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The Stone House

The Stone House is the only house with a basement kitchen, probably eighteenth century. Mr. Sweeting lived here in 1829 when he was elected Parish Surgeon by the Vestry at a salary of £10 a year for medicine and attendance -not including surgical or mid wifery cases. He attended T. Griffin for a wound in the throat in 1835 from 3rd. April till 29th. May for which he received £3-3-0. In September Joseph's daughter broke her arm but the Vestry Book, from which I copied these notes, gives no further details about these people, Mr, Sweeting was also a naturalist and in 1840, when a whale was washed up on Charmouth beach, he described it as a new species, Balaenoptera boopjs, but it is now known, according to Dr. W.D.Lang in 1956,to have been a common or fin whale. The corpse of the whale was claimed by John Tatchell Bullen, Lord of the manor of Marshwood, who divided it into four pieces and had each piece drawn up separately in a wagon with four horses to be exhibited in Mr. Bullen' s orchard. Probably the orchard behind Charmouth Manor House , which was owned, by Ms cousin John B. Bullen. There was 'another surgeon living in Charmouth in 1833 named John Jefford, except for one bill of £1 - 0- 0 for ointment sent to the Vestry, I know nothing about him. The Deeds of 'The Stone House' only date from 1860 when it was owned by John Dare, miller, of Champernhay Mill. During the 1880s Mrs. Rudd and daughter Sarah lived there, followed by Mr, and Miss Dhidell. In 1891 it was purchased by Robert H Hazard, grocer, whose shop Was below 'The Court' for £420, He sold it in 1903 to.T.D.Stanger Leathes for £560. Who sold it in 1935 to Lt. Col. H.O.B. Wood for £1050. After which it was sold by the Rev. W.Henry, The deeds refer to an Indenture of March 1657,for a term of 800 years between Edward Melpley and Nicholas Clegg and William Armstrong, which said that on the west was a little cottage, stable and garden with a tenement or burgage in the tenure of A.Bolston, which later were called 'Grasmere' and ' Lynwood" and on the east by a little cottage. This for many years was called "Sycamore" and now Applegarth


The Stone House in 1870