will find below occasional Archeological finds from Bere Regis
Villagers in our Village...
about 2003, a small stamped brass button was found, during gardening,
in the plot behind No.88 West Street/Central Stores. The button’s
diameter is 16.5mm and the stamping reads "Jenkins - Bere
Regis". Henry Charles Jenkins was a tailor at the beginning
of his trading life, so the button almost certainly dates from
between 1866 and 1889 as the description of tailor drops off
his list of activities in the 1890s.
unknown but probably between 1831 and 1841
Died: 27 February 1904
Place of business: No.12/13, North Street, Bere Regis
Directory entries between 1830 and 1939:-
1867 Henry Charles Jenkin, tailor
1871 Henry Charles Jenkins, tailor
1875 Henry Charles Jenkins, tailor
1880 Hy. Chas. Jenkins, tailor & woollen draper
1885 Henry Charles Jenkins, tailor, woollen draper, hatter,
stationer & fancy goods dealer & Post Office.
1889 Henry Charles Jenkins, tailor, woollen draper, hatter,
stationer & fancy goods dealer, assistant overseer &
collector of rates, Post Office.
1898 Henry Charles Jenkins, grocer & stationer, assistant
overseer & collector of rates, Post Office.
1903 Henry Charles Jenkins, grocer & stationer, assistant
overseer & clerk to the Parish Council, Post Office.
1971 it was noticed that damp was penetrating the walls of the
church. It was decided that to solve this problem to dig a trench
around the outer walls so that the walls could dry out. This
long term solution is still evident and was successful. During
the digging process one coin was found. It was a penny which
was quite worn, but had the distinctive double-head of William
& Mary who reigned jointly between 1689 and 1694. The wear
suggests that it was lost twenty or so years after those dates.
The real value of a penny in about 1700 was about 400 times
its value in 2000, so about £1.66 in today's money.
summary of William and Mary's Reign
III's reign had its origins from 14 April 1687 when King James
II granted freedom of worship in England, Scotland and Wales.
When his wife Mary had a child there was a real risk she would
be raised a Catholic, and by 30 June 1688 Whig leaders invited
the King's son-in-law William of Orange to rule the UK. James
II took flight from London on 23 December 1688 as William of
Orange entered the city. Before the Whig plan could be sealed
William III and Mary II were proclaimed joint monarchs of the
UK and its colonies.
30 June 1690 at the Battle of Beachy Head the French defeated
an English fleet under Admiral Herbert, Lord Torrington, then
the next day, 1 July, the Battle of the Boyne saw William III's
army defeat the Catholic pretender James II and his French army;
the ex-King returned to exile in France. The Battle of Aughrin
culminated on 12 July 1691 with William and Mary's General Ginkel
defeated the Irish army under the Earl of Lucan, then on 3 October
1691 Limerick surrendered to Ginkel after a siege, and this
led to the Treaty of Limmerick.
1692 William and Mary sequestered Pennsylvania from William
Penn and transfered it to the Governor of New York, Benjamin
Fletcher. Meanwhile on 13 February 1692 the Massacre of Glencoe
involved the Campbells killing every member of the MacDonald
clan aged under 70 years. Then on 24 July 1692 the French defeated
an English army at the Battle of Steenkirken. In 1693 William
III initiated the "national debt" by borrowing over
£1 million from the Bank of England to fight his wars
with various European states. The BoE received a charter in
1694. On 29 July 1693 the French beat an English army in the
Battle of Neerwindon, but the next year the Royal Navy bombarded
the ports of Dieppe, Dunkirk and Le Havre. In September 1695
William III's forces captured Namur. In 1696 an Assassination
Plot was discovered to murder William III and Sir George Barclay
and Sir John Fenwick were hanged. In 1697 on 30 September the
Treaty of Ryswick ended the 'War of the League of Augsburg'
with France recognising William III as King of England, Wales
& Scotland with Anne as Heir-presumptive. In 1698 the English
authorities recognised the slave trade, opening it up to British
merchants, leading to increased trade, then the founding of
the London Stock Exchange in the same year. Also in 1698 Thomas
Savery invented the steam engine to pump water out of coal mines.
Also in 1698 Whitehall Palace burned down. In 1701 Jethro Tull
invented the seed drill, but on 7 September 1701 war clouds
returned with the 'War of the Spanish Succession' with England
joining the alliance of Italy, Holland and Savoy, against Spain
and later France. William III died on 8 March 1702, aged 51,
after falling from his horse, and he was succeeded by his sister-in-law