East Lulworth

A  One-Place Study and part of the Dorset OPC Network

The Weld Arms

The Weld Arms

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The Weld Arms is a historic thatched pub and was originally a row of cottages built in the 1700's by the Weld family. It became a central part of the village in late 18th Century when the Welds moved the village of East Lulworth outside the Castle walls. It became an Inn in the early 1800’s and is rumoured to have been a popular stop for smugglers.

The Weld Arms, which is a listed building, has recently undergone a makeover (Spring 2013). Visit the Weld Arms facebook page for more images.




James HUNT

James Hunt left the Weld Arms on 27 March 1830. The week before leaving he gave every family in East Lulworth a quart of beer if they would fetch it. He was succeeded by Joseph Davis from Poole.


Joseph DAVIS

1841 Jun

Joseph DAVIS, 55, Publican

1851 Mar

Joseph DAVIS, 69, Innkeeper

Joseph Davis died on 17 February 1852. His son-in-law took over as publican.

1861 Apr

Charles CHAMP, 42, Licensed Victualler

1871 Apr

Charles CHAMP, 59, Licensed Victualler & Farmer

Charles Champ died in his bed at the Weld Arms on 9 September 1875. His son took over as publican.

1881 Apr

Charles CHAMP, 28, Farmer & Innkeeper

1891 Apr

Levi WELLSTEAD, 42, Innkeeper

1901 Mar

Levi WELLSTEAD, 53, Innkeeper & Farm Bailiff

Levi Wellstead  died on 23 December 1908.

1911 Apr

Edwin BONHAM, 38, Inn Keeper


Edwin BONHAM, Innkeeper





Please help us to complete this listing

2012 Oct

Charli SUMNERS, Manageress

Benjamin DUNCOMBE, Under-Manager

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Weld Arms facebook page

The images below were taken before the latest makeover:

The Weld Arms has been in the news in recent years:


Pub chimney fire tackled in East Lulworth


Bomb found in pub beer garden

An unexploded World War II bomb discovered

More information will be added over coming months.


We are trying to compile a list of the publicans who have run the Weld Arms over the years. If you can help fill in some of the gaps, especially post-WW2, then please email info@eastlulworth.org.uk now.

The Weld Arms - May 2013