Today Highcliffe is the most easterly parish
in Dorset as it was a part of Hampshire till the boundary changes were
made. The name comes from John Stuart the Earl of Bute and a favourite
of George III for it was Stuart who built a house c1770 and called it
High Cliffe, this has long gone but it was replaced by Lord Stuart de
Rothesay in 1843, the grandson of John Stuart and he called Highcliffe
Castle. It is in a Romantic type of Gothic style and has some real late
Gothic features like the elaborate oriel window over the porch and to
the right of it.
The villages is in well wooded surroundings with mainly new houses and a shopping area that runs parallel to the sea. The hall by the road looks more like a church and in the 1960s the house had a serious fire but has now been restored to its former glory and a park that runs around the house complete with woodland and a small garden to the south of the house are open to the public.
In Hinton Wood Avenue is the church dedicated to St Mark which was mainly built in 1843 from donations given by the then owner of Highcliffe Castle.
Lord Stuart de Rothesay mentioned above was more widely known as Charles Stuart who became a diplomat and then became well known i where the Napoleonic wars were being fought. He later became the Ambassador to Paris at the time that followed the Battle of Waterloo and while there acting as a mediator for Britain he formed the treaty which later enabled Brazil to gain its independence and for this and other services he was given a peerage, and married Lady Elizabeth York and they had two daughters Louisa and Charlotte, the later became a lady in waiting to Queen Victoria and married Charles Canning who late became Governor General and the first Viceroy of India.
IMAGES OF HIGHCLIFFE