The Baker Arms Bicentenary

The Baker Arms 1821 -2021   Contents In Days of Yore …… The Baker’s of Ranston The Building Exterior Pub Signs Floor Plans Publicans The Woolfrey family and the Baker Arms Any Other Business Photographs through the years Download a copy of this Booklet In Days of Yore….. In 1641…

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Hayward Bridges

Hayward Bridges Introduction There have been at least five ‘Heyford’ or, later, ‘Hayward bridges since the Norman Conquest 1. The story told here has been compiled from those historical sources that have survived but unfortunately the problems of COVID have meant that some which still reside in the vaults of…

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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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Hey Day 1990

We have just had a fantastic Hey Day and it prompted villager Tony Ward to look out this short video that he took on Hey Day in 1990. It’s a wonderful video and we are very grateful to him for digitising it and allowing it to be shared. The weather…

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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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