Welcome to Chiswell

Chiswell is one of three villages in the Underhill Ward of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council in the county of Dorset. There are approximately 5,000 residents living in Underhill, most of them on the high ground leading to the top of the Isle of Portland.

Chiswell, formerly Chesilton, is situated on the margins of the Chesil Beach. It is a designated conservation area and is much loved by the people who live here in this quite vulnerable area, vulnerable to the sea as well as to neglect.

One of Chiswell’s best known features is the Sea Wall (1960’s) and the Chesil Sea Defences (1986). Another is the Cove House Inn standing on the crest of the beach. At the end of the Sea Wall, towards West Weares is a land sculpture by John Maine RA. the Chiswell Earthworks, made between 1986 and 1994. This unique work is maintained nowadays by the Chiswell Community Trust.

To the north of the village, on the western side of Chiswell High Street is another community achievement, a walled garden, a Doorstep Green, one the Countryside Agency’s prestigious projects. The Chiswell Walled Garden is again owned and maintained by the Chiswell Community Trust.