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About Wareham
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Mesolithic to Iron Age
The Romans
Saxons & Vikings
Middle Ages
Civil War
Monmouth Rebelion
The Great Fire
The Victorians
Wareham at War
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For centuries Wareham was defined by its Saxon walls but in the decades after the Second World War, residential developments to the north and south of the town have increased its population threefold and there are now a number of business parks. The rivers, with their broad water meadows still grazed by cattle, period buildings. picturesque lanes and the chiming of the Town Hall bell, however, all bear testament to Wareham’s unique and individual character.

The revival of tourism during the 1950's and 1960's coincided with the decline of more traditional industries like pottery making, although clay mining is still very active.

In January 1972 British Railways closed the Wareham to Swanage line and lifted all the track. However, this was not the end, as a group of enthusiasts got together to rebuild the line. In the summer of 1975 a licence was granted to the Swanage Railway Society to occupy the disused Swanage station site, since when the dedicated volunteers have lovingly restored the railway to what you see today.

1977, in February Wareham is cut off by a blizzard, essential supplies were delivered by the army in tracked vehicles.
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Wareham Quay River Frome
River Frome
Swanage branch line train at Wareham
Swanage branch line train at Wareham
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