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The town began as a quarry and fishing town in the 1st Century AD, during Roman occupation. It is first mentioned in history in 877, and reached its peak in the Victorian Era, when it became a fashionable and luxurious seaside resort town that continued to grow wealthy off quarrying.
Today, Swanage is known for its beautiful coastline and beaches, history, maritime activities, and hotels.
People Born in Swanage
Swanage in People's Lives
Jude Law: I traveled here in 1996 to film scenes of the movie Wilde. We filmed on location at Swanage Pier.
Orlando Bloom: I filmed scenes of the movie Wilde here in 1996. It was my first film role.