Wareham, once a quiet market town, is now the bustling historic gateway to the Isle of Purbeck. Wareham has a varied history that ranges from evidence of early Neolithic and Mesolithic settlers and even, interestingly, used as a garrison town, with 7,000 soldiers living and training there during the First World War. It grew very little before the twentieth century due to its environment but things were about to change both in Wareham and in Purbeck as a whole as the outside world discovered its delights.
This volume is arranged geographically, as a series of textual and visual peregrinations, through Wareham and the Isle of Purbeck. Places include Stoborough, Corfe Castle, Furzebrook, Creech, Arne, Kingston, Langton Matravers, Worth Matravers, Kimmeridge, Holme, East and West Lulworth, Studland and Swanage. Wareham and the Isle of Purbeck Through Time includes new material and previously unpublished illustrations from the author's collection.
Anthony Beeson was born in 1948 into a well established Brighton family. Having worked at the Courtauld Institute of Art Library, he moved to Bristol in 1972 to become Fine Art Librarian, and over the following thirty-seven years developed the Bristol Art Library into one of the finest British public collections of art books. He is a noted classical iconographer who has written extensively in academic journals, lectured on Romano-British art and appeared on the television programme Time Team.