Welcome to the website for East Lulworth, hosted by Martin White, as part of the
Dorset Online Parish Clerk network.
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East Lulworth is a coastal parish situated 6 miles south west from Wareham and 9
miles east of Dorchester. To the east is the parish of Tyneham, to the north is Coombe
Kenyes and to the west is Winfrith Newburgh and West Lulworth. The parish church
of St Andrew has registers dating from 1561. Lulworth Castle lies within the parish,
there were also schools and a post office. Population in 1891 was 358.
The small village consists of old thatched cottages and its village pub, the Weld
Arms. The village is now dominated by the barracks of the Royal Armoured Corps Gunnery
School who use a portion of the Purbeck Hills as a gunnery range.
The nearby Weld Estate Castle Park grounds contain the first Roman Catholic church
to be built (in the form of a Greek mausoleum in 1786) since the time of the Protestant
Reformation. There was a Catholic School and a Catholic cemetery opened in 1830.
Joseph Weld built the original castle. A serious fire ravaged the castle in 1929
and it was left semi-derelict until the 1990s when it was restored and opened to