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West Moors is a village in East Dorset, Englandmarker, on the northern fringe of the Poole-Bournemouth conurbationmarker, just outside the larger settlement of Ferndownmarker. The parish of West Moors had an estimated population of 7,400 in 2004.

West Moors rose to local prominence with the building of the Southampton and Dorchester and Salisbury and Dorset Junctionmarker railway lines in the late 1800s and, although main line services were later diverted via Bournemouthmarker, West Moors railway stationmarker was served by a branch line railway until 4 May 1964. The only remnants of these lines through the village are the original level crossing gatekeeper's cottage on Station Road, and the Castleman Trailwaymarker footpath following the original trackbed leading to Ringwoodmarker to the east and Poolemarker to the west.

The village expanded with the development of the military fuel depot located outside the village but within the West Moors civil parish. The depot is home to elements of the Defence Fuels Group, including the Defence School of Petroleum, and also to the Dorset Fire and Rescue Service Training Centre. In the past many military families were housed in their own housing estates, however most jobs are now undertaken by civilian personnel and the military housing sold off. More recent population increases have been due to the influx of commuters, both to Bournemouth and Poole, and to more remote destinations such as Southamptonmarker, and Londonmarker.

West Moors has a mixed population, with a relatively high proportion of elderly people, and significant number of young families. There are two first schools, one middle school, two youth clubs and a skatepark.

There are various shops including two butchers and two Public Houses. Moors Valley Country Parkmarker is just outside the parish boundary (3 miles from the village).

The village's sports facilities include two football pitches (Fryers Playing Field) which becomes a cricket pitch during the summer period. The tennis courts have recently been refurbished into a grass football facility and a multi-use area that can be used as two tennis courts (tarmacadam surface) or other sports.


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