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Purbeck District
Purbeck
Shown within Dorset
Geography
Status: District
Region: South West England
Admin. County: Dorset
Area:
- Total
Ranked 102nd
404.40 km²
Admin. HQ: Wareham
ONS code: 19UG
Demographics
Population:
- Total (2008 est.)
- Density
Ranked 321st
46,000
114 / km²
Ethnicity: 98.8% White
Politics
Purbeck District Council
http://www.purbeck-dc.gov.uk/
Leadership: Leader & Cabinet
Executive: TBA (council NOC)
MPs: Annette Brooke, Jim Knight

Purbeck is a local government district in Dorset, England. The district is named after the Isle of Purbeck, a peninsula that forms a large proportion of the district's area. However the district extends significantly further north and west than the traditional boundary of the Isle of Purbeck along the River Frome. The district council is based in the town of Wareham, which is itself north of the River Frome.

The district was formed under the Local Government Act 1972 on 1 April 1974, from the former municipal borough of Wareham, Swanage urban district and Wareham and Purbeck Rural District.

Its name is recorded in 948 AD as Anglo-Saxon Purbicinga = "of the people of Purbic", where Purbic may be a former Celtic name, or may contain a supposed Anglo-Saxon word *pur = "male lamb".

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