few fine old houses in Colehill dating from the 1860s but rapid expansion took place in the last century. The population rose from 1786 in 1951 to 5370 in 1971. Several large estates of modern family homes were built and there is quite a lot of infill building. The Parish Church, Church of England, is St Michael and All Angels. It was designed by Caröe in 1893 and is a half brick and half timber construction in the Arts and Crafts style. Nearby and close to the War Memorial at the centre of the village are the Triangle Woods which has village green status. There are areas of common land, a recreation ground at Oliver's Park, and a Local Nature Reserve at Leigh Common. The area is well wooded and the local Forestry Commission Plantation at Cannon Hill is available for recreation. Cannon Hill is still under threat from Gravel extraction plans. This would see the plantation being out of use for 15–25 years.

Notable residents of Colehill include Tim Berners Lee, the founder of the World Wide Web.


Currently Colehill is part of the North Dorset marker. At the next general election it will transfer into the Mid Dorset and North Poole marker.


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