Little Hurst, The Street
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The house east of 'The Royal Oak' is one of the most picturesque in the village, especially when the front and garden doors are open and you get a view towards the sea of a very attractive gardens. In 1857 it was owned by Lord Herbert who opened a convalescent home which had 20 beds and a resident matron. Cecil Woodham-Smith in her "Life of Florence Nightingale" says that Florence nightingale went to the opening ceremony. This is not the only mention of Florence Nightingale in connection with the village. When she was matron of St.Thomas Hospital, the first trained District Nurse she appointed in 1877 was Miss Girling, who later married the Rev.W.W.Nicholls Rector of Charmouth. The house during the 1860s was owned by Samuel Lowndes, whose wife died in March 1870, and was buried in the church yard behind the yew arch. In 1860 the house was occupied by Mrs.Palmer and her daughter, and a few years later J.W.Harrison of "The Hurst" Regents Park was introduced to Charmouth by Dr.Hugh Morris, brother of Dr.Henry Edmund Norris and. purchased it, calling it "Little Hurst"
J.W.Harrison was born in 1830 and wac apprenticed to his father as a printer at Stationers' Hall London 1844. He later became senior partner of Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty. He was the first to adopt the typographic method of printing music, and was confidential printer to the Foreign Office and the London Gazette. (The Times May 1912) He was a most successful amateur photographer and Charmouth owes him a great deal for the many views which I have been able to reproduce in my albums. He died in May 1912. "Little Hurst" then became the property of his only daughter Mrs. Mann and. in 1957 it passed to his grand sons J. and P. Mann.


Dorset County Chronicle 10 June 1858

Devizes and Wiltshire Gazette 26 December 1861