This description of Wareham, Dorset, England is taken from The representative history of Great Britain and Ireland by Thomas Hinton Burley Oldfield published in 1816.
Wareham, a borough and market-town, consisting of three parishes, in the hundred of Winfrith, and division of Blandford, Dorset, situated near the mouth of the Frome, where it falls into Poole harbour, 10 miles from Poole, and 115 from London. It is in a very agreeable situation, on a rising ground, declining gently to the south, where it is washed by the Frome; the Piddle passes it at the north, and both meeting together, forms a bay on the east; it contains 378 houses and 1,627 inhabitants. The town consists chiefly of four large open streets, intersecting each other at right angles. It formerly had seventeen churches, now reduced to three.