Transcript of the description for Swanage from Hunt & Co.'s Directory of Dorsetshire, Hampshire, & Wiltshire 1851

SWANAGE, a large village, and also a parish, is 11 miles S.E. from Wareham, and 126 S.W. from London, situated at the eastern extremity of the county, upon the sea shore. The town, standing on the edge of a bay bearing its name, is formed principally of one long street, most of the houses being built of stone. This bay has of late years, in the summer season, attracted many visitors on account of its suitableness for sea bathing, and to meet their respective wants ample accommodation has been provided; new dwellings, a handsome hotel, numerous lodging-houses and many good shops now adorn this locality. There are here extensive free-stone quarries, considerable quantities of the productions from which are exported; the quarrying and shipping of this stone may be considered the staple trade of this place; vessels of from 300 to 400 tons burthen can load in the bay, which serves the purposes of a harbour.

The parish church (St. Mary) is a venerable edifice, exhibiting various styles of architecture; some portions of the sacred edifice are supposed to be older than even Corfe castle; the benefice is a rectory, in the gift of J. H. Calcraft, esq. There are also a chapel for Independents and one for Wesleyans. The market, formerly held on Thursday and Friday, is discontinued. In 1831 Swanage numbered 1734 inhabitants, and in 1841 it had increased to 1971.

POST OFFICE & MONEY ORDER OFFICE. Postmaster, William Shorey. Letters arrive at 7 30 a.m. and 7 p.m. and are despatched at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Adams Mrs. Beach cottage
Alexander Mrs.
Colson Rev. John Morton, A.M.
Coventry Mrs. Grove
Dugdale Robert, esq.
Fairfax Rev. William, (Independent minister)
Hancock Lieut. John, R.N.
Jackson Rev. James Leonard, M.A. (rector)
Morgan Rev. George, (curate)
Mowlem John, esq.
Pilkington Capt. Edward William, R.N. Osborne house
Taylor John, esq.
Benfield Thomas, 'Black Swan'
Biddlecombe John, grocery dealer
Biddlecombe Joseph, 'Ship commercial Inn'
Bishop Francis, grocer, &c.
Bishop Joseph, cooper
Bower Sarah, lodging house keeper
Bridle John, farmer
Bridle William, carpenter
Burt William Colbert, farmer
Burt Letitia, grocer and stone dealr.
Burt William, farmer
Butt John, butcher
Chincher Ann, straw bonnet maker
Chincher Nathaniel & White Wm. G. stone merchants
Clark James, baker
Cleall Henry Lance, plumber and glazier
Coffin Joseph, tailor
Coleman James, tailor and draper
Coleman Maria, straw bonnet maker
Coleman Thomas, grocer and stone mason
Cox John William, plumber
Craft Fanny, ladies' school
Delamotte Henry Digby Cotes, surgeon and registrar of births and deaths
Dibben Harry, baker
Dorsetshire Bank, draw upon Williams, Deacon & Co.; manager, White William Grove
Dowland Thomas, grocery dealer
Ellis George, carpenter and grocery dealer
Farwell Timothy, carpenter
Fitz John, draper and grocer
Fooks Geo. 'Globe Inn,' Herston
Gillingham Alfred, grocer & draper
Gillingham Henry, stone and coal merchant
Gover George, farmer
Grant Edmund, farmer
Grant Mark, baker
Gray Thomas, tailor
Hadgraft Thomas, tailor
Harvey Alice, baker
Hatchard Charles, blacksmith
Hixon George, 'White Swan'
Hixon James, 'White Hart'
Hunt Thomas, farmer
Hussey Maria, grocer and draper
Linington John, bricklayer
Marsh John and Henry, stone merchants and linen drapers
Marshfield Seth, farmer
Melmoth Phineas, grocer and stone merchant
Morgan Thomas, boys' school
Mowlem Charles, 'New Inn'
Panton James, brewer
Phippard James, tin man
Pushman James, grocer and stone mason
Randall Thomas, stone merchant and farmer
Rawlins Thomas, tailor
Row Richd. 'Royal Victoria Hotel'
Seymour Mary Ann, straw bonnet maker
Shorey William, watchmaker and agent to Phœnix fire office
Smedmore John S. builder and ironmonger
Smith Charles, blacksmith
Smith James, miller
Stevens John, grocery dealer and shoemaker
Stevens Thos. beer retailer, Herston
Summers John, grocery, &c. dealer
Thompson William, grocery, &c. dealer and brewer
Tomes George, grocery, &c. dealer
Trenchard William, carpenter
Vacher Elijah, 'Anchor Inn'
Vye William, 'Red Lion Inn' and butcher
Walker William George, chemist & druggist, and agent to the Atlas Fire and Life and Metropolitan Life Insurance Companies,
Webber Eliz. straw bonnet maker
Webber Peter, grocery, &c. dealer
White Daniel, cabinet maker and proprietor of the public baths
White Joseph, farmer, Whitecliff
White William, cabinet maker
Willcox Charles, surgeon

OMNIBUSSES through Corfe castle to Wareham, daily at 8 o'clock a.m. and returning at 8 p.m. Sunday excepted

SAILING VESSELS to Poole, the Henry and Elizabeth, and the Friends (smacks), days uncertain