Place:Chiswell, Dorset, England

Alt namesChesiltonsource: Family History Library Catalog
Coordinates50.562°N 2.4487°W
Located inDorset, England
See alsoWeymouth Registration District, Dorset, Englandregistration district in which it was located
Portland, Dorset, Englandisland on which it is located and parish and urban district of which it was part
source: Family History Library Catalog

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Chiswell, rarely Chesilton, is a small fishing village at the southern end of Chesil Beach on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, and is the oldest settlement on the island. The small bay at Chiswell is called Chesil Cove, which the village is built around. The promenade and sea wall which forms Chiswell's coastal defences are a prominent feature.

The village itself is almost indistinguishable from Fortuneswell, the largest village on the island, as the two settlements are very close. However this distinction can be made: Chiswell occupies flat land close to sea level, whereas Fortuneswell's streets wind up and down the steep hills.

However, A Vision of Britain through Time provides a map of this part of the Isle of Portland and this short description from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"CHESILTON, a village on Portland Island, Dorset; at the south-east end of Chesil-Bank, adjacent to Fortunes-Well, 3¼ miles S of Weymouth."

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