A Topographical Dictionary of England, Samuel Lewis, London 1831


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SWYRE, a parish in the hundred of UGGSCOMBE, Dorchester division of the county of DORSET, 5 miles (S.E.) from Bridport, containing 210 inhabitants.

The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry of Dorset, and diocese of Bristol, rated in the king's books at 7. 0. 5., and in the patronage of the Duke of Bedford. The church was dedicated to the Holy Trinity in 1503: it has a lofty tower, and north and south porches.

The parish is bounded on the south by the English channel, and the village is situated about one mile from the coast. A wake is annually kept on Trinity Monday.

Volume 4, page 260

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