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The Coastguard Station was demolished over a hundred years ago.

A Coastguard Station was established at Worbarrow by the time of the census on 6 June 1841. It was designed to house eight Coastguard men and their families. They increased the population of Tyneham parish by up to 40.

Coastguards in charge

Coastguards in charge included:

  • 1851: William Lidderdale
  • 1861: John Wingent
  • 1871: George Blunden
  • 1881: Edward Newbery (died in the 1886 tragedy)
  • 1891: John Peek
  • 1894: William Sparrow (appointed 2 February)
  • 1901: John Johns
  • 1911: Station uninhabited

Please see our Coastguard Families page for more information.


Tragedies

Tragedy struck the Coastguard men and their families three times in three decades:

  • In 1865, Charles Baker, Thomas Chope, William Dunn, John Hickey and ? Purnell were drowned. Each left a widow and a total of 19 children lost their father.
  • In 1874, William Skinner aged 41, William Bennett aged 38 and Henry Stroud aged 48 lost their lives. Each left a widow, two of whom were expecting, and a total of 18 children lost their father.
  • In 1886, Edward Newberry, William Marshall and James Sullivan lost their lives. Each left a widow and a total of 15 children lost their father. 

Please see our Coastguard Families page for more information.


Station Closure

The Coastguard Station closed by 1911 and was purchased by William Bond who demolished it around 1912 supposedly to stop the cottages being used as holiday homes.

After the coastguard went away my father had the old and inconvenient houses taken down but left the wall surrounding the enclosure.

Lilian Bond

Paving stones from the Coastguard Station were lifted and used to create the pavement in front of The Row.

Page last updated: 4 April 2020


Coastguard Station

Home|Worbarrow|Coastguard Station|Fern Hollow|Gate Cottages|Hill Cottage|Mintern’s Cottage|Rose Cottage|Sea Cottage|Sheepleaze|The Bungalow The Coastguard Station was demolished over a hundred years ago. A Coastguard Station was established at Worbarrow by the time of the census on 6 June 1841. It was designed to house eight Coastguard men and their families. They increased the… Continue reading

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1893: The Royal Wedding

THE ROYAL WEDDING. – A tea for the people of Tyneham was given at Warbarrow by the Rev. J. Bond, of Tyneham House, to celebrate the wedding of the Duke of York. At the same time and place Mr. N. Bond, of Grange, gave a tea to the children of… Continue reading

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1865: Distressing Accident in Weymouth Bay

FIVE LIVES LOST On Saturday, March 4, five men belonging to her Majesty’s coastguard were suddenly swallowed up in the angry sea. The men, who belonged to the Warbarrow station, about thirteen miles to the westward of St Alban’s Head, were returning in their galley from Weymouth with sundry stores,… Continue reading

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1865: West Lulworth – The Melancholy Casualty at Sea

On Saturday afternoon just before 2 pm, a south south west wind blowing and a heavy sea running the Warborough galley was seen by the watchman at Lulworth returning from Weymouth where she had gone previous evening for Government Stores. She past the cove in safety but about a quarter… Continue reading

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1844: Miraculous Escape

MIRACULOUS ESCAPE. – Lieut. Wilmot, R.N., of the Warbarrow Coast Guard Station, received some severe injuries about a fortnight ago whilst on night duty, he having (owing to the extreme darkness of the night) walked over the highest part of Gadcliff, which is an elevation of 128 feet. The first… Continue reading

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1844: Miraculous Escape

Poole, Saturday, April 13 MIRACULOUS ESCAPE. – Lieut. Wilmot, R.N., of the Warbarrow Coast Guard Station, received some severe injuries about a fortnight ago whilst on night duty, he having (owing to the extreme darkness of the night) walked over the highest part of Gadcliff, which is an elevation of… Continue reading

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