East Lulworth

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1855 - Post Office Directory

1865 - Harrod’s Directory

1870-72 - Imperial Gazeteer

1880 Kelly’s Directory

1931 Kelly’s Directory

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales 1870-72

John Marius Wilson described East Lulworth like this:

LULWORTH (EAST), a village and a parish in Wareham district, Dorset. The village stands 1 mile from the coast, 3¼ SSE of Wool r. station, and 5½ SW of Wareham; and has a post office under Wareham. The parish, with West Lulworth, comprises 4,364 acres; of which 25 are water. Real property of E. L. alone, £2,285. Pop., 453. Houses, 88. The property belonged to the Lulworths; passed to the Newburghs, the Howards, and the Welds; and belongs now to Joseph Weld, Esq. Lulworth Castle, the seat of Mr. Weld, was originally built in 1146; was rebuilt in 1588-1641, chiefly out of the ruins of Bindon abbey; is a cube of 80 feet, with two round corner towers, each 110 feet high; commands a beautiful sea-view, through a gap in a range of chalk hills; was visited by James I., Charles II., and George III.; gave an asylum, in 1830, to Charles X. of France, when driven from his throne; contains a state bedroom, some family portraits by Lely, and others in pencil by Hussey; and stands in a park of about five miles in circuit, amid a very secluded tract of country, adjacent to a sequestered and very romantic reach of coast. A modern chapel is connected with the castle, but stands apart from it; and contains an illuminated psalter of the time of Edward I., a copy of Raphael's picture of the Transfiguration, and an altar decorated with porphyry, alabaster, and Italian marble. A trappist monastery stood in the grounds prior to the peace of 1815. A tradition ascribed varionsly to Lulworth and to Painshill gave rise to O'Keefe's comedy of "The London Hermit, or Rambles in Dorsetshire. ''There are a treble-ditched camp of 5 acres, and several barrows. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £109. Patron, J. Weld, Esq. The church was recently rebuilt; but retains an ancient embattled tower, and some memorials of the Weld family. There are a school with £5 a year from endowment, and charities £56.