Friday 2nd September saw the launch of Neil Mattingly’s book ‘Charmouth – Its Church and Its People’.The story of Charmouth starts almost 2,000 years ago as a salt producing site, with significant development occurring under the patronage of Forde Abbey from 1300-1539. Using parish records going back hundreds of years and gravestones from St Andrew’s Church in the heart of the village, author Neil Mattingly has constructed a fascinating picture of the characters who populated Charmouth over the centuries.
Many local families such as the Pryers, Palmers and the Hollys are featured and historic characters such as Billy Gear are brought to life.The printing of the book has been funded by a local version of “crowd funding”. Many houses and businesses in the village feature in the book and current owners and business people got involved in the publication of the book by contributing 100 multiples of £25 to achieve the required print fund of £2,500.All sponsors were given a free copy of the book in return at the launch event on Friday night.
The book is now on sale at Charmouth Post Office, Nisa, Herringbone, Morgans or directly from Helen Hughes on 01297 560487. Funds from the sale of the book will go to Changing Spaces, the project to save St Andrew’s Church and enable the church building to be used to meet the needs of the villagers.