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The Cove House Inn

A Grade II Listed Building in Fortuneswell, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.5606 / 50°33'38"N

Longitude: -2.4485 / 2°26'54"W

OS Eastings: 368327

OS Northings: 73522

OS Grid: SY683735

Mapcode National: GBR PY.HQW3

Mapcode Global: FRA 57RL.3YK

Entry Name: The Cove House Inn

Listing Date: 17 May 1993

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1280745

English Heritage Legacy ID: 381918

Location: Portland, Dorset, Dorset, DT5

County: Dorset

District: Weymouth and Portland

Civil Parish: Portland

Built-Up Area: Fortuneswell

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Portland All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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Listing Text


SY6873 CHISWELL, Chesil
969-1/3/198 (West side)
The Cove House Inn


Public house. Early C19 with earlier origins. Large square
dressed Portland stone blocks, slate roofs and stone stacks.
The main central unit extends one bay to the right and one bay
to the left at a lower level.; there are various additions at
the rear, stepped down to a lower access level. Centre block
is in 3 storeys, 2 windows: 4-pane sashes in flush boxes, but
at ground floor are small 12-pane; at centre a lean-to porch
with C20 door. To the left is a 4-pane sash over a broad
recessed mid C20 window and to the right the same. The left
gable includes an early C19 small 9-pane sash in the gable. At
the right hipped end are two 4-pane sashes and, at basement
level, a gabled porch with stone cheeks; there is a further
door in the rear extension. The centre block has gable stacks.

Interior modified in C20; there are substantial dressed stone
walls in the basement, possibly part of an earlier building on
the site.
This is one of the rare survivals from the great storms of
1824 which caused such damage to this part of the Portland
coast. The inn played a prominent part in the saga of
shipwrecks on this part of the coast, particularly in the
infamous Avalanche and Forest disaster of 1877. Watch was kept
from its windows, survivors were taken in and bodies of
victims were taken to the nearby "dead house" by the
landlord's family - Ranter's Lodge (q.v.). Many important
meetings were held here in the C19, including committees for
the relief of suffering for catastrophic storms, for the
establishment of a lifeboat (1870) and for protest against the
practice of catching fish by dynamite charges (which became
national news in 1877).
(Morris S: Information on Cove House: 1991-).

Listing NGR: SY6832773522

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