WORTH MATRAVERS
Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, England
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Worth Matravers, Dorset, England         OS Map Grid Ref: SY973774
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    The Old Withy Bed, Worth Matravers, Isle ofPurbeck, Dorset    London Road from the Old Withy Bed, Worth Matravers, Isle ofPurbeck, Dorset    Worth Matravers, Isle ofPurbeck, Dorset    

THE OLD WITHY BED
The Old Withy Bed below the pond was landscaped and planted in 1980 in memory of Percy Wallace BEM.


Population Data for Worth Matravers, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
 
1831
1921250
193138855.2%
195164766.75%
1961580-10.36%
19715800%
1981520-10.34%
199160015.38%
2001

To the south (Winspit and West Man) and southeast (East Man) of the village, the slopes of the valley carry the remains of prehistoric strip lynchets.

Purbeck stone was quarried from the sea cliffs at Winspit a mile to the south of the village. There are many disused quarries, often referred to as 'caves', and spoil heaps at Winspit. The memory of the quarrying activities which, with farming, were the main occupation of the villagers is perpetuated in the name of the village public house, the 'Square and Compass', although only three working quarries now exist in the vicinity; at Coombe Bottom to the north of the village; at St Aldelm's Head and at Acton.

The parish church is dedicated to St Nichaolas of Myra, the patron saint of sailors.

Inside the porch of the church stands a monumental slab of local Purbeck stone which was unearthed by Ted Miller during ploughing approx. 402 mtres NNE of St Aldhelm's Chapel on nearby St Aldelm's Head. The slab covered the body of a woman aged between 30 and 40 years who lived in the area in the late 13th century. It bears an ornamental 'Celtic cross' design which is similar to to that found on the small coffin lid set into the floor of the church near the altar.

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BENJAMIN JESTY & THE FIRST RECORDED INNOCULATION

Benjamin Jesty, a Yetminster (in north-west Dorset) farmer, noticed that dairy maids who had caught cowpox did not catch the killer small-pox and innoculated his family with cowpox as a preventative measure using a needle to scratch the skin. The experiment was performed long before Jenner attempted it but, Jenner being a doctor, the latter is remembered for the first innoclution by posterity. Jesty's experiment might have been lost to us for ever if it were not for the fact that his wife Elizabeth grew very sick as a result and almost died.

 Grave of Benjamin & Elizabeth Jesty at Worth Matravers

The Jesty's later moved to Worth Matravers on the Isle of Purbeck and both Benjamin and his wife lie side-by-side in the churchyard there.


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There is parking for only a few cars at the northern end of the village green but there is a large car park on the northern edge of the village (off the Kingston road) with toilet facilities. Charges are very reasonable at £1 for up to 24 hours - payable at the 'honesty box' at the entrance to the car park - proceeds are used towards the upkeep of the car park and the parish. The surface of the car park is composed of rammed stone and can get quite muddy in wet weather.

A map with various information is displayed near the entrance to the car park.

Square & Compass
Worth Matravers, Swanage, Dorset BH19 3LF       tel: 01929 439229

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Worth Hill Observatory

Worth Hill Observatory is a privately owned observatory on the Isle of Purbeck on the Dorset Coast with dark skies and an excellent horizon open to school parties and group visits.
By appoinment
Charges: �4.00 /adult �2.00 /child (Minimum charge for small groups: �10.00/person/hr)
David Strange, Worth Hill Observatory, Worth Matravers, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset Dorset BH19 3LF
email:   100614.3525@compuserve.com
web-site:   http://www.dstrange.freeserve.co.uk

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ISLE OF PURBECK
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PURBECK DISTRICT COUNCIL
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TOWNS & VILLAGES
Church Knowle
  Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, England
5.7 km NE
Corfe Castle
  Dorset, England
4 km NE
East Creech
  Dorset, England
6.7 km NE
Harmans Cross
  Dorset, England
2.9 km NW
Kimmeridge
  Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, England
6.2 km NE
Kingston
  Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, England
2.8 km NE
Langton Matravers
  Dorset, England
2.9 km NW
Swanage
  Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, England
5 km NW
Acton
  Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, England
1.6 km NW

OTHER PLACES
Dunshay Manor
  Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, England
Benjamin Jesty who performed the first innoculation against smallpox, years before Jenner, farmed here
2.3 km NE
St Aldhelms Chapel
  St Aldhelms Head, Isle Of Purbeck, Dorset, England
2.5 km SW
St Georges Close
  Langton Matravers, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
Here you can enjoy the heritage of purbeck stone with displays of worked stone, tools and photographs, old pictures and displays of fossils, with authentic reconstruction of underground quarry working and capstan.
2.9 km NE
Ken Wollaston
  Corfe castle Museum, West Street, Corfe Castle, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
The museum is on the ground floor of the smallest Town Hall in England. Items on display include set of dinosaur footprints, local archaeological finds, domestic and commercial appliances, photographs and a copy of the old town mace. The Town Hall can a
4 km NW
Corfe Castle
  Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, England
Slighted by the Roundheads after the Civil War, the remains of the huge castle still dominate the area
4.9 km NW

 
This historic museum shows reconstructions of a period grocers shop, stone quarrying, Lloyds Dispensing Chemist and also has displays of maritime models. There is also a local studies centre which provides source material for local or family research. The
5 km NE
Agglestone. Isle of Purbeck
  Dorset, England
The strange ironstone rock within walking distance of Studland, formed by erosion of the softer rocks around it, has been the subject of several legends.
7.1 km NE

Hotels
Havenhurst Hotel
3 Cranborne Rd, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 1EA
5.5 km NW
Purbeck House Hotel
91 High St, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 2LZ
5.5 km NW
Purbeck Lodge
Kings Rd East, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 1ES
5.6 km NW
Sandringham Hotel
20 Durlston Rd, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 2HX
5.7 km NW
White Lodge Hotel
18 Grosvenor Rd, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 2DD
5.7 km NW
Tower Lodge Hotel
17 Ulwell Rd, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 1LF
6 km NW
Castleton Hotel
1 Highcliffe Rd, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 1LW
6 km NW
Grand Hotel
Burlington Rd, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 1LU
6 km NW
Eversden Hotel
5 Victoria Rd, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 1LY
6.1 km NW
Horseshoe House Hotel
9 Cliff Avenue, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 1LX
6.1 km NW
Pines Hotel Swanage
Burlington Rd, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 1LT
6.2 km NW
Fairfields Hotel
Swanage Rd, Studland, Dorset   BH19 3AE
7.5 km NW
Knoll House Hotel
Studland, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 3AH
7.9 km NW
The Bankes Arms Hotel & Country Inn
Manor Rd, Studland, Dorset   BH19 3AU
8 km NW
Manor House Hotel
Manor Rd, Studland, Dorset   BH19 3AU
8 km NW

Public Houses
Square & Compass
Worth Matravers, Dorset   BH19 3LF
0.1 km N
The King`s Arms
27 High St, Langton Matravers, Dorset   BH19 3HA
2.6 km NW
The Ship Inn
Langton Matravers, Dorset   BH19 3EU
3 km NW
The Royal Oak
417 High St, Herston, Dorset   BH19 2NR
4.1 km NW
The Globe Inn
3 Bell St, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 2RY
4.3 km NW
The Black Swan Inn
159 High St, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 2NE
5.2 km NW
The Red Lion
63 High St, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 2LY
5.5 km NW
The Village Inn
Ulwell, Dorset   BH19 3DG
5.6 km NW
The White Swan
The Square, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 2LJ
5.7 km NW
Anchor Inn
30 High St, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 2NU
5.7 km NW
Purbeck Hotel
19 High St, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 2LP
5.8 km NW
The Ship
23a High St, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 2LR
5.8 km NW
The Peveril Inn
1 High St, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 2LN
5.8 km NW
White Horse Inn
11 High St, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 2LP
5.8 km NW
The Crows Nest Inn
11 Ulwell Rd, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 1LE
5.9 km NW

Restaurants
Golden Bengal
343-345 High St, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 2NW
4.4 km NW
Mama`s Cuisine
37 Station Rd, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 1AD
5.6 km NW
Ulwell Cottage
Ulwell, Dorset   BH19 3DG
5.6 km NW
Wimpy Restaurant
5 Institute Rd, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 1BT
5.7 km NW
Beavers Bistro
14 Institute Rd, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 1BX
5.7 km NW
Parade Fish Restaurant
1 The Parade, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 1DA
5.7 km NW
Alfies
1 Institute Rd, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 1BT
5.7 km NW
The Mowlem Restaurant
The Mowlem, Shore Rd, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 1DD
5.7 km NW
Fishermans Catch Restaurant
The Cabin, Shore Rd, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 1LA
5.7 km NW
Lai Ho Restaurant
15 High St, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 2LP
5.8 km NW
Masala Indian Cuisine
9 High St, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 2LN
5.8 km NW
La Trattoria
12 High St, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 2NT
5.8 km NW
The Cauldron Bistro
5 High St, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 2LN
5.8 km NW
White Lotus
23a High St, Swanage, Dorset   BH19 2LR
5.8 km NW
The Shell Bay Seafood Restaurant
Ferry Rd, Studland, Dorset   BH19 3BA
10.7 km NW

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