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 Kinson & Dorset`s King of the Smugglers

Kinson and Dorset`s most famous uncrowned king of smuggling The old village of Kinson has many a good tale to tell about him!

To this day, he still captures the imagination of countless historians and others who are interested in Kinson`s rich heritage.

Many people wrongly assume that the Oakley tomb in Kinson Churchyard is fictitious. The old Kinson records confirm that William Oakley was a real person of some stature locally,even owning original Pelhams. Although it is assumed that the Oakley family tomb was used to store contraband in, members of the family were alive in the 1730`s and the latest thinking on storing smuggled goods in their resting place has now to be seriously reconsidered.

Over a period of time, stories about Isaac Gulliver and other local smugglers will be featured on our website.

Isaac Gulliver 1745 -1800


This is a general outline about Isaac Gulliver:

1745  Born September 5th, baptised September 29th at Semington, Wilts. His parents were Isaac & Elizabeth Gulliver.

1758 His reputed smuggling father was seen by Customs men at Bitman`s Chine (now Canford Cliffs Chine) at Poole on March 23rd.

1765 Gulliver`s father makes his will. He describes young Isaac as, "My son or reputed son Isaac Gulliver, otherwise Matravers". Isaac is now 19. Did he ride with the smuggler Robert Trotman on the night he was killed on the shore near Poole? Smuggler Trotman was buried at Kinson Church. There is a Kinson record dated 11th February 1760 relating to a James Matravers who married Elizabeth Franks by licence at St. Andrew`s church and he ran the Dolphin Inn which was connected with the smuggling trade. In September 1785, there is a record of a James Matravers of Semington, Wilts, letting an inn called or known by the name of the Bell, with out houses, offices, garden and a malt-house opposite the same wherein may be made twelve quarters a week.

1768  Isaac marries Elizabeth Beale whose smuggling father(William) ran the Blacksmith`s Arms at Thorney Down.He later renames this same inn the King`s Arms.

1770  His daughter Elizabeth was baptised at Sixpenny Handley on February 4th. (Update 17th October 2007: While researching with our late friend, Mr. Les Chisman, between June and November 1985, we found that there were in fact two entries made for this baptism. The reason being that the name Elizabeth was entered in the parish register as Betty. This was felt to be rather vulgar and the entry of Elizabeth for mother and child was considered to be more appropriate and formal. So, the Parish Clerk had to make a second entry in the register!)

1773 His daughter Ann was baptised at Sixpenny Handley on April 22nd.

1774  Isaac Gulliver, William Beale and Roger Ridout ran great quantities of smuggled goods on the north shore between Poole and Christchurch. His only son, also known as Isaac was born.

1775 Gulliver purchases Pitts Farm and other Kinson lands and properties. He now owns lands at Cudnell and Ensbury. He describes himself as being an innholder at Thorney Down.

1776  Gulliver purchases North Eggardon Farm in Dorset from the Rev`d William Chafin and now resides at Longham.

1777 Gulliver was at Thorney Down and advertises a reward concerning the loss of his 10 year old bright grey nag stolen by Levi Payne. The advertisement which appeared in the Salisbury & Winchester Journal on the 14th April, 1777, reads: Whereas on Friday the 14th March last LEVI PAYNE late of Tilshead in the county of Wilts, absconded from his master Isaac Gulliver, of Thorney-Down in the county of Dorset, and took with him 21L. 16s. (£21.16.0) in money, which he had received on his said master`s account , and a bright grey nag, about ten years old, rises very high before, and is thin quartered behind, is galled on the near side, lest (?) behind the shoulders, about a hand`s breadth, and has a short nag tail. The fleshy part of the tail has been slit with a knife, and is healed up again, the mark of which may be seen by parting the hair. Whoever will apprehend, or give information of the said grey nag, so that the owner may have him again, shall receive a handsome reward and all reasonable charges, from Isaac Gulliver of Thorney-Down, near Cashmore.

1778  Gulliver at Thorney Down advertises 75 acres of land at Kinson which he intends to let. Mr. Cross owns the King`s Arms and Gulliver is the tenant of this property. Gulliver purchases more property in Kinson. Salisbury & Winchester Journal 22nd February 1778 To be LETT, and entered on immediately, the KING`S ARMS, at Thorney Down, in the great western road leading from Salisbury to Blandford, with all the arable, meadow, and pasture land thereunto belonging. For further particulars apply to Mr. Wm. Cross, the owner, or to Mr. Isaac Gulliver, the present tenant. Likewise to be lett and entered upon immediately, or at Lady-day next, at Kingston, in the parish of Great Canford, near Wimborne, Dorset, the several Parcels of Land, containing by estimation about 75 acres, more or less, now held by Isaac Gulliver, with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging, together with a malt-house that will make 26 quarters of malt per week. The whole in very good repair. Enquire as above.

1779  Gulliver sells 20 good hack horses at the White Hart Inn at Longham. He lives there (at or near Longham) in December. Salisbury & Winchester Journal 29th March 1779 To be Sold by Auction, by Robert Hart, at the White Hart Inn, Longham, near Wimborne, Dorset, on Monday the 12th of April next, between the hours of twelve and six in the afternoon, twenty good HACK HORSES, the property of Mr. Isaac Gulliver, of the same place.

1780  541 gallons of brandy and rum and 1871 lbs of raw coffee were seized from John Singer`s Kinson granary. Singer was reputed to be a servant of Isaac Gulliver. He died in 1781. The location of the Kinson granary is believed to have been located near the Dolphin Inn in Kinson.

1782  Gulliver`s name appears on a Customs list for unshipping 4 pipes of wine without payment of duty. A pipe was a wine measure of approximately 126 gallons. 4 pipes of wine would be the equivalent of 504 gallons.

Gulliver is granted a pardon. In 1778 he had offered 10 guineas as a bounty and 5 guineas to drink the King`s health to any young men who were prepared to serve his Majesty by sea or on land. In August he advertises that his Kinson shop is to let and that he was going to move away to Devon.

1782  Customs Report March:

"And we have humbly to observe to your Honours that we are of opinion that large quantities of wines are run on this coast, particularly by One Isaac Gulliver a most notorious smugler, who lives at Kingston near the sea shore & is professedly a Wine Merchant & the better to conceal the frauds on the Revenue, which he carries and enters & pays duty for some part of what he imports, and by mixing that with what is run we are informed he bids defiance to the officers to seize any wines from him and they have not, in any one instance been able to detect him."

Customs Report No. 36, 11th May 1782, to the Customs Commissioners We beg leave to inform your Honours that if renewed ... Writs of Cap.. (Corpus) were sent us against Richard White, Michael Joyner,John Fry & Isaac Gulliver against whom your Honours were pleased to commence prosecutions for the offences mentioned on the back hereof, we are of opinion that we could get them arrested. Richard White for harbouring and concealing 169 galls. of brandy, 8 galls. rum, 168 galls. geneva, 2092 lbs tea, 56 lbs coffee. Michael Joyner for harbouring and concealing 32lbs tea, 12 galls. brandy, 5.5 galls. geneva. John Fry for harbouring and concealing 115 galls.brandy,42 galls.rum, 282 galls. geneva, 620 lbs tea. Isaac Pardy for harbouring and concealing 2850 lbs tea, 120 galls. brandy. Isaac Gulliver for unshipping 4 Pipes of Wine without payment of duty.

Salisbury & Winchester Journal 26th August 1782 DORSET To be LETT, and entered on at Michaelmas next, All that DWELLING-HOUSE,with the Shop, Malthouse, Wine Cellars, Garden, and other premises, now in the occupation of Mr. ISAAC GULLIVER, at in the county of Dorset. For particulars enquire at the house. Mr. Gulliver is about to remove to Tingmouth, in Devonshire, where he proposes to carry on the Wine and Brandy Trade, and hopes for the continuance of the favours of all his friends and customers, who will please to address their orders to him at Kinson, till Michaelmas next.

1782 Hampreston: In 1782, Kinson born William Lockyer, aged 15, went into sevice and lived for two years as a yearly servant with Mr. Isaac Gulliver of Hillams Land in the parish of Hampreston. Hillamsland Farm was set back from the Christchurch Road near Dudsbury and survives today as the old farmhouse adjoining the Dudsbury Golf Club.

1783  Gulliver was still a wine merchant at Kinson.

1783 To be sold, the reversion of a house, situated at Purewell, in the parish of Christchurch, now in the occupation of Mr. Ford, mason. For further particulars, apply to Mr. Isaac Gulliver, at Kingston, in Dorsetshire, who will dispose of the same.

1784  Customs men raided a barn at Kinson. Hannah Potter of the Dolphin Inn was seen. Her husband, John, was a tenant of Mary Barnes at the time she sold Pitt`s Farm to Gulliver. Did this raid take place at Pitt`s Farm or next door to the Dolphin Inn? Reliable records inform us: On Thursday the 19th February 1784, Mr. William Lander, Commander of the cutter Laurel, with Mr.Samuel Colbourne, his mate & Mr.Richard Wilkinson, mate of the Diligence lugger in the Service of the port (of Poole), with 37 of their men, went out on duty to Kingston (Kinson),after being informed that a quantity of run goods was concealed in a barn & stable there. During the search more than 100 people, some on horseback, some on foot, all of whom were armed with pistols, cutlasses, bludgeons, pitch-forks and other offensive weapons attacked the search party. So cruelly were the men beaten and bruised that no less than 27 of them ended up in the sick quarters under the care of a surgeon (at this place). None of them died!!

1786 - November. Samuel Margrie a bookseller of Weymouth and Melcombe Regis mortgages the lease of a property on the west side of South Street, Bridport, to Isaac Gullivor of Wimborne, merchant.

1786 - In December, Isaac Gulliver of West Moores, West Parley, leases from Sir John Webb, land known as Keeping`s or Roses tenement, with closes named Church plot, Roses Lane, Duddens and Wellsteads tenement with closes including Spinney, Leg, Coppice, East, Ensbury Mead, Harvest, Roses Middle and Little Compt and Quar. Lands at Kinson and Ensbury.

1787 - November. Lease between Henry Bankes of Kingston Hall and Isaac Gulliver, merchant of Kingston (Kinson), for a cottage and orchard at Holt (£16).

1788  Gulliver`s house at Kinson was to let. Mr. Peter Tait was the tenant of Pelhams. The latter is mentioned many times in connection with these deeds. Gulliver was again in Kinson during June.

A Custom`s officer described his farm as being a very considerable property.

Poole Letter book 10th December 1788 In obedience to your order signified by Mr. Gale`s letter of 3rd instant (No: 174) for us to report the general character of Isaac Gulliver and the sort of merchandise in which he is concerned, we humbly beg leave to inform Your Honours, That but a few years ago the said Gulliver was considered as one of the greatest and most notorious smugglers in the West of England, particularly in the Spirits and Tea Trade but in the Year 1782, he took the benefit of His Majesty`s Proclamation for Pardoning such Offences and as we are informed dropped that Branch of Smuggling, and afterwards confined himself chiefly to the Wine trade which he carried on to a considerable extent having vaults at various places along the coast to west of this port, some of which it is said, were situated in remote places, and we are well informed that he constantly sold wines considerably under the fair Dealers Price, from which circumstances there is no doubt but that he illicitly imported that article but which Trade we are also informed he dropped some time since. He is a person of great speculating genius and besides the smuggling, he has carried on a variety of other business, but we find he is not known at present to be concerned in any sort of merchandise and lives retired at farm in this neighbourhood, having acquired as it is reported a very considerable property.

1789 In September, Gulliver was residing at West Moors, the property is still known by that name today.

1792 Gulliver was now living at West Parley. He was angry that someone had moved a heath stone marking the dividing line between the boundaries of Hampreston and West Parley.

1794  Churchwardens Accounts: Kinson Church John Corbin for Gulliver 5s 2d. Paid for 100 limestones, was Mr. Gulliver`s, 1s 6d.

1796  Overseers of the Poor: Kinson church Charles Hill for Kingston farm (owned by Gulliver) 11s 9d. John Corbin for Gulliver 5s 2d. Gulliver was now living at Long Crichel. His daughter Ann married Edmund Wagg of Burton House, on 8th October.

1797  Ann Gulliver leaves her husband.

1798 Isaac, son of Isaac Gulliver, dies in November aged only 24 and was buried in Wimborne Minster.

1799 Ann`s husband, Edmund Wagg, dies. She later remarries and ends her days happily married to Dr. Crawford.

An inscription in Wimborne Minster commemorates Isaac Gulliver (jun) and Edmund Wagg and reads: Sacred to the memory of Isaac Gulliver of Long Critchell in this county, who died Nov 3, 1798, aged 24 years, and of Edmund Wagg, only son of George Wagg of Burton, in the county of Hants, esq., who married Ann, daughter of the above John Gulliver, esq. who died the 7th of March, 1799, aged 24 years. Gulliver is still living at Long Crichel.

1800  The Poole Pilot (1867) stated in this year that Isaac Gulliver carried out his landing of a very considerable quantity of contraband which was unloaded from 3 luggers anchored not far from Bournemoth Pier. He now finally retires. It is believed that one of his luggers was named "The Dolphin". To be continued.

Isaac Gulliver - the later years


1802  Charles Sturt of Brownsea Castle had the use of a pleasure schooner. This vessel was owned by someone (Isaac Gulliver) who had carried on an illicit trade to a very great extent and who had managed to avoid prosecution in 1782 by accepting the King`s pardon in exchange for the enlistment of two men in the navy.

1807 Gulliver was still living at Long Crichel. Mr. Hill and Mr. Corbin leased a house and land at Kinson owned by Gulliver.

1808  Gulliver was still living at Long Crichel.  

1815  Gulliver and his wife were now living at Kinson House. This site has now gone and is now occupied by tall modern flats which front the busy Wimborne Road in the heart of Kinson`s modern community. Gulliver enters into a legal agreement with Harriet Brouncker concerning premises in Kinson. One property was a cottage which allowed access to an ancient enclosure named LeCocqs. This was entered by an ancient lane at the rear of the site of the former Kinson Baths, opposite Brook Road, Bournemouth.

1816  Gulliver was still living in Kinson and his daughter Elizabeth Fryer set up home at Pelhams House with her husband William Fryer, a respected banker from Wimborne.

1817  Gulliver was now living in Wimborne. Gulliver was painted by Thomas Gosse.

1820 Gulliver still owned land at Dudsbury.

1822 Gulliver was awarded land at Bourne Bottom. The Canford Award of 1822 reveals that he owned or leased over 390 acres of land in the Kinson area.

Gulliver dies on Friday, 13th September 1822 and was buried in Wimborne Minster on 20th September. His twelve-thousand word will reveals that he owned property and land in Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire and Wiltshire.

What other details do we know about Gulliver`s life?

1796 Isaac Gulliver became a trustee of the Weare Charity at Kinson Church. John Weare left lands, the profits from which were given to the poor of Kinson, Cudnell and Ensbury. Ten shillings yearly was distributed. In later decades, local smugglers such as Tiller & Budden, all received small sums of money from this charitable trust. In 1833, Weare`s property was still entered as "vested in the heirs of the late Isaac Gulliver, Esquire."

1822 A Kinson Church rate of 2d in the £1 was levied and Isaac Gulliver paid 1s 4d. Isaac Gulliver also owned land near the modern College of Technology in Duck Lane, Bournemouth.

An Award dated 13th May, 1818 - made under the Steeple Ashton Enclosure Act (1813) - allotments were made to Isaac Gulliver in the Tithing of Semington , Wilts. Other Information: Gulliver`s Bridge at East Orchard was repaired by Isaac Gulliver. Gulliver owned a house, referred to as "Gulliver`s House",near Corfe Mullen. Behind a wall in this property, a painting of Gulliver sporting a fine beard was discovered many years ago.

What happened to Gulliver`s lands and property after his death?

Ann Fryer, who married Mr. Edward Castleman in 1823, inherited Kinson farm, also the miniatures of Elizabeth and Isaac Gulliver. Eggardon Farm passed to Charles Gulliver Fryer. Gulliver`s lands at West Parley passed to Frederick William Fryer. In 1867, 14 lots including Pitts Farm, were sold by the Rev`d Henry Edmund Fryer.

Kinson House passed from Elizabeth Gulliver to Ann Gulliver and later to grandson Isaac Fryer. This property was very central to all the other areas owned by Gulliver in the Kinson area. Everyone talks about Gulliver living at Howe Lodge but no one has been able, as yet, to produce documents to prove the many stories told about this interesting property.

Church Farm at West Stour (93 acres), passed to Mrs. Castleman of Chettle, near Wimborne, Dorset. Gulliver`s Farm at West Moors passed to Frederick William Fryer.

When he died, Pelhams did not belong to Gulliver. This property and lands passed down from William Fryer to son William Rolles Fryer. Pelhams now belongs to Bournemouth Council and Dorset County Council, having been purchased by Bournemouth in the 1930`s from the late and still much respected Rev`d A. M. Sharp. To be continued.

Isaac Gulliver`s Will

A very long and interesting document indeed!

Summary of Isaac Gulliver`s Will

This is the last will and testament of me Isaac Gulliver of Long Critchell in the county of Dorset Esquire. First I desire that my body may be interred in the parish church of Wimborne Minster in the said county and for that purpose I request that my executors hereinafter named will endeavour to procure from the official and churchwardens of the said parish a grant for faculty for a vault in the said church sufficiently large for myself and my wife and such of my family as shall be desirous of being interred in the same vault. And it is my wish and I hereby direct that my funeral may be a devout one without any pomp or unnecessary expense and be under the direction of my said executors and I give and devise all that my messuage or dwellings house with the orchard and appurtenances thereto belonging late Jacob Gulliver`s situate in Simington in the county of Wilts and also that orchard late Besants situate in Simington aforesaid unto my nephew Isaac Gulliver of Simington aforesaid laborer his heirs and assigns forever. To Betty Marshall spinster of Ringwood the natural daughter of Sarah Marshall now or late of Hampreston £250. To Elizabeth Dean spinster daughter of William Dean late of Wimborne Minster apothecary deceased £100. To John Gulliver of Collingbourne Wilts butcher son of the late Jacob Gulliver £100. To Sarah Sawyer wife of John Sawyer of Simington Wilts labourer and daughter of Jacob Gulliver late of Simington yeoman deceased £100. To Ann Marks wife of ? Marks of Hinton Wilts labourer also daughter of the late Jacob Gulliver £100. (Husband`s name never entered.) To John Gulliver also son of the said Jacob Gulliver £100. All of my freehold manors messuages tenements lands etc. in the several counties of Dorset, Somerset, Hants and Wilts to be held in trust by Charles Bowle of Wimborne Minster and Matthew Wasse Place of Hampreston clerk from the income from which they shall pay. To my wife Elizabeth Gulliver £400 per annum. To my daughter Ann wife of Andrew Crawford of Blandford Forum Doctor of Physic £400 per annum to be her own in her own right. After the death of my wife Elizabeth Gulliver the payment to Ann Crawford to be increased to £500 per annum. After the death of Ann Crawford (or at her request during her lifetime) her child if only one shall receive on attaining the age of 21 years the sum of £6,000, if two children £10,600 to be divided between them. If three children £14,400. If four children £17,400. If five children £20,000. If six or more children £22,200. The said trustees Charles Bowle and Matthew Wasse Place shall hold in trust for my daughter Elizabeth Fryer the wife of William Fryer of Wimborne Minster Banker (Subject only to the trusts before mentioned) All my freehold manors messuages farms lands etc. copy hold and leasehold tenements and hereditaments fund stocks etc. etc. The income from all these to be my daughter Elizabeth Fryer`s in her own right. At her death the whole estate to be divided in what manner she shall have directed ( or in case of no such direction equally) between her children grand children or other issue. It is my will and desire and I hereby request that all and every son and sons of my said daughter Elizabeth Fryer now born or hereafter to be born who by virtue of this my will or of the trusts therein contained shall become entitled to the possession or to the receipts of the rents and profits of the freehold manors or freehold copy hold and leasehold messuages farm lands and hereditaments hereby devised or any part thereof shall as soon as conveniently may be after he or they shall severally and respectively become entitled to the possession or the receipt of the rents or profits thereof take upon him or them respectively and use in all deeds and writings to or in which he or they shall be a party or parties the surname of Gulliver either alone or together with and if together with them after his own surname or surnames and also quarter the arms of Gulliver with his or their family arms and also apply for and endeavour to obtain an Act of Parliament or proper licence from the Crown or take such other means as may be requisite or necessary to take use and bear the surname and arms of Gulliver. The trustees may deduct and retain expenses of administration of the trusts. Signed on 22nd April, 1808. Witnesses, Wm Castleman Attorney Wimborne Dorset John Force and Thomas Abraham his clerks.

Codicil (1)

Whereas I Isaac Gulliver late of Long Critchell but now Kingston both in the county of Dorset Esquire duly made and published my last will.. The bequest of £100 each to John Gulliver of Collingbourne Sarah Sawyer of Simington Ann Marks of Hinton and John Gulliver son of Jacob Gulliver are revoked. Each instead is to be provided at the testators death with mourning to the amount of £10 as near as can be. To my wife Elizabeth Gulliver I give and bequeath all my household goods furniture plate linen china and stocks of liquors and wines. The annual payment to Ann Crawford to be £500. If my daughter Elizabeth Fryer dies before her husband William Fryer the trustees shall pay the income from my estates to my son-in-law the said William Fryer until he dies or remarries and only then distribute the estate amongst the children as directed in my will. My personal estate and also revenue from sale of timber upon my estates to be invested by the trustees in the public stocks or funds of Great Britain for the benefit of my wife Elizabeth during her lifetime my wife Elizabeth Gulliver to be allowed to occupy or receive the rents during her lifetime of the dwelling house garden and premises with the appurtenances thereto situate at Kingston (Kinson) aforesaid now in my occupation. After her death Ann Crawford shall be allowed to live in and occupy the said dwelling house but not let it during her lifetime.. After Ann Crawford`s death or at any time she may cease to occupy it the said dwelling house etc. I give to my grandson Isaac Fryer his heirs and assigns for ever. I give devise and bequeath all that dwelling house yard brewhouse stable garden and premises with the appurtenances situate in Wimborne Minster in the renting of B. Walter Guy unto my grandson John Fryer his heirs and assigns for ever. I give and bequeath unto my said grandson John Fryer £1,000. Unto my grandson Isaac Fryer, also the sum of £1,000. Which said legacies are to be paid in six months after my decease and to be over and above what they or either of them will or may become seized of or entitled to receive and take under my said will. Signed 3rd November 1815. Witnesses, James G Burgess Joseph lockyer H Rowden.

Codicil (2)

This is a codicil to the last will and testament of me Isaac Gulliver of Kingston in the parish of Great Canford in the county of Dorset Esquire. I give and bequeath unto my grandchildren, Ann Fryer, William Rolles Fryer, Henry Edmund Fryer, Charles Gulliver Fryer and Frederick William Fryer, children of Elizabeth Fryer, the sum of £500 to be paid to them on their respectively attaining the age of 21 years. Signed 30th March. 1816. Witnesses, Thos Parr Attorney Poole Robert Henning Parr Joseph Lockyer.

Codicil (3)

Whereas I Isaac Gulliver late of Kingston in the parish of Great Canford in the county of Dorset and now of Wimborne Minster in the said county Esquire. The bequest of £100 to Elizabeth Dean (now the wife of Rev Christopher Fleet of Durweston) is revoked. Signed 1st february 1822. Witnesses, Charles Allan Tasker Thomas Game W Low Note Isaac Gulliver`s will was proved at London with 3 codicils on the 28th February, 1823, by the oaths of the Rev Charles Bowle and the Rev Matthew Wasse Place, executors. For those wishing to obtain a copy of Gulliver`s will from the Public Records Office, the reference is: Prob/11/1666 C/15705.

Isaac Gulliver`s signature

This is his signature relating to some land he purchased in Kinson in the late 1700`s.

Isaac Gulliver`s house in Wimborne,Dorset

This photograph was taken in 1979.

High House

A property near Corfe Mullen in Wimborne associated with Isaac Gulliver.

Gulliver`s farm at West Moors

This is the site where Isaac once lived.

Gulliver`s red coat

The late V J Adams, a much respected researcher of Isaac Gulliver, did refer to Gulliver having a red coat. This small photograph gives a glimpse of it.

The day Isaac Gulliver was married

The signatures of Isaac Gulliver and Elizabeth Beale are shown.

Isaac Gulliver`s burial entry

He was buried in Wimborne Minster in 1822.

Woodes Rogers

He was a famous sea captain of yesteryears.

The signature of Woodes Rogers

This is his signature which appears on a Kinson document.

The land in question was Pitts farm.

A link between Woodes Rogers & Isaac Gulliver Pitts Farm

This Kinson farm, sadly no more, was purchased by Isaac Gulliver in 1775. It was one of his first major purchases in this area. Although modern housing covers the majority of the area, a few open fields and ancient tree boundaries can still be seen today. Everyone who researches local history is probably fascinated about Gulliver`s life and his connection with Kinson and his immense trade he built up during the height of the smuggling age. It appears that he was not the only venturer who was drawn to the open sea!

Pitts Farm dates back to the early 1600`s, when it was owned by John Weare whose grave can be found at the base of the square-western tower in Kinson churchyard. We need to come forward in time to 1698/9 when this farm comes to our attention through a purchase. On the 10th and the 11th March of that year John & Thomas Swaine, James and Catherine Penny, John and Mary Walker, Robert and Jane Hayes, in consideration of ninety pounds, sold certain lands to Thomas Pitt of Ensbury. The sale was witnessed by Woodes Rogers, a famous sea captain.

Woodes Rogers was reputedly born in Poole in 1679. He later sailed around the world and was the third English sea-captain to achieve this notable feat. His father was involved in the Newfoundland trade, later moving to Bristol from Poole. Captain Rogers was authorised to lead an expedition to gauge the strength of the Spaniards on the Pacific coasts of their American colonies during the time of the War of the Spanish Succession in the reign of Queen Anne of England (1702-1714). Aged 29, he set out on his tour of duty in 1708, commanding the Duke (320 tons, 30 guns, with a crew of 117) and the Duchess (260 tons, 26 guns, with a crew of 108). He took with him a much respected navigator of the South Seas named William Dampier.

Early in 1709, they rounded the Horn into the Pacific and dropped anchors off the Island of Juan Fernandez, taking on board their vessels much needed fresh supplies of water, fruit and fresh supplies of goat meat. It was here that Rogers noticed a light coming from near the shoreline and he sent a boarding party to trace its source. In, "A Cruising Voyage round the World" he later related: "Our pinnace (warship`s boat usually with 8 oars) returned from the shoreline and brought a man in goat skins who looked wilder than the first owners of them." The wild man was none other than Alexander Selkirk, a Scotsman marooned there four years earlier after a dispute when he was a member of Dampier`s earlier expedition.

After rescuing Selkirk, Woodes Rogers sailed northwards capturing several Spanish vessels and considerable booty. Being mindful of danger, he sailed for England taking the route across the Pacific to the East Indies, returning home via the Cape of Good Hope arriving safely in 1711. The writer, Daniel Defoe, probably met Woodes Rogers and Andrew Selkirk and this is how, "The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe" came to be written and published in 1719.

In 1718, Rogers was sent to the Bahamas as the first Crown governor in an effort to restore law and order in this archipelago of the British West Indies. These islands (29) were ruled by a band of maurading pirates, one of whom was the notorious pirate leader,Edward Teach(Blackbeard), killed in the same year. Woodes Rogers died there in 1732. Daniel Defoe died in 1731. One of his daughters, Henrietta, married John Boston, an officer of Excise in Wimborne, by whom she had one son and died on 5th May, 1760.

Thomas Pitts did not stay long at Pitts farm and later moved to Corfe Mullen in Wimborne. He sold his lands to William Oakley of Cudnell. The Oakley family have a tomb which can be found near the porch of Kinson church. This same family also owned original Pelhams. What would have Isaac Gulliver have made of all this? He never sold this farm and it remained in the family until it was sold by one of his grandsons, the Rev. Henry Edmund Fryer in 1867. In 1840, Mary Rodwell held the tenancy of Pitts Farm and in 1867, Joshua Wareham occupied Oxford Plot and Thomas Whitteridge held the tenancy of Pitts Farm and was concerned with the running of a butcher`s shop on the premises.

Up to about the 1950`s, the land was still farmed and Mr. Still is believed to have been the last tenant farmer. The land was purchased by Bournemouth Council and a large modern estate was built. The land that now remains stills wait the arrival of the Kinson Relief Road which has been spoken of for many decades now. It really is amazing what can be found by looking at present day open land, researching old documents & then putting an interesting story together.

Without realising it, everyday we are literally walking over areas of land full of ancient history locally. John Singer of Kinson In 1780, customs officers raided the Kinson granary belonging to John Singer, who it was rumoured, "had long been concerned in the smuggling trade" and reputed to be a servant of Mr. Isaac Gulliver. 541 gallons of brandy and rum and 1,871 lbs of coffee were seized. Having looked through the old records for the Kinson area and especially local maps, it is highly likely that the granary was only a short distance away from the Dolphin Inn.

What is not speculative is that John Singer died in 1781 and was buried in Kinson churchyard. Singer`s name can clearly be read in this published document. Burial entry of Robert Trotman Isaac Gulliver was only 19 years old when Trotman died on that fateful night in March of 1765. Was young Isaac a part of Trotman`s gang, perhaps we will never know. Those who research Gulliver always refer to him as "the gentle smuggler! That`s the way we like to remember him!

A connection between Isaac Gulliver and John Potter

As well as running and probably owning the Dolphin Inn in Kinson, John Potter was also a tenant of Mary Barns at the time she sold Pitts Farm to Isaac Gulliver in 1775. Isaac sold the Churchwardens some limestones and John sold the church some oak timber. A building project perhaps? In the related document, John Potter`s name is mentioned in connection with Sowditch close, the entrance to which, still survives and can be found near the busy Wimborne Road near Bear Cross in Bournemouth.

The original Kinson Church

This photograph gives a hint of how St. Andrew`s Church may have looked in Gulliver`s time.

The tunnel at the rear of Kinson church

Rumours about old tunnels existing in the district still survive to the present day. The tunnel featured once carried stream water from the higher valley near Wallisdown, down through the Kinson Common and then eventually into the Millhams Stream. Old records survive dating to 1795, stating that Betty Hall`s son was paid for tunnele expenses. It is extremely likely that a culverted stream once flowed openly alongside the original Kinson church. The stream today now flows into Millhams on the opposite side of the main entrance to kinson churchyard.

The Oakley tomb in St. Andrew`s churchyard

Many historians still wrongly assume in smuggling researches that the Oakley tomb commemorates a purely fictitious family. This is not so! In 1706, a William Oakley purchased Pitts Farm from Thomas Pitts. The same family are also mentioned again in connection with other Kinson lands in 1711 and as late as 1726. As some references refer to original Pelhams, for obvious reasons, further details cannot be presently published.

St. Andrew`s church records for 1710

These clearly give positive confirmation of the existence of Mr. William Oakley and his much respected family in Kinson or Kingston as the village was then known as. Apologies are given for the poor clarity of the photograph. The original is extremely light in colour due to its age.

William Oakley`s signature

This is the signature of a William Oakley which appears on a document that was signed over 292 years ago in connection with Kinson lands.

Howe Lodge at East Howe, Kinson, Dorset

In folklore, the legendary home of smuggler Isaac Gulliver was situated on the outskirts of Kinson. It was a long and low 18-roomed dwelling. with traces of a cob or earth wall surrounding it. It had a secret tunnel 30 to 40ft long in the garden leading from a secret cellar. The tunnel was well constructed of smallish bricks. There was a small trapdoor in the living room floor with a heavy iron ring for lifting purposes. This also led to a hiding place approximately 4ft down. In the cellar was a well. Most properties in the district had a well and there is even a recorded death of someone falling down a well and dying from their injuries sustained. 10ft up a great chimney was a small door which gave access to a tiny chamber. Within the lodge there were many wooden racks for storing weapons. Sadly, Howe Lodge was demolished in the late 1950`s. If Howe Lodge and many other old buildings of Bournemouth had been preserved, just think what tourist attractions they would have made? We know that John Way owned Howe Lodge after Gulliver`s time. Indeed, there are records for the building having been used by the clergy of Kinson church.

Sadly, there are no records surviving to prove that Gulliver actually owned Howe Lodge. When one spends many years of research on Isaac Gulliver, it becomes abundantly clear that Isaac`s activities and land ownership were centred in the lower valley of Kinson from Cudnell, through central Kinson and around the Ensbury areas of the parish. Although the area in Brook Road, East Howe is now mostly covered by modern housing, the ancient still survives in places. Old field systems and one tithe boundary oak tree still survive intact around the area where Howe Lodge once stood.

What local folklore states about Howe Lodge:

In this house in an alcove on the circular staircase Isaac Gulliver had a spectacular escape from the customs men. It is said that Gulliver was followed there and when his chasers arrived, they beat on the front door demanding to be admitted. The door was opened by a sad-faced woman who told them that the master of the house had just died from a fever. She insisted that they do him honour by viewing the body. Reluctantly, the customs men went to the stairs, and there, in the alcove was a coffin. Inside it was Gulliver, spotted with fever and ashen-faced. The customs men, well satisfied that Gulliver was dead, left rather hurriedly so as not to be struck down by the same fever! Of course, as soon as the officers had left,up popped Isaac Gulliver, very much alive, looking rather jovial and much pleased with himself.

In reality, Isaac Gulliver was a man of recognised great speculating genius. Although this is a great tale to regale on guided walks, it must be borne in mind that if his association with Howe Lodge occured around 1780, Gulliver still had another good 42 years of life left in him and he would have been closely watched by the customs service for some considerable time after the aforementioned date. Everyone researching Gulliver is fully aware as to how he became totally respectable and finally settled down,enjoying the fruits of his labours! If Isaac was alive today, he most certainly would have been one of the captains of modern industry and Dorset would have certainly reaped tremendous benefits from his obvious talents and skills!

Was Howe Lodge haunted?

This is a house-maid`s tale told to Moonfleet of Kinson. One of the true old Kinson villagers, Minnie Bertha Still, once slept in one of the small rooms at Howe lodge and was very frequently awakened in the dead of the night after having had weird nightmares. Men and women dressed in olden styled clothing from centuries before, would appear in her room with distorted faces as if to mock her and then would suddenly fade from view. These nightmares became so bad that Mother Still took Minnie away from Howe Lodge and she never returned or even visited again!

A Local Press story - August 1951

A skull was found of a person who had died a violent death. It was unearthed by workmen excavating foundations for a footpath near Brook Road. An 8 inch (200mm) long pointed piece of iron was found to be sticking out of the skull. It was later revealed that the skull was a female`s.Was she perhaps an informer who paid the penalty for talking to the customs men?

Notes: The Skull ( a woman`s) with a marine spike embedded in it was dug up in the grounds of Woodlands (close to Howe Lodge) when it was being cleared for building. The Elliott family who were farmers and also owned the West Howe Pottery moved from Cudnell Farm into this property in 1897.

1942: Wednesday, July 22nd 3.30 to 6pm. Mr. & Mrs. E. A. Elliott, old friends of the church (St. Andrew`s - Kinson), kindly allowed members to meet in their garden at Woodlands, Brook Road, for a picnic.

Saturday 4th July, 1953 - Bournemouth Daily Echo The tenant of Howe Lodge was Mr. William Charles Veal, who had a timber yard and tree-felling business there, told the Echo the house had smuggling associations. Mr. Veal had moved into Howe Lodge in 1947. While digging in the garden he found a tunnel. He was able to walk upright along it for 30 or 40 feet, all of which was neatly bricked, until it came to a stop. For safety reasons, he later filled it in. The brickwork of the entrance was still open to inspection. Under the living room carpet was a trapdoor to the secret cellar. This was still open and inside a chimney leading from a fireplace was a built-in hiding place. The tunnel in the garden evidently made its way to the cellar.

The Echoes of the Day writer checked the files of Bournemouth public library and found an account of (Isaac) Gulliver in The Smugglers of Christchurch, Bourne Heath and the New Forest published by Hutchinson & Co. in 1942. The author, Mr. E. Russell Oakley of Christchurch described him (Gulliver) as a remarkable organiser of smuggling operations and owner of a fleet of boats who a century later might have been a big business man with a peerage as a reward. He continued: "His home was at Kinson. The house was built for his business with concealed cupboards, hollow walls and underground access to hideouts... it was also believed that from his house to Poole there was a subterranean passage. This is probably not correct but the fine old house is still standing and has a secret cellar under the dining room floor.." The book also quoted the story that Gulliver, his face chalked, lay in a coffin and pretended to be dead when Excise men called to arrest him. In Howe Lodge can still be seen the alcove where the coffin is said to have lain. The book did not mention the house specifically by name. But Mr. N. T. Elliott of the West Howe pottery company whose mother owned the property at one time agreed that with this evidence the article writer`s assumption that Howe Lodge was Gulliver`s home was likely to be correct. He knew of the underground chamber but not of the tunnel in the garden.

Behind every great man There is always a greater woman!

This is Elizabeth Beale who married Isaac Gulliver in 1768. Elizabeth was married to Isaac for 54 years. One property they lived in at Kinson was named Kinson Cottage or House. This was located on the main Wimborne Road where the modern tall flats are located. Always in the back ground, but constantly at Isaac`s side. By all accounts, Elizabeth was a very remarkable lady indeed!

A Dudsbury property once owned by Isaac Gulliver - Hillams Land Farm

This is the old farmhouse, a grade two listed building, owned by the Dudsbury Golf Club. In about 1782, the property was owned by Isaac Gulliver. During that time, Isaac bought Eggardon once described: which lately had belonged to George Chafin of Chettle, Esq., whose brother and devisee , the Rev`d William Chafin, sold it to Isaac Gulliver of Longham. Isaac always appeared to be on the move! In 1782, he also obtained a pardon. In the same year, his name appears on a customs list for unshipping 4 pipes of wine without payment of duty. (504 gallons.) He also lets his shop at Kinson, probably a property near Kinson House and announces that he was going to Teignmouth in Devon. In 1783, Isaac is described as a wine merchant at Kinson.

Isaac Gulliver - Canford Award, relating to Kinson Isaac Gulliver`s property

Isaac Gulliver is referred to as " of Wimborne Minster, Esquire", in the Canford Inclosure Award of 1822, which was prepared between 1805 to 1822. Gulliver`s property mentioned in the Award is summarised as follows:-

Ancient enclosures not affected by the act on account of freehold 199A 0R 33P on account of leasehold 3A 2R 28P Ancient inclosure exchanged 3A 1R 14P Allotment in meadows 11A 1R 03P Allotment on Heath & Waste freehold 172A 1R 25P leasehold 3R 31P Gulliver`s leasehold property was under the Lord of the Manor, Edward Arrowsmith, heir of Sir John Webb, bt., died 1797.

Gulliver is also recorded as being the owner of two freehold cottages situated in the Parish of Great Canford and occupied respectively by James Govier Hurgess and -- Lukin. These cottages were listed in the 3rd schedule as among those who were entitled to the right of cutting turf and heath.

Gulliver is also named with William Baldwin, John Corbin and John Hill as a trustee of the late James Roger Bramble whose estate was awarded 8A 1R 27P, " by Broomy Close". Land allocated to Isaac Gulliver by the Award Ref: 928 Cudnell Little Mead 1A 1R 38P 931 Kinson Mead ( sub. R.O.W.) 8A 2R 14P 932 Kinson Mead 1A 0R 11P 950 Ensbury Green 0A 0R 9P 965 By Lockyer`s Combs 2A 2R 14P 1000 By Norris`s Close 11A 2R 05P 1021 (land by Poole Lane) 12A 2R 01P 1038 At Comp Corner 44A 3R 19P 1050 Bourne Bottom 97A 3R 17P 927 Cudnell Little Mead 0A 0R 20P 178 Kinson Close 3A 1R 14P Total = 184A 0R 02P The last two allotments were made in exchange for an ancient enclosure 3A 2R "called Poole Lane", awarded to Thomas & James Williams (No. 223). To 184A 0R 2P we can add 3rods and 31 perches, leased heath which was to be found at Longfleet, listed as No. 305, part of a field classified as heath. We added the aforementioned information on 19th April 2008 and this increases Isaac Gulliver`s Allotment on Heath & Waste (freehold and leasehold) to 184A 3R 33P. Unfortunately, the schedule totals 187A 3R 33P and the land allocated to Isaac Gulliver, as detailed above, is 3 acres short. More future research is required.

As a matter of interest, Quomp Corner (At Comp Corner 44 acres) allocated to Isaac Gulliver, was later purchased in 1846 by Miss Georgina Talbot. Isaac Gulliver, land ownership in Kinson

Kinson Tithe map Lands connected with Isaac Gulliver

In the name of the Reverand Charles Bowle devisee of Isaac Gulliver:- Roger Corbin (tenant) Tithe Ref: 49 Six Acres 6A 1R 14P 55 Three Acres 2A 3R 38P Total = 9A 1R 12P William Nippard (tenant) 41 Soldier 3R 18P 68 Ral or Rod 3R 35P 70 Moor Hays 1A 3R 14P 85 Furzey Close 2R 26P 88 Two Acres 2A 2R 2P 92 Quarry/Ruany 4A 1R 35P 98 Two Acres 1A 3R 17P 89 Bottom Plot 1A 3R 28P 84 Sarahs Plot 1R 34P 83 Tillers Plot 2R 18P 82 Hse,barn, gdn & yard 0A 0R 25P 367 Hobbys 2R 34P Total = 17A 0R 06P Mary Rodwell (tenant) 186 Hill Meadow 1A 1R 38P 198 Sow Ditch Close 0A 1R 18P 199 Kitchers field 10A 2R 1P 205 Kitchers Mead 2A 2R 11P 204 Church Plot OA 2R 3P 211 Cockram Meadow 2A 1R 26P 212 Island 0A 0R 6P 243 Eweland 7A 2R 11P 255 Long Close 8A 1R 22P 254 Eight Acres 7A 0R 5P 251 Taylors field 7A 0R 0P 251a same 283 Garden 0A 1R 0P 286 Hse& garden 0A 1R 9P 287a Hse & garden 0A 0R 8P 279 Cliggs 5A 1R 10P 277 Farmhse, gdn,orch`d 0A 2R 23P 276 Barn,stable & yard 1A 1R 04P 276a Hse, stable, malthse & yard 0A 1R 16P 275 Orchard & garden 0A 2R 0P 278 Court Close 3A 0R 24P 294 Kinson Close 10A 1R 8P 139 Stoney Close 2A 3R 29P 146 Oxford Plot 2A 0R 13P 146a same 155 Two Acres 1A 3R 30P 156 Garden 0A 1R 03P 157 Hse, barn & yard 0A 1R 34P 158 Home Plot 1A 3R 31P 161 Orchard 0A 0R 27P 148 Poole Lane Plot 1A 0R 27P 150 Copse 0A 0R 20P 151 Scull Pit 2A 0R 27P 297 Thorne Croft 1A 3R 23P 271 Lane 0A 0R 16P 258 Little Leg & 11Acres 16A 0R 19P 258a same 257 Rushy Plot 2A 0R 03P 256 Ten Acres 9A 0R 18P 187 Allotm`t Cudnell Little Mead 1A 2R 18P 235 Allotm`t Kinson Mead 9A 2R 25P 253a Josephs Lane 0A 0R 16P 152 Six Acres 5A 2R 11P Total = 129A 1R 33P Pennell King (tenant) 363 Home Close 1A 0R 0P 360 Kings Close 1A 1R 10P 239 Colborns Four acres 3A 2R 27P 469 Colborns Plot 1A 1R 05P 468 Court Close 4A 1R 10P 471 Three Acres 2A 3R 32P 459 Plot 1A 1R 10P 458 Barn & yard 0A 1R 1P 461 Hse and garden 0A 1R 05P 450 Ensbury field 3A 0R 18P 431 Lockyers Coombs 3A 3R 12P 413 Lockyers Coombs 2A 3R 27P 414 Broomy Close 3A 1R 12P 429 Roses Quomp 4A 1R 35P 438 Roses Inner Quomp2A 3R 03P 409 Rabbit Plot 1A 2R 32P Total = 38A 1R 39P James Pymar (tenant) 219 In Ox 3A 2R 7P 225 Ten Acres 8A 3R 2P Total = 12A 1R 9P Joshua Wareham (tenant) 316 Dukes 2A 3R 38P 292 House & garden 0A 0R 26P Total = 3A 0R 24P Philip Welch (tenant) 287 Smith`s shop & yard 0A 0R 22P Total = 0A 0R 22P Thomas Witteridge (tenant) 272 Anstey`s Moor 9A 1R 37P Total = 9A 1R 37P William Thackwait (tenant) 295 East Close 4A 1R 25P Total = 4A 1R 25P Summary: Isaac Gulliver\ tenants Roger Corbin 9A 1R 12P William Nippard 17A 0R 6P Mary Rodwell 129A 1R 33P Pennell King 38A 1R 39P James Pymar 12A 1R 09P Joshua Wareham 3A 0R 24P Phillip Welch 0A 0R 22P Thomas Witteridge 9A 1R 37P Wm Thackwait 4A 1R 25P Total = 223A 3R 7P

Rev`d H. E. Fryer`s, Kinson & Ensbury land sale, 1867

Rev`d Henry Edmund Fryer land sale, which took place at the Crown Inn, Wimborne, on the 10th September, 1867, at three o` clock in the afternoon. The vendor became entitled to the several lots under a deed of appointment, executed in 1838, by his late mother, under the will (dated in 1808) of his maternal grandfather, Isaac Gulliver, who purchased or otherwise acquired the same at various periods under conveyances or other deeds dated in or between 1775 and the date of his death in 1822. Unfortunately, some of the paperwork relating to this important land sale has been lost and we have had to spend considerable time cross referencing other records we have to obtain as accurately as possible, all known details and information relating to all lots offered for sale.

For information purposes, A= acres. R = rods. P = perches. 40 perches made up one rod or rood and 4 rods or roods made one acre of land. Also, 160 perches made one acre.

Tithe Map references are entered where possible to identify land areas. Example: Cliggs 4A 3R 17P (279). 279 is the Tithe Map reference for Cliggs. 14 Lots were sold and these are the details:

Lot No.1

No. on plan (4) Cliggs 4A 3R 17P (279) (4b) House & garden 0A 1R 9P (286) (4d) House & garden 0A 0R 8P (287a) (5) Farmhouse gdns and orchard 0A 2R 23P (277) (6) Barn stables & yards 1A 1R 04P (276) (7) Hse, stable, malthouse & yard 0A 1R 16P (276a) Two cottages 0A 0R 30P (8) Orchard & garden 0A 1R 15P (275) (9) Court Close 3A 0R 24P (278) (10) Anstey Moor 5A 2R 0P (pt 272) (11) Josephs Lane 0A 0R 16P (271) (12) Rushy Plot 2A 0R 03R (257) (13/14)Little Leg and eleven acres 16A 0R 19P (258/ 258a) (15) Ten Acres 9A 0R 18P (256) (16) Long Close 8A 1R 02P (255) (17) Eight Acres 7A 0R 05P (254) (18) Josephs Lane 0A 0R 16P (253a) (19) Taylors Field 7A 0R 0P (251/251a) (21) Allotment in Kinson Meadow 9A 2R 25P (235) (22) Latch Acre Eweland 7A 2R 11P (243) (42) Kinson Close 10A 1R 08P (294) (43) Thorney Croft 1A 3R 23P (297) (44) Stoney Close 2A 3R 29P (139) Lot No. 1 total = 98A 3R 1P

Lot No. 2

No. on plan (1) Island 0A 0R 6P (212) (2) Cockram Meadow 2A 1R 26P (211) Lot No. 2 total = 2A 1R 38P Lot 3

Lot No. 3

No. on plan (23) Colborns Four Acres 3A 2R 27P (239) (24) Colborns Plot 1A 1R 5P (469) (25) Court Close 4A 1R 10P (468) (26) Three Acres 2A 3R 32P (471) (27) Plot 1A 1R 10P (459) (28) Barn and yard 0A 1R 1P (458) (29) Cottage and garden 0A 1R 5P (461) Lot No. 3 total = 14A 0R 10P

Lots 4 -5

Lot No. 4 No. on plan (30) Ensbury Field 3A 0R 18P (450) (31) Roses Inner Quomp 2A 3R 3P (438) (32) Roses Quomp 4A 1R 35P (429) (34) Lockyers Coombs 2A 3R 27P (413) (35) Broomy Close 3A 1R 12P (414) (36) Rabbit Plot 1A 2R 32P (409) (33) Lockyers Coombs 3A 3R 12P (431) Lot No. 4 total = 22A 0R 19P

Lot No. 5

No. on plan (76) Allotment adjoining Lockyers Coombs 2A 2R 14P (76a) Allotment adjoining Lockyers Coombs 8A 1R 27P Lot No. 5 total = 11A 0R 1P

Lot 6

Lot No. 6 No. on plan (40) East Close 4A 1R 25P (295) (41) Dukes 2A 3R 38P (316) (41a) Coppice adjoining 0A 1R 0P Lot No. 6 total = 7A 2R 23P

Lots 7 - 10

Lot No. 7

No. on plan (45 & 46) Oxford Plot 2A 0R 13P (146/146a) (47) Two Acres 1A 3R 30P (155) (48) Garden 0A 1R 3P (156) (49) Hse, barn and yard 0A 1R 34P (157) (50) Home Plot 1A 3R 31P (158) (51) Orchard 0A 0R 27P (161) (52) Six Acres 5A 2R 11P (152) (53) Poole Lane Plot. 1A 0R 27P (148) (54) Coppice 0A 0R 20P (150) (55) Scull Pits 2A 0R 27P (151) Lot No. 7 total = 15A 3R 23P

Lot No. 8

No. on plan (56) Kitchers Field 10A 2R 1P (199) (57) Sow Ditch Close 0A 1R 18P (198) (58) Kitchers Mead 2A 2R 11P (205) (59) Church Plot 0A 2R 3P (204) Lot No. 8 total = 13A 3R 33P

Lot No. 9

No. on plan (44a) Barnes Mead (Hampreston) 2A 1R 33P Lot No. 9 total = 2A 1R 33P

Lot No. 10

No. on plan (60) Hill Meadow 1A 1R 38P (186) (61) Allotment in Cudnell Little Mead 1A 2R 18P (187) Lot No. 10 total = 3A 0R 16P

Lot 11

Lot No. 11 No. on plan (62) Three Acres 2A 3R 38P (55) (63) Six Acres 6A 1R 14P (49) Lot No. 11 total = 9A 1R 12P

Lot 12

Lot No. 12 No. on plan (64) Soldier 0A 3R 18P (41) (65) Ral or Rod 0A 3R 35P (68) (66) Moor Hays 1A 3R 14P (79) (67) Tillers Plot 0A 2R 18P (83) (68) Hse, barn, garden & yard 0A 0R 25P (82) (69) Sarahs Plot 0A 1R 34P (84) (70) Furzey Close 0A 2R 26P (85) (71) Two Acres 2A 2R 2P (88) (72) Bottom Plot 1A 3R 28P (89) (73) Quarry or Ruanny 4A 1R 35P (92) (74) Two Acres 1A 3R 17P (98) (78) Enclosure 1021 12A 2R 1P Lot No. 12 total = 28A 3R 13P

Lot 13

Lot No. 13 No. on plan (4a) Garden 0A 1R 0P (283) (4c) House and garden 0A 0R 26P (292) Lot No. 13 total = 0A 1R 26P

Lot 14

Lot 14 Enclosure 1000 11A 2R 5P Referred to as by Norris`s Close.Also known as Lecocqs. Lot No. 14 total = 11A 2R 5P

Smuggling tales about Isaac Gulliver

We strive to make this section as interesting and as factually accurate as possible which not only stimulates interest in smuggling tales about Isaac Gulliver but more importantly, keeps alive the Kinson village feel of yesteryears and today. We feature the sign hanging until recently outside Gulliver`s Tavern at Kinson which was formerly known as The Dolphin Inn. Although the wording on the sign mentions Gullivers c1850, Isaac Gulliver died on Friday, 13th September, 1822, at Wimborne. 

Old Gulliver need not concern himself anymore. The pub has been renovated and is now known as The Acorn. The history of Old Kinson, however, still lives on.

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