They were once important meeting places for generations but scores of pubs across Dorset have closed in recent years. 

Now, pubs which have disappeared from town centres and residential streets are being documented in an online library.

The Lost Pubs Project has thousands of images of pubs that have either been demolished, turned into something else, or have simply shut down, with details of what happened to each.

The site,, is regularly updated and anyone is welcome to contribute with any images or pub history they have to offer.

Pubs in every town across the area have disappeared over the years as drinking cultures have changed.

The website features pubs such as The Criterion in Bournemouth town centre, Christchurch's New Inn and the Darbys Corner Inn which once stood in Poole. 

The list has been updated with suggestions added by readers but we'd love to hear more.

Can you name any others? you can comment below or email your suggestions to 


Criterion (closed in 2004 and the site is now home to High Street store, Monsoon)

Swanage and Wareham Voice:

London Hotel

Malt & Hops

The Prince of Wales 

The Fox, Terrace Road 

Daisy O'Briens 

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Hare and Hounds 

The Woodman, Branksome 

Palmerston Arms, Boscombe 


Pig & Whistle, Westbourne 

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Poets Corner

Royal Oak, Wimborne RoadDemolished in 2014 for a new Tesco store.

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Gander on the Green 

Saxon King 


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Southbourne Cliffs

White Horse

Ragged Cat

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Eight Bells

The Catherine Wheel 

The Fairmile

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New Inn

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New Lodge

Golfers Arms 

The Royalty

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Picture with thanks to Leslie R. Woodhouse 


Sandacres Pub, the pub closed in 2012 and has been replaced by a Tesco Express store

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Albion, Ringwood Road


The Jolly Miller 

Ansty Arms

Port Mahon 

Bell & Crown

Dorset Knob

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Double Six

Duke of York


Guildhall Tavern

Greenridge at Upton, it was demolished to make way for a care home in 2012

Swanage and Wareham Voice: DEMOLISHED: The site of the former Greenridge pub at Upton


Royal Oak & Gas Tavern

Central Hotel

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Sea Witch Hotel

Shipwrights Arms 


Swan Inn

Darbys Corner Inn - closed overnight in April 2011 and reopened in 2015 as a veterinary surgery)

Swanage and Wareham Voice: Former Darby's Corner Pub



White Hart Hotel


Beehive Inn

Crown & Anchor

Crown Tap

Griffin Hotel

Sir Winston Churchill

Three Lions

Wareham and Swanage

Lord Nelson

Railway Tavern

Purbeck Hotel

East Dorset

Struan Country Inn 

Coach House Inn (Ferndown)


Smith Arms, Wimborne 

Travellers Rest (Three Legged Cross)

The George

The Greyhound

The Albion

North Dorset

Coote Arms on the A354

The Bugle Horn at Tarrant Gunville

The Rose, Tarrant Hinton 

D’Amory Arms

Greyhound Inn

Half Moon Inn

Red Lion

Three Choughs

Star (Sixpenny Handley)