The Village Echo


A herd of cows in the Street outside The Court in Charmouth c.1900.

The Village Echo is our journal; 46 issues have now been published since 1999 and contain a variety of articles of local interest from the recent and not so recent past. Issues 1 – 44 are now available to read online (see below).

The Village Echo is free to members and costs £2 plus postage for non-members. Back issues are available at £2 per copy for recent issues, £1 for older issues plus postage, with discounts for larger orders. Please contact us to make an order or for more details.

To view back issues (1 – 44) go to the Village Echoes back issues page here. (These are the full pdfs of the printed versions.)

To search the complete set of available back issues (e.g. for names of houses or families) first use the search box on the top right of the home page, make a note of which issues the search returns, then go to the back issues page to view the pdf(s) and use the search in the top left of the pdf viewer to find occurrences of specific text within the pdf.

To search for articles use the search of your browser to search the index of articles below.

Index of Articles to The Village Echo

Vol. 1 Sept 1999
– Peter M Press, The Old Cement Factory

Vol. 2 Feb. 2000
– Peter M Press, The Charmouth Battery
– Malcolm Bowditch, Dancing Bears

Vol. 3 Oct. 2000
– Malcolm Bowditch, Frank Pick, Alfred Trott & David Bettes, Charmouth in 1881

Vol. 4 Feb. 2001
– Peter M Press, Isaac Hunter Local Hero
– Peter M Press, Charmouth Ghosts
– Leslie Baragwanath, The Limes Ghosts
– Malcolm Bowditch, Misplaced Zeal
– Peter Childs, John Childs 1901- 1984
– Rita Whatmore, May Copp’s Shop

Vol. 5 June 2001
– Derrick Warren, Childhood Memoirs 1924-42
– Phillip Hares, Family Histories of Charmouth
– Malcolm Bowditch, Sundry Anecedotes  11
– By S. M., Limes Ghosts 2
– Malcolm Bowditch, The Schalchs & Haggards of Charmouth

Vol. 6 October 2001
– Ken Gollop, Frank Gollop – Last of the Stoneboatmen
– Peter Childs, Birds of Prey
– Peter M Press, Dennis Menaced & Nick Stapleton, Ghosts at the Court

Vol. 7 January 2002
– David Bettes, The Well Head” a fragment
– Harvey Picher, A Charmouth Evacuee
– Malcolm Bowditch, Fire Alarm Alarm
– Rita Whatmore, The Village Supper
– Janet Solway, Turkey on a Hot Tin Roof

Vol. 8 June 2002
– Peter Childs, My Very Dear People
– Malcolm Bowditch, Their Finest Hour
– Peter Bide, Charmouth June 1940
– Malcolm Bowditch, Village Politics at Work
– Michael Thomas, Mary & Lionel White

Vol. 9 October 2002
– Malcolm Bowditch, Rubin Frampton: Butcher
– Frank. C. Smith, An Englishman’s Home
– Peter. M. Press, One Soldier’s Story

 Vol.10 Winter 2003
– Malcolm Bowditch, Folk songs in Charmouth and District
– Guy Bryan, A History of Wootton Fitzpaine. A Revue
– Maureen Bullows. Census Returns
– Michael Priestley, Catherston’s Lost Masterpiece.
– Peter M. Press, The Old New Inn. ( he Wander Inn)
– Michael Thomas Charmouth Church: Its Musical Traditions

Vol. 11 June 2003
– Peter Childs, Hogchester Farm
– Gwen Chessell, The Liddons of Langmoor
– Brian Boston, Charmouth Poor House
– Peter M Press, Thomas Montefiore 1866 – 1944
– Peter M Press, The Pryer Family Visit

 Vol. 12 Winter 2003
– Reginald Pavey, The Warden Bond Duel
– Sarah K, The Matrimonial Ladder
– David Carter, A Brief Account of the Combined Church and Parish Council from 1860 – 1945
– Leslie Baragwanath, Charmouth During the War
– Peter M. Press, In Defence of the Real
– Peter Childs, Wilfred Smith of “Befferlands Farm”
– Peter M Press, The Oldest Building in the Village

Vol. 13 Spring 2004
– John Debenham, The Great Carbolic Mystery
– Neil Ransford, Some Memories of Charmouth: Charmouth House Hotel)
– Malcolm Bowditch(with Janet Green & Rita Whatmore), Nutcombe Terrace in the 1940’s
– Rita Whatmore, The Christmas Swim
– David Carter, The Charities of Charmouth
– Peter M Press, The Danish Raids; Historical Sources

Vol. 14 Summer 2004
– Peter Childs, The Last Miller of Charmouth
– Richard Burleigh, Introducing William Barnes
– Williams Barnes, The “Vaices that Begone”
– Richard Pavey, Recollections of Reginald Pavey
– Peter M Press, Charmouth at War
– Peter M. Press, Old Soldiers

Vol. 15 Autumn 2004
– Jim Crook, Reflections of Charmouth
– Peter M Press, The Char or not the Char
– Peter M. Press, Doctor R.D. Lang
– Peter Crowther, Go West Old Man
– Elise Miles, Ellis Long
– Rita Whatmore, Charmouth in August
– Richard Stirk, The Rector’s Day Dream

Vol. 16 Winter 2005
– Peter Childs, Tales from the Forge
– R.W.J. Pavey, The Village Hospital
– David Munday, The Great Charmouth Flood
– Peter Bide, Driftwood and Fishermen

Vol. 17 Summer 2005
– Peter Childs, Tales from the Forge No.2: Dangerous Moonlight
– Roy Aldworth, My Country Boyhood
– Michael Priestley, Brief History of Catherston Leweston
– Peter M Press, Charmouth House Hotel (The Fountain)
– C.J.V., The Piper

Vol. 18 Autumn 2005
– Peter Childs, Tales from the Forge No.3 1908
– Les Hopper, James Harrison and the Charmouth Dinosaur
– Peter Bide, Charmouth Beaches
– Peter M Press, Ghosts Galore
– Peter M Press, Flight from Burma

Vol. 19 Winter 2006
– Peter Childs, Tales From the Forge
– Peter Childs, A History of the Dorsetshire Regiment
– Janet Solway, Norah and Me
– R.W.J. Pavey, The Axminster Omnibus
– Peter M Press, Great Fires of Charmouth

Vol.20 Summer 2006
– Sam Scrivens, Building Dorset
– Peter Bide, Charmouth Weather
– Peter Childs, The Dorsetshire Regiment 1800 – 1900
– Peter M Press, So Maisie’s Gone : Maisie Marshall
– Peter Childs, Tales from the Forge No.5
– David Bettes, The Charmouth Tunnel

Vol. 21 Autumn 2006
– Peter Childs, Tales from the Forge No. 6 Harry’s Story
– Michael Thomas, The Charmouth Birthday Book
– John Hutchings, Youthful High Spirits on the Home Front
– Roy Aldworth, Roy’s Story
– Terry Moseley, The Norris Family
– Bill Putnam, A Possible Roman Road at Hogchester
– Peter M Press, Roy Aldworth

Vol. 22 Winter 2007
– Peter Childs, History of the Dorsetshire Regiment Part 2
– Viv Hallett, Charmouth’s Own Dad’s Army
– Pat Stapleton, It came Upon a Midnight Clear
– Chris Leverington, A History of the Charmouth Lawn Tennis Club
– Peter M Press, The Return of a Native
– David Carter, Reminiscences and Coincidences

Vol. 23 Summer 2007
– Peter Childs, History of the Dorsetshire Regiment Part 3
– Rosemary Bennett, Memories of the Limes School
– Bill Gordge, Roots – Rolling Back the Years
– Brian Boston, Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre: A History
– Peter M Press,

Vol. 24 Autumn 2007
– Peter Childs, Tales from The Forge. A Client for Alf’s Clinic
– Brian Boston, Richard Ollard
– Rosemary Bennett, Fernhill to Charmouth
– Bill Gordge, Land of my Fathers

Vol. 25 Winter 2008
– Peter Childs, Tales from the Forge. Empire Exhibition 1924
– Mavis Uddy, An Evacuee’s Tale
– Rosemary Bennett, The Whittington Family of the Limes
– Peter Bide, Landscapes of West Dorset, Dorset Smugglers. Western Flying Post 1825
– Peter M. Press, The Abbots House
– Peter M. Press, Lampposts

Vol.26 Summer 2008
– John Hutchings, A Plumber’s Mate and lots more Besides
– Rosemary Earl, Rosemary’s Story: Charmouth in the Sixties
– Peter M. Press, The Abbots House: Part 1
– Terry Moseley, Albury House and the Bowyer Smythes
– Peter M. Press, Rita
– Anon., Advice to Young Sailors

Vol.27 Autumn 2008
– Peter Childs,Tales from The Forge: Kate Childs
– Robert Munday, Mr. Pavey’s Old Austin 16!
– Rosemary Bennett, Fun and Games
– Peter M. Press, The Abbots House II

Vol.28 Winter 2009
– Mike Whatmore, The Christmas Pantomime
– Peter Bide, Monkton Wyld School
– Mary Davis, Charmouth Street Accidents 1972 – 86
– Peter M. Press, The Abbots House Part III
– Edna Smith, Pat Stapleton

Vol.29 Summer 2009
– Canon Claude Rutter, The Cistercians and forde Abbey
– Anthony Hofler, A Symbol of my Youth
– Tony Flux, Land Slips and Black Ven
– Richard Stirk, My Days at School with Millie

Vol.30 Autumn 2009
– Peter Press, In The Beginning
– Michael Priestley, The Abbot’s House – An Appreciation
– Michelle & Norman Jones, A History of Portland Sheep
– Peter Childs, Tales from the Forge: Freda Childs
– Various, Village Shops
– Agenda: AGM

Vol.31 Winter 2010
– Peter Press, The Chard to Charmouth Railway? Part 1
– Mike Thomas, A Special Event for Two Charmouth Lads
– Mike Thomas, The Stone of Scone
– Peter Press, The Tale of the Burnt Bowler
– Roy Churchman, Christingale Preparations
– David Bettes, Charmouth – Asnelles Twinning
– Peter Press, Dorset Journey: A Review

Vol.32 Summer 2010
– Peter Childs, The Chard to Charmouth Railway Part
– Neil Mattingly, Lords of the Manor Part
– Simon Brickell, A Coast Guard\ family in Charmouth

Vol.33 Autumn 2010
– Peter Childs, Tales of the Forge: Red Letter Day
– Neil Mattingly, Lords of the Manor Part 2
– Peter Bide, Lower Sea Lane
– Beryl Whittington, The Woman’s Home Defence
– Peter M Press, A Life Membership: Peter Childs and Response
– Mike Thomas, The White Family at Primrose Cottage
– Richard Burleigh, A Further Glimpse at the Queens Armes

Vol.34 Winter 2011
– David Hopkinson, The Hopkinson’s of Charmouth
– Peter M Press, The Tale of the Lion
– Dr Ken Sneath, A Consumer Revolution in Charmouth
– Peter Crowter, From Acres to Hectares

Vol.35 Summer 2011
– Peter M Press, Percy Smith
– Neil Mattingly, Lords of the Manor Part 3
– Peter M Press, Rev Francis Orpen Morris

Vol.36 Autumn 2011
– Peter Childs, Tales of the Forge
– Neil Mattingly, Lords of the Manor Part 4
– Peter M Press, I’m Off!

Vol.37 Winter 2011
– Peter M Press, Village Echo: Editorial
– Michael Whatmore, Acting Chairman’s Report
– Gill Joye, Edwin Pryer – Who Was He?
– Peter M Press, Roger Warren
– W P Vernon-Browne, Charmouth Lawn Tennis Club
– Peter M Press, Mary de Bunsen
– Peter Childs, Tales from The Forge

Vol.38 Spring 2012
– Peter M Press, Village Echo: Editorial
– Pat Stapleton, Acting Chairman’s report
– Mike Seaman, Robert Hildyard 1836-1876
– Neil Charleton, Impressions of Charmouth
– Garth Pearce, The Whittingtons – A Personal View
– Peter M Press & Michael Priestley, Sarah Kennaway: Charmouth Poetess

Vol.39 Spring 2013
– Peter Press becomes a Life Member
– Kevin Payne, 7th Bristol honours Reginald Pavey
– Elaine Love, George William Burgis
– Roy Churchman, Opening The Community Hall Extension
– Russell Telfer, Queens Walk, Charmouth

Vol 40 Summer 2013
– Neil Mattingly, Charmouth 100 Years Ago
– ML Turner, WD Starke Tales of Old Charmouth
– John Broadhurst, Charmouth School

Vol 41 Summer 2014
– Neil Mattingly, Charmouth 100 Years Ago part 2
– John Broadhurst, Charmouth School part 2
– Derrick Warren, Charmouth Memoirs 1924-42

Vol 42 Summer 2015
– Neil Mattingly, Charmouth 100 Years Ago part 3
– Keith Shaw, Monique Bellingham: Lyme’s Canadienne
– Charmouth from Stonebarrow c.1890
– Russell Telfer, West Dorset’s Ancient Roads
– Richard Dunn, Charmouth History Trail
– Neil Mattingly, Melbourne House – A Look at its Past
– Richard Dunn, From The Pavey Room: Society News

Vol 43 Spring 2016
– Charmouth in the 1920s through the lens of Claude Hider, Neil Mattingly
– On Monkton Wyld School and its closure, Charles Bevan
– Charmouth’s Missing Railway, Russell Telfer
– The Street in 1955
– The Royal British Legion Women’s Section, Charmouth Branch, 1926-2015, Pat Stapleton and Tricia Forsey
– The Return of the Pryers, Trevor Clark
– The Architectural Gems that are 1, 2 and 3 Hillside, Neil Mattingly
– From The Pavey Room: Society News, Phil Tritton

Vol 44 Spring 2017
– Gertrude Evans 1874-1966, Robin Leach1
– The Growth of Charmouth 1841-1901, Richard Dunn
– Charmouth c.1990
– Backlands Farm, Neil Mattingly
– For good King George and old England: A soldier of Charmouth in the French Revolutionary Wars (part 1), Daniel Ridley-Kitts MBE
– From the Pavey Room: Society News, Phil Tritton