The Square and Compass
Worth Matravers, Swanage, Dorset
A gorgeous village pub from the 17th century that may have history from a much earlier period as it was on one of the pilgrim paths along the south coast. It is rather splendid name is from Old English Wirde in 1086. It was called Worth Matrauers from 1654. This was from the manorial affix of the Mautravers family here from the 14th century. In 1786, an East Indiaman ship, the Halsewell, was driven ashore. One hundred and sixty eight passengers and officers were drowned. Some 71 were saved after being washed ashore, with into the caves between St Albans Head and Anvil Point. This pub people used as a hospital and mortuary. It exhibits ghostly manifestations. These include the ghosts of some of those drowned people. During the early hours of the morning, reporters have heard cries and screams. Coincidentally, there have been sightings of figures in grey or black clothing in various parts of this inn. The terrace of the pub exhibits ghostly manifestations. These include a Negro male. Legend has it that he had been a servant or employee at a manor house, who had been killed trying to escape. During the Second World War, the cliffs of Worth Matravers were home to a radar station until this was relocated to Malvern, Worcestershire.