Where Did The Tin Hut Go?

This was the question and discussion at this morning’s Post Office Coffee Group from the village’s older residents.

The blue Tin Hut which was situated outside at Wall Farm on the B3164 towards Marshwood has gone. Some were shocked. Many were surprised.

So many wistful, memories were voiced:

  • “It was an icon.”
  • “It has been there since time immemorial.”
  • ”I remember the beautiful lilac that used to grow around it”

All understand that it may have been removed and the gate put in place to allow the farmer to move his cattle across the main road safer as it is a blind corner.

Image taken from Google Maps.

Nonetheless, another piece of local history lost….

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Broadwindsor Allotments – History Information Sought

Photo Credit: Irish Macc

Duncan Harris, a volunteer at Beaminster Museum is appealing to the older members of the parish… Do you remember?

“We have quite a lot of information about the 5 mills or works in Broadwindsor parish.  In addition we have some information on agriculture in the past and in particular the four water meadows that were in the parish.

At present we are investigating the allotments in each parish.  It would appear from a document that in 1825 Savidges Plot was purchased for £100 or £200, if my memory serves me correctly by the Parish Council for allotments.  Unfortunately Savidges Plot does not appear on the 1841 tithe map, nor do the Parish Council as owners or occupiers of any land.  It is thought that Savidges Plot may have belonged to the George Inn, but there is no documentary confirmation.  I wonder whether any of the older residents recollect allotments in Broadwindsor, or even whether some still exist today?”

– Duncan Harris

Duncan has been advised that the allotments do indeed exist – prizewinning in fact – and to contact the Parish Clerk but he would very much welcome any information parishoners may have to assist their research.

Please contact him by email: duncan.harris@cantab.net.

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All UK Census Records Are Free This Weekend

All of FindMyPast’s British Census records (1841-1911) are completely free to access from 10:00 (BST) on Friday, 30th April until Monday, 3rd May. Snapshots of the past, census records can help you trace your family tree, generation by generation.

Censuses are just one resource for finding key pieces of your family story. The UK Census has changed over the years. The first was in 1801, the 1931 returns don’t survive and it didn’t happen in 1941.

The next England & Wales census is scheduled to take place in 2031, a decade on from the most recent one on 21 March 2021. Statisticians have predicted that the 2021 Census could be the last of its kind as cheaper alternatives for gathering data are explored. The 2021 Scotland census has been postponed until 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

For Free access to the Census records – Click HERE.

To start your family tree – Click HERE.

As one would expect, further information comes at a cost – starting at £6.67/month (Billed as a single payment of £79.99).


The Rev. Frederick Vaughan [1829-1911]

This is the Rev. Frederick Vaughan who lived in Broadwindsor 1869 – 1884.
His great, great granddaughter is keen for more information.

In Broadwindsor, Frederick had charge of a group of three chapels.  Preaching three times and walking six miles each Sunday.  His evenings through the week were occupied with services in each place, bands of hope and singing classes.  He became Secretary of Dorset Southern Counties Temperance Association and organised Temperance missions in all the chief towns of Dorset and the three bordering counties.  He travelled all over the district organising Temperance societies and missions. Each year he trained a choir of five hundred voices to sing in the annual fete.

You can read all about him & others on the new Notable Residents page on the website. Click HERE.

If you have any information at all that may help his ancestral family – please contact info@broadwindsor.org in the first instance . Thank you.


Bridport Lockdown Community Project

A community project called Bridport Lockdown (www.bridportlockdown.org) are creating a shared collection of images and stories from the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic for Bridport and the surrounding area. Get Involved
The project aim to have a record included in this of the activities of local groups and organisations and the lives of those who are part of them. They would love for you to be involved in this and to share this with your local contacts.

Submit photos – obvious of course but… There is a simple form for sending in photos (and, more importantly, the stories behind them, or a few thoughts on life right now) on their website :https://www.bridportlockdown.org/sendphotos. EVERY photo submitted via the link becomes part of the Covid-19 archive at Dorset History Centre for use by current & future generations as a record of our community in these unique times.   

The project has got off to a good start with a steady flow of photos coming and a really positive, enthusiastic response. They have Bridport Town Council, Beaminster Town Council, Dorset Mind, Bridport Coronavirus Community Support and the Dorset History Centre on board as partners and Broadwindsor Parish Council have confirmed they would support the project too.

For more specific FAQ documents, Click HERE.