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Sway is the home of Sway Tower built towards the end of the 1870s when Judge Peterson who built many other houses in un-reinforced concrete, became involved in Spiritualism and was inspired to build a real tower, and with the advice of Sir Christopher Wren, through a medium built a 218ft tower of un-reinforced concrete which stands as his monument today.The tower was finished around 1885 and today is a listed building. When it was first built Judge Peterson put a light on the top of which had an undesired effect on the vessels in the Solent, for it was mistaken for a lighthouse. The next day the Admiralty sent Mr. Peterson a stern order to put the light out and it has been out ever since.

The Village of Sway is surrounded by the New Forest with one main village street with a selection of shops, and services It has a main line station for those visiting the area by train. In Victorian times Captain Marryatt used the countryside around Sway in "Children of the New Forest".

Horse riding near Sway

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