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Corfe Castle Off The Beaten Path: 5 reviews and 16 photos

  Worth Matravers: village and duck pond
by toonsarah
  • Worth Matravers: village and duck pond - Corfe Castle
      Worth Matravers: village and duck pond
    by toonsarah
  • Worth Matravers: gate post in village - Corfe Castle
      Worth Matravers: gate post in village
    by toonsarah

Worth Matravers is a pretty village a few miles to the south of Corfe Castle. It has a duck pond, a church, some pretty cottages and a great tea-room, where we enjoyed an excellent Dorset cream tea ? the perfect place to sit out a summer shower. Strolling around the village we also came across a little artist?s studio (really just a converted greenhouse) where we bought a couple of greetings cards, reproductions of water-colours of local scenes.

The main feature in the village is the Church of St Nicholas, which dates back to Norman times and is one of the oldest in Dorset. In its churchyard is the grave of a local farmer, Benjamen Jesty, who in 1774 developed a smallpox vaccine based on cowpox inoculations, which he used to protect his family from the disease. This was 25 years before the more famous Dr Edward Jenner developed his successful vaccine in a similar way.

Near the car park north of the village is the Square and Compass pub, an idiosyncratic local institution which also houses a mini museum featuring locally found fossils and items from shipwrecks. And a short drive beyond the village is a parking area from where you can walk to St Aldham?s Chapel on the headland, but I?m afraid the rain defeated us and we returned to the village for the aforementioned cream tea, so I can?t describe this walk for you.

Directions: From the A351 just west of Swanage follow signs to Acton and from there to Worth Matravers. A Pay and Display car park is signposted just north of the village centre.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 6, 2008
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