CHARMOUTH HEADLINES OVER THE CENTURIES
Charmouth`s history has been enlivened with a number of newsworthy stories. We hope to bring them to life in the manner of a tabloid with sensational headlines. The stories have come mainly from scouring newspapers or documents of the time now held at the Dorset Family Centre in Dorchester.
Year
Event
1685
  Charmouth Fisherman wrongly executed

" Samuel Robins of Charmouth who was executed or rather murdered, at Wareham, I cannot pass him in silence, his case being so extraordinary hard.   
He used generally in the summer to use the craft of fishing, to get a competent maintenance for his family and happened out at sea a fishing before Lyme that day the land and was commanded on board one of the Dukes Ships, he not knowing who they were, they bought his fish from him. After which they told him that was the Duke of Monmouth, pointing at him, that he was just going to land. He desired to go on shore, which was refused and told that as soon as the Duke was landed he should have his liberty. So accordingly he came ashore and was never after with him or ever took up arms under him. This was all he was guilty of, except he was a good honest man, a zealous Christian, a man of very good life and conversation, as I think his neighbours will attest. But also he had a Good Book in his House when taken, called The Solemn League and Covenant. This was the high Treason he must be guilty of, which was aggravated to the Lord Chief Justice, by one or two hot spirits, his neighbours.  
But to be short, he received sentence of death with great courage, and not at all dismayed, saying very often in Prison before, if it pleased God to call him now to Death, he should be ready. But said he was innocent of anything I have done against any man that may deserve this punishment, as the child unborn. When he came to the place of execution, he was cheerfully declared his innocence to the spectators, as before and also praying very devoutly, for some time, he was executed." 
11th June 1685.Dr Temple of Nottingham

1739
The Flying Coach - Wonder of the day arrives in Charmouth  

"Our townsmen beheld by only going to Charmouth, the wonder of the day, better known as " The Exeter Flying Stage Coach" which reached Dorchester from London in two days and reached Exeter in three days. The lofty Stonebarrow Hill had to be ascended from Morcombelake and the descent - a perilous one - to be made by the main road, better called narrow lane, beyond the eastern brook by Charmouth, since abandoned for one further inland, and recently for one still further inland, by which the hill from Morcombelake is altogether avoided."   9th April 1739

1778
Pirates steal Cattle at Charmouth

"A French privateer's crew landed in the night of the 3oth ult. and carried off from the coast near Charmouth in Dorsetshire, three oxen and a dozen sheep, but their noise awaking a poor man at his cottage." 
7 November 1778

1783
Manor of Charmouth to be auctioned by Francis Henvill

"This Afternoon, at the Bull Inn in Bridport, -The valuable and Improvable MANOR of CHARMOUTH, truly eligibly situated midway between Bridport and Axminster and the Great Western Road."
May 20th 1783

1786
Charmouth Widower is sentenced to 7 years transportation for stealing cloth

"Samuel Burridge a labourer aged 60, height 5 foot 7 inches with a crooked nose, wide nostrils, lusty looking was given 7 years transportation for stealing cloth. He was placed on board the Dunkirk at Plymouth".   16th June 1786

1789
King George III climbs up Hill into Charmouth
  "Between Bridport and Chard are two very large steep hills, Chideock and Charmouth. It was impossible for his majesty's horses could here proceed in the swift manner in which he usually travels. The King, Lord Courton, Colonel Goldswothy, &c. dismounted, and walked up the hill. The King said he had never travelled such a stage in his life. During all this part of the road the multitude walked with him, and at times conversed familiarly with such as were near him.  
The people of the village of Charmouth had prepared a lofty triumphal Arch of oak bought, with a crown of Laurel and wreaths of flowers. It was prepared by the rude hands of industrious peasants, but yet it was a greater compliment than the most magnificent column ever erected by the hand of tyranny to celebrate rapine and cruelty" .
  20th August 1789
1799
John Diments House to Let
 
1800
House to Let

 
1803

Charmouth manor house for sale In 1803
To be sold, the Fee- Simple and Inheritance of a large Dwelling House, Garden and Orchard, late the property of Mr. Robert Davies,Builder, deceased, situated in Charmouth aforesaid, consisting of a Hall, a Parlour, Kitchens,Cellars, Pantries, and other conveniences on the ground floor,five principal and sundry Servants Bed Chambers,Closets,etc.on the one pair stairs and attic storey.the premises are situated in the centre of the village, and command a view of the sea.Length of front 77 feet by 330 feet deep, were formerly the Manor House, and calculated for the permanent or temporary residence of a Genteel family, or may be converted to form one of the first Inns on the Western Road. The House having been under improvements and repairs by the Proprietor at his late decease. Charmouth from its Southern Aspect and Local situation, is one of the most delightful villages in England, about half a mile from sea bathing. The Mail and other coaches pass through it every day, Distance about 2 miles from Lyme Regis, 5 from Axminster and 7 from Bridport. For the above sale, an auction will be held by John Hutchins, at the Mail Coach Inn in Charmouth on Thursday June 30th instant at 4 o'clock in the afternoon. For viewing apply at the house, and further particulars to Mr. John Ridges in Charmouth, or the Auctioneer at the Golden Lion, Lyme - Letters must be post-paid.
N.B. Immediate possession of the premises may be had.
And on Thursday July 7th, and following days will be sold by auction without Reserve.- All the general assortment of good and useful Household Furniture, together with all the Stock and Trade of the late Mr. Davies, consisting of sundry Lots of Oak, Ash, and Deal, Carpenters and Joiners Tools, Etc. charmouth, June 9th, 1803.

1803
Tragedy besets Hero in Charmouth

"On Saturday the 11 th inst. As Captain Harrison, paymaster of the Royal dragoons, was leading his horse down Charmouth Hill, the horse snapped at him, and caught hold of his left hand, by which he lifted him from the ground (a weight of between 17 and 18 stone shaking his head, and stamping with great rage; the whole of the fore finger came away, and with it the tendon which connects it to the elbow; the horse then galloped off. Captain Harrison went on to the village of Charmouth, where he obtained a chaise, and proceeded on his journey to Dorchester Barracks.
Thus has a worthy, respectable, and gallant officer, after forty years service, three of them most actively employed during the war in Flanders, and in which he escaped receiving the slightest injury from the enemy, now been deprived of the use of his hand from the viciousness of his horse, in a manner which must inflict the most excruciating pain. These are circumstances that offer a wide field for reflection and regret!
". June 20th 1803

 
1805

To be sold by Private Contract,- A House with a Garden ( walled round) behind the same, and other convenient offices thereto belonging, well calculated for a moderate sized family, situate in the centre of the delightful village of charmouth, and commanding the sea.- Possession may be had at Christmas next - A portion of the purchase money may remain upon mortgage. For further particulars, apply ( post paid) to Mr. John Ridges. C.1805

1809
Huge reward for Capture of Charmouth Prisoner

" Broke out of Dorchseter Gaol, on the night of Sunday the 5 th of February 1809 � Benjamin Crocker, late of Charmouth, Dorset, and formerly of Winsham, Somerset, charged with forgery. He is 30 years of age, 5 feet 8 inches high, has grey eyes, swarthy complexion, a cut on the left side of the chin near the mouth, a mole on the left side of the upper lip, a cut on the middle of, and hesitates when he speaks.
As the said Benjamin Crocker had on his irons, and was totally naked, it is presumed he must have received some assistance from without the walls, and it is particularly hoped no person will furnish him with clothes.
Whoever will apprehend the said Benjamin Crocker, and lodge him in any of his Majesty's gaols, shall receive a reward of one hundred guineas, over and above what is allowed by Act of parliament, by applying to R.W. Andrews, Gaoler Dorchester Gaol".
February 6, 1809

 
 
The Mail and two other coaches pass daily through Charmouth from London to Plymouth, it being the Great Western Road � Bathing Machines are kept on the beach during the summer season, for the accommodation of the company who resort to this truly pleasant and healthy spot - May 15th, 1810
 
  Charmouth, Dorset
To be Let, for a Term of Ten Years from Lady Day next.
All that Overland, called Sea - Side Farm,situate in the Parish of Charmouth, in the County of Dorset.
Containing by estimation, 40 Acres of exceedingly rich Pasture and Arable Land, and between 30 and 40 Acres of Rough Land, called the Cliff, bounding the said Farm on the Sea-Side - There is a Lime Kiln on the Estate, and a sufficient quantity of excellent Lime-Stone may be taken from the Beach  for manuring  the premises, and, independent of this, the Sea Weed, annually thrown on the Beach, and to which the tenant, has the exclusive right is more than sufficient to manure the whole Estate. - The Tenant to pay all the Taxes, except the Landlords Property Tax and to keep the Premises in repair.
Tenders are to be made in writing, and to be delivered, or sent post-paid, to John Harvey Pierce, Esq. New Park, Near Axminster, or to messrs. Flood and Mules, Solicitors, Honiton, on or before the 24th day of September inst. and immediately after which, the Person approved of, will have notice that his offer is accepted.
For viewing the Premises, Apply to Mrs. Liddon, in Charmouth aforesaid, the Owner, who will direct a Person to show the same, and further Particulars may be known on application to the above named John Harvey Pierce Esq. or Messrs. flood and Mule, Honiton. September 9, 1811.
1811
Sea Side Farm (Higher Sea lane) to Let
 
 

Charmouth.
This delightful village lies between Bridport and Axminster on one of the roads leading to Exeter, and is thirty miles from the city. It occupies an elevated situation and consequently commands many vast and beautiful prospects both of the sea and land. It has likewise the advantage of being a considerable thoroughfare, and laying so near to Lyme, and is much resorted to by bathers. The beach is pebbly, and all it's advantages and disadvantages partakes of the qualities of its neighbour and rival. It cannot be expected that fashionable amusements are to be found here, but the lover of nature will be sure to ensure gratification in his rambles in the environs, and he is search of health, a still superior good, will be as likely to find it on the coast of Dorset as on that of Sussex.
The fisheries here and at Lyme present a constant scene of useful activity,no less advantageous to the individuals concerned than amusing to spectators. The rides and walks are sufficiently varies and numerous. Bridport, Axminster,Axmouth, etc. will be included amongst the former. Sailing too, which whether it is regarded as a pleasant or a healthful exercise, cannot be excelled by any in the circle of the occupations of the idle, may here be enjoyed to the full, with facilities that tender it still more inviting. A Guide to all the Watering and Sea Bathing Places for 1815

1812
Description of Charmouth
 
1813
 

Education - Charmouth - Dorset
Established in 1813 - Mrs. Corbyn has the honour to acquaint her friends and the public in general, that she educates Young Ladies in the following branches without the aid of masters: English, French and Italian, grammatically, Writing, Arithmetic, Geometry, and Music. Thorough Bass and Singing.
Mrs. Corbyn begs leave to state, that to be enabled the more effectually to promote the health, morals and general improvement of her pupils and to afford them the advantages of a private family, she intends to limit the numbers to ten. Having resided in different families of high respectability, as governess, in the last of which she completed the education of her pupils, she can have the satisfaction of referring to parents for testimonials of her qualifications. Mrs. Corbyn's receives children from the age of five or six, and engages to Finish their education so completely, as to prevent the necessity of future masters or other school instructions on their leaving her.
The air of Charmouth is well known to be extremely salubrious, it is situated within a quarter of a mile of the sea, and affords excellent bathing.

1815
Charmouth Mills available to rent

"Mills to be let, and entered upon at Lady's Day next � the long established Water Grist and Flour Mills, situated at Charmouth, in the county of Dorset, together with an exceedingly good dwelling house, large stables, and other requisite buildings, and upwards of six acres of rich Meadow Ground immediately adjoining � The house is sufficiently large to admit of letting a great part to lodgings in the bathing season, which the present tenant has been accustomed to do, and possesses also conveniency for carrying on the business of baking. � These premises will be let for a year, and more land may be had if required.
For viewing the premises apply to Mr. Smith, the present tenant, and for particulars to Dr.Graves, Allington, Bridport"
. 16th March 1815

1817
Crew of French Ship perish off Charmouth

"The Trois Amis, of Bourdeaux, bound to Rouen, was totally lost near Bridport during the gale on Sunday night. Only a passenger was saved. And a French Chasee Maree, laden with wine, was totally lost on Charmouth Beach with all the crew. Cargo saved". 30th January 1817

 
 
1817 Luttrell House and its neighbour, Peria
   
 
1818

To be sold by Private Contract, 1818
Two newly - built Cottages, calculated for the residence of small genteel families with a garden and field behind, with one acre, situated in the much admired village of Charmouth, and within a quarter of a mile of the sea.
The houses are so constructed that they may be converted into one, and in the case would form an excellent situation for a Seminary or an Inn.
For Particulars, apply Mr. Templar, Bridport.
N.B. A part of the purchase money may remain on security of the premises, if required

1822
Charmouth Farmer charged with Burglary
"Saturday night, a farmer named Sansom, of Charmouth, was committed to Dorchester Gaol, charged with being concerned in a burglary committed at the Agency Office of the Dorchester Bank at Bridport, about five years since, from whence property to a large amount was taken. What led to his apprehension was, his passing several of the stolen notes at three sales in the neighbourhood within about a fortnight". 11 April 1822
1823
Charmouth Businessman`s factory washed away

"Friday night, in consequence of the great swell of water, owing to the quantity of rain that had fallen within the week, the bridge at Charmouth was washed away. A house occupied by Mr.Burnard, in the manufacture of sail cloth, immediately below the bridge, was carried away by the flood, together with a quantity of cloth and dyeing utensils, of which a valuable copper boiler has been since found in the sea. In a field above the bridge stood a Hay Rick, which was carried by the flood through the field, out at the gate, and lodged in safety at the side of the turnpike road. A temporary bridge has since been erected; before it was finished the coaches were of necessity dragged through the river by men". 25th October 1823

1824
Boat Party saved by brave Charmouth man
"Last week, a party sailed from Bridport to Lyme Regis, and on being overtaken by a thunderstorm, they put in at Charmouth, where they left the boat for a few hours on the beach while they proceeded to Lyme. On their return to take their boat they found the shoe beaten off, not withstanding they ventured to go to sea, and in a few minutes the boat began to fill with water, which so much alarmed then that they immediately made for shore. But before they reached it the boat filled. Fortunately, however, the lives were saved by a person standing on the beach, who stropped himself, plunged into the land- wash, and luckily reached a rope attached to the boat and succeeded in drawing it safe to land. Mr. Foss, innkeeper, at Charmouth, proceeded to the beach, and on examining the boat it was found to have been stoved by some malicious fellow during the day". 9th September 1824
1824
Violent Storm destoys a number of boats and buildings.

The dreadful effects of the late tempest have been severely felt in the neighbourhood. A cutter was totally wrecked near the Cob. The men on board lashed themselves to the mast- head, but as no one could possibly go to their assistance, they were lost, and have not yet been picked up. The Unity, Pearce master, bound for London, was also driven out of the harbour. Three men were on board, besides the Captain. They remained a considerable time in a very distressed condition under the cliffs at Charmouth, but as soon as the tide left them, they were rescued from their perilous state, and conveyed to the Coach and Horses public house at Charmouth, where they were immediately provided with a bed. One of them, a young man, named Clark, was insensible the whole of the day; he is, however, with his companions, now recovered. The beautiful promenade in Lyme is entirely destroyed. The house called the Cob House, which was lately purchased by Mr.Walker, of Weymouth, was washed to the ground in a few minutes after himself and family had quitted it. They were all obliged to be taken out of the windows. The Hotel, and several houses near the Cob, the Bank House and all the houses opposite the Pilot Boat, are in a wretched state: the sea rolled right through them, and carried away everything that came in its way. Bennetts Hot Baths were washed to pieces. Scarcely a house in Lyme had escaped uninjured. The town on Wednesday presented a scene of real distress; not more than three or four shops were opened, but all business was suspended". 29th November 1824

1825
Smugglers attempt to murder Customs Officer on Charmouth Beach

On the night of Saturday week, three men of the Lyme Preventive Station were on the look-out near the mouth of the Charmouth River, where they captured 150 kegs and two men. They had not retained possession long before they were attacked by a party of smugglers 70 or 80 in number and as is usual in such adventures they appeared affected by liquor. They advanced with great violence. In defence, the officers were compelled to fire in the midst of them, in consequence of which, one man fell and was carried off by the party, who immediately retreated carrying with them all but 10 kegs and the two prisoners. One of the officers named Davis was mistaken for his brother, an extremely active man stationed near Bridport and nothing short of murder was intended towards him, as an attempt was made to cut his throat, which did not take effect, as the stock in his cravat prevented the weapon from making any serious incision. The smugglers continued to discharge large stones from the cliff upon the Revenue men who, though they were preserved by the darkness of the night from destruction, received some severe contusions, and are now confined in consequence."   31st January 1825

1826
Charmouth Man sentenced to death after Burglary at Village Inn.

"Dorchester Assizes commenced on Thursday, before Mr Justice Littledale and Mr Justice Gaselee, who after opening the Commission proceeded to hear divine service at St. Peters Church.  
John White was tried for a burglary at the premises of William Foss, owner of the Coach and Horses Inn and had sentence of death recorded against him".  
20th July 1826

1828
Charmouth Seaman imprisoned for Smuggling

"Henry Tippen, a married Charmouth Seaman aged 49 with a swarthy complexion was imprisoned for smuggling until he pays the penalty of £100".   3rd March 1828

 
 
Charmouth Mills to Let
1830
30 Charmouth Men join up to save village from Mob.

"Understanding there is to be a meeting this morning in the Vestry Room to take into consideration the best means of securing the safety of he village upon the event of a mob passing through it, and being prevented from attending it in consequence of a severe cold, I take the liberty of submitting to you my sentiments upon this subject; it appears to me not a moment should be lost in swearing as many petty constables as can be mustered in the place, each constable should be armed with a staff and so divided as not only to protect the village but promptly to concentrate he selves in case of an attack. I hope you will be able to collect at least thirty men in whom you can confide. I trust no inhabitants will submit to have money extorted from by the mob, be their numbers what they may, as am fully convinced that firmness upon theses occasions be our best protection".    24th November 1830

1830
Local Vicars wife hides smuggled brandy in novel hiding place

"The Rev. Thomas Hodges and wife lived in a house opposite the Church - Luttrell House and she got her brandy cheap from the smugglers then infecting the coast. The Excise officers lived at the bottom of the village. Their Chief wrote to the Rev. Hodges saying that he was coming down for a few days as he had work to do down there. Mrs Hodges got very anxious thinking he had heard of the brandy, but she knew well and trusted the excise officers house keeper, so she consulted her and when suggested the incriminating bottles should be put in a cupboard in the excise officers own house, as the last place he would suspect. This was agreed to Mrs Hodges brought down the bottles hidden in the vast muff fashionable at the time". 1830

1832
Charmouth Man imprisoned for stealing Cabbages.

"George Stevens from Charmouth, a married labourer, aged 25 received 2 months hard labour for stealing cabbages." 10th July 1832

 
1833
A large fossil reptile of the antediluvian age has been taken out of the blue Lias on Charmouth Beach, Dorsetshire.It has been previously sold for four sovereigns to a member of the Geological Society, and proved to be of the genus Ichthyosaurus, partaking of the alligator and lizard species. It measured about six feet in length, and was only to be reached at extremely low tides, which may account for it not being discovered before.
1833

Charmouth, Dorset
To be sold by Auction, by Mr.Keyes,at the Mail Coach Inn, in Charmouth, on Saturday, the 4th day of July next, at four o clock in the afternoon ( unless in the mean time disposed of by Private Contract), - All that Substantial Freehold Dwelling House and Butchers Shop, situate on the south side of Charmouth Street, and near to the church-yard of Charmouth.
The above Premises will be sold subject to the Life Estate therein of Mrs. Lydia Watts, now aged about 60 years.
To be viewed by leave of the tenant, and further particulars obtained at the Office of Mrs. Housmain, Solicitor, The Close, Salisbury.

1837
Charmouth Stores is available to let.

"To Drapers, Grocers, Ironmongers, and General Shopkeepers. To be let, with immediate possession, in the populous village of Charmouth, Dorset,- A good, extensive shop, warehouse, and dwelling house adjoining, lately in the occupation of Samuel Aplin, where a considerable trade has been done, and susceptible of great improvement, Rent moderate. Apply (if by letter, post paid) to George Biddlecombe, Winsham, near Chard. 7 April 1837

1840
Huge Whale beached at Charmouth

"A large female whale was driven on shore at Charmouth yesterday morning, and secured by the preventive men, who have been allowed by Mr. Bullen , the lord of the manor, to exhibit for three days. It measures. 46 feet from the tail to the snout and 24 feet circumference."  6th February 1840

 
1844
1841

Dorset- Charmouth- Votes for Borough of Lyme Regis
Valuable freehold and leasehold properties
To be sold by auction by Mr. R. Fowler, at the Mail Coach Inn in Charmouth aforesaid on Thursday the 27th day of May 1841, at 5 o' clock in the afternoon, subject to such conditions that will be produced, either together or in such Lots as may be agreed upon at the time of the sale.
Lot 1- All that Messuage or dwelling house with the Garden behind the same, eligible situated in the centre of the village of Charmouth, opposite to the Mail Coach Inn, now in the occupation of Mr.Giles Pryer, as a yearly tenant, at the tent of £ 12 per annum.
Lot 2 - All that Messuage or dwelling house, adjoining the above, with the commodious and old established Grocers Shop thereto belonging and adjoining, and the Garden and Warehouse immediately behind the same, now in the occupation of Mr. Carter, at a yearly rent of £ 24, under a lease of which 4 1/2 years is unexpired.
Lot 3 - All that Messuage or Dwelling House, adjoining the above now used as a Lodging House, together with the newly erected Messuage or Dwelling House, now let as two distinct tenements, adjoining to and behind the Lodging House, all which said last mentioned premises are in the occupation of yearly tenants, and are of the yearly value if £ 20.
Lot 4 - all that well known and much frequented Public House, adjoining close to the last mentioned premises, called or known by the name of the Star Inn, now in the occupation of Mr.E. Smith, as a yearly tenant, at a rental of £ 18 per annum.
Lot 5 - all that Cottage and Dwelling House together with the large and productive Piece of Garden ground in which it stands, comprising considerably more than a quarter of an acre, situate at the back of the premises previously adverted to and now in the occupation of Mr.John Jeffrey, as a yearly tenant at a rental of £ 10 per annum. The above Premises are partly Freehold and partly Leasehold for 2,000 years.
Lot 6 - All that Messuage or Dwelling House, on the side of Charmouth Street, and adjoining to the Church Yard there, lately occupied by Mr. John Love as a dwelling house and Butchers Shop, at a yearly rental of £ 20. N.B. These Premises are held for the Life of a person aged about 65 years, and a Life of near the same age is insured in £ 380. In the West of England Insurance Office, to the be git of which the Purchaser of this lot may, if desirable, become entitled.
Lot 7 - all that Freehold House and Garden situate in the Parish of Bothenhampton, now in the occupation of Mr. Roberts, as a yearly tenant, at a rental of £ 10 per annum.
For viewing the Premises, and for further particulars, apply to Mr. Carter, Grocer, on the Premises, Charmouth, Mr.Hillman, Lyme or

 
1850

House to let Charmouth - 1850
Freehold Villa, in the healthy and beautiful village of charmouth
To be sold, or let, for a term, with early possession, a detached Villa Residence, containing drawing and Dining Room, Water Closet,Kitchen, etc, with a suite of offices, servants rooms, two stall stable, coach house, etc, a front lawn and large walled in Garden, well stocked, a good supply of hard and soft water, etc.
These Premises are of modern elevation, substantially built, in excellent repair, have a pew in the parish church attached, and are well adapted for the residence of a respectable family. There is a good Trout stream close at hand, and sea bathing.
For further particulars, apply by letter, Post Paid to Z, Post Office, Charmouth

1850
Davis, Preventative Officer nearly killed
  On Wednesday Night a Strong Party of men advances to the beach at Charmouth to run a cargo of Tubs, prepared, no doubt, to encounter opposition. Davis, one of the Preventative Station at Lyme Regis, fired his pistol to give the alarm, when he was attacked and over powered by numbers. His sword was broken into four pieces and after being jumped upon by some of the party,so as to endanger life, he as carried to low water mark, with the intention, as is said, if causing his death by drowning on the rise of the tide. A man was next day arrested and charged with being present, he was taken on Monday to Bridport for examination before a bench of. County magistrates, but in consequence of the dangerous state in which Davies lies, he could not be moved, the prisoner is again placed in Lyme Gaol. Davis is the ,an who was beaten some time since by a similar party at the same place.
1851
Tragic accident on Charmouth Hill
 

"It is this week our painful duty to record most distressing accident that occurred in this place on Friday last. About 5 o` clock in the afternoon of that day as C.B.Goddard , esq., merchant of Lyme Regis, and his wife, were in their carriage descending the hill on the Lyme Road, which leads into Charmouth, the horse suddenly became entirely unmanageable, rushing down the hill with such swiftness that Mr. Goddard could by no means guide it through the turn, commonly called �Wildes Corner�, so that it ran against a window of the house occupied by Mr, John Wilde, Mr and Mrs Goddard were thrown completely through the window, being most severely cut and bruised. They were conveyed in a senseless state to the house of Mr. D. Board, when medical aid was immediately procured, and the most kind and prompt attention paid them by the Charmouth ladies. Throughout the night but little hopes were entertained of their recovery; however at the time we write (Sunday), they were somewhat better. The horse was so much injured that it was thought advisable to kill it immediately." 8th May 1851

1852
Ten Years transportation for Charmouth Forger

"Forger Benjamin Wild was charged with assisting Thomas Potter in forging an order for £10 it appeared that the prisoner was a native of Charmouth and was occasionally employed as a hostler at the Coach and Horses there. An old gentleman named Bullen, who had been a solicitor in London, had retired to Charmouth, and lived there; he had a banking account at Goslings in London; he was in bad health, and having occasion for a clerk, he took a lad named Potter into his service. Potter became acquainted with Wild. Potter at length commenced plundering Mr Bullen, which plunder he shared with Wild. In August 1851, Mr Bullen missed his purse, and Potter confessed he had stolen it, and on the 15th of August was dismissed. On the 10 th of August, Bullen was informed that checks with his name forged were in circulation, and he communicated with the London Police, who set to work, and it resulted in Potter, Wild and a man named Collin being apprehended in London. They were then dressed as midshipmen, with caps and gold bands. Potter was convicted, but Wild gave such a favourable account of himself that he was discharged. After his apprehension Potter made a statement, which led to the second apprehension of Wild. According to this statement, Wild had induced Potter to forge a check for £10 in the name of Bullen, for the purpose of seeing the Great Exhibition. He afterwards forged other checks for £10 16s 0d and £20 10s. Potters evidence was corroborated in most particulars by other witnesses. The jury found the prisoner Guilty, and he was sentenced to ten years transportation". 30th March 1852

1853
8 children from the Dunn family wiped out in September
  "In the parish of Charmouth malignant scarltina has proved fatal in the family of a mechanic (consisting of himself, wife and 10 children). Within 3 weeks 7 of the children died, and today I have notice of another death in the same family. The medical attendant informs me the children were all predisposed to malignant disease, having but little stamina and being ill fed and not properly attended to in the first instance. I cannot trace the disease to malaria or any atmospheric agency, as the disease is confined to the above family, and has not spread at all".Exeter and Plymouth Gazette 6th November 1852 An extract from the Registrars Quarterly Returns for Axminster
1853
Manor of Charmouth up for sale in London

"Particulars of a truly Valuable & singularly Compact Freehold Estate comprising the Manor of Charmouth, with the rights, Royalties, Fines Etc., Also a Comfortable Residence distinguished as Langmoor House, containing accommodation for a respectable family, productive garden, Coach House, stabling approached by a carriage drive through Park like land beautifully timbered, on the high road leading from Bridport to Axminster, together with several enclosures of Meadows, Arable & wood land approaching 100 acres a portion of which is bounded by the Sea Shore, on which, and in the cliffs, are found an abundance of Cement & Blue Lias Stone, Pyrite and other minerals. The right of collecting the same appertains to this manor from which a rental may be obtained, also the right of fishing in the River Char. Which will be sold by Auction, by Messrs H. Brown & T.A. Roberts at the Auction Mart, opposite the Bank of England on Thursday 18 th August 1853 at 12 o clock in one lot. The Premises may be viewed on Application to Matthew John Liddon Esq. RN Charmouth of whom particulars with a plan may be had".      18th August 1853

1853
Cement Works planned for Charmouth Beach

"That part of Charmouth cliffs adjoining, belonging to M.Liddon, Esq., lying between the Sea Lane and Lyme, has lately been purchased by a company of Plymouth Gentlemen.
The cliffs abounds with large quantities of stone, which when burnt, produces an excellent cement of the Roman Kind. We understand that kilns will be immediately built for its calcination".  
October 1853

 
1855
Fernhill for Sale
1857
Mother and Child nearly die in accident outside Mrs Carter`s Shop
 

The inhabitants of Charmouth were horrified on Wednesday last, at seeing a horse in a gig, in which was a lady with an infant in her arms, dashing down the street at a most terrific pace. On reaching the Coach and Horses Inn, the horse turned to go into the stable yard, but got in contact with a horse and phaeton belonging to Mr. Miller, of the Lion Hotel, Lyme, which was standing there at the time. By the collision the shafts of the gig were broken off, and the lady and child thrown into the road. Mr. Millers horse (a blind one) immediately darted off across the road, passing over the lady and her child, and driving his head through Mrs. Carter's shop window, carrying away the window and the sides of the doorway, and doing considerable damage to the goods in the shop. The lady and infant were taken into the Coach and Horses, where every attention was paid that the circumstances required. Soon afterwards the husband, Mr. Thornton, Excise Officer of Colyton arrived in a most exhausted state, having run from Penn Inn (nearly a mile and a half), and immediately swooned away. The lady remained in an unconscious state for a great many hours, but ultimately recovered sufficiently to be removed home in the evening of the next day. No bones were broken, but it is feared an internal injury has happened. The child escaped miraculously without sustaining the slightest injury. The accident happened through the reprehensible custom of taking off the blind halter to feed the horse (which was done at Penn Inn) without taking it out of the vehicle. The gig was literally smashed to atoms.

On Thursday, an inquest was held at the Coach and Horses before S.S. Cory, Esq., coroner, on the body of a female child, aged 3 years, named Cozens, whose parents left her in the house in their absence, when she was burnt to death. The jury returned a verdict � accidentally burnt to death� and severely censured the mother for her carelessness to her children in general. 25th August 1857
 
1857
18th July 1857
1858
Charmouth`s first Photographer
 
  "This pretty little fashionable watering place, which is provided with nearly every trade and profession has just added to its list of professors that of Photographic Artist", in the person of Mr. J. Bottomley, schoolmaster, whose abaility and taste have already displayed themselves in the specimens that he has taken.16th October 1858
1864
Railway coming to Charmouth

"Railway Accommodation being very much needed at Charmouth and Lyme Regis, a company has been formed for he purpose of constructing a line from Chard Road to Lyme Regis, with a branch to Charmouth, from Penn Inn. A meeting for the purpose of discussing the matter was held on Wednesday evening, the 13th instant, at Lyme Regis, F.Hinton, Esq, Mayor, in the chair, when a large number of gentlemen, tradesmen, &c., of Lyme and Charmouth were present, and on the following evening, another meeting took place at Charmouth. Mr Morcombe, of Charmouth, occupying the chair. Several gentlemen and tradesmen were present, and took practical speeches were made, and here is a fair probability of the railway being constructed, as a portion of the intended line has been surveyed, and there is every reason to believe it is bona fide affair, as the promoters, as well as the inhabitants of both Charmouth and Lyme, see the great necessity of a railway, and furer there is a prospect of paying the shareholders a fair if not good dividend".   1864

1865
Railway Station planned for Charmouth

" The projected railway There is again presented to us the bright and alluring vision of a railway for his district, but whether it is to assume actual shape or form, or like its precursors, amuse us for awhile, and them melt into thin air.I will not attempt to predict. The intended line is entitled the "Bridport, Lyme and South Coast Railway", and is to connect the Great Western at Bridport with the South Western at a point about midway between Axminster and Chard Road, throwing off a branch at Whitchurch for Lyme.It is this branch which will pass through this place. The first Charmouth Mead is the spot selected for the station. After passing Charmouth, the proposed line will make a considerable detour, the distance fom Lyme , which is about two miles by the road, would be about four by the proposed rail.The only work of any difficulty in the neighbourhood would be a tunnel of 847 yards, between this and Lyme, and through the hill, near Penn Inn. Pitleaves, a field near the cemetery, is to be the Terminus at Lyme. The maps and plans of so much as relates to this parish are now at the clerk' s office for inspection, and a bill is to be brought to parliament during the next session. There can be no doubt but that a railway would be a very material benefit to us, and if it should be carried out, as we hope it will, the beauties of Charmouth will then, no doubt, attract a large share of public attention."  1865

1865
Visit to Charmouth by famous Railway Engineer

"John C. Hawkshaw, Esq., paid this place a visit on the 25 August and called on his votes and many friends and cordially thanked them, and the church bell rang on he occasion. Waterworks - We have much pleasure in saying that these works, so liberally presented to Charmouth by that eminent engineer and large landowner, John Hawkshaw, Esq., are fast approaching completion, and when finished, will be one of the greatest boons ever conferred on the inhabitants.  
Cricket Match- on Thursday last, the 27th ult., a match was played at his ace between an eleven from Lyne Regis and an eleven of the Charmouth Cricket Club, which terminated in favour of Charmouth, who beat the opponents by 82 runs. The following are the totals of the score: Charmouth, first innings,26, second innings 49, second ditto, 86. Lyme, first innings,26, second, ditto, 27.
A large number of people were present in the field among whom were J.W. Treeby, Esq., M.P. and family. Mr Holly of the Coach and Horses Hotel supplied refreshments under the tent in the field." 

August 1865

1867
Royal Oak, Lower Sea Lane, for Sale
  Charmouth Royal Oak
Mr. J. Jerrard will offer fo sale by Auction on Friday 6th July next, at the Coach and Horses, in Charmouth aforesaid at 5 o'clock in the afternoon, subject to such conditions as will be then and there produced, and in the following or such other lots as shall be determined on at the time of the Sale - the following Valuable Freehold property.
Lot 1. - All that well- known and commodius Public House called the "Royal Oak", situate in the Lower Sea Lane, in Charmouth aforesaid, together with the coal yard, coal shed, and other outbuildings, now in the occupation of Mr. George Payne.
Lot 2. - All those two newly erected and substantial  cottages with excellent gardens, together with the pasture field, adjoining, in the respective occupations of Job. Hodder, James Read, and George Payne, situate in Lower Sea Lane aforesaid.
For viewing the premises apply to Mr. Thomas Carter, Charmouth,and for further particulars to the auctioneer, or Mr. andrew Tucker, Solictor, Charmouth and Lyme Regis. June 14th, 1867
 
1867
 
1867
Charmouth Hospital opens

"One of those excellent institutions on a small scale is about to be established at this place, to be supported by voluntary subscription. A House has been taken, capable of receiving a few patients, in which a nurse will reside. It will be under the Superintendence of Mr. Norris, surgeon (originator of scheme) and a committee."  21st February 1867

1868
Poor House on Old Lyme Hill destroyed by Thuderbolt
  "At about 3 o clock the inmates of a house at the head of the village on the Lyme Road were aroused by an extrodianary noise which proved to be occasioned by a Thunderbolt. The house was formerly the parish Workhouse.It was occupied by two families, eleven people were in the house at the time. Quickly the roof was in flames and an alarm raised. But nothing could save the premises.Most of the furniture was got out and the neighbouring buildings escaped. The lightening entered the roof near the chimney and passed through the ceilings and floor, and an explosion or forcible entry of the fluid into the earth is said to have immediately followed. It is miraculous that all inmates escaped serious injury." September 30 1868
1873
Charmouth House with 5 acres up for auction

"Sale by Auction at the Coach and Horses Inn, Charmouth on Monday 3rd March, 1873 at 1 o' clock in the afternoon, the under mentioned desirable freehold property situated in the parish of Charmouth in the following lots.  
Lot 1. All that valuable Freehold Property, consisting of a very con penitent Family House called Charmouth House, late the residence of the Misses Short, and containing Entrance Hall, Dining Room, with Conservatory attached, breakfast Room, 4 best bedrooms and dressing Room, 4 Servants Bedrooms, kitchen, Wine Cellar, and all other necessary domestic Offices and Coach House. There are good gardens attached, and all about 5 acres of rich Pasture Land.  
Lot 2. All that pasture Field donating about 1 acre, with the two cottages standing thereon, and now in the occupation of Mr. R.Wyld and Mr. Tarr This field is contiguous to Lot 1, from which it is only separated by a road leading to the sea, and offers one of the best Building Sites in the charming neighbourhood. For a view application may be made to Mrs. Tarr, Charmouth House, Charmouth, and all further particulars may be obtained from the auctioneer, or from Mr Charles J. Follett, Solicitor, Exeter.
3rd March 1873

1873
Sexton stole from Church Collection Box

"On Tuesday, Job Gordges, sexton of Charmouth, was bought before the county magistrates at Beaminster, charged with robbing the contribution box in Charmouth Church. Mr Andrew Tucker, solicitor, said: I am the rector's Churchwardens for Charmouth Parish. About a month since, I was informed by the rector that the contribution box in the church had been repeatedly robbed of money. I communicated with Mr M. Hale, when it was arranged that I should mark certain silver coins in the presence of police constable Hawker. I marked one half crown, two one shilling pieces, and two sixpences, which the constable, with myself placed in he contribution box. About a fortnight subsequent, on looking into the box, I found the whole of the money was gone. I then saw police constable Hawker, and informed him of it. I then arranged with the constable to mark a half sovereign, and one shilling, which I did in his presence, on Sunday, 7th June, by marking a cross with my knife on the tail of the coin, just underneath the crown. On Monday, the 8th June, I placed the half sovereign and shilling, so marked in the box. The prisoner, his daughter, and the wife of Job Gordges, we're in the church, cleaning it out. After they left to go to dinner, about half- past one o' clock, I went into the church, and opened the box, and there found the half sovereign and shilling untouched. On going into the church, last night, after the church had been locked up by the prisoner, and on again, opening the box, I discovered the half sovereign and shilling had been abstracted. I went to police constable Hawker, and accompanied him to the prisoners house, and there found the half sovereign now produced, which is the same as the one marked, and placed in the box. Police Constable Hawker said: On Sunday the 7th instant, I apprehended the prisoner, and on searching his house, the wife produced some money, and amongst it, the half sovereign now produced, and which is the same as I saw Mr Tucker mark and put in the box. The prisoner said: I received a sovereign some time ago from Mr John Carter, the postmaster, of Charmouth, and the same day changed it at Mr Holly's, at the Coach and Horses Inn, and received, in part change, the half sovereign found in my house. the prisoner was committed for trial, but bail was consented to." 7th June 1873

1879
The World's Greatest Walker passes through Charmouth

"The inhabitants of Charmouth were all excitement on Friday night owing to the approach of Weston, the pedestrian. A torchlight procession was formed, flags were hoisted, and the band turned out to escort him through the village. Shortly after 10p.m., Weston made his appearance, with a number of people at his heels, the band playing" See, the Conquering Hero comes" Weston seemed anything but a " conquering hero" then, for he was either much annoyed at the crowd who surrounded him, or was terribly fagged."   31st January 1879

1883
Terrible Storm floods Lower Sea lane, Charmouth

"Two smacks, the Edward and Mary, of Lyme, Hodder master and the Union, of Plymouth, Royes master, we're driven from the moorings, and wrecked (the former completely), under the Marine Parade, Lyme close to the steps leading to the bathing machines. A new wall, lately built by Mr. Haycroft, enclosing the old shipyard, was washed down by the waves, the tide being high.  
At Charmouth, the fishermen had at an early hour on Sunday morning to haul all the boats up over the cliffs. The roof of the shed used for storing the property of the Artillery Volunteers was blown off.
The sea washed part of Sea Lane for a distance of 200 yards, and the Battery ground was under water." 

7th September 1883

1888
Village Inn and Houses go up in flames.

"At an early hour on Tuesday morning the inhabitants of the top of the village were aroused by the cry of fire. About five o' clock a fire was discovered to have broken out at Mr Durrant's grocery stores. Ready help was soon at hand, but despite the efforts that were displayed nothing could save the adjoining buildings. The Dwelling house which Mr Durrant occupied adjoining the stores was totally destroyed, and the New Inn, occupied by Mr. H. Wild, which was roofed with thatch, was also laid in ruins; while the premises belonging to Mr. Wallis and Mr J. Lugg was much damaged by the fire. As the fire broke out at an early hour and a dense fog prevailed help was limited to the part of the village where the fire originated, but owing to a well organised system in which Lieutenant Colonel Little was the leader, the neighbouring premises were saved from destruction. Most of the furniture was saved at the New Inn, but the whole of the stock in trade belonging to Mr Durrant was destroyed. Several of the neighbours had to remove their goods for safety, and great praise is due to the many helpers. The goods were stored by Messrs. D. Board, Oliver, Durrant, &c, for the time being. The property and furniture were insured with the Sun, West of England, and two other offices. The Lyme Regis fire engine made a start for the fire, but was unable to proceed for want of a horse. Ihe damage is estimated  at about £1,500."    13th January 1888

1891
Villagers help Charmouth Shop fire from greater destruction.

"Early on Sunday morning, a fire broke out in the house of Mr Hazard, shopkeeper, and resulted in the total destruction of the house and the contacts of the shop and storerooms and a large portion of the household furniture. About 5.30a.m. Mrs Hazard, noticed smoke in the bedroom, and on her husband going downstairs he found the shop was in flames. An alarm was raised, and with assistance, which was readily rendered, the contents of some of the front rooms were removed. At the time of the discovery the fire had a good hold on the building, but fortunately it was prevented from spreading to the house of Colonel Little and others in close proximity. Supt. Freeman, P.S. Sprackling, and P.C.'s Elliott, Batson, Hoddinott, and Gould were present, and rendered every assistance. The house was the Roberts of Mr Hazard, and with the contents, was only partially insured. The origin of the fire is unknown."   
20th February 1891

1894
Sherlock Holmes Author investigates Charmouth Ghost

"Conan Doyle and two companions - one of them, Mr. Podmore, a diehard opponent of spiritualism�visited a haunted house in Charmouth. The old house was being rented by an elderly woman, her grown son, and a married daughter. The family was plagued by poltergeist activity, mostly in the form of unexplained noises that was so severe they could barely tolerate living there.  
The men began their investigation by checking the house for any sign of fraud and took other precautions that would prevent any trickery as they waited for the paranormal activity to manifest. On the first night, nothing at all occurred. On the second night, however, "a fearsome noise broke out," as Doyle described it. "It was like someone whacking a table with a heavy stick. The door of the sitting room was open and the noise reverberated down the passage." The men raced to find the cause of the noise, but none could be found, nor could any sign of hoaxing.  
Doyle writes an interesting coda to this story. About a year after the investigation, the house burned down and an old skeleton of a child of about ten was found buried in the garden. Doyle wondered if this child, cut down too early in its life, was the cause of the haunting.  
Doyle wrote that he did not submit a report about this investigation to the Society, but that the sceptic Podmore did - a report that irked Doyle. In his report, Podmore blamed the "unexplained" noises as a hoax perpetrated by the young man who lived in the house. This was nonsense, according to Doyle, because the young man "was actually sitting with us in the parlour when the trouble began. Therefore, the explanation given by Podmore was absolutely impossible.�
June 1894

1924
Landslide closes Road forever
"As a result of the torrential rains, which accompanied the thunderstorms during the week, Dorset main coast road is being seriously endangered between Lyme Regis and Charmouth. A big landslide took place at the highest point, 400 feet. Above the sea level, where it runs through towering cliffs. A thousand tons of cliff are gradually moving towards the sea, and there is now a sheer drop of 150 feet, from the coast bank of the road. Danger flags are being flown, as the road itself may subside at any moment, but despite this a number of motorists are running over it." 30th may 1924
1925
Red Deer found on Charmouth Beach
 

"An interesting discovery was made in the little seaside village of Charmouth on Easter Sunday, when Mr. J.Hoare, whilst walking along the beach, found an antler among the rocks. Mr. Hoare informed Professor Lang, of the British Museum, who is staying at Charmouth, of his discovery. These gentlemen made excavations on Monday at low tide, and were rewarded by finding a hazel tree lying across the skull and antlers of a Red Deer. Hazel nuts were also discovered in a good state of preservation. Professor Lang estimated the age of the bones to be about 1,000 years.
Mr Hoare took possession of the horns and Professor Lang will take a section of the tree as an exhibit for the British Museum. Professor Lang tried to discover more remains of the animal, but it is presumed that the tide carried it away.
"17th April 1925

1929
Charmouth Butchers fight ends in tragedy

"An affray took place on Wednesday at Charmouth as the result of which a lad of 15 is in custody on a charge of unlawful wounding. It is stated that the lad, Stanley Newton, employed by Mr.F.Marsh, butcher of Charmouth, quarrelled with a fellow employee, George Rowland, slaughter man, in the absence of their master. Newton is alleged to have picked up a poleaxe, and in a mêlée Rowland was struck on the head, sustaining a fracture of the skull. He was taken to his home and attended by Dr. Chamberlain, but up to last evening has not recovered consciousness. Later in the day Newton was arrested and taken before a magistrate at Bridport being remanded on bail." 2nd august 1929

1929
Lion escapes in Charmouth

"Motorists proceeding along the main Axmister- Bridport Road, near Charmouth yesterday were startled to encounter a lion roaming along the roadside. Deeming better part of valour, those who could believe the evidence of their eyes stepped on the accelerator and gave the animal a wide berth. Pedestrians and beast, however, had not the advantage, and there was considerable consternation among the inhabitants of the district when the lion was finally shot. �Pasha�, the lion, which was the property of Chapman's Travelling Menagerie, was being conveyed along the road in its cage drawn by a tractor, when it secured its release owing to an accident to the van. It was valued at £250, and was a noted performer. After visiting Bridport, Chapman's London Olympia Zoo was moving on to Lyme Regis. On Fern Hill, Charmouth, a tractor, with a cage � car as trailer, had engine trouble, and moved backward against a tree. In the cage were three tigers, divided by a partition from Pasha, the lion, at the back. The collision with the tree damaged the cage enough for the lion to escape. Pasha sat and then lay at the roadside, apparently enjoying the change. The lion tamer had gone ahead to Lyme Regis, three miles away, and his return was requested urgently.
� The lion squatted there for half an hour� said an eye witness to a Western Morning News reporter, � Crowds gathered on the road about two hundred and fifty yards away in each direction, and there was long lines of cars held up. The tamer walked towards the lion with a rope. The lion got up and walked down the road. The spectators to that side went away, too, and stated to shout. Becoming frightened the lion bounded over a hedge, and the tamer went through after him. The lion smelled the ground and set out on business.
Away he went over another hedge on to a high mound, and saw some cows about 20 years away. He reached them in a bound or two, and got one by the throat.� the manager of the zoo and a Charmouth butcher, Mr. F.C. Marsh, fired at the lion, which was then at Lily Farm. One shot wounded him in the hind- quarters, the other in an eye. Then the lion went mad and raced around. The crowd scattered, and one man was chased by the lion round an old building. As the lion did not come back into view another gun had come, and the men crept near the animal and finished him with about eight more shots�.

� He was a handsome, lively beast, and would have had a good run if he got well going. He was free about an hour.� Added our informant. Mr Percy Smith, the postman, also assisted in the armed chase.
At the offices of Mr. George Chapman, in Tottenham Court Road, � The Western Morning News� was informed that Pasha was worth £250. He was an exceptional performer, as well as a finely maned specimen. He was one of a group that was at the Blackpool Tower at Easter, and some weeks ago was on tour throughout the west
." 22nd June 1929

 
1932 Harry Pryer`s saleof properties after his death in 1931.
1933
Terrible Tragedy on Charmouth Beach

A terrible tragedy which occurred at Charmouth, near Lyme Regis on Saturday evening has shocked the whole village. As a result of a pleasure trip in a small rowing boat on the River Char two lives were lost, whilst three other persons had marvellous escapes from drowning.   
The two dead are: Percy Johnson, aged 14, of Rose Cottage, Charmouth;  and Winifred John Elliott, aged 11, of Hillside, Charmouth.   
Johnson' s father informed a" Western Morning News" representative yesterday that they had came to live at Charmouth a few weeks ago, and that he had just been pensioned from the Artillery, having been stationed at Exeter Barracks. Johnson, it is stated, happened to meet another Charmouth lad, Victor Smith, and bargained with him to borrow his ( Smith's) boat, in return for which Johnson gave the loan of his cycle to Smith for two hours.   
The tragedy was the result of this little deal between the two boys. Johnson took the boat as arranged, and with him, a 14 year old girl, whose home is at Bristol, but who has been staying on holiday at Charmouth; Vera Gale, of May Cottage, Charmouth, aged 14, and her nephew, a boy of two years of age, named Reginald Leslie William Gale, who lives with his parents at Council Houses, Chideock.  
In an interview with our representative, Vera Gale told a graphic story of the tragedy. They had just had a happy twenty minutes on the river, and we're pulled into the side with a view to getting out of the boat. Vera had the baby in her arms, and while they were trying to get Dom the boat on to he bank the boat moved and overturned, throwing them not the water.  
Vera clung to the baby for some time, and found she was sinking and let him go. She went down twice, and just as she thought she was going to drown, Mrs Alfred Forty, who lives close by and who had rushed to the scene on hearing their screams, grabbed hold of her and Winnie Lovell, and managed to drag them out of the water.   
Vera said she was certain both she and Winnie would have drowned had not Mrs Forty arrived just on time.  
Mrs Forty was a modest heroine, and seemed reluctant to say anything about her plucky rescue. Her husband however stated rip that the network girls nearly pulled his wife into the river with them. the two lads, Johnson and Elliott, sank almost immediately the boat turned over.  
Mr Forty and Mr E.A. Washer rushed to the scene at the same time as two lads who were visitors from Taunton for the day. They found Reginald Gale floating in the stream, and the two Taunton boys jumped in immediately and were able to rescue the baby.   
No sign could be seen of the two elder boys, but a school cap was floating in the stream. The police therefore decided to drag the river, and after about five hours work without result, Mr Percy Smith, a local fisherman, decided to try to find the bodies by the aid of a conger- line. Within a very short while he recovered the body of Elliott, and a few minutes later  Johnson was also located.  
Mr Johnson informed me they were just beginning to settle down in Charmouth, and his lad had just started work at a local garage. he was proud of the fact that the boy used to ay in the Salvation Army Band at Exeter.  
The two Taunton lads left Charmouth without leaving their addresses, but efforts have been made to trace them."
 
2nd April 1933

1939
Cat causes death of Charmouth Cyclist
 

"A verdict of � Misadventure� was returned by the jury at the inquest at Lyme Regis on Saturday on Thomas William Larcombe, 42 a County Council roadman, residing at Corner View High Street Charmouth, who died at Lyme Regis Hospital on Friday following an accident. Larcombe was cycling through Charmouth at 6.30 am. Friday when he fell from his machine. He was taken to the surgery of Dr. Charmberlain for treatment and later conveyed to hospital where he died noon the same day. The west Dorset Coroner conducted the inquest, Charles Larcombe, brother, gave evidence of the identification.
Florence Holman, said that at 6.30, she was opening the back door of a house when she saw Larcombe riding his cycle down the High Street. As he passed he shouted � good morning �. Witness then shut the door but as she did so she heard a crash. On looking into the street again she saw the man lying in the road near the barber's shop. She ran to him and asked if he was hurt but he did not reply. He only shook his head. The cycle was lying a few years from him. He was bleeding and she bought something to bathe his injury.
Charles Edward Frampton, butcher said he heard a crash and saw Larcombe lying in the roadway. When witness went to him Larcombe was dazed but he said that a cat ran across the road and a dog after it and this caused him to fall. Witness lifted him on to the pavement. Then Mr. Knight, a postman arrived and supported him while witness went to the chemist. Later witness saw the man walking up the road assisted by Knight.
Sidney Herbert, Chemist, said that he was called from his bed. He saw Larcombe sitting on the pavement. He was conscious and quite sensible. He said that he had cut his head. Witness noticed that it was grazed and that blood was coming from inside the ear. When asked how he felt he said �Not so bad� or something to the effect. He walked to his cycle but witness did � I should not ride� and told him to see dr. Chamberlain.
Charles Knight, postman, said that he walked to Dr. Chamberlain's with Larcombe, called the doctor and then went to work.
P.C.Tucker stated, that after he had heard of Larcombe's death he made inquiries and was told by Mr. W.A.Gear, who bought the man to hospital that a dog chased a cat and his wheel either locked or turned round.
Dr. A. Charberlain said that death was due to a fracture of the base of the skull." 4 th August 1939

1940
Cow killed by land mine

"A land mine had gone off on the Stonebarrow Cliff; apparently by a cow stepping on to it and that the poor beast had its head blown off by the explosion. The cow was a black one belonging to Mr Peach, the Charmouth beach attendant."

1946
Rare Golden Ring provides link with Gentleman Killed in Charmouth Duel

"On a dull April morning in 1792 a well cared for carriage drew up under the trees at Hunters Lodge on the borders of Devon and Dorset and the familiar and splendidly attired figure of the lord of the manor alighted. A short while after he was lying fatally wounded In the arms of his friends, following a duel with a man named Bond. The heart broken wife of James Warden perpetuated his memory in a magnificent golden ring mounted in crepe. This treasured link with the past has been handed down from generation to generation and is now in the possession of Mrs Wilkinson, of Foxley Dean, Charmouth, who loaned it at an exhibition on behalf of the Bishop's Appeal at Charmouth last week.   
A unique collection of photographs and exhibits arranged by Mr. R.W. J. Pavey who has been a churchwarden for the past ten years, traced the history of the parish over a great many years. A native of the parish and son of a former Churchwarden, Mr Pavey displayed his thorough knowledge of local history in the admirably staged collection.  
A much admired feature was the display of plate from the Paris Church. The first rector of which dates back to Richard de la Hegh in 1332. The beautiful Elizabethan communion cup of 1574 bore the marks of Lawrence Stratford, a Dorchester goldsmith. Later communion cup and paten of 1904 was in memory of Major General Arthur Hales, who died in that year, and whose father was rector of the church when it was rebuilt in 1836.  
Church registers the earliest entries of which went back to 1653, and bore interesting information concerning the Westley family, we're also on view as well as the vestry book of 1729, with it's remarkable story of John Palmer, who born at Charmouth 66 years later became Abbot of one of the first monasteries to be established since the Reformation.   
Step by Step from those earlier days, the history of the parish and its best known figures was unfolded in picture and curio down to more recent times. The banner and regalia of the Rational Association Friendly Society recalled memories of the old club days held on Whit Monday every year. Photographs of early regattas and sports, the first of which was in 1886, recalled the memorable steeplechase run by Commander C.B. Fry, when he was a lad of 12. Third in that race was Mr. Robert Cox, who is still living in the parish. Another sole survivor of a memorable occasion is Mr. S. Taylor, of Wootton Fitzpaine, who was member of No. 4 Battery Charmouth, which won the Brigade Challenge Cup at Swanage over 50 years ago. One of the cannon balls was on view, as also was the post horn used on the "Superior Omnibus" which Mr William Holly plied between Charmouth and Axminster.    The changing coast- line was sharply bought out by photographs taken by a number of years and the disappearance of much of the Cliffs, since they became famous with the discovery by Mary Anning early in the nineteenth century if he first Ichthyosaurus and Pterodactyl."
    6th September 1946

1958
1,000 acre Charmouth Estate goes up for auction.

"The Catherstone Manor Estate, Charmouth comprising the Principle Residence with pleasure garden and 8 acres of woodland etc. Bufferlands Farm with 147 acres, numerous blocks of Accommodation land. Stable Block converted into three flats, stables and walled garden. Six cottages. Three fine building sites with vacant possession. Also two farms and valuable Coastal Land in all 969 acres. To be offered for sale by Auction in Lots (unless sold previously by private treaty) by Jackson Stops & Staff at the Bull Hotel, Bridport on Friday, November 21st, 1958 at 2.30 pm".