The Village Echo

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

The Village Echo is the Society’s 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.

The Village Echo is provided free to members. Back issues can be downloaded and printed free of charge, but donations are invited to help defray costs of production. To download back issues click on the title of the appropriate issue in the list below. A pdf version of the issue will be downloaded into a separate browser tab.

Back issues of The Village Echo:

Issue 46 – Spring 2019
All articles by Neil Mattingly:
– Charmouth’s Earliest Photograph – 1860
– Claremont House, The Street
– Unique drawing of the former church
– Charmouth’s Earliest Map from 1539
– J.M.W. Turner’s Visit to Charmouth in 1811
– Whale Stranded on beach in 1840
– Views of Charmouth Street in 1865
– George Frean – Lord of the Manor 1853-1863
– Aerial View of Charmouth in 1927
– Sailcloth Factories in Charmouth
– Sea Horse House, Higher Sea Lane
– The Census for 1813 – A survey of the inhabitants
– Charmouth Mill – A Thousand years of History

Issue 45 – Spring 2018
– Fernhill House, Neil Mattingly
– Charmouth Memories: Elise Miles (née Long), Amanda Baber
– For good King George and old England: A soldier of Charmouth in the French Revolutionary Wars (part 2), Daniel Ridley-Kitts MBE
– The Growth of Charmouth 1901-1946, Richard Dunn

Issue 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

Issue 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Issue 32 – Summer 2010
– The Chard to Charmouth Railway Part 2, Peter Childs
– Lords of the Manor Part 1, Neil Mattingly
– A Coast Guard\ family in Charmouth, Simon Brickell

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

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

Issue 29 – Summer 2009
– The Cistercians and forde Abbey, Canon Claude Rutter
– A Symbol of my Youth, Anthony Hofler
– Land Slips and Black Ven, Tony Fl, Richard Stirk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Issue 8 – June 2002
– My Very Dear People, Peter Childs
– Their Finest Hour, Malcolm Bowditch
– Charmouth June 1940, Peter Bide
– Mary & Lionel White, Malcolm Bowditch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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