Although the documents in this series refer to the manor of Swanage, they are thought to relate to the manor of Eight Holes, Swanage. ''This name is a corruption of ''Eight Holes'', the latter designation indicating the number of tenements or holdings into which it was anciently divided. Hutchins calls it the ''Manor of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter'', but this description is inaccurate, for it was not of itself a manor, being only a parcel of one called the Manor of Winterborne Wast, Bockhampton and Swanwich. It lies near the east end of Swanwich, and consists of a narrow strip of land extending from Swanwich Street southwards to the sea....This property has generally been leased out by the capitular body to several persons.'' (Hutchins: History of Dorset. 3rd edition Vol.I.p.660).