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Eldon Arms, Kingston, Corfe Castle, Dorset

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This pub seems to have changed its name, having been the Eldon Arms for a while. Both these names, however, come from the same person - John Scott, who was the first Lord Eldon. He was the Lord Chancellor for 25 years, spanning the reigns of both Kings George III and IV. This was a period of unrest and agitation for political reform and Eldon was staunchly opposed to any reform - apparently he even objected to the coming of the railways let alone giving more people the vote.
His county estate was Encombe, the entrance to which is very near to the Scott Arms. It seems very strange now to think that the small, sleepy little village of Kingston should have ever been considered worth attacking, but then its most famous resident at the time was the reactionary Lord Eldon, and that was why it was a target for people’s frustration and anger.
Mary Frampton, the daughter of a prosperous Dorset landowner, recorded her observations on the Reform Riots. Her journal entry for 5 November 1831 notes that:
"This morning intelligence was received that a mob from Poole were intending to attack Lord Eldon’s place at Encombe, and also Corfe Castle."
I believe that troops were stationed in the pub itself at this time , ready to stop 'the mob' from reaching Encombe. All very different from the chocolate box thatched cottage image which the area now enjoys. *
Scott Arms, Kingston, Corfe Castle

Scott Arms, Kingston, Corfe Castle

Kindly provided by Alan Harrington

Directory of Pubs in the UK, historical public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in Dorset . The Dorset listing uses information from census, Trade Directories and History to add licensees, bar staff, Lodgers and Visitors.

The following entries are in this format:

Year/Publican or other Resident/Relationship to Head and or Occupation/Age/Where Born/Source.

Thomas Senneck Foot was my 1st cousin 5x removed. *

1851/Giles Foot/Inn Keeper/49/Corfe Castle, Dorset/Census ****
1851/Margaret Foot/Wife/47/Corfe Castle, Dorset/Census
1851/Thomas Senneck Foot/Son/16/Corfe Castle, Dorset/Census
1851/Sarah Jenkins/House Servant/18/Corfe Castle, Dorset/Census

1855/Mrs M Foot/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1859/Mrs M Foot/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1861/Thomas T Foot/Inn Keeper/26/Corfe Castle, Dorset/Census ****
1861/Mary Foot/Wire/26/Weymouth, Dorset/Census
1861/Giles Foot/Son/5/Corfe Castle, Dorset/Census
1861/Mary J Tatshell/General Servanr/18/Corfe Castle, Dorset/Census

1871/Thomas T Foot/Inn Keeper/36/Corfe Castle, Dorset/Census ****
1871/Mary Foot/Wife/36/Weymouth, Dorset/Census
1871/Giles Foot/Son/15/Corfe Castle, Dorset/Census
1871/Martha S Foot/Daughter/5/Corfe Castle, Dorset/Census
1871/Edward Chapman/Boarder, Surveyor/58/London, Middlesex/Census
1871/Almeda Chapman/Boarder, Surveyors Wife/41/Colchester, essex/Census
1871/Jane Tatchell/Domestic Servant/24/Corfe Castle, Dorset/Census

1875/T S Foot/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1881/Thomas T Foot/Inn Keeper employing 1 man/46/Corfe Castle, Dorset/Census ****
1881/Giles T Foot/Son, Engine Fitter/24/Corfe Castle, Dorset/Census
1881/Martha S Foot/Daughter/15/Corfe Castle, Dorset/Census
1881/Mary J Tatchell/General Servant/38/Corfe Castle, Dorset/Census
1881/John C Linnington/Ostler/39/Corfe Castle, Dorset/Census

1889/Charles Bartlett/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1891/Charles Bartlett/Publican/31/Abbotsbury, Dorset/Census ****
1891/Georgina Bartlett/Wife, Assistant/29/Trudoxhill, Somerset/Census
1891/Walter Bartlett/Son/4/Portisham, Dorset/Census
1891/Charles Bartlett/Son/4 months/Kingston, Dorset/Census

1895/Charles Bartlett/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1901/Charles Bartlett/Inn Keeper/41/Abbotsbury, Dorset/Census ****
1901/Georgina J Bartlett/Wife/33/Frome, Somerset/Census
1901/Walter Bartlett/Son/15/Portisham, Dorset/Census
1901/Charles Bartlett/Son/11/Kingston, Dorset/Census
1901/Lily Bartlett/Daughter/8/Kingston, Dorset/Census

1911/Charles Bartlett/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1915/Charles Bartlett/../../../Post Office Directory ****

* Provided By Alan Harrington

**** Provided By Kevan

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