Barricane House – Mortehoe

Barricane House in Mortehoe is believed to have been given it’s name as it was the closest a horse drawn carriage could get to Barricane Shell Beach before there was a road to follow. Home to the Conibear family and its descendants since the 1800’s the house has a prominent position in the village square. 

Samuel Conibear was a local blacksmith and built his home on the grounds of the former  Barricane Tea rooms, he would live here with his wife and four daughters running it as Barricane Inn before he took over the running of the Chichester Arms.  At some point Samuel was asked to become the landlord of the Chichester Arms.  The story is that in doing so he let the licence of Barricane lapse and was sacked by the brewery having removed the competition in the village. Thus Barricane Inn became Barricane House and a guest house.

Barricane House was extended to include the three storey building alongside it, and the building that is now the Village Stores, these were known as Barricane House 1, 2 and 3. Samuel and his wife, Sarah lived in the orginal house, the second was left empty and the third was run by Samuel’s daughter, Eva, as a lodging house and grocery store. 

One of it’s interesting guests would be the Victorian artist Walter Sickert who stayed with the Conibears in 1875 on his return home he sent the family a letter with a drawing he had done of Morte Church. The Conibears have a connection to the Church as we see it today, as in 1883 Samuel Conibear made the ‘lofty, ornamental and substantial weather vane’ that is on the tower of the church which had been a gift of G. B. Longstaff of Twitchen house.

Barricane House was past to Samuel’s daughter Mary (who married Philip Gammon) and then Mary and Philip’s son, Arthur Samuel Conibear Gammon, and then to George Arthur Goodin Gammon.

When Philip married Mary, her father Samuel, to ensure his future son in law had bought a proper diamond engagement ring, he used it to write his signature on a pane of glass in the kitchen, it is still there today.

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