Village History

Village History

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Village Events

Booklets about the village.

Date Event
1887 Queen Victoria Jubilee Copies of the original documents detailing the event
1957 Melways Hatchery Copy of the catalogue of sale of plant and stock-in-trade dated 2nd October 1957
1977 Silver Jubilee and Photograph Album Original photographs and other items relating to the event
1996 The Olde House A History of the house dating back to 1700 compiled by Chris Giles and an undated architectural sketch
2000 Millennium Street Party Photograph Album Original photographs of the event
2002 Calor Gas “Village of the Year” Presentation 1993 and 1996: Newspaper cuttings and photographs relating to the village winning the Dorset “Best Village of the Year” competition’

2002: Presentation of the village entry into the national “Village of the Year” competition representing Dorset. Hard copy only

2002 Golden Jubilee Photograph Album Comprehensive record and original documents of the event
2004 Child Okeford & Hanford Parish Plan Digital and Hard copies
2007 Child Okeford Village Design Statement Digital and Hard copies
2014 Village Directory Copies from 2002, 2005, 2007 & 2014
2017 British History On Line Copies of the Child Okeford section
2017 CO Union Benefits Society Banner Comprehensive file including original photographs
2017 Enclosure Act Data Detailed analysis of the 1845 inclosure [sic] award.
2017 Footpaths & Bridleways Comprehensive file of maps and records dating back to 1841
2017 Hayward Bridge Comprehensive file and photographs on the history of the bridge
2017 Manors of Child Okeford A paper detailing the history of the village from 1086
2017 Origins of the Child Okeford name and the village fields. A paper looking into the names of the village and the surrounding fields
2017 Old Post Office Cottage A paper on the history of the. property
2018 Domesday Book A paper on the villages entry in the Domesday book.
2018 Emigration to Australia The story of the villagers from Child Okeford who emigrated to Australia in 1849
2019 Brickworks A short history of the brickworks at Gold Hill. The archive also has an original drainage pipe manufactured at the brickworks
2020 German Bomber Crash 1940 How was it that the tail fin from a German bomber was found in one of Markstone cottages?
2020 Home Guard &

The Secret Auxiliary Unit

A history of these units from Child Okeford in the Second World War
2020 The Graf Zeppelin over Hanford An account of the flight of the Graf Zeppelin’s tour of Britain and it’s appearance at Hanford.
2020 Raft Race An incomplete record of this charity race run on the river Stour
2021 Hanford Comprehensive file of articles, cuttings, photos and data


Page last updated 09.02.2022

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