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The history of Swanage United Reformed Church dates from 1703. It started as an independent chapel at the time when it was forbidden to be anything other than Protestant. The chapel was replaced with a new Church as a Congregational Church.

In 1972 the URC was formed by the union of the Presbyterian Church in England and the Congregational Church in England and Wales. This was followed by The Churches of Christ in 1981 and The Congregational Union of Scotland in 2000.

At the time of our Tercentenary, Rollo Woods undertook the mammoth task of completely researching our history. This can be downloaded as a pdf.

The History of Swanage United Reform Church by Rollo Woods


Birth, Marriage and Death Records

For those of you who are interested in Family History, the birth, marriage and death records (BMD) are available to aid you in your research.

Burial records


Memorials WW1 and WW2

This Church was not immune from the effects of the World Wars. Many names of those associated with the Church are inscribed on our memorial tablets.

The local Family History Society of the Swanage Museum has researched all the names mentioned. Their findings are available as a download to aid your researches. We are grateful for all their hard work and for allowing us to make this information available to all.

War memorial information