Village Guestbook

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2016

Name
Pam Bridgeman Email
Date
16th April 2016
Where are you from
n/a
How found this Website
Family Research
Comments

Fantastic website to begin researching my family. My great grandfather was Daniel John Cobb (1851). He married twice Susan Sarah Brown (1852) and Susan Sarah House (1855). There seems to be a large extended family local to Bere Regis. Any help? Or would love to hear from any relatives.

From the Editor

Hi Pam,

Thank you for your kind comment about the Website! All of the local family history information was gleaned from an excellent book written on Bere Regis by Fred Pittfield, called 'The Book of Bere Regis'. Although currently out of print, you can normally find a copy on Amazon or eBay.

Alternatively, you may wish to try the excellent Dorset History Centre; who have a plethora of family history information relating to our village. Their website is here.

With regards relatives, do feel free to post a requst on our Village Facebook Group (just look up Bere Regis on Facebook) - the 1,450+ members will Iam sure include some distant relatives!

Best of luck!

 

Name
Billy Turburville Email
Date
2nd February 2016
Where are you from
n/a
How found this Website
Family Research
Comments

I enjoyed reading, on your website, the history of the Turberville family's influence in Bere Regis. As you can tell, my surname is much alike to this and I have been looking into my own family history for a while. Would you be able to direct me to any sources you used for the Turberville family section of your website, so that I could also take a look?

Would be much appreciated!

From the Editor

Hi Billy,

Great to hear from a relative of our Turbervilles! All of my Turberville family history information was gleaned from an excellent book written on Bere Regis by Fred Pittfield, called 'The Book of Bere Regis'. Although currently out of print, you can normally find a copy on Amazon or eBay. Alternatively, you may wish to try the excellent Dorset History Centre; who have a plethora of family history information relating to our village. Their website is here.

Best of luck!

2015

Name
Irene Restall
Date
22nd May 2015
Where are you from
Cosham, Portsmouth, UK
How found this Website
Family Research
Comments

I looked up Bere Regis on Google as I have 2 cousins living in the village (Christopher Maunder & Tim Maunder). I found it a very interesting insight in to English rural village life, evocative and at the same time rather sad that this may all one day disappear under a sea of roads, traffic and new housing estates.

A village website is an important way to record everyday life and lives for future posterity. Well done and please keep it up. Irene Restall, Cosham, Portsmouth

From the Editor

Hi Irene,

Thank you - don't worry the village website is in a safe pair of hands!

 

Name
Jenny
Date
18th May 2015
Where are you from
Sussex, UK
How found this Website
Researching for a short Holiday
Comments

Just came across the website when researching for a forthcoming short holiday in the area, very impressed. Having seen Far from the madding crowd recently, I imagine tourist numbers will be up :)

Hope you managed to get some volunteers for your Banter group. Looking forward to visiting Dorset again very soon.

From the Editor

Hi Jenny,

Iam sure you will get a lovely welcome, when you choose to visit!

2014

Name
Dennis Turbyfill Email
Date
9th December 2014
Where are you from
Johnson City, Tennessee, USA
How found this Website
Researching family surname
Comments

I found your website doing research on my family surname and look forward to paying a visit to the village soon. Especially the nearby Corfe Castle.

From the Editor

Hi Dennis,

Do come and visit the Village!

Name
Jo Thomas
Date
2nd November 2014
Where are you from
Poole, UK
How found this Website
Researching Dorset Churches
Comments

I'm overwhelmed at the depth of information in your website. This is my first visit, but I shall ceertainly come back to it. A friend who is visiting Dorset Churches with me found it.

We are geologists who concentrate on identifying the building stones used, and perhaps finding the source of the stone - this is proving quite a task!

From the Editor

Hi Jo,

I'm really glad that you are finding the website so informative! I do wish you luck in your identifying the stone from our Church and its provenance. Do let us know when you do!

Name
Jo Jesty (Email)
Date
5th October 2014
Where are you from
USA
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

What a good site: thank you very much for the effort. And a nice clean site as well (unlike most such places these days). I happened to be writing to John Pitfield, and wondered whether bereregis.org existed, and offered to get one hosted if it didn't. Then I just typed it in and your pages came up!

Good job. BTW, you might guess that I grew up down at Doddings, and for a couple of years after college I ran the watercress side of the business, still Sylvasprings at that time. But since then I've lived in the U.S.

I don't know if you would be interested, but I run a Jesty family tree site, www.jesty.org. But since my mother is the only Jesty still in the village, that's probably not of much interest for your pages.

Anyway, great job: thank you!

From the Editor

Hi Jo,

Good to hear that you like the website and am very impressed with your family tree site - that's alot of work Iam sure!

 

Name
Joanne Studeman
Date
7th September 2014
Where are you from
Australia
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

Fantastic site. Have found lots of information about my family.

From the Editor

Hi Joanne,

That's great to hear that it has proved useful for your research!

Keep enjoying the website!

 

Name
Mark Robinson Email
Date
8th August 2014
Where are you from
Child Okeford, Dorset, UK
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

This is more of a question, than a comment or a suggestion... although I should begin by telling you that I am extremely impressed with what is probably the best community website I have yet found online. Congratulations, and thank you for the extensive material you have posted, particularly the extracts from various historical records and published historical sources.

It is, in fact, one of these published sources which is the subject of my present message. I am trying to acquire a copy of "The Book of Bere Regis" by Fred Pitfield. Following the guidance provided on your website, I sent him an e-mail message a couple of days ago, and I continue to await a response. Perhaps I should simply be a little more patient, but I am wondering whether he can still be reached. Do you know?

Also, since writing to him, I have become aware that the original book, published in 1978, was followed by a second edition in 1996, and I am wondering whether the later edition included additional material, material which might make it more useful for research purposes. Do you know?

Although both editions can be purchased online from second-hand book dealers, I would prefer a new copy, if possible.

I look forward to your reply, in due course.

Thank you

From the Editor

Hi Mark,

Iam glad you are enjoying the website - it is a true pleasure to keep it updated! John can take a few days to reply to some emails, but hang in there and you will get a response! The later edition does not include new information, but there are several other books about the village that you may find of interest. You can find information about them here - www.bereregis.org/VillageBooks.htm

Good luck with your research!

Glad you enjoy the website!

 

Name
Stephen Phillips
Date
15th July 2014
Where are you from
Texas, USA
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

Great website, most of my fathers side of the family originate from Bere Regis.

From the Editor

Hi Stephen,

Glad you enjoy the website!

Name
Captain Grail
Date
10th July 2014
Where are you from
San Francisco, California, USA
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

I was glad to find your website while researching my Shave ancestors. Unfortunately John and Maria Shave's wills are not available to see which would be really great, but I guess I'll keep searching. I also saw your Bell tower project. That's wonderful you were able to raise the money and I hope all goes well.

One thought, these bells certainly rang out in my ancestors time, so it would be really neat if you had an audio recording of them ringing on your website! I'm sure anyone visiting your site might get a kick out of being able to hear them.

Anyway, best of luck and thanks for the data and histories.

From the Editor

Hi Captain!

If you click here, you can hear an audio recording of the Bells!

 

Name
Liz Webb
Date
26th January 2014
Where are you from
Shitterton
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

I have just moved here and the website is a great help in so many different ways.

From the Editor

Welcome Liz!

Well you have chosen a lovely part of the country to move to! My Mum lives in Shitterton; so I know you'll love it there!

 

Name
Michele Cooper
Date
3rd January 2014
Where are you from
New South Wales, Australia
How found this Website
Researching family history
Comments

My name is Michele Cooper. I came across your wonderful website while I was researching family history. Many branches of my husband's family (House/Howse, Ballam and Johnson families in particular) seem to have called Bere Regis and the areas around it (Winterbourne, Puddletown, etc) home and I was curious to see what it looked like. As we live in NSW, Australia, the internet was our best option!

Your website was a lovely stop on our 'journey' and I hope it continues for many more decades.

Best wishes for 2014
Happy New Year
The Cooper family

From the Editor

Hi Michele,

I am really happy our village was a lovely stop on your journey - do come back and visit us again - you are always welcome!

2013

Name
Susan Stone
Date
2nd September 2013
Where are you from
Bere Regis
How found this Website
Via Village Website Survey
Comments

I like the parish magazine section for looking up stuff you saw in an old magazine. The old pictures are great. Please could you let us have some stats on visits.

From the Editor

Hi Susan,

Here are the Stats you requested on www.bereregis.org website visitors over the last 3 years -

Total Visitors 2011-13 = 16,221 from 83 Countries

2013 (so far) = 5,076
2012 = 5,986
2011 = 5,159

Total since 2003 = Over 57,829

Popular Pages
www.bereregis.org/VillageAmenities.htm
www.bereregis.org/VillageHistory.htm
www.bereregis.org/VillagePhotographs.htm

 

Name
Monica Lewin Email
Date
20th July 2013
Where are you from
USA
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

I found you by researching a visit to Dorset, where friends live. Planning a visit in 2015! Your village is gorgeous! And I love the website, functional and beautiful. Well done!

I’m very excited about my visit and look forward to strolling your village.

From the Editor

Thank you for your kind comments - we look forward to welcoming you Monica!

 

Name
Darran Potter Email
Date
10th July 2013
Where are you from
Distributed Generation Ltd, Bristol, UK
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

Thought you may be interested to know that we have recently made our first donation of just over £3k.

The payment covers the first 4.5 months of operation of our Turbine outside your village and signals our intent to make good on our promise to put money back into the community for the lifetime of the turbine.

We are hoping to develop community links further perhaps with educational visits and open days depending on interest and local opinion.

From the Editor

Thank you Darran, I am sure there will be plenty of ideas from the local Community!

Name
Dave Churchill
Date
18th June 2013
Where are you from
Bridport, UK
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

Love the website; keeps me in touch with village life, from the place where I grew up & lived for 20 years.

From the Editor

I am really glad it maintains that link for you!

 

Name
Helen Parker
Date
16th February 2013
Where are you from
Bere Regis, Dorset, UK
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

The website looks great - we are very lucky to have this facility to get important information across to everyone.

Thankyou for adding our road safety group C.A.R.S to your listing, I presume this was done as part of our parish magazine annual adverts.

I wonder if when you get a spare moment, you could change the wording from 'Road Safety Activists' to 'Road Safety Group' please.

Many thanks James - your work is appreciated as always.

From the Editor

No problem Helen, have amended the Website. Glad you find the Website useful!

 

Name
Jan Edstrom Email
Date
2nd February 2013
Where are you from
Canada
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

I am the great great grand-daughter of George Dowell who married Mary Hallett in the Village in 1817. My great grand-father was Justinian Dowell who was one of their children. He sailed from Poole, England to Canada. He landed in Newfoundland and lived there the rest of his life. One of his brothers, Richard Dowell, also married and stayed in Newfoundland. We have alot of information collected now through tracing Justinian Dowell's history, from the diaries he kept over the years. Others brothers went on to the United States. We now know some went to Australia. I know from reading copies of the diaries that he received letters and newspapers from a sister and a brother who still lived in England . I will have to look in my records for more details.

I know there are records in our village church of the baptism of their children. They lived in a little hamlet there. Justinian's only son, who lived to be in his seventies, was my grandfather, William James Dowell. He lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Stewiacke, Colchester County, Nova Scotia and Bedford, Nova Scotia. My mother was his only daughter who lived to be an adult. Her name was Estella May Dowell. She lived till 87 and died January 18, 2000. She was loving, compassionate and a wonderful mother. One of her brothers, Arthur Eric Dowell, left Stewiacke while in his late teens and went to Texas, USA. He met, fell in love and married Theresa Sanchez. They moved to Mexico and had two sons. They came to Canada around 1945. They stayed for a few years and returned to Mexico. So we have cousins in Mexico too.

I would appreciate hearing from anyone, or passing along my email address to anyone inquiring about the Dowell family. I would love to know more about relatives in England, Scotland and anywhere else in the world that have a connection with George Dowell and Mary Hallett's children.

Thank you for providing information on your website. I enjoyed the photographs & learning about the history of the area.

From the Editor

I have posted your request on our Facebook page & hope you get some useful responses! Moreover I already know 2 people who will be emailling you shortly! They are both also descendents of George Dowell!

 

Name
Marilyn Kirby nee Mitton
Date
13th January 2013
Where are you from
Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

Wonderful website, interesting to see who has signed the guest book. I was born in Bere and lived there till I was 21.

From the Editor

Glad you enjoy it Marilyn!

2012

Name
William Morgan Email
Date
24th November 2012
Where are you from
Portsmouth area, UK
How found this Website
Searching Dorset Online Parish Register pages
Comments

Very informative & helpful, I was searching for John Morgan who came up to Chettle Manor from Bere Regis and married Jane Greene in 1660 in St. Marys Church Chettle. Thank you for allowing me on your site, no doubt I will revisit some time in the future.

From the Editor

It's always good to hear that people have found the site informative. Good luck in your ongoing research & do come & visit again soon!

 

Name
Mike Burt Email
Date
6th November 2012
Where are you from
n/a
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

I have attached a photo of my great-uncle Harry Oliver who was a driver for Bere Regis & District for many years, this particular double decker was on the Bere Regis to Poole service, this photo was taken in the car park of the Greyhound pub Winterborne Kingston. It was decorated for the coronation and was probably a carnival entry for which he won first prize. I also remember him on the school run picking up pupils from Blandford.

Harry was married to Alice Georgina Brown; daughter of Henry & Mary Brown and they lived at 83 West Street, Bere Regis.

Incidently there is a photo on your website of West St showing a lady washing her front step this is actually 83 West St and the lady would be either my gt-grandmother Mary Ann Brown or one of her daughters but it is difficult to tell from the photo but the house was certainly in their possession at that time.

Please feel free to use the photo as you wish and thanks for the pleasure of browsing such a good and historical site for the village, that holds many happy memories for me and I was in fact christened in the local church in January 1947.

From the Editor

Really glad Mike that you have found this Website a pleasure & thank you for the Photo which we have placed in our Industry Gallery here. We have also updated the description for the Photograph of your Great Grandmother at her house on West Street here.

 

Name
Rosalyn
Date
3rd November 2012
Where are you from
Bournemouth, UK
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

I was absolutely delighted to see my school photo on the website. The school photo was about 1970. It was lovely to see old school friends. It was especially great to see Alison Bennett nee Collis who was my best friend when we were children. I think of her often and miss her.

Well done for all the hard work done on the website. Bere Regis has always had a special place in my life and heart. I do visit a couple of times a year to have a meal and walk around the village remembering the old days.

From the Editor

Hi Rosalyn, it's always good to hear that people have got pleasure from the information & media on the website! For people reading this, here is the Photo Rosalyn is referring to.

 

Name
Kim Tilsed Email
Date
17th October 2012
Where are you from
Poole in Dorset originally, but now in Kent
How found this Website
Via Google
Comments

This website is a wonderful find! I’m trying to pull together as many Tilsed references as possible, and I had been aware for several years that the name was to be found in Bere Regis before it appeared in Wimborne and Poole. So I googled the name in Bere Regis and was thrilled to find several Wills and inventories! I'm now
trying to reconstruct the Bere Regis family, but I suspect it will be some time, if ever, before I can connect them to my Poole ancestors.

I’d be happy to hear from anyone else researching the Tilsed name, and from anyone who knows of any other early resources for it.

From the Editor

Many thanks Kim - please also do post your query onto our facebook page here

Someone may be able to help!

 

Name
Mervyn Hyde Email
Date
12th September 2012
Where are you from
Bournemouth, UK
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

Hi in answer to Kenneth Schoch’s email on 28 July 2012 I too lived in Bere from 1961 to 1976 and moved when I got married. I lived in Egdon Close and my dad Stan Hyde worked for Griffins Builders .

I went to Bere primary school, anyone remember ‘Cocker’ Drew and his bicycle then on to bovington secondary modern

I was also in church choir for a few years and also a bell ringer for a time and also have spent many happy hours in the Drax Arms.

W e often visit Bere when I tend to parents grave etc and to have a general look around. We also try to attend church carol service each year, Ihave lots of memories of Bere Regis.

From the Editor

Thanks for sharing your memories Mervyn. I hope this website has helped you & maybe our facebook page could rekindle some old friendships too? You can find it here, though you will need to be a member of Facebook to join - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bereregis/

 

Name
Chrissie Clements Email
Date
15th August 2012
Where are you from
n/a
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

Firstly may I just say that I have just spent the last couple of hours looking at the Bere Regis village website...................how fantastic is that. The best village website I have ever seen, well done, a magnificent job.

Perhaps you could help me please.

I am researching a family called HOOD. I have them located on the 1901 and 1911 census as living at THROOP.

Could you tell me please where the children would have gone to school for those years? Their father was an agricultural labourer so work would have been on one of the local farms.

Would be very pleased to get a reply from you.

From the Editor

Glad you like the site so much!

Not sure on the school - I would suggest checking our schools page here - http://www.bereregis.org/Schools.htm

Alternatively contact the Dorset History Centre who are good with family queries - http://www.dorsetforyou.com/dorsethistorycentre

Finally you could try posting your query on our facebook page here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bereregis/

Good luck!

Response from Chrissie -

Hi James,

I went up to the History Centre last Weds and looked through the Kellys directories for 1910. Yes the school i am looking for was at Briantspuddle. I then had a look at the log books and the family I am searching were actually mentioned in the book. There had been a measles outbreak in 1907 and it said that this particular child had just returned to school. (Cant name him as i had to sign a document not to use any of the content). But at least i know that these children went to that school.

It was built in 1870 for 90 children. Children from Throop, Affpuddle and Briantspuddle attended. The school still stands today, but it is a private house. If you find the war memorial in Briantspuddle the school house is on the opposite side of the road about 50 yards towards the crossrds at Briantspuddle.

Very interesting, so if someone else makes an enquiry to you, please pass on my information about the school.

Thanks for replying to my email though, and again...............fantastic site.

 

Name
Kenneth Schoch Email
Date
28th July 2012
Where are you from
UK
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

My name is Ken Schoch. For about 2 years I lived with a foster parent at the South Dorset Hunt Kennels near W Kingston. This was around the year 1963. With my younger brother I attended Bovingdon Co Modern at Wool. The 2 of us also sang in the choir of the Bere Regis church for a while. I remember the wooden carvings of the 12 apostles very well.

The 1962-63 winter will always remain vividly in my memory. Our kitchen window was completely covered by a snow drift from the first blizzard, so that on arriving downstairs in the morning all was very dark indeed. The drifts in the garden were about 6ft high so us kids created a labyrinth of tunnels - great fun! A few days later we had some freezing rain which deposited about a quarter of an inch of ice on top of the existing snow cover, which was generally about a foot deep on the fields. It was possible to walk across the snow covered surface withoutt leaving any footprints, and sometimes across the drifts at the field edges......until suddenly we ended up thigh deep in snow!

The only person from Bere that I remember is Jackie Farr, who was in my class in the Bovingdon School. I had a fancy for her but I don't think my feelings were reciprocated! She had a friend called Janina Gay, who was also very pretty. I was pally with a boy from Lulworth called Peter Domony, who also attended Bovingdon Co Modern.

I treasure my memories of Dorset. I think it is one of the most beautiful counties in England, and now that the Piddle Brewery is brewing such wonderful beers, it is an irrestible place to revisit for me!

From the Editor

What lovely memories Ken!

 

Name
Joanne Norton Email
Date
13th June 2012
Where are you from
Australia
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

Hi James, the photo on the village photos page, 'shitterton lane looking north 1900c' (here) has been shown to my family members and they are 100% sure that the woman standing on the left of the photo is Sarah Ann Bright who lived at 17 shitterton.

The photo was taken in front of her house. No one can say who the young boy is. It's great to find these photos of family members.

Thank you!

From the Editor

Glad we could show some family memories for you!

 

Name
Professor Elspeth Cameron Email
Date
23rd April 2012
Where are you from
Canada
How found this Website
I found your website while preparing for a tour I will be leading in June or August 2013.
Comments

The week-long tour is based on Tess of the D'Urbervilles, which we will discuss daily.

We will also see some landscapes and places relevant to this novel, including St. John the Baptist Church in Bere Regis. (If anyone reading this email knows of a local expert on this church, I would welcome a talk to the tour group - 20 or fewer - when we visit.). We will also visit a few of the places relevant to Hardy's life.

In general, I have been passionately interested in Thomas Hardy ever since I studied The Mayor of Casterbridge when I was sixteen. Since then, I have read and reread his work, never losing that first enthusiasm. I am a Professor of English literature and a biographer. When I retired from teaching, I made two two-week trips to Dorset, specifically to experience some of the places Hardy mentions, including St. John the Baptist Church in Bere Regis.

I was amazed and delighted to find so many places and landscapes just as Hardy described them. I have found your website excellent.

From the Editor

Do go to this webpage to find out about the Church Tours - http://www.bereregis.org/St.JohnTours.htm

I hope you enjoy your Tour in 2013!

 

Name
Peter Fell Email
Date
27th March 2012
Where are you from
Australia
How found this Website
I found this website is a book I borrowed from the libaray, “Tracing your family history on the internet”.
Comments

I am related to Samuel Scutt, born in Bere Regis in 1826. This website is wonderful. It has fostered in me a fondness for the village and its people. Thankyou.

From the Editor

Do come & visit sometime!

 

2011

Name
Barbara Yawney
Date
15th December 2011
Where are you from
Kings Lynn, Norfolk, UK
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

I have traced one side of my family back to the 18th Century thanks to your site. Brilliant - thank you!

From the Editor

Glad we have been able to help!

 

Name
Rob Edbrooke
Date
13th October 2011
Where are you from
Worcestershire, UK
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

My Wife and I will be visiting your village soon for a few days. I came across your site and must say it is the best village site I have seen. Informative and easy to navigate. Well done.

From the Editor

Many thanks! Enjoy your Visit!

 

Name
Judit Kiraly Email
Date
25th September 2011
Where are you from
Nice, France
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

Hello, I am trying to get a photo of the Reverend John Frere Langford (Vicar of Bere Regis 1876-1886) and I looked at your site several times, it is cleverly put together.

Alas, no photo of him. Today you made me laugh too! The Serious Headache face did it - felt like him! After hours of looking at the screen.

Don't you thing it is the traditional ' don't see - don't speak, - don't hear Evil' is the real source of all this suffering in stone? The famous japanese monkeys?

From the Editor

Glad we made you laugh! Good luck with finding a photo of the Revd. John Langford.

 

Name
Candace Barnes Email
Date
22nd September 2011
Where are you from
Lexington, Kentucky, USA
How found this Website
Google
Comments

I have begun tracing my family history and the Turbervilles are a part of it. Edith Turberville is my 12th Great Grandmother (I believe that count is correct). I am the 15th generation descended from Edith Turberville who married Thomas I. Coker (1520-1606).

I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting and reading the fascinating information that your site offers on this family.

Thank you so much for having this available to everyone.

From the Editor

Thank you for information you provided. Glad we could help you find out more about your ancestry!

 

Name
Ann & John Burton Email
Date
20th September 2011
Where are you from
Kent, UK
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

We have strong ties to Dorset through Family. Areas linked to include Weymouth, Morden, Bere Regis, Misterton & Wareham. Our family name was Hector.

We found your site very interesting and helpful!

From the Editor

Thanks for your kind comment - we're glad we were of some use!

 

Name
Sandra Bryant ( Dowell ) Email
Date
17th September 2011
Where are you from
Australia
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

I found your website upon searching for information in relation to the research I am doing on my family tree. What a great website it is ! Well done !!

My family tree, consists of a few families who lived in Bere Regis, the main surnames are Dowell - also sometimes misspelt as Dowl and Dowle. The family of Rawles is also in my family tree.

I am looking for any information on these two families, I found that Richard Dowle (Dowell) was born in Bere Regis around 1748 and died 1813, he married Lucy Wiltshire (she was born around 1760.) I dont have any further information on these people.

William Rawles 1796 - 1867 was born in Bere Regis and married Ann Wilcox 1796 - 1880. One of their daughters was Eliza Rawles 1825 - 1898 she married Joseph Dowell in 1805. I dont have a death date.

I would appreciate any further information that you may have access to, that I can't locate.

I did find a will belonging to William Rawles on your wills pages dated 1777, I was quite excited by this. I could not locate any wills for my Dowell descendants.

Thanking you in advance for any help you can provide me with.

From the Editor

Iam glad you have found it helpful so far! With regards further research, although we can't help here, I would suggest the best place for you to contact to find out more about your family would be the Dorset History Centre. Their details are here

Best of luck!

 

Name
Margaret Lavender Email
Date
11th September 2011
Where are you from
Salisbury, UK
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

I'm just watching the Digging for Britain programme and the Roman site near Bere Regis. I have looked at your website, but as I do not know your area, the names of the areas and roads do not mean anything.

So may I suggest you put on the website in the Roman History section, a modern map showing the site, and the connecting main roads to its position, as I would love to see it when I next go (some time) to Monkey World.

Otherwise, it's a very nice website and interesting !

From the Editor

No problem Margaret! I have added in a modern map, details on the "Digging for Britain" programme and a full Dig Diary from the Archeology Team that did the excavations. You can find them all in our Roman section here - www.bereregis.org/Roman.htm

Enjoy your next Trip down!

 

Name
Cheryl Stickley Email
Date
23rd August 2011
Where are you from
Bristol, UK
How found this Website
Google
Comments

I am researching my husbands family. Your website is fantastic, it has helped enormously. I found you by googling our name and Bere Regis.

So far I have got back to James Stickley b.1802 who is my husbands g.g.g.g.grandfather. He married Jane Davis in 1828. I have lots of info on their children, but would like to find his father but he was born a bastard to Ann Stickley. I fear not being able to trace further back. Is there any way of finding out more ?

From the Editor

Iam glad it has been useful so far! With regards further research, although we can't help here, I would suggest the best place for you to contact to find out more about your family would be the Dorset History Centre. Their details are here

 

Name
Saidie Wray Email
Date
4th August 2011
Where are you from
n/a
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

I love your website. It is very helpful in discovering my family’s past in Dorset. I was told about it by a friend in Dorset. Owing to the dearth of parish records the wills are providing new info on the families and now a trip to Chippenham is on the map. Thank you for all your hard work.

From the Editor

It's a pleasure to do it - Iam happy you have found it useful! Best of luck with your researching in Chippenham.

 

Name
Jean Turbeville Sanders Email
Date
19th July 2011
Where are you from
n/a
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

I love your Bere Regis web site and the fact that you all are always adding more information. I have a question: are there existing portraits and/or drawings of any of the Bere Regis Turbevilles? I am a Turbeville descendant and would love to see them if available.

Thanking you in advance for your taking the time to look into this matter for me.

From the Editor

Thank you for your kind comment, we are certainly trying to make this a wealth of knowledge about Bere Regis!

Although I can't help on your particular query, I would suggest the best place for you to contact to find out more about the Turbeville family itself would be the Dorset History Centre. Their details are here

 

Name
Brian Russell Email
Date
15th July 2011
Where are you from
Guernsey, UK
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

I am from Guernsey in the channel Islands. In 1940 my family fled our island home just ahead of the occupation by the Nazi forces. On arrival in Weymouth we were taken north to Stockport, shortly after our arrival, my Mother was taken ill and after three weeks died. My Father had joined the Dorset Regiment so my brother and I were taken into care . Through family connections a Mr and Mrs E Bowering of Bere Regis heard of our plight and arrangements were made for us to come to Bere Regis were we remained for five years until 1946.

All though it was a sad time for everybody, because of the War I have fond and and happy memories of Bere School, village church Sunday school and many people who lived in the village at that time.

As a senior citizen I have just plucked up courage to go on line. It was a lovely surprise when on typing in Bere Regis, to see your excellent website. I of course have revisited Bere on many occasions and still do.

All the best,

Brian Russell (Anyone who remembers me can email me here)

From the Editor

How wonderful that amidst the deprivation & sadness of War, you were given shelter in our Village. I am so glad that we have helped bring some fond memories back to you. Good for you aswell in getting online - you will be amazed what is out there to be discovered! I wish the Internet had been invented earlier!

 

Name
Phil Phillips Email
Date
28th June 2011
Where are you from
Chard, Somerset, UK
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

I have just discovered your comprehensive web site for Bere Regis which I will find very useful in filling in gaps while compiling my family tree.

I was born on 16/10/1944 as Phillip Keith Buchanan-Gacon in North Street (7?). My mother Kate Phillips divorced my father after the end of the war and both her and the surnames were changed to her maiden name Phillips and we lived with her father and mother Bernard and Jane Phillips.

I moved away after I left school but kept in regular contact with the village until my mother died suddenly at 59 years old. I then kept limited contact with my best friend Keith Bishop until he died suddenly in April 1997. It appears that most of my closer friends from my teenage years have not survived and I have a difficulty in remembering others from the same period..

I pass through the village occasionally when travelling east from our home in Chard but the village has a mixture of sad and happy memories for me.

Thank you for your effort in creating and maintaining the comprehensive web site.

From the Editor

I hope you find some more long lost friends through this website. Please also use our Facebook page to look for people here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/bereregis/

 

Name
Patricia Bedell Email
Date
24th June 2011
Where are you from
USA
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

I am researching the family name of Joiner. My grandmother was a joiner. Thomas Joiner is my grandfather many times removed, who was from your Village. My ancestors went from England to the Isle of Wright,Va, then onto North Carolina & then to Lauderdale Co, Al. So nice to have found the web site and hope to find other family members. Thank You!

From the Editor

Glad we can help - happy researching!

 

Name
Vic Balmer Email
Date
20th May 2011
Where are you from
California, USA
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

My wife's maiden name is: Julia A Hewitt. Currently we live in California & are both British

Searching for my wife's ancestors; Hewitt.

Fantastic website, it's obvious lots of hard work and research went into the website.

Congratulations to Chola Design.

From the Editor

Thank you for your kind comment! Good luck with the research!

 

Name
Jenny Brown Email
Date
12th May 2011
Where are you from
n/a
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

I was interested to read comment from Meredith Jacobs-Smith of 25th March 2011. I too am descended from William Francis Jacobs and Susannah Snow. My great, great grandfather was Joseph Lock, a son of Mary-Ann Jacobs and Reuben Lock.

Joseph and his brother George walked from Bere Regis to Burton on Trent in Staffordshire to find work in the breweries in the early 1870's where Joseph met and eventually married my great grandmother Maria Elizabeth Woodings.

I would be interested to know if there are any descendants of the family still living in Bere Regis who may be able to fill in gaps in my knowledge of the family.

I too think your website is amazingly good and would love to know if it is possible to buy copies of some of the early photographs, particularly those of Butt Lane and Shitterton where the Lock family lived in the mid 19th century.

Keep up the good work with the website.

From the Editor

The Photographs, unless specifically noted as Copyright/property of someone, are free for you to copy. If you find one that does belong to someone, then simply email us, with a request to copy it.

Enjoy the Website!

 

Name
Peter Butterworth Email
Date
15th April 2011
Where are you from
Sydney, Australia
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

I have recently been looking for the parents of a Deborah CLENCH, who married a George MUNDON in 1812. (I believe that her Parents might be William CLENCH and Deborah BATTRICK, married 23 Oct 1769, Bere Regis)

I used a number of sites, including your site, which is excellent; the IGI, and the new New Family search (olde Pilot Site).

I did note that your site doesn't claim in any way to be complete, but feel that perhaps you might consider adding a link for your users to the IGI, batch which may assist them in their research on some of the records you have yet to enter. Specifically Batch M158051. The link is here

Just searching for marriages in 1769 produced 7 marriages. The LDS has these as being from Bere Regis, but they may be adding records from nearby?

Curiously, the link that produced the most unexpected results was the New Family Search website

I had additional results with the New FS Site. Unfortunately the normal link doesn't work, and you will need to type in the Town and the event (marriages), the year (1769), and I also sepecified a relationship ="Spouse". No specific names are entered into the general search page. Their site here

Best Wishes, and thanks,

Peter

ps I am sure the above would work for Baptisms as well.

From the Editor

Thank you for your sage advice. I will have a look through the resources you mentioned and will aim to update the website in due course.

Good luck in your family searches!

 

Name
Meredith Jacobs-Smith Email
Date
25th March 2011
Where are you from
Broadford, Victoria, Australia
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

Firstly,I wanted to congratulate you on a fantastic and informative website.

My 3rd G grandmother Susan(anah) Jacobs nee Snow lived in Shitterton and was counted on the 1841 and 1851 Census. Her husband William Francis Jacobs was born in Bere Regis on the 18/01/1778 and died there 2/04/1848. He was an Ag Lab on the 1841 census. Could he have worked at the Shitterton Manor?

They had three children born in Bere Regis
1. Mary Ann (twin,) and Elizabeth born 16/11/1817.
2. Jane born 21/01/1821.

Jane's son Levi was also born in Bere Regis 1856.
You have both Jane and Levi in your births for this time.

Susan Jacobs died in the Wareham Workhouse on the 4th Jan 1858. Her daughter Jane and Grandson Levi were also in the workhouse in 1861.

I was very interested about the maps and the history of Bere Regis and Shitterton,because I am a 1st year Archaeology student at University of Leicester. (distant learning).

I look forward to your Newsletters in the future.

From the Editor

Thank you for your lovely comments! Iam glad you find the Website useful - I will add your historical research to our Collection.I do hope you will find our Newsletters interesting.

Enjoy the rest of your Archaeology Course!

 

Name
Andy Email
Date
10th February 2011
Where are you from
n/a
How found this Website
Internet Search
Comments

I found your Bere Regis website after looking up the Bere Regis coach company.

When I was 16, (1981) i could not get a job in my home town of Bournemouth and I had to do what was called a YTS course.

The course was a Bovington camp and I used to be picked up by the Bere Regis coach.

Reading your website brought back many memories indeed. The village still looks the same from your website. Peaceful, idyllic and I hope it stays that way for many years to come.

Well done on a great website.

From the Editor

Thanks Andy - lovely to hear that you feel the Village hasn't changed - we certainly all think it's peaceful & idyllic!

 

Name
Donna Johnson Email
Date
30th January 2011
Where are you from
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
How found this Website
Google
Comments

I love the presentation of your website and the wealth of information, maps and photographs.

I am researching, on my husband's side, the Howell family of the former Waterloo Iron Foundry across from Hatch Pond, north of Poole, Dorset. Jane Howell married Joseph Hamilton Mundell, a grocer and ironmonger of Bere Regis, in 1848.

Their daughter Jane Howell Mundell married Samuel Edward Bemister, proprietor of the grocery at "The Cross," now a private residence.

Also, I am a descendant of the Turbyfill family; it is believed they are connected to the Turberville family.

From the Editor

That's quite a lineage you have! Great that the Site has been able to help you discover more about your past!

 

Name
Ingrid Deweerdt Email
Date
26th January 2011
Where are you from
Belgium
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

My name is Ingrid and I was in your lovely village last April. It was good to see Gillian and Kevin at the Post Office !!!

From the Editor

Iam glad you enjoyed your trip to our Village - come back again soon!

 

2010

Name
Alan Doel Email
Date
30th October 2010
Where are you from
Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

I have been enjoying your wonderful village website - if only all villages had such a wealth of online materials! I remember our family always went from Salisbury for a day at Swanage via Blandford and Bere Regis. I also realised through my own family research that there were some Doels in the Bere Regis history - not mine I hasten to add.

From the Editor

Thank you for your thoughtful words - Iam glad you enjoy the website!

 

Name
Ray Willcox Email
Date
8th September 2010
Where are you from
Cheltenham, Wiltshire. UK
How found this Website
Google
Comments

I live in Cheltenham & I found the website very interesting.

From the Editor

We look forward to seeing you in the Village sometime.

 

Name
Mark Joyner Email
Date
6th September 2010
Where are you from
Gilbert, South Carolina, USA
How found this Website
I was doing some genealogy surfing and found that I am most likely descended from Thomas Joyner (b1595). Judging by a previous post I am not the only one.
Comments

You have a beautiful church rich in history. I hope, one day, I am able to visit England and Bere Regis in particular.

From the Editor

Do come & visit - the Village will certainly live up to your exppectations!

 

Name
Judy MayoNorman Odell Email
Date
17th August 2010
Where are you from
Australia
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

I am from Australia and I found the website because I was searching for Information about the Churches in Milborne St Andrew and surrounding villages.

I have enjoyed so much looking at your great site. I marvel at the age of things in England. We in Australia have nothing to compare.

Do you know Biddy Matthews who lived at the Vicarage in Milborne St Andrew, Blandford and who was researching the Way family for Reuben Way some time ago.

I have recently been given a copy of an undated letter written by Biddy to Reuben Way in Tasmania Australia.

In this letter Biddy says that she and her husband are moving to a more Modern Vicarage in November. I imagine that this could give you a clue as to the approximate time that the letter was written.

I would really appreciate being able to make contact with her about her findings for the Way Family. I am now trying to gather as much information on the Ways for a cousin of mine who is the son of Reuben's Sister.

From the Editor

Although I can't help on that particular query, I would suggest the best place for you to contact to find out more about the Way family itself would be the Dorset History Centre. Their details are here

Good luck with the Research!

 

Name
Norman Odell Email
Date
10th August 2010
Where are you from
Eastbourne, East Sussex, UK
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

Hi to all at Bere Regis,

I lived in the village about 25 years ago at 25 South Mead although my first house was at 8 Bitchums Mead. One of my main regrets in life was moving away from the village, but as my work took me to Eastbourne I had no choice.

I remember Sue Stone, Vic Stone, Mark Newbold, Peter Wharf, Chris Hopkins, Andy Sonner, The Royal Oak when it still had a stable, the blue bells on Rye Hill and much more with fond memories.

I have made your website one of my favourites so I can occasionally see life in a beautiful way.

From the Editor

What fond memories you have; Iam glad the Site can help you relive those happy times!

Come visit sometime soon!

 

Name
Kelly Buckley Email
Date
9th August 2010
Where are you from
n/a
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

Hi! I've been gearing up for the school year trying to find fun educational games for my teaching page here and I found many of your suggestions so great. So thank you for putting together the list of interactive learning links at your Kids Corner Section here.

Thanks again for the great suggestions and enjoy the rest of summer!

From the Editor

Thank you for your supportive comment on the Kids Corner Section - Iam glad you found it useful! Thank you also for the new link, I have added to our list.

Good luck for next Term!

 

Name
Gaylene Leblanc Email
Date
6th August 2010
Where are you from
n/a
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

Hello, I visited your web site and first I must congratulate you on an excellent job and very imformative as to past residents that resided in your past.

My relatives were also residents of Bere Regis in the 1700's to 1800's and although I found their names I was wondering how to find out who their parents were. My great great granfather was George Dowel/Doel/Dowwell ( born March5 , 1786 : died March 21, 1854. My great great Grandmother was Mary (Hallett) born1785 in Wareham died December 24, 1874. They had 5 children all born there as far as we know.

I was wondering if you could help me find out anymore information about them or point me in the right direction. My sister is heading out your way in September and she will be looking for information for us all. We did find our great grandfather, in Change Island, Newfoundland, last year which was exciting for us all.

Thanks for any help you can give us with this. Keep up the excellent work on your pages, as it is so helpful to others looking for their ancestors.

From the Editor

Thank you for your encouraging words - they are very much appreciated!

I would suggest the best place for you to contact to find out more about your family would be the Dorset History Centre. Their details are here

Good luck with the Research!

 

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Anne Dix Email
Date
2nd August 2010
Where are you from
n/a
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

Hi!

You don’t know me, but I would just like to congratulate you on the Bere Regis website, in particular the village history. If only everywhere had such a comprehensive selection of documentation as this.

I wasn’t lucky with the birth I was looking for so will have to go to the record office in person after all, but to someone working on family history who has greater roots in your area than those I am researching, the website is an absolute gem!

I shall recommend it to others looking for a model of what might be achieved in the future.

I am sure the time it has taken you to compile this collection of information will be appreciated by many researchers in the future.

Every good wish.

From the Editor

Thank you for the kind words - best of luck with The Record Office!

 

Name
Ashley Judy Email
Date
21st June 2010
Where are you from
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

First let me say that I am so glad that I found your website and it has been so easy to navigate! The information I have gathered through your site is invaluable to me.

I am a descendant of the Troublefields of South Carolina, U.S. My great-grandmother was Acklin Saphronia Troublefield. I have been working on my family history for several years now and have been stuck tracing my Troublefield/Turbeville roots, so your site was truly a find! From my great-grandmother Troublefield, I have traced eight generations back to John Turberville from Dorset who came to America in the mid-1600s, and now have a further seven generations to Richard Turbeville of Bere Regis.

Thank you for all the hard work I know must have gone into building this site, and for the massive research effort that must have been required to offer such outstanding and thorough information. I just joined your Facebook group and I hope to make a trip to visit the village of Bere Regis in the future.

Thank you again!

From the Editor

It's a pleasure to have been able to help with your family research!

Emjoy your visit when you come here - summer is best!

 

Name
Kelly Turbeville Email
Date
10th April 2010
Where are you from
California, USA
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

I was searching the history of Turbeville as that is my family name and found the site, which I find very informative. I am however, confused from when Turberville became Turbeville or vice versa – do you have any details?

I am from California, USA

Thanks

From the Editor

Iam glad you have found the site useful!

Iam not sure about when the spelling changed - I would suggest you contact the Dorset History Centre - details are here

 

Name
Phyllis Johnson Email
Date
15th February 2010
Where are you from
Southeast Virginia, USA
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

I was happy to find your website. I have a book tracing my ancestor, Thomas Joyner, back to Bere Regis, Dorset in 1595. I'd love to come there one day.

From the Editor

Do come & visit soon!

 

2009

Name
David Johnston Email
Date
18th November 2009
Where are you from
n/a
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

Have just discovered your - 'Bere Regis' website - spent a couple of day's researching a branch of my 'family tree'. Must say, it is one of the best designed websites that I have used - most informative in every field of research that I have had to do - and easy to find that information to boot!

A question arises though - if I may!

An old family tradition has it - that there were, in 'ye olde days,' some smugglers in our Bere Regis ancesters! Do any of your historians have any information about Bere Regis, 'free traders' - be they related or not?

Best wishes

David

From the Editor

Thanks David - Iam glad you have enjoyed exploring the site & will continue to do so!

I hope someone is able to provide an answer to your question! You can join our Facebook group too, if you would like to post your question there. Click here to join the group.

 

Name
Jean Turbeville Sanders Email
Date
14th October 2009
Where are you from
Conway, Arkansas , USA
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

I have visited your web site the past two days and am just ecstatic over all the information you all have.

My name is Jean Turbeville Sanders and I live in Conway, Arkansas, USA Our ancestry line has been traced back to Sir Payn de Turbeville. Some information states he was "a demon". I would like to know how this nickname came about. I'm also wondering if I have some long, lost cousins in Bere Regis - wouldn't that just be the neatest thing! I would love to visit at some point in the future.

Look forward to the newsletters.

From the Editor

Thanks Jean - Iam glad you have enjoyed exploring the site & will continue to do so!

I hope someone is able to provide an answer to your question! You can join our Facebook group too, if you would like to post your question there. Click here to join the group.

 

Name
James Joyner Email
Date
20th August 2009
Where are you from
California, USA
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

I came across your site tracing my ancestors. My ancestor Thomas Joyner operated the Royal Oak Inn during the 1600's. Your site added more documentation for my family tree. I hope I get the chance to come to your village; the pictures are great.

From the Editor

Thanks James - come visit soon!

 

Name
Linda Scholz Email
Date
16th August 2009
Where are you from
Adelaide, Australia
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

I visited your site while I have been doing my family history.

My Grandfather Henry Davis was born in Bere Regis in 1876, he had an older brother named Charles born in 1865. Their parents were Charles Davis (born 1841) and Jane Maria Phillips (born 1848).

I am trying to locate either someone who is also doing the same family search or sites where I could find more information about the family.

From the Editor

I have added your request to our Village Forum section - I hope you get some good responses!

 

Name
Peter & Leslie Hamblin-Cobb Email
Date
14th July 2009
Where are you from
British Columbia, Canada
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

Greetings from British Columbia, Canada.

I just wanted to tell you how much my husband, Peter, and I have enjoyed browsing the website. He was born in Portsmouth but his family (from father back) comes from Bere Regis. The website has brought back a lot of memories of visiting grandparents and aunts and uncles when he was young. We're hoping to visit Bere Regis soon.

Thanks for your dedication to the site.

From the Editor

Thank you very much for your kind words - it's a pleasure to run the site and Iam glad it has brought back lots of fond memories.

Enjoy your trip to the village!

 

Name
Jonnie Warren Email
Date
9th June 2009
Where are you from
Westwood, Crediton, Devon, UK
How found this Website
Google
Comments

The reason I have visited the Bere Regis web site is that I would like some photos of Woodbury Hill
fair at about 1900 to 1910.

Let me tell you a little story. My grandfathers father ( Jackie Warren ) was a beekeeper for a man called Herman Lee. Herman Lees friend was the poet Thomas Hardy. When the Fair came to Woodbury Hill my great grandfather & his son (my grandfather) were invited to go with Lee and Hardy on their horse & trap. At the Fair there was a boxing match where if you could stay in the ring for 1 minute and not get knocked out you would win £1! Not bad for threepence! Lee said he would have a go, but Hardy said it's, "not for gents, let's try the rifle range."

Hardy paid the man and took up position and shot down three targarts and won two Staffordshire
flat back Figures of two Horsemen ( Dick Turpin & Tom King ). Hardy didn't want them and said give them to my grandfather. My grandfather told me this story when Iwas a boy and the two Horsemen are on display
in my sitting room!

From the Editor

What a great story - thank you! How wonderful that you still have the two horsemen!

I trust you were able to find some good historical photographs of Woodbury Hill Fair in our Gallery.

 

Name
Sylvia PitcherEmail
Date
8th June 2009
Where are you from
London, UK
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

I found the website in my efforts to find "Virtue" whose wedding my mother Muriel Elliott and her sister Gwen were bridesmaids for in, as I thought, 1931. See my email of 21st October 2008. Then, as now, I congratulate you on a well designed informative website.

I'm pleased to say further research has found that she was Vertrude Standfield (known as Virtue) who married Percy Bartlett at Bere Regis on the 1st March 1930 . If only your List of Marriages had been more comprehensive though I may well have found the information I was seeking back in Oct 2008. I'm not complaining as I know what a laborious job it must be transcribing B M and D.

From the Editor

Iam glad that you have enjoyed exploring the website and that it has produced even more finds for you than a year ago - we are continually adding to the Collection!

 

Name
Patricia Horsman Email
Date
9th March 2009
Where are you from
Croydon, South London, UK
How found this Website
Google
Comments

My name is Patricia Horsman and I am a teacher of Religious Studies at a Catholic Girls' school in Croydon. I found your website through Google when looking for floor plans of churches; as this is the topic I am about to teach my Yr 9 girls.

Thank you for such a fabulous and informative website; the diagrams, beautiful pictures and explanation are excellent. I shall be getting them to search through your site for information and use it to prepare for their GCSE exam in May.

Congratulations on this and on what you have achieved.

Many many thanks, it's a time saver for an overworked teacher with not enough time!!!

From the Editor

Iam glad that you have found the website useful - I hope your pupils enjoy exploring it!

 

Name
David and Margaret Warhurst Email
Date
5th February 2009
Where are you from
n/a
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

Excellent site on all that is and has happened in Bere Regis. My wife's great grand fathers family (Stroud), lived in Shitterton in 1881 and the Census states that they were number 20 Shitterton.

Do you know from where the numbering started, so that it would be possible to identify the actual dwelling?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks

From the Editor

Thank you for your kind comment. Iam not sure where exactly 20 Shitterton is - however my mothers house is 18 Shitterton (Honeycombe Cottage!) Our neighbour on one side is no. 17, but on the other side there is Shitterton House.

I would therefore suggest you ask one of the following 2 places for guidance -

Bere Regis Post Office - Kevin & Gillian Coetzee on 01929 471 201

Or the Dorset History Centre - details are here

Best of luck!

 

Name
John Rigler Email
Date
7th January 2009
Where are you from
Edington, Somerset, UK
How found this Website
Google
Comments

I must fully endorse all the compliments by previous visitors to your website. It is excellant, and the organisers are to be congratulated!

My interest is in a number of family members who lived in the village in the 19th Century.

My g.g.g.g.grandfather, Henry House, married in 1780 to Grace Vincent, lived in West Street but of both of whom, not much is known. However their son, also Henry appears to have had a modest carpentry business employing men. He married Maria Mitchell, and the family appears to have moved to Rye Hill in the early 1850's.

Their daughter, Hanna Maria married in 1846 to Henry Miller from Winterbourne Kingston, whose daughter Mary Jane was my g.grandmother, born in Rye Hill, but who moved to Bournemouth on marriage.

In the light of this story, I wonder if your archive would have information about the House & Miller families living in Bere Regis in the second half of the 19th Century. I would very much like to locate their homes of course, but any information would be of great interest.

I am attaching for your archive, two pictures. Firstly, Henry Miller's father, John. The photo is dated 1863 and very faded, but hopefully can be seen satisfactorily. Also attached is a picture of Hanna Maria [House] Miller and her daughter Mary Jane. Mary Jane was born 1854 and I would put the date at about 1865, when living at Rye Hill.

From the Editor

Thank you for your compliment - it is a pleasure to run this site.

I have added your Family Photographs to our Archive here.

Although I can't help you with the exact location of their homes, might I suggest you try our Village Census Section here? It may help you track down their addresses.

Also the Dorset History Centre has alot of local information; they may be able to help you - their website is here - best of luck!

 

2008

Name
Lyn Harrison Email
Date
8th December 2008
Where are you from
n/a
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

My Great-uncle. Fred Davis, appears on the memorial and when I visited your site I was very impressed with the amount of information that you had there and think it tremendous that you have spent so much time and effort on compiling the information. Please pass on my thanks to those who compiled it.

Fred's sister, Ellen Mary, my grandmother, was married at Bere Regis church on Oct 12th 1910 by the Rev Montagu A Bere, although the marriage does not appear on your website. The certicate no is 87 and I have a copy of it should you wish to see it. I understand that Ellen was a maid at the vicarage before she married, I don't know if you have any information regarding those employed at the vicarage.

She died when I was very young and is buried at Hilton with her husband, Arthur Moore Thomas, who was employed at Binghams Melcombe House as a groom I believe. My sister Sally was baptised at Binghams Melcombe Church. It appears to be when The Bosworth-Smiths were there. I have a watercolour painted by one of the Bosworth-Smith girls in front of a cottage at Aller where I used to stay. I believe that the picture was given to my Grandfather by her and has been passed on to me.
With regard to Fred, I have visited his grave at Sanctuary Wood. His birthday, Jan 12th, is the same as mine and Ellens wedding date is also the same as mine, Oct 12th. I understand that Freds brother joined the Dorset Militia and I am trying hard to find out more.

My father, now dead, told me that he thought the Davis family, I know that they originated from Tolpuddle, were descendents of one of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, but I have not yet been able to trace back that far.
If you have any more information, or know of anyone who might, regarding the Davis family I would be very pleased to hear from them.

From the Editor

Thank you for your kind comments - they are much appreciated.

I have added your Grandmothers wedding to the website.

We don't currently have further information about who was employed at the Vicarage, nor anymore regarding the Davis family. However, we get new sources from time to time so keep checking the site. I have added you to our Newsletter aswell. In the meantime, the Dorset History Centre has alot of local information; they may be able to help you - their website is here - best of luck!

 

Name
Angie Fleenor Email
Date
18th November 2008
Where are you from
USA
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

My brother and I have been tracing our family tree and have traced it back to Bere Regis, Dorset, England. Apparently they owned what's now the Royal Oak.

I have never been to England, but have always loved the accent, culture, movies, etc. Now I understand why, because that is where my ancestors come from.

Thanks,

Angie

 

Name
Paul Stickley Email
Date
13th November 2008
Where are you from
n/a
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

Just to say been doing some research regards the Stickley family and the 1st world war and your site has two Stickleys on the war memorial in Bere Regis and asks if they were related. Just wanted to say they were cousins both called Henry Charles Stickley, hence one was called Harry. They were sons of William and Frank Stickley respectively. Frank being my great, great grandad.

Fantastic website!

Thanks

Paul Stickley

 

Name
Mike Prewar Email
Date
11th November 2008
Where are you from
n/a
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

Dear Sir,

I think your website is wonderful. Its great to see the the village where my birth (20th September 1942) was registered (7th October as a sub District of Poole) it has so much interesting information.

My links with Bere Regis go much further back than I realised, as I have discovered recently by researching my family history.

Two of my forebears families' were Bere Regis people; namely the Gould and Cobb families. My great grandfather on my mother's side was Henry Gould (son of George and Maria) who married Adah Cobb (daughter of George and Priscilla) on 5th December 1872 in Bere Regis.

Thanks!

 

Name
David Russell Email
Date
2nd November 2008
Where are you from
Europe
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

A brilliant site. I am Tony based in Europe. I understand that Bere Regis is Kingsbere in Thomas Hardy's Tess of The D'Urbervilles, A Pure Woman. Why did Hardy paint such a negative picture of the D'Urbervilles? (Chapter 34 the harridans description)

Clearly they were based on the Turbervilles. Is there a negative feature to their rule in Bere Regis which is hidden from the historical accounts and which formed the basis of Hardy's perception?

From the Editor

There is no reason that Thomas Hardy would have assigned a negative slant to the D'Urbervilles family in relation to anything that the Turberville Family did. In fact the Turberville story is an interesting but ultimately sad one.

A successful family through the ages, who then became extinct due to a lack of male heirs throughout the family by the late 1700s. You can find a history of them here

 

Name
Sylvia Pitcher Email
Date
21st October 2008
Where are you from
n/a
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

Dear "All of you connected to your website",

Whilst looking for a marriage which might have taken place in Bere Regis of someone called Virtue in 1931, I was overwhelmed by the ease of use, design and layout and many faceted items included in your website. It would make family research a whole lot easier if all towns produced websites of such quality.
Many congratulations.

Best wishes, Sylvia Pitcher

P.S...... and no, I couldn't find what I was looking for after all !

 

Name
Heidi Smith Email
Date
24th September 2008
Where are you from
Columbus, Georgia, USA
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

I again want to thank you for this magnificent web site. As I’ve written before, I’ve been able to find out much interesting information because of it. Most significantly, I have come across a few distant relatives because of this site. I want you to know that you are responsible for my finding that my distant Joyner relatives, who originally settled in the Carolinas, and then some moved on to Georgia, are still in this very location in Georgia, USA!!

I’ve lived here many years and had no clue that I had so many distant Joyners (back from the 1500s and before in Bere Regis) that live within 100 miles of me! And because of this web site, I was able to contact one of them who invited me to the annual Joyner family reunion! It was held this past weekend and there were about 300 Joyner descendants there!!!

Now, that’s about one of the most wonderful contributions I can think of that you can give those of us who love our ancestry!! Thank you ever so much for your dedication to this site. I’ve been eying it for the last many years and it just continues to get better and better. We can never find a way to thank you for the emotional gifts that you give so many of us. Many thanks from the bottom of all of our hearts!!!

I also want to make a special remark on behalf of John Pittfield. He is an amazing man who seems tirelessly dedicated to Bere Regis and helping those of us who want to find our roots. Thank you, John. You are a most wonderful man and I will always have a special place in my heart for you and your hard work and great patience with my never ending questions!! I certainly look forward to the day when I can have that drink with you at The Royal Oak, formerly owned by my Joyner ancestors (no, I’m not proud!)

From the Editor

Iam glad our hard work has paid some dividends, even across the Atlantic!

 

Name
Mike Kingsbury
Date
19th September 2008
Where are you from
n/a
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

What an amazing site you have created.

I am particularly interested in the history of Bere Regis & in particular the origin of the name. I note from "the derivation of the name Bere Regis" page that in 1303 the form Kingsbere occurs and that this form was still in use in 1587 (as Kynges Bere)

My family name is Kingsbury which I am almost certain is derived from "de Kyngesbury" i.e. from Kyngesbury.

I also know that the greatest concentration of Kingsbury's in the 1881 census anywhere in England were in Dorset.

There are several place names called Kingsbury in England & until today I thought the nearest to Dorset was Kingsbury Episcopi in Somerset

In C18 & C19 my family lived in Winterbourne Whitechurch & in C16 & C17 they were living in Cheselbourne both of which are only a few miles from Bere Regis

The trail goes cold if I try & go any earlier other than a John de Kyngesbury who was born about 1280 & who was living in Kentelesworth, Dorset in 1312 (per the Dorset Feet of Fines)

My current theory is that John came from Kingsbere or Bere Regis. Do you have any evidence to support this & have you ever come across Kentelesworth (which I presume is the name of a house or hamlet somewhere in the immediate area)

Any help you can give will be much appreciated

From the Editor

Thank you for your support!

The Dorset History Centre has alot of local information; they may be able to help you - their website is here - best of luck!

 

Name
Gerrie Stults Email
Date
10th September 2008
Where are you from
Idaho, USA
How found this Website
Daughter, Karen, recommended it.
Comments

It's wonderful to see maps & photos of my Great Grandfather Charles Bevercombe's birthplace. Charles parents were Alfred Bevercombe & Elizabeth Jenkins. Seeing the name as we spell it, on old documents is rewarding. We're quite interested in communicating with anyone related to the Bevercombe family.

 

Name
Lesley Bevercombe Email
Date
3rd September 2008
Where are you from
n/a
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

Thank you for this excellent website - if anyone would like to send me an e-mail, I am quite happy to share whatever information I have on the Bevercombes.

 

Name
Kim Miller
Date
31st August 2008
Where are you from
Crossways, Dorset
How found this Website
Google
Comments

Hi

Came across your website via google, doing my husbands family history and found a great great Grandma living as a servant at 5 West Street, and although I live in Crossways I can't seem to find the address. The owners were a Scutt family and he was a farmer. Was 5 West Street a farm or their home? Grandma was a servant so I presumed it was their home. Grandma was there in 1861 and her name was Lydia Boucher. She was born in Blandford.

Thanks!

From the Editor

The Dorset History Centre has alot of local information; they may be able to help you - their website is here - best of luck!

 

Name
Sher Leetooze Email
Date
28th August 2008
Where are you from
Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
How found this Website
Google
Comments

Most of the people writing in the guestbook do so because they are connected to Bere Regis in some way. Me Too!! My name is Sher Leetooze and I live in Ontario, Canada. Mom's family are from Newfoundland and her ancestors went there from Bere Regis in the 1780's.

I have been researching family for some time, but a couple of years ago a cousin e-mailed me and said I ought to see a certain website (this one!) because there were some really great photos on it. I come back to the website as often as I can to see what other wonderful gems have been posted. I am usually pleasantly surprised.

If any other visitors to the website are researching
TOREVELL/TORRAVILLE/TOLLERFIELD/etc I would love to hear from you.

 

Name
Tim Vacher Email
Date
26th August 2008
Where are you from
Hallau, Switzerland
How found this Website
Google
Comments

Hi, my name is Tim Vacher and I live in Hallau, Switzerland with my wife Kay and my son Ben and daughters, Charlotte and Kathleen. I found your web site a while ago using Google.

My Father was Leslie Earnest George Vacher and he came from Whitechurch where he lived as a child with his sister Marjorie and their parents Lucy and Earnest. I have always been very interested in my family history and finding your website took this to another level. Where previously I thought my oldest ancestor was Benjamin Vacher, found in the Abby and Milton in about 1760, your website lead me to find Vachers going back to the mid 1600's. This makes me wonder if it goes back even further, or if we did originate from France which is what I had been told by my father. I see from links to the parish registers that Vacher and Vatcher seemed to be closely linked, even intermarrying, I would be extremely grateful if you could guide me further on this.

Thank you for a truly wonderful and informative website and any further pointers you may be able to offer.

From the Editor

Thank you for your kind words of encouragement.

The Dorset History Centre has alot of local information; they may be able to help you - their website is here - best of luck!

 

Name
Leslie Hamblin-Cobb Email
Date
24th July 2008
Where are you from
British Columbia, Canada
How found this Website
Google
Comments

Hi! My husband's father's family (Montague Frederick Cobb b. 1910) comes from Bere Regis. The family farmed at Court Farm and Chalk Pit Farm in the late 1800s and early to mid 1900s. I'm doing some research about his family and have been able to trace the Bere Regis connection back to the mid 1700s.

The website is fantastic. Best one I've ever come across for a town that size. Congratulations!

 

Name
Barry Howard Email
Date
18th July 2008
Where are you from
Victoria, Australia
How found this Website
Google
Comments

Hello,

I am really very impressed by your wonderful website. It is so packed full of interesting information. I am researching the PURCHASE branch of my wife's family tree and have found useful information on your webpages. In 2006 my wife and I had the good fortune to be able to visit your lovely village and have fond memories of our all too short a time there. Thank you for the efforts you have gone to to make your website the pleasurable experience it is.

Regards,

Barry Howard

 

Name
Tristan Cobb Email
Date
11th May 2008
Where are you from
England
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

Hi, I’m a Cobb, found your website, and found our family comes from Bere Regis!

I’m Tristan Cobb, grandson of Ronald W. T. Cobb, who married Pam Philips and moved to Yeovil area (my uncle Christopher Cobb was born in Bere Regis too).

My Great granddad was Joseph Alfred Cobb who had 7 children in Bere Regis, I wonder if there was anymore history of the family in the area?

Thanks

Tristan J. E. Cobb

From the Editor

The Dorset History Centre has alot of local information; they may be able to help you - their website is here - best of luck

 

Name
Leanne Rae Email
Date
2nd May 2008
Where are you from
Australia
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

Hello James,

I am a descendant of the Vivians' from Langton Herring...I am from Australia and came upon your website and I just had to drop you a line to thankyou for such a wonderful site.

Wow, what can I say other than your site is by far the best I have ever seen! You give such great information on the village and beautiful pictures and maps. Everything is amazing! On reading that you voluntarily run the website I wanted to congratulate you on such a great job and let you know your efforts are very much appreciated. I have never enjoyed exploring a website as much as Bere Regis, I have yet to see all of it but am definately impressed with what I have seen so far. Keep up the great work.

Kindest Regards
Leanne

 

Name
Judith Oliver Email
Date
31st March 2008
Where are you from
n/a
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

Hello,

What a brilliant website this is, it was a wonderful find. I am researching family history and Angelina George (nee Hardy) in particular. She was the wife of William George and censuses show him the innkeeper of the Royal Oak as early as 1881. Would you know if there are any old photographs of them or family members in your archives? They had five children, Bertha, Cecil, Kathleen, Charles and Frank. Noting previous tenancies with the Hardy connection, I wondered if that's how William obtained his tenancy, with wife Angelina being a Hardy. (She was a second cousin of Thomas Hardy the author, quite an exciting find.)
I looked at all the marvellous photos on your site, but have no idea what the family looked like. Could there be any details of names with the photos?

I would be so pleased if you could help in any way.

Yours sincerely,

Judith Oliver (Mrs)

From the Editor

Thank you for your kind words.

Although all you can see is what we currently have, the Dorset History Centre has alot of local information; they may be able to help you - their website is here - best of luck

 

Name
Vicki Austin Email
Date
23rd March 2008
Where are you from
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

How found this Website
Google
Comments

Great to find a place that my family came from.  Lots of information about the Village, including the census.  My ancestors were the Purchase family.

Name
Zoe Roberts Email
Date
10th March 2008
Where are you from
Bere Regis & Bournemouth, Dorset, UK
How found this Website
Google
Comments

Hi,

I just would like to say Bere Regis is the best place to live, I may only be 12 years old, but i was brought up in this rural area. I know all the farmers (Bill, Sid, Tony & Jimmy Shave) and lots more. My Gran lives just down the road from the Chapel and I have been in there millions of times before!!!!

All I really needed to say is Bere Regis is the most outstandingly beautiful place you ever did see, whatever the weather. The country landscape will take your breath away, I should know, it did it to me. All my family was brought up here; my Mum, Uncle, Auntie, Cousins, Brother, Gran & Grandad.

As I say, it really is the most amazing place!!

Yours truthfully

Zoe Roberts

 

Name
Charlotte Parsons Email
Date
30th January 2008
Where are you from
Ardmore, Oklahoma, USA
How found this Website
From a Cousin
Comments

I am the great grandaughter of Columbus M Jioner, known as "Dad Joiner", he brought in the biggest oil field in the world in East Texas. I and several cousins have been looking for family and you help us a great deal. Thank you & keep up the work and if you need info from me just e-mail.

 

2007

Name
Katherine Glendon Email
Date
28th December 2007
Where are you from
Townsville, Australia
How found this Website
Google
Comments

Hello, I came across your website while searching for any information on my great grandmother, Annie Pain. Your website is a great source of info which gives me an idea of what the area would have been like before she immigrated to Australia. I am having problems tracking down information on Annie. Australian records state that she was born in Bere Regis in or about 1870. Maybe her name is spelt completely wrong or she could be from a neighbouring village

Anyway, thank you for your great website and any information would be greatly appreciated!

From the Editor

Thank you for your support!

The Dorset History Centre has alot of local information; they may be able to help you - their website is here - best of luck

 

Name
Lesley Bevercombe
Date
15th December 2007
Where are you from
Norwich, Norfolk, UK
How found this Website
Google
Comments

I have found it useful in finding other family members.

 

Name
Heidi Smith Email
Date
17th November 2007
Where are you from
Columbus, Georgia, USA
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

I want to take a moment to tell you how overwhelmed I am with this amazing web site! I first visited it in 2003 when it was rather young. It was nice then, but WOW, look at it now!

I came to visit this site because while tracing my family history I came to find that the Joyner side of my family came from Bere Regis. That in fact they had owned a local pub there between the 1500’s and 1630’s. That they were also craftsmen in the village. Because of your web site I was able to contact the owners of the pub as it is still in operation. They were able to give me more specific information about my ancestor’s names, and are the reason I know that Mary Joyner, as widow, owned the pub into the 1630’s when she sold it.

This I owe to your hard work and dedication. I appreciate this gift more than you can know and hope to be a regular contributor to assist in keeping this valuable site running with the improvements and additions I know you wish to implement.

Very much gratitude,

Heidi Smith

 

Name
Henry Kapell Email
Date
10th November 2007
Where are you from
Center City, Minnesota, USA
How found this Website
Google search
Comments

I am a descendant of Thomas Williams Dowell who was born near Bere Regis in 1833. His father was George C.Dowell (1786) and his grandfather was Richard Dowell (1748), both from the Bere Regis area. I have genealogical information on several hundred Dowell descendants and would like to share information.

I would also like to find information on George's spouse's, Mary Hallett (1785) family and Richard's wife, Eloisa Willshire (1760) family.

From the Editor

Thank you for your support!

The Dorset History Centre has alot of local information; they may be able to help you - their website is here - best of luck

 

Name
Gaylene Buckle Email
Date
14th August 2007
Where are you from
Newfoundland, Canada
How found this Website
Google search
Comments

My Great-Great Grandfather Justinian Dowell was born in Bere Regis Dec. 1, 1836 & moved to Newfoundland in 1853 - where he remained until his death in 1911. We are fortunate to have many years of diaries (between 1871-1904) which Justinian kept while living in Moreton's Harbour & Change Islands, NL. Justinian is featured on the Moreton's Harbour Museum gate.

I visited Bere Regis last August and was overwhelmed by the beauty of the place and the sense of belonging. I am returning again this September and would like to find out more about the Dowell history. Justinian's daughter married my great grandfather Walter J. Torraville, who we believe have roots in Bere Regis as well. I'll know for sure before I leave to England.

 

Name
Ray Hogan Email
Date
8th August 2007
Where are you from
Bebington, Wirral, Merseyside, UK
How found this Website
On the Internet
Comments
Very good website and I like the availability of all census records, Thank You.

 

Name
Sylvia Bayliss Email
Date
8th August 2007
Where are you from
Droitwich, Worcestershire
How found this Website
I put "Bere Regis" into Google!
Comments

The whole website is very interesting, and shows what a lively place Bere Regis is. My daughter and son in law live in the village (where he was brought up) and now that I have a grand-daughter I will move there as soon as I can sell my house. I love visiting as I find everyone is very friendly and I am looking forward to joining in village life.

 

Name
R. E. L. Joiner Email
Date
8th August 2007
Where are you from
Macon, Georgia, USA
How found this Website
Reasearching my Grand Father (Thomas Joiner)
Comments

I think this website is the best & I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting it. I have found more answers than I thought I would. Thanks very much.

 

Name
Jean Toms Email
Date
27th July 2007
Where are you from
Originally Poole, now Devon, England
How found this Website
Rootschat
Comments

Looking for any information on the Toms Family. ie Christopher Toms 1747 Bere Regis.

From the Editor

The Dorset History Centre has alot of local information; they may be able to help you - their website is here - best of luck

 

Name
Thomas Sidney Turbyfill Email
Date
4th June 2007
Where are you from
29 Palms, California, USA
How found this Website
Internet research
Comments

I and other members of the Turbyfill  family are looking forward to visiting Bere Regis during  August 2007

Name
Margaret Woolfrey Martinez Email
Date
27th March 2007
Where are you from
Springfield, Virginia, USA
How found this Website
Google family research
Comments

I am so excited to find a relative working at one of the Inns,"The Crown" in 1844.  I will certainly have to read the entire website now to discover more about your beautiful place on earth "Bere Regis"!!  Great work on setting up this website. 

 

Name
John Email
Date
20th February 2007
Where are you from
Wimborne, Dorset, UK
How found this Website
Whilst checking a name for a fellow researcher
Comments

Congratulations!  What a superb site and so full of interesting items!  An absolute must for those family historians who had ancestors in the village. 

If only my PAIN(E) (PAYNE) and BUTCHER families had been born there instead of Winfrith and West Lulworth.

 

Name
Louise
Date
17th February 2007
Where are you from
Dorset, UK
How found this Website
AOL Search
Comments
I think that this is a great website of Bere Regis. There are some amazing photos of the village & its local people of its time. Its lovely to have a website like this to be able to see what the vilage was like all them years ago to its present day. Well done to those people who set up the website & made it what it is & to all those who shared their photos for everyone else to see. Keep up the good work :-)

 

Name
Lenny Bere Email
Date
15th February 2007
Where are you from
Florida, USA
How found this Website
Google
Comments
I would love to visit Bere Regis - my last name is Bere!

 

Name
Jacqui Bowen Email
Date
23rd January 2007
Where are you from
Lived a long time in Fordingbridge, Hants but now retired to South West France. Lived around the Bournemouth area off and on for most of my life and know Bere Regis well.
How found this Website
Through Justin Standfield
Comments
Lovely to know this web site exists but still trying to trace the origin of my Betty Hawkins who had Thomas illegitimately in 1753 in Bere Regis. Perhaps I shall never know who her parents were.

 

Name Justin Standfield
Date 18th January 2007
Where are you from
Southampton, UK
How found this Website
Google
Comments
Dear Bere Regis website people!

Well done on the hard work you've put into the site and for keeping it updated - the village should be very proud of it.

You may be interested to know that one of the men in the photograph here (in the "Industry" section of the historical photos) is my uncle, Derrick Standfield, who worked at the cress beds. My dad was Derrick's younger brother Ken, who sadly died in April 2006.

Best wishes,

Justin Standfield

 

Name Michael Applin Email
Date 13th January 2007
Where are you from
Toronto, Canada
How found this Website
Google
Comments
My grandfather moved to Bere in 1885 and was the village butcher at 85 West Street. My father and his 8 brothers were born here, my parents were married in St. John's and I was christened at St. John's in October 1947

2006

Name Stephen Charles Phillips Email
Date 6th October 2006
Where are you from
North Carolina,USA via New Zealand and Bournemouth, Dorset
How found this Website
Yahoo Search
Comments
My grandfather Charles Davis Phillips was born July 1st 1892 in Bere Regis and resided in Butt Lane until he joined the Dorset Regiment in 1909(Militia).

He served under the name of Charles Davis as he joined under age! Served at the 1st Battle of Ypres and was finally discharged after be severly wounded in Palestine with the Dorset regiment 1918.

GREAT SITE, Well Done.

 

 

Name Chris Locke Email
Date 26th September 2006
Where are you from
Queensland, Australia
How found this Website
Search Engine
Comments
Thanks for the nostalgic photos.
I had many great walks up and around Black Hill (nearly stepped on an Adder up there once) when visiting Vere and Duffy Pearse during the seventies. I think their residence was Dairy cottage. I particularly remember the re-thatching of the roof, Oh and the village tug of war over the river, and outrage when they renamed the village Sitterton.
Thanks.......Chris

 

Name Rachel Email
Date 21st September 2006
Where are you from
Surrey
How found this Website
Google
Comments

Really interesting site. I am researching my family tree and would be interested to know of any links or information about the FARR family in the 19th/early 20th centuries in Bere Regis.

Rachel

From the Editor

The Dorset History Centre has alot of local information; they may be able to help you - their website is here - best of luck

 

Name Karen Stults Email
Date 20th August 2006
Where are you from
Tacoma, Washington, USA
How found this Website
Google
Comments

My great-great grandfather Charles Bevercombe was born and raised in Bere Regis and came to the US in the 1850's. I am trying to find more information about this family, and the history of this little village fascinates me! Wonderful website!

From the Editor

Thank you for your kind words!

The Dorset History Centre has alot of local information; they may be able to help you - their website is here - best of luck!

 

 

Name Marrin Smith Email
Date 8th August 2006
Where are you from
Keighley in West Yorkshire
How found this Website
Google
Comments
We have just spent 4 days in Bere Regis. We stayed at Honeycombe Cottage, and had dinner at the Drax Arms. It has been a wonderful break, and I am sure that we will return. We received a wonderful, warm welcome from eveyone.
Thank you From Marrin and David Smith

 

Name Brian Kavanagh
Date 27th July 2006
Where are you from
Melbourne, Australia
How found this Website
Village Sites
Comments
Hope to be in UK soon for research on my next English village mystery novel and hope to get to Bere Regis and surrounds. Cheers.

 

Name Laura Thomas Email
Date 21st May 2006
Where are you from
Central London
How found this Website
Googled family history in Bere Regis
Comments
My great grandfather was George Gould, born Bere Regis in 1858, son of Marie & George Gould senior - a Woodsman from Woodbury Hill. He had an elder brother, Francis and a sister Ann.

Young George partially lost his sight in a firearms accident aged approx 14 (whilst gun loading for the local shoot) and left Bere Regis (approx 1872) for a post in London ? in service as a gardener.

I am very grateful to this site for putting so much of Bere's historical records online

I was very pleased to see that Sue Gould has signed the guestbook and hope to liase with her on any information on the Goulds of Bere Regis.

Laura Thomas (nee Gould)

 

Name Sue Gould Email
Date 27th April 2006
Where are you from
England
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

We are intrigued!

My husband is David Gould, and his grandfather, Frederick Walter Gould, was born in Bere Regis. The line goes back to the John Gould (b1760) on Woodbury Hill, unfortunately Fred’s Dad, Henry, died when they were very little, and Mum, Emily Elizabeth (nee Trimm), re-married and moved away. I have been hooked by this family research, and am now trying to find out where New Inn was. Apparently Johns wife Sarah ran the pub, as she left a will in the 1850's specifying which children should have the pub, and which children should have certain houses (she seemed to own more than one!) I found it on the National Archive site.

By a fluke, when WE got married, back in 1971, we moved from Berkshire to live only 3 miles down the road (Milborne St. Andrew), knowing nothing of this connection! I am definitely going to try and have a look at the book John gave to Mr. Guest.

Regards

Sue Gould

 

Name Jay Joyner Email
Date 31st March 2006
Where are you from
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
How found this Website
Google
Comments

I am searching the Joyner/Joiner line. I understand that George Joyner b 1574 and Thomas Joyner b 1610 were from Walden Hertfordshire. Has anyone else researched this family? Thanks!
Jay Joyner

From the Editor

The Dorset History Centre has alot of local information; they may be able to help you - their website is here - best of luck!

 

Name Val Simpson Email
Date 19th March 2006
Where are you from
Northamptonshire
How found this Website
Searching for information on the Scutt family
Comments

Hi All,

I am reserching my Mothers Family tree and I am afraid I am stuck, Wondered if there was anyone out there that could help me. My Great,Great grandfather was Samuel Scutt, he was born in Bere Regis in 1823. I know his fathers name was Richard Scutt but thats all I know, oh yes and he was a farmer. As I am not mobile and live in Northamptonshire it is very difficult for me to get any further. Is there any kind person out there that could help me with anything. Pleaseeeee!!!

From the Editor

The Dorset History Centre has alot of local information; they may be able to help you - their website is here - best of luck!

 

Name Sandra Gaskell
Date 3rd March 2006
Where are you from
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
How found this Website
Looking for the Mundells - family genealogy
Comments
The old photos are wonderful. I will use some of them to enhance my research of the Mundells who lived in Bere Regis. You mention Joseph Hamilton Mundell, grocer, in the history portion of your site. He was the brother of my great great grandmother. One of his daughters, Jane Howell Mundell, married Samuel Bemister, grocer. Thanks for the opportunity to see where they came from.
It is a website I will return to!
Sandra

 

Name Peter Eliot Email
Date 17th February 2006
Where are you from
Sydney, Australia
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

Greetings from Sydney Australia,

I just happen to be working on an old document relating to the Survey/Inventory of the Turberville Estate 1729 and needed to look for some info on the internet. I found your site, which I found very interesting.

I am curious to know if any of you know the meaning of the name/word "Herriotts" which is the heading on some of the columns in the old document and has "Best Beast" and sometimes a money value written in?

Thank you!

PS. Mary Turberville was my 5th Great Grandmother.

From the Editor

Not sure about that word - the Dorset History Centre has alot of local information; they may be able to help you - their website is here - best of luck!

 

Name Malcolm Dyer Email
Date 13th February 2006
Where are you from
New Romney, Kent, UK
How found this Website
n/a
Comments
Your website is very good and easy to navigate. I particularly like the approach to the baseline history of the area, using early maps and the comprehensive coverage of listed buildings using the NMR Record as a template.

One day we hope to set up something similar here in New Romney, Kent. We live in one of the Cinque Ports although to see it now, it is a little hard to believe! Sadly neglected and poorly researched, but many undoubtedly early buildings line the main street. A book will be published, hopefully in the Autumn which will entirely re-write the medieval history of the town.

Best wishes!

 

Name Heidi Brooks Email
Date 26th January 2006
Where are you from
Georgia, USA
How found this Website
Internet Search
Comments

I am so thrilled to see the updates to this web site!! I last viewed it about three years ago. The only thing I could find related to my family, the Joyners, was a picture of the pub, Royal Oak, that had been in the family for some time. Tonight, upon checking the site after three years I find there is a detailed list of owners of this pub for over a century!! Little did I know the Joyners owned this pub for decades. I only knew of it being in the family for two generations. I also found the birth record of Thomas Joyner in 1619, how amazing!!

I wish to deeply thank those who have worked so diligently on this site. It means so very much to me to see this information in print, on a web site.....makes things so very real and emotional. All I can say is WOW!!!!!

Message for Charlotte Parsons.....

I've tried reaching you through your email link. The mail was return as unknown user. We are distantly related through Thomas Joyner. I have information put together by my great-uncle on the Joyner family back to the 900's. Please contact me, I'd love to correspond with you!!

Heidi Brooks

 

Name Steve Bailey Email
Date 19th January 2006
Where are you from
Fordingbridge, Hampshire, UK
How found this Website
Internet Search
Comments
I am researching the Bartlett's steam fair from Fordingbridge who operated from about 1890 to 1941. My interest is that the Bartlett family are my relations.

I was given a clue that in the past they visited Woodbury Hill. What a surprise when I found your website with pictures of the Bartlett's fair. They must have visited regularly as the photos show two roundabouts at different times. One of these is being restored at Preston Services, Canterbury. Website

I can now show these photographs to some of the older residents of Fordingbridge which often brings back memories and puts me on another path for more information.

Thank you!

 

Name Andrew Phillips Email
Date 12th January 2006
Where are you from
Hitchin, Hertfordshire, UK
How found this Website
n/a
Comments
I found the history of the Turbeville family of particular interest. The reason being I have found a silver seal ascribed to "Alice of T" and one of my correspondents is certain that it is the seal of Alice of Turbeville.

I manage the North Herts Charity Detector Group in Hitchin & I found the seal some 5 years ago very near to the Ickneild Way which passes Hitchin. I am attempting to prove the provenance. The seal has been recorded under thr Treasure Act 1996 and was returned to me by the Secretary of State at DCMS. If the seal is that of Alice of Turbeville I will let you know; there will be a new coat of arms to add to your site. There is a branch of the family in Hertfordshire who are hoping my research proves fruitful. I have commissioned a drawing of the seal and I will be researching it at the Public Record Office & the College of Arms.

 

Name Carl Stickley Email
Date 7th January 2006
Where are you from
Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA
How found this Website
Web Search
Comments

My family arrived in the US in the early 1700's. We have had difficulty finding from which town. Some of the names and dates appear to match with those posted on your site. If there is someone who could help with a little of the Stickley history it would be greatly appreciated. Would be really great to find a cousin.

From the Editor

The Dorset History Centre has alot of local information; they may be able to help you - their website is here - best of luck!

 

Name John Cobb Email
Date 3rd January 2006
Where are you from
New Zealand
How found this Website
n/a
Comments
I'm the grandson of Ambrose Cobb his father was Mark Cobb, looking at our family tree we came from this fine Village, this part of the family now lives in New Zealand.

If any realatives would like to contact me email me

Cheers
John

2005

Name Michael Applin Email
Date 5th November 2005
Where are you from
Born in Poole, baptized in Bere Regis, living in Toronto Canada
How found this Website
My sister, Heather Frazer (Applin) told me about it
Comments

My grandfather Thomas Edward Applin owned the butcher store at 85 West Street. He and his wife Eliza Elizabeth Applin had 8 boys and 2 girls. My uncles, Jasper Applin (89 West Street) Maurice Applin (picture on your website - from Butt Lane), Frank Applin (lived on west Street)Reginald Applin and John Applin (actually Walter Gilbert Applin) all lived in the village. I was christened in St. John's in 1947, as were my sisters Lesley Clinch (Applin)1950 and Heather Frazer (Applin)1952.

My father, Morgan Ashton Applin was married to Margaret Reid in St John's in November 1946. We lived in Poole and I biked to the village regularly to visit my aunts and uncles.

I am interested in any additional information about the village and hearing from relatives - have lost track of many cousins!

From the Editor

The Dorset History Centre has alot of local information; they may be able to help you - their website is here - best of luck

 

Name Donna Email
Date 20th October 2005
Where are you from
Poole, Dorset
How found this Website
I have been on it before. I was searching for Pitfield family
Comments

I really love this website. Not many websites make you want to keep coming back for another look, time after time. I now have a website of my own. It is a family history website and has lots of old Dorset surnames on it. Like Aplin, Bowditch, Christopher, Cutler, Hannam,Kellaway,Pitfield, Phillips, Legg, Lucas, Runyard, Thresher, Tizzard, Vincent to name but a few. Please feel free to check it out. You just need to contact me for the password.

Click here for the site

Keep up the great work with this wonderful site.
With kind regards Donna

 

Name Ian Holmes
Date 11th October 2005
Where are you from
Minnesota, USA
How found this Website
Google
Comments

I am ax ex-pat Englishman (from Lincolnshire)
living in Minnesota USA. for the past year or so I have been enjoying your villages website immensely - particularly all the pictures relating to the watercress railway.

As a railway modeller I became fascinated by the system and built a model of the Locomotive built by Mr Bedford and Mr Jesty as well as basing a small layout on the idea of a watercress farm. You can see the Locomotive by clicking here and the layout here
I have recently completed a model based on the passenger vehicle as seen in the picture here

Thank you for putting together such a wonderful and informative website.

 

Name James Curtis Email
Date 26th September 2005
Where are you from
Tilehurst, Reading, UK
How found this Website
Search
Comments

I was just looking because my uncle and aunty lived in old barn road when i was younger, and i lived there with my cousins martin and gary, also my grandad is buried at the church

Could anyone take a picture of the old barn road area for me? i'd love to see it again on the site, after all these years!!!

From the Editor

Done - click here to see it

 

 

Name Stephanie Melinda Rigby Email
Date 16th September 2005
Where are you from
Australia
How found this Website
From Browsing through churches sites, and am a fan of Thomas Hardy
Comments
I have always been fascinated by the English countryside, its villages and churches, country houses, stately homes, ccathedrals, museums - I visited the UK this year, and was enchanted once again by the churches I visited, and on coming home began to search sites to find out more churches. I am having a sad time at present, with my mum in a home suffering from Alzheimers, so these sites of churches in Dorset and indeed all through England are proving a source of great comfort

Stephanie M Rigby

 

Name Linda Pemberton Email
Date 12th September 2005
Where are you from
Austin, Texas, USA
How found this Website
Through my daughter and her fiance
Comments
You have a beautiful church. I hope to visit it someday very soon. The architecture is breathtaking and the preservation is unbelievable!

 

Name Charlotte Parsons Email
Date 8th August 2005
Where are you from
Lone Grove, Oklahoma
How found this Website
Through a cousin in Alabama
Comments

I really enjoyed the pictures and seeing the very place where my relatives lived .Thomas Joyner Inn keeper. I am the great granddaughter of Columbus Marion Joiner who brought in the biggest oil field in the world in the 1800s. I am trying to find my roots and now I am coming across the ocean to find my roots. would like to know if you have a genealogy site anyone could go to? Beautiful village ,will be back several times to look at the rest of the things listed. Thank you for a look in the past.

From the Editor

The Dorset History Centre has alot of local information; they may be able to help you - their website is here - best of luck

 

Name Margaret Gibbons-Cousins Email
Date 29th July 2005
Where are you from
Bolton, Lancashire, UK
How found this Website
Through another member of Ancestry. co.uk
Comments

Viewing the photographs, I feel that I have been there before. Gibbons/Toms were shepherds and named their children accordingly. Abraham, Issac, Joseph, to name but a few. All baptised and married in St. John the Baptist Church.

Would be interested with any information about Fanny ( Frances ) White b 1846 Bere Regis, married George Gibbons b 1840 Sitterton. Would like to know "Why they left such a beautiful place, to walk to Liverpool"?

From the Editor

The Dorset History Centre has alot of local information; they may be able to help you - their website is here - best of luck

 

Name Terry Piercey Email
Date 19th June 2005
Where are you from
Canada
How found this Website
Google
Comments
Great site!! I've found it looking for family tree info on a great, great, great grandfather born in Bere Regis abt 1820 named Henry Mate. He left Bere Regis and married in Newfoundland.

 

Name Michelle Brookes Email
Date 14th June 2005
Where are you from
n/a
How found this Website
n/a
Comments

Have just gone on your web site. Very good.

My mum use to work in the village shop. She loved it there but unfortunately dad got a new job and she had to leave.

During her time there she learnt that a lady who lived in the area bred St Bernards. Please could anyone give me her details. Mum used to own a St Bernard. Sue Brookes is her name. My name is Michelle -
please email me back with any info.

Yours in hope,
Michelle.

 

Name Graham Hill
Date 27th May 2005
Where are you from
Cornwall, England
How found this Website
Google
Comments
Loved the Bere Regis Website, I lived in Dorset 25 years ago, Now my Daughter and Family have moved to your Village, Look after them all. Tanya Wells , Kevin Wells ( Electrician) and my Grand daughter Zoe age 6 3/4

 

Name Bere Neas
Date 17th May 2005
Where are you from
Denver, Colorado, USA
How found this Website
Google
Comments
Because my first name (pronounced Barry)is unique and I have never met anybody with the same spelling, was curious if there was anything on the internet regarding the spelling of my name. If you have never met anybody named "Bere", maybe you'll give me the "key to the city" when I come and visit you. What a beautiful village; proud to have the same name.

 

Name Brian Fayle
Date 28th April 2005
Where are you from
Canada
How found this Website
Narrow Guage railway e-group
Comments

A very impressive effort.

I got directed to the site via an e-group that models very narrow gauge railway lines. The watercress line was the lead in this case. Needless to say once on site I started to look around and passed a fair bit of time. One advantage of being retired!

Thanks again for an entertaining read.

 

Name Charles Chase Email
Date 18th April 2005
Where are you from
Kalamazoo, Michigan USA
How found this Website
Yahoo Search
Comments
What a nice site! I have visited your wonderful village twice - yet another American doing genealogy research! My great-great grandfather Edward Benjamin Vincent was born and raised in Bere Regis and it was so nice to be able to walk through Bere and feel that connection! I especially enjoyed my walks up Woodbury Hill. Would very much like to hear from anyone in Bere - after all, I can't stay away long. Will have to visit again soon!

 

Name Robert Hillier Email
Date 11th April 2005
Where are you from
Poole, Dorset, UK
How found this Website
Dorset Rootsweb Genealogy mailing list
Comments
Many thanks for an excellent website - and I can strongly recommend to other guests The Book of Bere Regis for anyone with an interest in the village's history . I have a family history with many Bere Regis villagers of 18th and 19th centuries ( especially the WHITEs )

 

Name Laura Dron
Date 10th April 2005
Where are you from
n/a
How found this Website
Google
Comments
Just to let you know how useful your site was to me. One of my distant relatives on my family tree married a Henry Lock quite late on. I looked him up earlier, in 1881, and found him in Wormwood Scrubs. Just out of curiousity, I checked the National Archives etc but couldn't find out what he'd done. Then I tapped his name and birthplace into Google and found the story on your site...owch, a policeman too...but it is a good story to add to the tree and of course, he's not actually my relative. He's out by 1891, by the way.

 

Name Bob Martin Email
Date 7th April 2005
Where are you from
Whatton-in-the-Vale, Nottinghamshire
How found this Website
Search Engine
Comments

I have visited Bere Regis several times on holiday. We have stayed on the Roland's Wait and the Wareham Forest caravan sites. The photos reminded me of the enjoyable times spent in this part of Dorset.

Congratulations on a great website!

 

Name James B. Turbyfill Email
Date 29th March 2005
Where are you from
Archdale, North Carolina, USA
How found this Website
Google
Comments
I am a decendant of John "The Planter" Turbyfill, circa 1740, in North Carolina and believe we decended from one of the Turbervilles in Bere Regis. Doing some fact finding...trying to figure out who our ancestors are and which Turberville coat of arms is the correct one for our family.

 

Name Glyn Davies Email
Date 5th March 2005
Where are you from
Shropshire, UK
How found this Website
Google
Comments
Why doesn't every community have as good a website as yours?! I am on the family research trail and thanks to you I may have located the John Davis, a "sadler" in 1851, who was a "shopkeeper" in Milborne in 1841 and married to Ann Homer (a local name). There were a number of Davises in saddlery and associated trades in Milborne in those days. Their daughter Sarah married my grandfather's uncle John Frederick Davies. I shall look up the 1851 census in the hope I have struck lucky.

 

Name Donna Email
Date 18th February 2005
Where are you from
Dorset
How found this Website
While looking for family research on Pitfield side of my family
Comments
This website is wonderful, brought back some lovely memories I have of the village from 1978-1981. Spent some wonderful times there with the Bennett family that lived on the edge of the village. The fields we used to play in our long gone now. This website is so well put together and Iwould like to give thanks to the person who put all this together. You really have put a lot of hard work into it. Keep up the good work. With kind regards Donna

 

Name Lila
Date 4th February 2005
Where are you from
India
How found this Website
Google
Comments
Very nice website. I am definitely going to visit your beautiful village the next time I am in England.

 

Name Carol
Date 18th January 2005
Where are you from
Bremerton, WA, USA
How found this Website
I did a websearch on MSN Explorer
Comments
My mother bought a beautiful Gilmore's Village Weave Tapestry Bedcover while in England in 1955. I was interested to see if the company still existed. Apparently is doesn't. Great website! Next time in Dorset I'll visit Bere Regis!

 

Name Val Simpson Email
Date 13th January 2005
Where are you from
Northamptonshire, UK
How found this Website
Searching for information about Bere Regis
Comments
Wonderful site well done, I have been researching my family name of Scutt, my G G Grandfather Samuel was born in Bere Regis in 1823.Very informative thankyou

2004

Name Mary Bridge Email
Date 23rd December 2004
Where are you from
Frome, Somerset, UK
How found this Website
MSN
Comments

I am trying to trace my ancestors. my mother was born in bere regis her maiden name was CLIFT. her father came originally from a large family in essex. He was a groom domestic her mothers maiden name was HEWITT or HUWITT. I believe she might have been local. They would have lived in the village in the early 1900s just wondered if anyone would know of the name.

From the Editor

The Dorset History Centre has alot of local information; they may be able to help you - their website is here - best of luck

 

Name

Martin J Clarke Email
Date 15th November 2004
Where are you from
Waltham Chase, Hampshire, UK
How found this Website
Google
Comments

Really good website. I am researching my wife's ancestors, Poore/Shiller/Barnes.

Congratulations!

 

Name Graham Uren Email
Date 25th September 2004
Where are you from
White Lovington, Bere Regis, Dorset, UK
How found this Website
Bere Regis Parish Magazine
Comments
Fascinated by the Then & Now photos and the large panorama

 

Name Sharen
Date 13th August 2004
Where are you from
Cardiff, Wales
How found this Website
Did a search through Google to find out where exactly my brother and his partner now live
Comments
This is a great website!!!

My brother Stephen (Taffy) and his partner Lorraine have recently (2004) bought the General Stores in Bere Regis - please pop in and say "hello" to them!

Well done to all those who put the website together -it is a very informative site with wonderful photos.

Best wishes to you all.

 

Name Neil Sutherland Email
Date 23rd July 2004
Where are you from
Romsey, Hampshire, UK
How found this Website
Via Bere Regis school website
Comments
My wife and I have been considering moving to Bere Regis, and I was delighted to find such an excellent local web site. It gives a sense of community that can only encourage us to make the move

 

Name Victoria Oswald Email
Date 13th July 2004
Where are you from
England
How found this Website
Personal Meanderings
Comments
We are renting a cottage in Bere Regis next week, for two weeks, and these photographs and tidbits of information have thoroughly excited us! A beautiful site.

 

Name Sher Leetooze Email
Date 9th May 2004
Where are you from
Ontario, Canada
How found this Website
Browsing for Bere Regis information on Google
Comments
The old photos are superb. Gives those of us who have never been there a "real feel" for the village. Great job!!

 

Name Peter Abbott Email
Date 20th April 2004
Where are you from
Bere Regis, Dorset, UK
How found this Website
On the Village Noticeboard
Comments
I enjoyed visiting this site being that I am tracking down ancestors (Dowel (Dowell) and Torevell families) who came to America in the 1850's from Bere Regis and Turners Puddle. Very nicely done site, thank you.

 

Name David Butcher
Date 3rd February 2004
Where are you from
Bournemouth, Dorset, UK
How found this Website
Browsing for information re. the area
Comments
What an excellent site, with lots of interesting photos etc.

 

Name Denise & Geoff Baker Email
Date 25th January 2004
Where are you from
Goodwood (a suburb of Adelaide), South Australia
How found this Website
Bere Regis friends told us about it
Comments
Brought back great memories of living in Dorset 1991-1992 while on an overseas posting at Bovingtom Army Base. Hope to return in 2006 to visit our good friends Kath & Mick Furlong & son Terence. Well done on your presentation and information, as well as the lovely photos. "Ooro" from Oz.

2003

Name Justin Standfield Email
Date 31st December 2003
Where are you from
Southampton, Hampshire, England
How found this Website
Website search
Comments
Very good website, especially the collection of old postcards and school photographs - I am now wondering which of those children I'm related to!

I found this website whilst conducting family history research (STANDFIELDs of Bere Regis). If you have a link with the Standfields in your family tree, or can provide ANY information regarding the Standfields which may be useful, please contact me.

Many thanks, Justin Standfield.

 

Name Mike Furlong Email
Date 25th December 2003
Where are you from
Bere Regis, Dorset, England
How found this Website
Saw details on the notice board in the centre of the village
Comments
Well done to all those responsible for setting up this site, it is a great leap forward. I was particularly interested to see all the old photo's.

 

Name Bob Jennings Email
Date 25th November 2003
Where are you from
Southbrook, Bere Regis, Dorset, UK
How found this Website
Searching for old pictures of Bere Regis
Comments
Very interesting and informative - liked the old photos

 

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