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The Great Fire of Dorchester

Thursday 25th March 1725 at 2 o'clock

Compiled by Michael Russell OPC for Fordington - May 2016 - 285 Names


DORCHESTER SUFFERS BY FIRE:

Whereas it appeareth unto this Court as well upon the oaths as on the humble petition of the Inhabitants and others sufferers by Fire within the Borough of Dorchester in the county Dorset that on Thursday the twenty fifth day of March last about two of the clock in the afternoon a sudden and terrible fire happened in the said town of Dorchester which in a few hours burnt down & consumed the several dwelling houses & other buildings with the household goods corn grain wearing apparel and other goods of the several persons in the schedules hereunto annexed named

And Whereas it also appeareth unto this Court as well upon the oaths of several of the said petitioners as also on the oaths of Thomas EVOMY, Benjamin GAWLER, and Abraham GREY able experienced workmen who have carefully viewed the same that the damages sustained by the said several sufferers on a moderate computation amounts to the several sums of money set opposite to the respective names of the said several persons in the said schedules hereunto annexed amounting in the whole to ye sum of five thousand eight hundred forty three pounds nine shillings and eleven pence.

And it was this day prayed that this Court would Certify ye same to the Right Honourable Peter Lord King Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain pursuant to ye Act of Parliament in that case made which was ordered accordingly


The Schedule to which the Annex's order Refers

An Account of the Loss in Goods and Household Stuff by the late Fire in Dorchester
Taken this 19th April 1725 on the oaths of the respective persons


Leonard HUTCHINES - 71. 9s. 9d

William SHEPPARD - 23. 15s. 0d

Wm [William] TURNER - 16. 6s. 0d

James POWELL - £ 25. 12s. 7d

Peter BRINE - £ 8. 7s. 1d

Ann NEW - £ 1. 18s. 0d

John DENNING - £ 95. 0s. 1d

John LESTER - 37. 19s. 8d

Thomas BUSHROD - 6. 6s. 10d

Martha UNDERWOOD - 3. 13s. 0d

John BUSHROD - 3. 2s. 0d

Wm [William] PADDOCK - 13. 13s. 1d

David HAYDON - 52. 4s. 0d

Wm [William] PERRY Senior - 10. 6d. 0d

Wm [William] BAGWELL - 1. 12s. 6d

James LACEY - 1. 9s. 0d

Wm [William] CHILD - 9. 18s. 0d

Ralph DOBSON - 49. 6s. 0d

Anthony READ - 4. 18s. 0d

John HOPKINS - 7. 1s. 10d

Edward DOWNTON - 20. 13s. 11d

Saml [Samuel] READ - 15. 11s. 2d

Robert RUMSEY - 11. 17s. 0d

Joshua BELBIN - 7. 10s. 6d

John MICHEL - 26. 5s. 0d

Ann HITCHCOCK - 6. 12s. 0d

Agnes FFOOK - 1. 16s. 0d

John GUY - 45. 14s. 8d

Martha CALDECOTT - 45. 14. 9d

Saml [Samuel] HOBBS - 21. 5s. 6d

Charles KENN - 11. 2s. 0d

John OLD - 11. 10s. 6d

Robert HITCHCOCK - 234. 5s. 10d

John LAWS - 284. 12s. 9d

Thomas CLESSELL - 11. 0s. 10d

Martha GAPE - 28. 1s. 4d

Jno [John] HUNT - 81. 9s. 7d

Captain KINGSLOW - 109. 17s. 11d

John TUCKER - 16. 0s. 0d

Amy LAWES - 9. 10s. 6d

Wm [William] TEMPLEMAN - 20. 4s. 0d

James POOK - 2. 13s. 6d

Mary CHIPP - 4. 11s. 0d

Wm [William] GRACE - 5. 0s. 0d

Gillett SNOOK - 32. 10s. 2d

Mary BRAGG - 0. 17s. 6d

John TEWXBURY - 11. 1s. 6d

Henry HUNT - 8. 14s. 2d [Note:- Henry HUNT(1675-1744) ]

Eliza MOORES - 2. 16s. 6d

John READ - 17. 7s. 6d

Wm [William] POOK - 8. 5s. 6d

Mr Lawrence SNOOK - 2. 11s. 0d

Mary & Sarah SEAGER - 2. 6s. 4d

Mary FFITCHETT - 1. 17s. 6d

Wm [William] BROWN - 5. 3s. 6d

Agnes ABBOTT - 2. 16s. 4d

John GALE - 6. 11s. 0d

John ROGERS - 3. 8s. 9d

Grace DEAR - 14. 12. 9d

Benjm [Benjamin] ROGERS - 6. 0s. 4d

Henry HARBIN - 46. 14. 2d

John SKUTT [SCUTT] - 35. 13s. 0d

Robt [Robert] KOOK [COOK]- 1. 6s. 0d

Jno [John] WILSE - 39. 18s. 11d

Robt [Robert] WAY - 0. 10s. 0d

Barbarah HOBBS - 2. 19s. 0d

Robert WILLIAMS - 8. 16. 6d

Nathl [Nathaniel] TAYLOR - 6. 4s. 0d

Robt [Robert] STEVENS - 1. 10s. 0d

Jno [John] GUNDRY - 12. 12s. 5d

Wm [William] PERRY - 2. 17s. 0d

Robt [Robert] LESTER - 1. 13s. 3d

Dorothy BLANDEMORE - 1. 7s. 2d

Jno [John] PADDOCK - 3. 12s. 2d

Peter BRINE Junior - 1. 6s. 0d

Nathl [Nathaniel] HOLLAND - 7. 6. 9d

Ben: [Benjamin] BRINE - 2. 19s. 6d


Mary RANDLE - 5. 0s. 0d

Margery DICKER - 3. 6s. 6d

Laurence CHAPMAN - 148. 9s. 8d

Tho: [Thomas] DAMON - 1. 17s. 6d

Jno [John] PETTY - 1. 10s. 0d

Wm [William] JACKSON - 135. 2s. 0d

Mary NEW - 3. 5s. 6d

Joan UPWARD - 4. 19s. 2d

John VINCENT - 3. 15s. 0d

Mary WEST - 9. 7s. 0d

Martha BRINE - 2. 0s. 1d

Mary LINDSAY - 4. 2s. 6d

Jane BRINE - 0. 8s. 0d

Mary POOK - 1. 10s. 6d

Richard SUMMERS - 1. 11s. 11d

Elizabeth CARRINGTON - 3. 16s. 7d

Lawrence SHEPPARD - 18. 2s. 4d

John HOLLAND - 3. 9s. 10d

William COOPER - 3. 7s. 7d



An Account of the Houses burnt down or damaged by Fire in Dorchester
Which happened on the 25th March 1725 surveyed by the Carpenters Masons Hellier's & Thatcher's who have brought in ye damages as follows


John LAWS - 180. 6s. 5d

Benjm [Benjamin] BRINE - 29. 11s. 3d

Mr GIFFORD - 53. 14s. 4d

Wid [Widow] GAPES - 106. 13s. 10d

KELLAWAY or Wid [Widow] SHEPPARD - 70. 18s. 4d

Jno [John] WISE - 69. 4s. 1d

Peter BRINE - 69. 3s. 7d

Jno [John] TEUXBURY - 54. 13s. 5d

Jno [John] ATKEINS [ATKINS] - 40. 12s. 1d

Nathl [Nathaniel] TEMPLEMAN - 61. 10s. 10d

Will: [William] SHEPHERD at Pye Cozier - £ 60. 11s. 7d

Jno [John] SCUTT - 94. 1s. 1d

Jno [John] BATEN - 61. 13s. 1d

Wid: [Widow] UNDERWOOD - 84. 16s. 1d

Will: [William] SHEPHERD Lower House - 65. 12. 10d

Will: [William] SHEPHERD Higher House - £ 96. 10s. 4d

The House Late in the possession of Leonard HUTCHENS - 76. 12s. 4d

John WATTS - 10. 12s. 8d

Thomas TAPP - 19. 6s. 9d

Richard SAMWAYES - 37. 0s. 5d

Francis KINGSTON - 129. 5s. 6d

Nicholas WEARE - 21. 6s. 1d

Thomas SNOOK - 75. 6s. 0d

Henry ALDEN - 30. 10s. 10d

Mitchel [Michael] HASSLEBURY - 77. 3s. 5d

Abraham JOHNSON - 62. 18s. 11d

Wid. [Widow] CLARKE - 13. 10s. 3d

Lawrence SNOOK - 45. 1s. 2d

The House Late in possession of Joseph CHALDECOT - 95. 8s. 11d

The House Late in possession of Wid [Widow] UPWARD - 26. 12s. 5d

The House Late in possession of FFRAMPTON - 30. 7s. 0d

Thomas CHISSELL - 50. 3s. 6d

John FOSTER - 68. 10s. 10d

Wm [William] TURNER - 148. 7s. 11d

Henry PETEY - 59. 12s. 0d

Josiah COOPER - 70. 11s. 10d

James POOK or Will: [William] POOK - 37. 14s. 1d

The POOR House - 50. 3s. 8d

Jno [John] DARBY - 51. 4s. 7d

The House Late in the possession of Law: [Lawrence] SHEPPARD - 56. 15s. 5d

The House Late in the possession of Jno [John] BUSHROD with Barn joined to ye Lane- 101. 14s. 2d

The House Late in the poss: [possession] of Benjamin GALBIRETT [GILBERT]- 36. 1s. 4d

William JACKSON - 140. 6s. 5d

John GREY - 87. 8s. 11d

David HAYDON - 125. 18s. 6d

Matthew MARTIN - 65. 6s. 5d

Henry HARBEN - 144. 12s. 4d

Anthony READ - 18. 19. 6d

Wido [Widow] POWELL - 106. 3s. 5d

Jno [John] DENNING - 76. 2s. 11d

Robt [Robert] RUMSEY - 66. 9s. 2d

Wm [William] PERRY - 32. 5s. 8d

William POOK - 30. 1s. 3d

Saml [Samuel] READ - 39. 14s. 7d

Jno [John] GEAL - 19. 11s. 11d

Richard BROOKS - 10. 0s. 0d

Jno [John] MICHELL - 75. 15s. 7d




The Right Honourable Peter Lord King Baron of Oakham Lord King
Chancellor of Great Britain

Wee whose names are hereunto subscribed his Majesties Justices of the Peace for the County of Dorset assembled at the General Quarter Sessions of the Peace held at Blandford in and for the said County the eleventh day of January in the twelfth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George King of Great Britain & do humbly certify ye Lordship that it was made appear to us this day in open Court upon the petition of [Long list of names - See below] Inhabitants or owning of houses within the Town and Borough of Dorchester in the said County there happened in the Brewhouse of Lawrence CHAPMAN aforesaid (one of the Petitioners) in the South Street of the Town & Borough of Dorchester aforesaid. A sudden and terrible fire which by reason of the then dry season and a tempestuous wind which blew from ye Southwest, in short spec of time burnt down and consumed the dwelling houses outbuildings barns stables or other buildings of fifty seven of the said petitioners together with their household goods corn grain wearing apparel and other goods as also the household goods corn grain wearing apparel & other goods of threescore and four other of the petitioners, The loss sustained by the said fire amounting in the whole to ye sum of five thousand eight hundred forty three pounds nine shillings and eleven pence [£5,843. 9s. 11d]

As we likewise made appear to us in this Court, as well upon the oaths of Thomas EVOMY carpenter joiner & surveyor; Benjamin GAWLER Mason & bricklayer; Abraham GRAY hellier and tiler; able and experienced workmen who have carefully viewed the damage sustained in ye said buildings and made a moderate estimate thereof, And also upon the oaths of the said poor sufferers with their families are impoverished and ruined unless timely relieved by the charitable contributions of well disposed Christians

We Therefore humbly recommend the said deplorable condition of the said sufferers v& their families to your Lordships charitable consideration To the end your Lordship would be pleased to grant unto them his Majesties most gracious Letters Patent under the Great Seal of Great Britain to empower them to ask and receive the charitable benevolence of his loving subjects in such places (except in the said County of Dorset) as to ye Lordship shall seem most moot towards the relief and subsistence of them and their families that they may not sink under the burden and pressure of this their very great calamity, We are your Lordships most humble servants

Anthony STURT; William FREKE; Richard BINGHAM; George TRENCHARD; Edward SEYMOUR
John LAWES,
Benjamin BRINE,
Mr GIFFORD,
Martha GAPE,
John KELLAWAY;
Widow SHEPPARD,
John WILDE; alias MOREY,
Peter BRINE,
John TEUXBERY,
John ATKINS alias HOPKINS,
Nathaniel TEMPLEMEN,
William SHEPHERD,
John SKUTT,
John BATTEN,
Martha UNDERWOOD Widow,
Leonard HUTCHENS,
John WATTS,
Thomas TAPP,
Richard SAMWAYS,
Francis KINGSTON,
Nicholas WEARE,
Thomas SNOOKE,
Henry ALDER,
Thomas MICHEL,
Abraham SANSON,
Widow CLARKE,
Laurence SNOOKE,
Joseph CHALDECOT,
Joan UPWARD Widow,
Mr FRAMPTON,
Thomas CHISSELL,
John FOSTER,
William TURNER,
Henry PETTY,
Josiah COOPER,
James POOKE ,
William POOKE
Lawrence PURCHASE
John DERBY
Lawrence SHEPPARD,
John BUSHROD,
Benjamin CHALDECOT,
William JACKSON,
John GREY,
David HAYDON,
Maximilian MARTEN,
Henry HARBEN,
Anthony READ,
Widow POWELL,
John DENNING,
Robert RUMSEY,
William PERRY,
William POOKE,
Samuel READ,
John GALE,
Richard BROOKS,
John MICHEL,
James POWELL,
Anne NEW,
John LESTER,
Thomas BUSHROD,
William PADDOCK,
William PERRY Senior,
William BAGWELL,
James LACEY,
William CHILD,
Ralph DOBSON,
Edward DOWNTON,
Joshua BELBIN,
Anne HITCHCOCK,
Agnes FFOOK,
Martha CALDECOT,
Samuel HOBBS,
Charles KENN,
John OLD,
Robert HITCHCOCK,
John HUNT,
John TUCKER,
Amy LAWES,
William TEMPLEMAN,
Mary CHIPP,
William GRACE,
Gillett SNOOKE,
Mary BRAGG,
Henry HUNT,
Elizabeth MOORES,
John READ,
Mary SEAGER,
Sarah SEAGER,
Mary FITCHETT,
William BROWNE,
Agnes ABBOTT,
John ROGERS,
Grace DEARE,
Benjamin ROGERS,
Robert FFOOKE,
Robert DAY,
Barbarah HOBBS,
Robert WILLIAMS,
Nathaniel TAYLOR,
Robert STEPHENS,
John GUNDRY,
Robert LESTER ,
Dorothy BLANDEMORE,
John PADDOCK,
Peter BRINE Junior,
Nathaniel HOLLAND,
Mary RANDALL,
Margery DICKER,
Lawrence CHAPMAN,
Thomas DAMON,
John VINCENT,
Mary WEST,
Martha BRINE,
Mary LINDSEY,
Jane BRINE,
Mary TOOKE,
Richard SIMMONS,
Elizabeth CARRINGTON,
John HOLLAND,
William COOPER,


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