Chapman’s Pool

Chapman’s Pool is a delightful cove lying at the foot of the Hill Bottom Valley, between Houns-Tout to the west and St Alban’s Head to the south-east.

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According to Bob Dorey (1892-1995):

Mothers would, at summer weekends or during the school holidays, take children to the beach at Chapman’s Pool, though fathers were usually too busy gardening.

Bob also recalled:

The Carriage Road that ran from Encombe House to Pier Gates where the Half Cliff Drive ran right round to Chapman’s Pool and allowed carriages to go there and so on towards Hill Bottom, Renscombe and St. Aldhelm’s Head. As boys we used to walk round there on a summer Sunday afternoon, but from 1903 on, the undercliff started to subside and the carriage road was gradually destroyed. During Sir Ernest Scott’s lifetime he had tolls collected at London Doors and on the Chapman’s Pool road, a shilling per carriage or car, and the proceeds were given to Queen Alexandra’s Hospital.

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