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Charmouth is a small coastal parish to the immediate north east of Lyme Regis. The other neighbouring parish to the north west is Wootton Fitzpaine and Catherston Lewiston is to the east with a small area of Whitchurch Canonicorum adjacent by the eastern coast. The parish and village are 6 miles west of Bridport. Throughout the Victorian era it was known as a pleasant watering place with spectacular views across the bay and along the Dorset coast.

Charmouth Main Street circa 1900

Charmouth Beach

The Church of St Andrew is built of flint and stone and can accommodate nearly 500 people. It was rebuilt in 1836 on the site of an earlier church. The registers date from 1564. A Congregational church dates from 1689, but this was rebuilt in 1815. Next to this chapel is a very old building originally know as the Queen Ann Arms, it has many historical connections. The parish only comprises 414 acres and in 1891 had a population of 530.

There is a post office and a Board School built in 1871. There is a halt for the South Western Railway and regular omnibus services for Bridport and Axminster station
Information from Kelly's Directory 1895.


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Census 1841 Census transcribed by Jacqui Bowen
1851 Census
1861 Census transcribed by Jacqui Bowen
1871 Census
1881 Census this can be searched free on the LDS Site.
1891 Census on this site
1901 Census. An index is available on the PRO site but you have to pay to view pages. This also applies to Ancestry Com  indexes.
Parish Registers
The parish registers date from 1564
Monumental Inscriptions St Andrew's Monumental Inscriptions
Street & Postal Directories Extracts from the 1855, 1865 & 1875 Directories
Photographs More Photographs of the village and parish below.
Wills List of Wills from Charmouth residents
Maps The 1891 Ordnance Survey maps of the parish can be seen at the old-maps site, just enter 'Charmouth' under place search.
  For modern location maps visit:-

A view across Charmouth Bay

The bridge over the River Char



All pictures from old postcards from the early 1900s


Charmouth Main Street circa 1925


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