THESE wonderful old pictures documenting life in a west Dorset village in bygone days have been preserved for all to see by local historian Neil Mattingly.

Taken by photographer Claud Hider, one of these photos of the Charmouth area even show that some of the hazards of life by the coast never changed. Back in 1926 there was a landslip between Charmouth and Lyme Regis with a sign visible informing people not to use the coastal road as it had disappeared as a result of the rockfall.

The pretty thatched building house was to disappear to make way for a car park for the new commercial inn directly opposite covered in ivy.

This has since closed and been converted into housing.

In another photo you can see a model Ford T in The Street, which may well have been the one used by Claud Hider.

Another picture is an interesting postcard as it shows Hider using one of his images to be printed as an H & L (Hider & Lawrence) postcard.

The cards shows a view of the top of The Street with the Claremont House on the left adjoining Foxley Farm House, now Badgers.

In the distance is The Well Head, where Reginald Pavey, the famous historian lived.

One of the pictures shows Charmouth resident Billy Gear in one of his vehicles which he hired out from the former stables of the Coach and Horses. The young children are seen standing outside Marsh's Butchers.