On August 29th 1913 a meeting was held of the Sturminster Newton Rural District Council. There were two topics on the
“At a Meeting of the Owners of Property in this Parish [Child
Readers of The Hill have learned of a group of 30 emigrants to Australia in 1849.
Imagine for a moment that you have never seen a train, or the sea, or a ship. Sounds unlikely today but in 1849 it was normal not to have experienced any of these. Then imagine, those of you with children,
There has never been a good time to be born poor but the early to mid nineteenth century was one of the worst.
“And so the English groaned aloud for their lost liberty and plotted ceaselessly to find some way of shaking off a yoke that was so intolerable and unaccustomed” 1
There are few points in history where we can get anything like an accurate assessment of the size
The King vs the Inhabitants of Child Okeford -William IV takes on Child Okeford.
“Welcome to the village, have you moved far to come here? Shillingstone? Not far then. Before you move in though could I see your Settlement certificate? You haven’t got one? Oh dear
The Village Name
The first recorded name of the village is in the Domesday book  when it was known simply as Ackford. [The “Exeter” version of Domesday calls us Ackforda”.
Child Okeford’s “Hey Day” is the annual village fete.
Where does “Hey Day” originate? Is it one word or two? Sadly we have no idea. No one is able to tell us nor can we find any clue from village records. The