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Swanage, Dorset

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Swanage, Dorset

Swanage is a coastal town and civil parish in the south east of Dorset, England. It is situated at the eastern end of the Isle of Purbeck, approximately 10 km south of Poole and 40 km east of Dorchester. The parish has a population of 10,124 (2001). Nearby are Ballard Down and Old Harry Rocks, with Studland Bay and Poole Harbour to the north. Within the parish are Durlston Bay and Durlston Country Park to the south of the town.
Post townSWANAGE
Administrative CountyDorset
Traditional CountyDorset
OS GridSZ0278
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityDorset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDorset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDorset
Ambulance AuthoritySouth Western
Dialling code01929
Population10,124 (2001)

Other names by which Swanage, Dorset has been known in the past

Sonwic ~ Swanawic ~ Swanwich ~ Sonwich ~ Swanwic

Swanage, Dorset in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Swanage (or Swanwich), market town and par. with ry. sta., Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, 9 miles SE. of Wareham, 3163 ac. (240 water), pop. 2357; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank. Market-days, Tuesday and Friday. The town stands at the S. side of Swanage Bay, and is a pleasant and prosperous place engaged in the quarrying of Purbeck stone, upwards of 60 quarries of which are in the neighbourhood. The most interesting architectural feature of the town is the Early English church of St Mary. Swanage Bay is 2 miles wide and penetrates 1 mile, and affords good shelter in westerly winds.

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