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The sheltered, horseshoe-shaped harbour is one of the most picturesque bays, and in the 18th and 19th Century made an excellent location for smuggling. With the natural rock formation known as Stair Hole and the well-known Durdle Dor just a little further it’s a great part of Dorset to visit.
The small village of West Lulworth is full of 300 year old thatched cottages which surround the parish church. The original church was demolished in 1869 due to it being dilapidated and it was replaced by the present church which is built of local stone taken from the Cove. There was once also a mill which burnt down during the 19th century and the Millpond is all that remains of its existence.
East Lulworth is much smaller and consists of 17th Century thatched cottages and a village pub. The village is now dominated by the barracks of the Royal Armoured Corps Gunnery School who use a portion of the Purbeck Hills as a gunnery range.