On this fine walk around Wareham you will learn something of this town’s intriguing past, before browsing its many independent shops for unusual Christmas presents.
1 From the Quay, cross Stoborough causeway road at the 1927-built South Bridge. Holy Trinity Church on the right, dating from the 1300s, was the town’s parish church before the 1762 fire. On Abbots Quay, go around the far bend at ‘Castle Garden’ into Tanners Lane. Tanning needed lots of water, and here is very close to the river. Continue to Pound Lane. On the facing corner is The Old Rectory, home of Reverend Hutchins. Between 1744 and 1773, Hutchins compiled every Dorset historian’s dream reference The History and Antiquities of the County of Dorset. Turn left. Pass the Old Brewery site and ‘Castle Close’; here stood Wareham’s early-12th century motte-and-bailey castle overlooking the Frome crossing and involved in fighting during 1135 - 1152 civil war. Only the motte remains.
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