In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Swyre like this:
SWYRE, a parish in Bridport district, Dorset; on the coast, 5 miles ESE of Bridport r. station. Post town, Bridport. Acres, 1,146; of which 65 are water. Real property, £966. Pop., 277. Houses, 49. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £140.* Patron, the Duke of Bedford. The church is good.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Swyre in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
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