The Chideock Museum

[box  style=”rounded” border=”full”]Opening Times  10 a.m. – 4.p.m. Daily[/box]

Location: North Road, Chideock

Chideock MuseumOur small museum encompasses interesting objects from the unique history of Chideock and gives an insight into the people who created our past. A fascinating display of local village life through the ages including Chideock’s Catholic History.

Invasions, Civil Strife and Persecution, Plague and Poverty – Chideock has had them all.

This exhibition includes material relating to

  • The Domesday Book
  • The Chideock Workhouse 1799
  • The Arundell Family
  • Chideock Catholic School
  • Royal Charter 1356
  • The Weld Family
  • Coats of Arms
  • The Chideock Martyrs

Lining the walls are photographic history boards featuring The Castle Inn, Chideock School 1885 -1905, Chideock Football Club 1927-1928, Chideock Farmhouses, The Chideock Forge and many other interesting vintage photographs.

Chideock MuseumTwo ‘Cabinets of Curiosities’ lead you to a world long forgotten ~ from Victorian wedding gloves to a Poacher’s Fish Spear!   On the tables are laid copies of the Old Dorset Daily Echo from the WWII years.  The ‘Memoirs of Chideock’ Photograph Album (featured on the Chideock Website) is also on display – please remember to wear the white gloves provided to protect it.

The museum is situated in North Road – turn right at St.Giles Church, Main Street – and take a leisurely ten minute stroll towards North Chideock. The Museum is housed in The Church of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs and St.Ignatius – a very beautiful and unique building in it’s own right.

Extracts from our Visitor Book:

Great insight into local history


Most interesting and lovingly collected – worth the visit


‘Memoirs of Chideock’ CD is for sale with proceeds going to the Dome Appeal

We are always looking for interesting objects for our Museum so if you would like to donate an item please contact Mrs Karen Warburton on 01297 489672.

Please take advantage of our Study Area for your research or school visit.

The Museum is available for small village social functions.