|This charming village that has some lovely old stone
houses cottages and houses lies 4 miles southeast of Corfe Castle on the
Isle of Purbeck and about 2 miles inland of Swanage.
The parish church is dedicated to St George and has been described by Hutichins in "The History of Dorset" as "an ancient building, consisting of a chancel, body, and two aisles, whereof the north is a small one belonging to Wilkswood farm, and was probably a chapel made use of by that priory: the south aisle is of equal length with the body of the church." The church was taken down and rebuilt in the Victorian reign of refurbishment in 1828, but it seems they did not do a very good job of it as it became unsafe because of smugglers hiding their contraband in the roof and had to be demolished and rebuilt once again.
Again like a lot of the Dorset villages this is a favourite starting point for those interested in walking, for example a path leading to the cliff top leads to Dancing Ledge which is a horizontal lying flat rock where the waves dance on the ledge an in the centre there is a natural pool.
The village also had six boarding schools between the two World Wars but now only the Old Malthouse Preparatory School remains as a boarding school, but there are three other schools in the village if one counts the Pre-preparatory school at the Old Malthouse.