Three Legged Cross

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Three Legged Cross
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Three Legged Cross
Location within Dorset
Population2,740 (2014 est.)
OS grid reference SU079057
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Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WIMBORNE
Postcode district BH21
Dialling code 01202
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50°51′04″N1°53′17″W / 50.851°N 1.888°W / 50.851; -1.888 Coordinates: 50°51′04″N1°53′17″W / 50.851°N 1.888°W / 50.851; -1.888

Three Legged Cross is an extended village within Verwood civil parish in east Dorset, England. It lies to the south of the town of Verwood and to the north of West Moors. Its population in 2014 was estimated at 2,740. [1]



Various explanations have been put forward for the etymology of 'Three Legged Cross', which is recorded as a toponym from the sixteenth century onwards. One theory is that a type of gibbet known as a 'three-legged mare' once stood here; [2] another theory is that there may once have been a boundary stone in the area marking the convergence of three great estates: Lord Shaftesbury's to the west, Lord Normanton's to the north and east, and the nineteenth-century banking family, the Rolles-Fryer's, to the south. [3] The simpler explanation is that the name signifies the zigzagging configuration of the B3072 through this district, whereby the road is effectively divided into three separate stretches, or 'legs'. [4]

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  1. Parish & Ward Population Data - Dorset County Council 2014
  2. A. D. Mills, Dorset Place-Names (1986), p. 144.
  3. J. Coulthard, Verwood: Village to Town (2007), p. 10.
  4. A. J. McKinstry, 'Crosses Revisited - Part Two', in The Journal of the Christchurch Local History Society (February 2012), p. 7.

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