Wareham - Dorset Towns & Villages

Whichever way you come to Wareham, signposts will remind you that this is no ordinary Market Town. King Alfred was here - the king who, in the 9th century, brought education and Christianity to the town and successfully defended it from the Norsemen by building high walls on three sides of the town.

You can walk the walls and, with the aid of a local map, get your bearings and visualise the town as it was in Saxon times. All you need is a pair of Reeboks, warm clothing and a map, which can be obtained from the new Heritage and Information Centre on the Quay.

There’s lots to see in Wareham, and as the town is built on a Roman grid system, it is easy to encompass. The West Walls include the site where the infamous hanging judge, Judge Jeffreys, had people hung, drawn and quartered at the time of the Monmouth rebellion, and on the south side lies the River Frome, from where you can sail down to Poole Harbour.

On Thursdays the town is buzzing, for it is Market Day. The oldest market is in East Street and its charter goes back 500 years. Cottees, auctioneers and antique dealers, has been on site for the past 100 years and is of absorbing interest as it boasts the only fruit and produce auction in England.

So, at any time of year, come and see the sites and the sights of Wareham - truly a town for all seasons.

Wareham Forum

A place to have your say on the area.