The settlement at Swanage was focused around the church and the mill. The date of origin of the mill is not known, but is possibly medieval, though the present mill house appears to date from the mid 18th century.
The church of St Mary in the pictures below was probably constructed in the 13th century as a dependent chapel of Worth Matravers – it did not become a parish church until about AD1500. The West Tower was added in the 14th century and heightened in the 17th century. The nave was also widened and a south transept added in the 17th century (Pitfield 1985). Some repair work was carried out in the 18th century.