The Hospital
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In 1867 the two cottages below the Inn were used as a Hospital.A report which was found among some rubbish in 1939 is worth reading. One day in the 1880s Joe Taylor was thrashing with Bugler in Wootton and caught his hand in the machinery. He was brought to Charmouth in a cart. Dr. Norris was out on his rounds and my father, a surgeon, was persuaded to amputate the arm. This was accomplished without an anaesthetic, while Mrs Pidgeon held the patient. Joe recovered and drove the Axminster bus with a pair of horses for many years, holding the reins and manipulating the brake with an iron hook. He was a strong man who was able to lift the luggage single-handed on to the roof of the bus.