Crossways, Dorset

Crossways, Dorset

Crossways is a village in Dorset, England, six miles east of Dorchester. The village has a population of 2,019 (2001).

In the early 1930s Crossways was a sleepy hamlet of scattered bungalows and cottages, and at that time the Air Ministry acquired local heath and farm land to build an airfield. This airfield was completed in 1937 and was known as RAF Woodsford, although it was renamed RAF Warmwell a year later. RAF Warmwell played an important part in World War II, being a major fighter base during the Battle of Britain, and offering fighter protection for Portland Naval Base and other important south coast areas.

During the following years, the runways and operational areas disappeared as a result of the extraction of valuable sand and gravel by mineral companies. Several remnants of the airfield can still be seen however. The Village Hall, for example, used to have a multi-functional role, being used by the airmen for recreational use - cinema, gymnasium and NAFFI, but was used on occasions as a morgue. It is in use constantly to this day.

Much of the present village of Crossways is built on the eastern part of the former airfield site.

In the early 1970s the Local Authority decided to build blocks of flats, houses and bungalows to provide much needed accommodation for displaced families in the area, and to fulfil a growing need for housing at the time. This resulted in a very rapid expansion in the size of the community at Crossways. There is a thriving business park nearby and a new school opened in September 2006.

External links

Village Website: {http://crosswaysdorset.infoCensus data

Crossways is also the name of a large industrial development to the east of Dartford in Kent, England

Coordinates: 50°42′N 2°20′W / 50.7°N 2.333°W / 50.7; -2.333

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Crossways — may refer to: Crossways, Dorset, England Crossways (Aiken, South Carolina), listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places The Crossways, Toronto, a residential and commercial complex. Crossways Sixth Form, a provider of sixth form… …   Wikipedia

  • Dorset Senior League — Dorset League logo The Dorset Senior League is a football competition based in England. It is a feeder to the Dorset Premier Football League, which is a level 11 league of the English football league system. Thus, the Dorset Senior League is a… …   Wikipedia

  • West Dorset — is a local government district and parliamentary constituency in Dorset, England. Its council is based in Dorchester. The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, and was a merger of the boroughs of Bridport,… …   Wikipedia

  • West Dorset — District Lage in Dorset Status District Region South West England Verw.grafschaft Dorset …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Moreton, Dorset — Coordinates: 50°42′12″N 2°16′45″W / 50.7033°N 2.2793°W / 50.7033; 2.2793 …   Wikipedia

  • Moreton (Dorset) railway station — Not to be confused with Moreton (Merseyside) railway station. Moreton (Dorset) …   Wikipedia

  • List of places in Dorset — This is a list of settlements and other places in Dorset, England. Settlements with a population over 3,000 are in bold. For a list of districts see the main Dorset article. See List of places in England for settlements in other… …   Wikipedia

  • List of civil parishes in Dorset — This is a list of civil parishes in the ceremonial county of Dorset, England.BournemouthBournemouth is unparished. =Christchurch= Christchurch itself is unparished.*Burton *Hurn East Dorset*Alderholt *Chalbury *Colehill *Corfe Mullen *Cranborne… …   Wikipedia

  • RAF Warmwell — Infobox Military Structure name= Royal Air Force Station Warmwell USAAF Station 454 location= Located Near Warmwell, Dorset, United Kingdom coordinates=coord|50|41|50|N|002|20|40|W| caption= Aerial Photo of Warmwell Airfield 16 August 1943 type=… …   Wikipedia

  • Damory Coaches — Ex Southern Vectis Leyland Olympian, 710 (TIL 6710), in the new Damory livery. Damory Coaches is a bus and coach operator based in Blandford Forum in Dorset, England. Officially registered as Hants Dorset Motor Services Limite …   Wikipedia

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.