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The building which houses the Heritage Centre in Swanage, Dorset, was built in 1892, originally as a market hall, by George Burt (1816-1894). Burt was the head of the major construction firm founded by his uncle, John Mowlem. Like John, George salvaged stones, tiles and whole structures from building work in London and brought them to Swanage. These tiles may have beeen from the Houses of Parliament, which the firm renovated.

Many houses in the town have the same style and mix of tiles, on porches and front garden paths.

mosaic tile floor

mosaic e

For more of George Burt, see Purbeck House (and the cottage hospital mosaic, left and below).

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The Swanage Cottage Hospital was built by the children of George Burt in tribute to their father. This mosaic is over the entrance.
cottage hospital mosaic

mosaic scroll

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