Swanage lies in a particularly attractive corner of Dorset, in a sheltered bay overlooked by the Purbeck Hills, with chalk cliffs along the coast and views across to the Isle of Wight. Until late Victorian times it was a fishing village and transfer point where locally quarried Purbeck stone was loaded onto ships that took it to London and the wider world. Many of the old images in this book capture the expansion of Swanage around a century ago when it was evolving into the thriving holiday resort that it remains today. Swanage & Around Through Time also looks at some of the surrounding parts of the Isle of Purbeck. There are views of Corfe Castle, which guards a strategic gap in the Purbeck Hills, together with the picturesque villages of Studland and Worth Matravers. The spectacular local coastline, now part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, also features.
Steve Wallis was born in Halifax in the former West Riding of Yorkshire. In 1994 he moved to Dorset to work for Dorset County Council, where he is currently a senior archaeologist. A keen photographer, Steve is the author of several titles covering the local history of Dorchester as well as locations in Somerset and Hampshire. He has written many other 'Through Time' volumes relating to Dorset and adjacent counties and two river `From Source to Sea' books for Amberley. He lives in Dorset.