The views from here are stunning, the picture above is looking east, back towards Swanage.
In 1786 a ship called the Halsewell foundered on the rocks between Winspit and Seacombe and was smashed to pieces, 168 people drowned.There are said to be relics of the ship in many Purbeck homes and some in the Dorset Museum in Dorchester, there is also a mirror from the Haslewell in the Church at Worth Matravers. The ship was bound for Bengal. There were a few survivors but the Captain, his daughters and two neices died, he had refused to leave his ship knowing that his family could not be saved. The dead were buried near Seacombe. After a little time sea watching we headed back up to the village, a gentle climb of a mile and a quarter.....which is alot when you are massively sleep deprived!
The cottages in the village are quaint and old but most of the village is owned by 2nd home owners and has lost it's heart and soul. I know this as I used to stay here regularly when I stayed with a local farming family long before I was married and came to know the village well. This was 35 years ago and even they have gone now, leaving it to the 2nd home brigade.
In the graveyard is the grave of Benjamen Jesty and his wife, Elizabeth. In 1774 he gave the first injection of cow pox to his very trusting wife and probably unknowing sons, they survived and he had created an innoculation which saved lives worldwide.
Just opposite the church gate is this little building in someone's garden, and I would love to see inside it! The chimney is intriquing, maybe it's a potters shed and the chimney is a kiln chimney, but I like to think it's a snug with a little log fire called 'The Hut" as it says on the door!