Within a year of Charmouth being sold to the Caldwells, it was sold off to William Petre – who was immensely wealthy as Secretary of State for Kings Henry VIII and Edward, and Queens Mary and Elizabeth. In 1564, Petre instigated a detailed survey of Charmouth, and this is now held in the Devon Records Office in Exeter. William Pole, an eminent lawyer, acquired Charmouth from the Petre family in 1575. Shortly after his death it was acquired by the Ellesdons – four generations of whom were buried in a vault beneath the church.

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