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Introducing Wareham & Around

Saxons established the sturdy settlement of Wareham on the banks of the River Frome in around the 10th century, and the remains of their defensive walls can still be seen encircling the town. St Martin’s Church dates from around the same period, and is one of the last remaining Saxon churches in Dorset. The town is also well known for its connections to the enigmatic figure of TE Lawrence, immortalised in David Lean’s epic Lawrence of Arabia.

Purbeck tourist office (552740; www.purbeck.gov.uk; Holy Trinity Church, South St; 9.30am-5pm Mon-Sat & 10am-1pm & 1.45-4pm Sun Apr-Sep, 10am-3pm Mon-Sat Oct-Mar) is opposite the library.