Fast Day – At Home

Britain in the time of Cholera.                                          Photographed by the author at the Dorset History Centre. I have been researching the life of a Dorset land surveyor called John Martin. He is important in the story of Child Okeford as at various times he mapped the parish and was responsible…

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We Unite to Assist Each Other

‘We unite to assist each other.’ Notes on the history of the Friendly societies in Child Okeford This Child Okeford Union Benefit Society banner will be familiar to many villagers, and it’s motto will seem particularly apposite in these difficult times. We will come to it’s history presently, but what…

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Child Okeford Brickworks

“Nothing, perhaps, has done so much indirectly for the improvement of farming and the increase of food production as has efficient land drainage.” C S Orwin History of English Farming 1949 Water logged land creates numerous problems. Wet ground is heavy ground, difficult and sometimes dangerous for animals to walk…

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The Emigrants

  “At a Meeting of the Owners of Property in this Parish [Child Okeford] legally intitled to vote,… at the Church in this Parish on Thursday the 22nd day of February…it was resolved that the Churchwardens and Overseers [of the Poor] shall, and they are hereby directed to raise the…

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