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Chickerell has grown so rapidly over the last 20 years it is a little bit of a mash-up – with lots of industry, many new homes and little bits of history thrown in for good measure.
The population here has spiralled to well over 5,000 and from a small village it has now become a town – the newest town in Dorset.
Here you will find an affinity to Weymouth, as the town seems to merge into the south Dorset seaside resort almost seamlessly. However Chickerell is for governance in West Dorset.
Chickerell continues to grow, having gained a new chunk of industry at the top of its well-established Granby Industrial Estate.
Here, a new Aldi has been built, alongside a Costa Coffee and more industrial units offering a wide selection of goods and services.
Over the road from this, a military training camp has been established for nearly a century. Travelling away from Weymouth you’ll see some of the old Chickerell village, with the old cottages and the 200-year-old Lugger Inn, before coming upon the Fleet area, where smugglers of old brought their contraband ashore around the Moonfleet Manor area.
Bennetts holds national and internationally renowned collections of water lilies displayed in a series of ponds and lakes. A main feature of the garden is a blue Japanese bridge built in 1999 to celebrate the centenary of Claude Monet’s Water Lily Pond.
Chickerell Village History
Many of Chickerell’s buildings were destroyed in the Great Storm of 1824, which caused waves to breach Chesil Beach.
An eye-witness described running for his life from the terrifying wave, which wiped out the nave of the church.
The Georgian Moonfleet Manor is a popular hotel for business and leisure alike. It was originally called Fleet House, but its current name is far more evocative of all the smuggling that used to go on at the Fleet – J Meade Falkner’s wrote his smuggling novel Moonfleet based on the village.
Chesil Beach – part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site – runs along the west of the village.
The site of Bennetts Water Gardens was originally a 19th century clay pit. Oxford Clay was dug there by hand and made into bricks.
Brickmaking was an important local industry.
St Mary’s church dates from about 1260, and has registers dating from 1699. It may have replaced an earlier wooden Saxon church on the same site.
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If you live in Chickerell, you have the best of both worlds. You are near Weymouth’s beach and events, while being on the edge of the rolling countryside of west Dorset. Plenty of new homes have sprung up – some grand, some mobile homes, lots of terraced estates. There are many grocery stores and it’s fairly easy to get about by bus – a rare thing indeed these days.
Homes in Chickerell had an overall average price of £275,193 over the last year, making them fairly low for Dorset.
The majority of sales were terraced homes, selling for an average £243,439. Detached properties sold for an average of £328,984, with semi-detached properties selling for £269,107.
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The nearest railway station is two miles away in Weymouth, as is the nearest coach station. The nearest airport is Bournemouth International Airport (Hurn).
The B3157 Chickerell Road connects Chickerell to Weymouth east bound, and Bridport along the coast to the west. This is the only major road in or near the town.
Chickerell Primary Academy is rated by Ofsted as Good. There is also a secondary school – Budmouth Technology College was rated outstanding in 2013, however like most of the secondaries in the area it was deemed inadequate in 2018.
Portesham is equidistant for both Weymouth and Dorchester, sitting in a valley six miles from each town.
Its population of 600 or so are fairly spread out around a village centre which has a lovely pub, roaming ducks and a telephone box library.
A stream runs alongside the main street, giving the ducks chance to splash about before catching motorists unawares!
Prehistoric remains have been uncovered around the village, including Bronze Age barrows and a Neolithic chambered long barrow.
Portesham was granted as a manor by King Canute in 1024. Sixty years later the village had 34 households.
There was once a quarry here, from which was extracted Purbeck limestone. The stone was used in Abbotsbury Abbey
There used to be a railway station here, but the line and station closed in 1952.
Portesham’s most famous resident was Captain Thomas Hardy, (not to be confused with the author) one of Lord Nelson’s commanders in the Battle of Trafalgar. He, along with many other local people, called the village Possum. There is a monument to Hardy above the village visible for miles around.
St Peter’s church is part of the Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Living Churchyard Project more than 70 different species of wildflowers can be found in the grounds.
Langton Herring is a tiny village just outside Chickerell, on the edge of Weymouth.
Although it only has about 120 residents it nevertheless has its own church and a 400-year-old pub, The Elm Tree – so called because an enormous elm once grew there.
All the men of Langton Herring returned from both world wars, making it a bit of a rarity.
A fisherman who lied to his fellow fishermen about the size of his catch was chased through the village and hung from a beam in the Elm Tree Inn in 1780.
There are many tales of smugglers of yore. In the inn’s cellar there is said to be a bricked up area – a hiding place used to store contraband or perhaps the entrance to a tunnel leading to the Fleet nearby…
Langton Herring seemed to be awash with smugglers once. One, Thomas Traverse, died in prison after being convicted of smuggling in 1817. He was just 31, but suffered with asthma.
The Vivians family were well known smugglers – five of them were sent down for the practice. But they were lucky – another smuggler, William Whittle, was sentenced to death for smuggling and assault. His sentence was later commuted to transportation.
Nottington is a genteel village a couple of miles from Weymouth, which used to be known for its spa.
The spa, comprising a pump room, two bath rooms, a dressing room, two sitting rooms, and six chambers, attracted aristocrats from the local area, who came to drink the sulphuric waters, thought to cure “eruptive complaints, scrophula, and loss of appetite.”
However by 1905 eminent local surgeon Sir Frederick Treves saw the spa was “deserted”. The pump room – an octagonal building of three storeys – still stands today, and is called The Spa House.
There used to be a similar building at Radipole, claiming to cure gout, jaundice and other complaints. However this was not preserved like its Nottington sister.
Nottington House was the seat of the Steward family and the Gordon-Stewards and is shown on old maps as being just within the boundary of the parish of Radipole.
There are several memorials of the Steward family at St Ann’s church, Radipole. They include Major Charleton W Gordon-Steward of the 5th Fusiliers, killed in action in France in 1917 aged 40. Brigadier General C Steward Gordon-Steward CBE of the West Yorkshire Regt was a well-known cricketer.
Nottington Farm dates from about the late 16th or early 17th century and has a former granary and barn.
There is an old mill here too, showing the little village was once a hive of industry.
A tiny village with a similarly tiny church is not often discovered by the casual visitor to Dorset.
But once they find it, they are charmed.
St Nicholas’s church was built in 1655. John Frampton sadly died while building it and is buried here.
It was a torrid year for the Frampton family – their home, the Manor House, was damaged by fire that year and they decided to move to Corfe Castle.
Buckland Ripers is recorded in the Domesday Book as being in the possession of the wife of Hugh FitzGrip. Also recorded is a mill. The manor later came into the possession of the De Ripariis or Rivers family, leading to the second part of the village’s name.
The Framptons seem to have been in the area for centuries before that awful year. The estate was later sold to the Damer family.
Properties in Buckland Ripers are substantial, with prices to match. They are rare to come on to the market.
Evidence of Roman settlements and some prehistoric remains date the Weymouth suburbs of Radipole and Southill.
St Ann’s church was originally built in about 1250 and it is believed to be Weymouth’s oldest building. Until 1605 it was known as St Mary’s and was the mother church of Melcombe Regis.
Radipole is at the front of a rather lovely lake, now an RSPB nature reserve. The River Wey flows into the lake and the lake flows into Weymouth Harbour.
A Roman burial site was found when Southill Primary School’s upper playing field was built, and a Roman road runs from Radipole to Dorchester – an important Roman town.
Radipole is much, much older than Weymouth. St Ann’s church served Melcombe Regis until 1606.
The centre of the old village is intact, with the church and the manor house abutting Humpty-Dumpty Field.
Radipole Park Gardens are a lovely resource, comprising a play park and tennis courts, just down the road from Weymouth’s Jubilee Sidings park shops and businesses. But the area stretches out even further, with some substantial homes in this chunk of Weymouth.
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