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Despite its small size, its residents have been credited with amazing leaps in technology and medicine.
Yet it remains a quaint little place, where all the houses must be built using local stone. Incredibly, the average price for a home here is just south of a million pounds. But what do you get for your money?
There is a strong sense of community here, in the limestone cottages set around the village pond. It’s not cut off from civilisation and still has a post office and shop, a craft centre and a popular pub, which hosts an annual stone carving festival.
Stone is pivotal to this area. The requirement to use local stone in every build has meant quarries have been preserved. Many have closed, but remained popular places to visit. About a mile from the village is Winspit, an old quarry on the cliffs. This was used as a filming location for an episode of Blake’s 7 and also in two Doctor Who stories
During the Second World War the village played a crucial role in the development of radar communications. The cliffs of Worth Matravers were the site of a Chain Home radar station, shared by the Telecommunications Research Establishment outstation from 1940 until 1942. . The technology proved crucial to the Allied victory and the striking stainless steel monument, resting on a plinth made of Purbeck stone, represents two radar dishes arranged to form a large fire basket
Edward Jenner is widely credited with developing the smallpox vaccine. However it is thought that Worth Matravers farmer Benjamin Jesty, who is buried at the Norman village church of St Nicholas (one of the oldest churches in the county) came up with the vaccine a while before… only he kept it quiet. He is said to have used cowpox to immunise his family long before Mr Jenner’s revelation. The parish includes the settlement of Harman’s Cross to the north, and has an area of 10.98 square kilometres. It has a population of about 600.
Traditionally the village’s economy was based on farming, quarrying and fishing. Those occupations still exist, as does the local pub The Square and Compasses, which has been open since 1793. A small museum exhibiting fossils and other local artefacts is here, topped up with finds from the nearby Chapman’s Pool cove, where fossils are found in abundance by anyone brave enough to try and access it.
The cove is an idyllic and hard-to-access area empty of everything save for a few fishermen’s huts and an extraordinary amount of fossils. Rocks that form the cove consist of the upper layers of Kimmeridge clay, which is rich in fossils, and there are more reptile remains here than at any other Kimmeridge clay location in the UK. The flat ammonite, Pavlovia Rotunda, is especially common. Notoriously difficult and potentially dangerous to access, a new path down to the cove was started in 2008, although it is still necessary to take very good care with tides and potential rock falls when fossil hunting.
Also within easy walking distance are the rocky, unspoilt beaches of Winspit and Seacombe, as well as the most southerly tip of the Isle of Purbeck, St Aldhelm’s Head. The headland, sometimes called St Alban’s Head, is also home to a Norman Chapel and a radar monument.
Seacombe was the site of a horrific and well-documented 18th century wreck. The Halsewell, bound for India, was caught in a winter channel storm not long after leaving harbour and driven onto the rocks in the early hours of the morning. Over one hundred people drowned, including the captain and his two daughters. About one hundred and thirty men managed to scramble onto a ledge in the cliff, but only seventy managed to hold on until they could be rescued at dawn.
Properties in Worth Matravers had an overall average price of £836,667 over the last year.
Overall, sold prices in Worth Matravers over the last year were 33% down on the previous year and 17% up on the 2017 peak of £715,500.
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