New Commercial Inn
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The New Inn was situated at the top of the Street and continued trading until recent times, though is now subdivided into separate properties. The section which is now known as Charleston House is clearly shown on the 1841 Tithe map for Charmouth as belonging to Joseph Hodges. The Census for the same year describes him as a 55 year old Coal dealer living with his wife Mary, who no doubt helped run their Beer House. By 1861 she is a widow aged 73. The business then continues with a relative Henry Wild, who is the son of John Wild who was the landlord of the Royal Oak from 1867. But in 1883 there is a fire in the Thatched Roof, which destroys the Inn, and it is not until 3 years later that the building we see today was completed. Henry Wild continues as the landlord and the 1911 Census shows him aged 62. Eventually he is in partnership with Hambridge from 1921. The New Inn, or New Commercial Inn, as it was called, (The New Inn in 1771 being at the bottom of The Street opposite the field where Gear` s Garage stood) was burnt down in about 1885, The first photo was taken after the funeral of James Hodges, Jimmy Hodges and Brandham Hann are standing on the pavement. Hann was a mason and worked with Ernest Gollop.The Lessee of the New Commercial Inn for many years was Harry Wild, whose sister Susan married Jimmy Hodges, Jimmy lived in the cottage opposite. When he left the cottage remained empty and was finally pulled down, The only incident to record occurred before the fire. William Gorge, son of Job, was born in Nov 1859. He joined the Navy and often overstayed his leave. On one of these occasions the local policeman followed him into the Inn to arrest him. Bill was a very strong man and asked the policeman if he came in by the door. Pointing to the window, Bill said that that was the way he would go out and there upon took him in his arms and threw him through the window, (This is a local story related very many years after the event:, it is probably true as Bill was a well-known man in his day and was extremely strong,)