The George Inn , The Street, Charmouth
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In 1958 O.G.White,the lessee, received the following letter from the owners, Arnold and Hancock, The Brewery, Wiveliscombe. "We knew from our deeds that this house, under the sign of "The George Hotel" existed in the 17th. century, towards the end of which the occupier was Robert Shute. He was followed by Richard Darke. In 1703 the Inn was owned by John Burridge of Lyme Regis, who leased it to James Dober, a yeoman, 'late of Stratton and now of Dorchester" . The lease was for one thousand years for which James Dober paid £60 and a rent of 'one peny at the Feast of St.Michael the Archangel, only if the same be lawfully demanded'. He also undertook to pay 2d monthly, the proportion of the poor rate of 16d monthly charged to Burridge`s lands." In 1760 Walter Dice, a gentleman of Axmouth purchased "all that tenement or inn called "The George Inn" for the residue of 1000 years, which commenced 25 March 1703, from Samuel Burrow, with five other pieces of land for £400'.' (Two of these were "Fernhill" and "The Elms") Walter Oke died in 1763. In 1783 Francis Oke was owner when the Manor was sold by Francis Phipps Henvil to James Warden. "The 1825 Rates Book" records that John Love was owner and Robert Mills occupier: "in 1832 when the tunnel was opened a sumptous dinner was provided at the Inn of which a large and respectable party partook. The day was concluded with much hilarity and good humour. The Charmouth Band was in attendance during the evening" (Dorset County Chronicle). In 1846 William Vallins was among the list of Voters as Landlord, and in the following year Norman & Co. was assessed for Land Tax as owners. In 1858 the Inn was purchased and occupied by J.D.Wheadon, a Lyme butcher. A formal opening under his management took place. The Charmouth Band was again in attendance and a pleasant evening was spent.
In January 1954 the front of the Inn was replastered and a mullion window, east of the porch, was discovered and which had been bricked up. W.J.Mills was doing the work and he pointed out to me that the porch was built of brick and that it was evident that it was not part of the original Inn. In the days when coaches stopped there the room over the porch provided a waiting room for visitors. Also, since it was near the coast it was a convenient lookout for smugglers to spot the approach of excisemen or press gangs for the Navy. The window of this room which looks down the street is modern and does not appear in the early photographs. The fact that the Inn was known as "The George" long before the accession of King George1 that the land on which The George now stands "belonged to Forde Abbey suggests it was originally a monastic guest house (note by the owners Arnold & Hancock).

1831 License for Richard Hawkins with John Fooks of Charmouth and William Brown, acting as Surety.
Mr and Mrs French outside the George Inn c.1900
The George is Auctioned by Mr. John Love in 1838