The Well Head
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The Garden at the rear of The Well Head. c.1900
A Proession passes the Well Head on the way to the Charmouth Fete in 1950
Notes made by local historian, Reg Pavey regarding the Deeds to The Well Head which date from 1683.

The Well Head", the next house down, is an old Jacobean cottage. Originally it had two rooms downstairs, about 12 ft. by 12 ft. and two bedrooms upstairs. The outside walls were between two and three feet thick built of large beach stones. At some later period a lean-to room was added on the south and the space between the cottage and that above roofed over. It was thatched and the original tree rafters can be seen in the attic. During the latter part of the nineteenth century Reuben Durrant lived here and farmed Foxley. One of the front rooms the kitchen and the lean-to the dairy. The stable between the two houses. A fellow of Magdalene College Oxford, C .R. L. Fletcher used to lodge here for the summer holidays and one year Cosmo Lang, then Vicar of St. Mary's, Oxford, came with him. He preached in Charmouth Church on one occasion and the congregation settled down to sleep as was their custom. Gradually one person and then another sat up and took notice at what was being said. Fletcher used to tell this story and always spoke of Lang as the future Archbishop of Canterbury, a prophecy which of course came true. The Fletchers were the first people to have bathing tents on the beach, thereby ending the custom of the men going beyond the mouth of the river to bathe and the ladies using the bathing machines. There was no garden or railings in front of the house and it is difficult to judge how much garden Reuben cultivated. At the top was a gateway into his fields, which now does not exist. Early in this century the house was considerably altered. The kitchen had a large window thrown out and became the dining room. The dairy then was turned into a kitchen and a small scullery added. The drawing room was enlarged by an addition of a large window facing the garden. Then was converted into a passable sitting room, with an entrance from the drawing room. In making alterations it was discovered how thick the walls were and the great size of the beach stones. The house looks larger than it is, there are only two good bedrooms and a dressing room. An attic runs the whole length of the house.

The Well Head called Bruton House until 1928 Mrs. Snowden lives at one time, she was the wife of a coastguard and lived in the Excise houses opposite the Mill until her husbands death. Captain Grant of Langmoor came to live with Mrs Snowdon and died there. He was buried with full naval honours by the coast guards and was buried in the churchyard.they used to be a large stone anchor on his grave.,