Old London By The Sea

by David Lewer and J. Bernard Calkin

Swanage has a collection of Old London landmarks – relics of long lost buildings and old London Bridge

The interesting story of how they came to be in the town can be read in ‘Curiosities of Swanage: Old London By The Sea’ by David Lewer and J Bernard Calkin, on sale at the Museum.


The Wellington Tower originally stood at the southern approach to London Bridge



Swanage Town Hall was erected on the site of an old property known as the Drong by George Burt to designs by Crickmay. George Burt shipped the façade of the Mercers Hall to Swanage. If it had stayed in London it would have been destroyed by bombing during World War II.
The façade of the Mercers Hall in London’s Cheapside was erected shortly after the Great Fire of London and was das designed by Edward Jerman a contemporary of Sir Christopher Wren.


Along with the above large scale transfer of Mercers Hall facade and Wellington clocktower a number of  street bollards  were brought back from the City of London and are still to be found scattered through the old town.