Exploring the backstreets of Swanage reveals a surprise at every turn, with many architectural and historical features to discover.

One of these is the picture-postcard mill pond, hugged by a curving row of cottages with brightly-coloured doors – a little oasis in this busy town.

Swanage mill pond with house and church behind Cottages beside the mill pond in Swanage Wildflowers in the foreground of Swanage mill pond

You’ll find the mill pond behind St Mary’s Church (which holds a variety of concerts and performances throughout the year), off Church Hill.

The old Purbeck stone water mill, built in 1754, has now been turned into two homes.

An old postcard depicting the mill pond in Swanage