Melville House
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1861 Census shows Reuben Dean, aged 75 as a Grocer, with his daughter Isabella, aged 47.
The 1861 Census is very interesting as it shows how close the families of Gollop and Hunters were. The shop below "Askew House" was for some years a baker's occupied by Dean, He was a Baker at Melville House, which was rebuilt after a fire in 1867. The 1865 Directory for Charmouth shows him as a Fancy Bread and Biscuit Maker.
1871 Census shows William Bezley Dean, aged 42 as a Confectioner and Baker.
The shop below "Askew House" was for some years a baker's occupied by Dean, uncle of Fred Penny, then by Dix when it was burnt down in the 1880s. He was succeeded by Durrant from Morecombelake it was rebuilt. For many years it was a grocer's and post office in latter years.
1855 directory
DEAN Reuben Shopkeeper
An advert for William Dean in Wellmans Village Directory of 1865
Western Gazette 13 January 1888
Bridport News 3rd March 1893
Dean, William Bezley, baker 1859 poll of electors
All that property on the south west side of the Main Street in occupancy of L. Liddon and Mr. BazleyDean, her tenant.
e was born in 1794, and at the age of 21 married Hannah Dean also living in Charmouth at the Independent Chapel. They were to go on to have 10 children, all of whom are recorded at being baptised almost annually at the Chapel. When their first is born and christened Robert, John is described as a Sail Cloth Weaver, ...
Reuban Dean was born in 1786 in Feniton, Devon, the son of Ann and Joseph. He married Mary Burton on 20 May 1813 in his hometown. They had one child during their marriage. He had five brothers and three sisters.
The largest was Long`s (now Melville House) It had opened in 1937 as a grocery business and was in time the village Post Office. Nora and Ellis Long were very active in the village for over 30 years and during the war he was an Incident Officer with the Civil Defence Corps.
Frederick Chard outside the Grocers he managed for Edward Vince who also owned the Charmouth Stores at this time. George Pidgeon who is standing in the doorway was the village postman. In more recent times the shop was known as Longs but now forms part of Melville House. 
The 1911 Census shows Frederick William March. aged 32, living with his wife,Florence at Melville House as a Grocer.
Melville House in the 1980`s
Melville House in the 1980`s