Worth Matravers Parish Council

Worth Matravers Parish Council was set up by statute in 1894 to provide government for people at local level and to attempt to address their local problems. The Parish Council consists of seven councillors who are elected to serve for four years. The Chairman and Vice Chairman are elected at the first Council Meeting (or Annual Meeting) in May.

The Council meets each month, usually on the first Tuesday at 7.30pm and currently due to Covid 19  this is held in the main hall at Harmans Cross Village Hall. Notices of the meetings are posted on both the village notice boards, one opposite the Green in Worth Matravers and the other at Harmans Cross crossroads opposite the bus shelter.

A public discussion period is held at the beginning of the meetings. All are most welcome to attend.

The Radar Monument

Parish Map

Parish Map

The civil parish stretches from the coast northwards to, and just beyond, the A351 road from Corfe Castle to Swanage. It includes the village of Worth Matravers towards the south of the parish and the hamlet of Harmans Cross, which straddles the main road, to the north.

Worth Matravers is a village and civil parish in the English county of Dorset. The village is situated on the cliffs west of Swanage. It comprises of Purbeck stone cottages and farm houses and is built around a pond, which is a regular feature on postcards of the Isle of Purbeck.

Harman’s Cross is a small Hamlet on the Isle of Purbeck, in the county of Dorset. It is situated on the A351 road between Swanage and Corfe Castle. Harman’s Cross is the location of Harman’s Cross railway station, one of the intermediate stations on the Swanage Railway, a steam locomotive operated heritage railway.

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Worth Matravers Traditional Cottages

Worth Matravers

This beautiful Purbeck stone village is an ancient settlement now part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has a fascinating history, from the days of dinosaurs to Second World War radar research and surrounded by stunning views, wildlife and countryside. The number of people on the electoral roll in Worth Matravers is 226 in 2019.

Harmans Cross View of Village

Harmans Cross

After the First World War, building began in Harmans Cross. It continues to grow and has a flourishing shop incorporated into the garage. The numbers of people on the electoral roll has increased from 163 in 1955 to 385 in 2019.