Historic Village Industry

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Photograph courtesy of Michael Eastman

 

Roke Farm in 1927.

A gentler pace indeed! Second from the left is Eric Jerrard.

Third from the left is William Pearce, who lived at Church Cottages

Photograph Courtesy of John Pitfield

 

Bere Regis & District Motor Co. Bus in 1936.

Shortly after Mr Ironside's merger with Mr Toop beside their Leyland Bus while out on a coach trip. At left is Bill Ironside and on the right Fred Hann, the driver.

Photograph Courtesy of John Pitfield

 

Doddings River Plain, Bere Regis in 1890.

The note written on this photo says "What it was in 1890 at lower end" and shows the site where the cress-beds were laid out within two years when the business of cress farming begun here.

Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett

 

House next to Watercress Beds around 1905

Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett

 

Artesian Springs in the Watercress beds.

It looks like a pleasure garden!

Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett

 

Watercress Cultivation.

Gives you a good idea of the space these beds take up.

The Photographer was T Nesbitt of Blandford

Photograph Courtesy of John Pitfield

 

Bere Regis Motor Service in the late 1920's.

Photograph Courtesy of John Pitfield

 

Brick workers at Brick-Hill, Bere Regis in circa 1904

Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett

 

Watercress Beds & worker.

It looks like he is about to go shooting!

Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett

 

Horses at White Lovington.

This was the stable block at White Lovington, since demolished to make way for new houses.

Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett

 

Outside the Royal Oak Pub, 1910.

The caption says, 'the defeated army, East Dorset, 28/1/10'. Message us if you have any ideas why?

Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett

 

Doddings Watercress Beds.

The Sylvasprings train in action

Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett

 

Rye Hill Farm.

Aerial shots like this can be invaluable for both historians and archeologists

Photograph courtesy of Tony Bates

 

Townsend Farm circa 1900.

Good 1 horsepower vehicle parked in the foreground!

Photograph courtesy of Tony Bates

 

Bere Regis Fire Brigade, c1900.

An interesting contraption indeed! It looks like it's been led by Lenin!

Photograph courtesy of Tony Bates

 

An early Harvester at Doddings Farm, c1900.

A womderful scene with the straw all stacked neatly in the fields in the distance.

Photograph courtesy of Tony Bates

 

Haystack making, c1900. Where's that needle?

Photograph courtesy of Tony Bates

 

Horse, cart & workers at the Watercress beds. Back breaking work, but cooling on a hot day!

Photograph courtesy of Tony Bates

 

Watercress Picking, c1900. Someone's going to need a back massage from his missus!

Photograph Courtesy of John Pitfield

 

Roke Farm, Bere regis in 1927.

The surrounding countryside at Bere Regis meant that farming was always the largest industry of the area. Here we see Jack Riggs on his tractor in the summer.

Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett

 

Ladies Cabbage planting on the farm.

Do you notice the village church in the background?

Photograph courtesy of Michael Eastman

 

Carpenters at West Mill, Shitterton.

Now that must have been hard work! The Mill building behind them is an antique furniture shop now - kind of appropriate!

Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett

 

West Mill, Shitterton.

2 Wood Mill workers.

Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett

 

Tea break at the watercress beds. Some well neeed time off!

Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett

 

Gathering the harvest.

This photograph has a lovely feel to it.

Photograph courtesy of Michael Eastman

 

Hay making in 1939.

The girl in the middle of this jolly group is Margaret Bartlett.

Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett

 

Horses & Wagon.

Here's 3 horsepower for you!

Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett

 

Watercress Beds.

Methinks your back would ache after a while!

Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett

 

On the farm.

Bone crunching ride!

Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett

 

Forking hay.

Needle in a haystack?

Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett

 

Ploughing a field.

Quite a job.

Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett

 

Out in the fields.

These 3 horses are earning their keep.

Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett

 

Big Dinner.

Company Banquet.

Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett

 

Big Dinner. Company Banquet.

Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett

 

Watercress Beds Office.

Bert Day in the yard of Sylvasprings Watercress company.

Photograph courtesy of Michael Eastman

 

Horses outside Bere Regis.

Lovely pair of horses - with Black hill in the background?

Photograph courtesy of Mark Bennett

 

Watercress Beds.

Talk about a short stroll to work...

Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett

 

Quins born to a sheep. Its very rare for a sheep to have Quins.

Photograph courtesy of Mark Bennett

 

The Watercress Beds in the Winter.

The tree casts an imposing outline on this Winters day...

 

 

Doddings Farm in circa 1904.

There are 23 workers standing in the farmyard and another three people in the garden on the right.

Photograph Courtesy of John Pitfield

 

Forresters March, West Street, Bere Regis in the late 1930s.

The friends of Bere Regis church banner reads "Hope And Sympathy In Time Of Sickness" are passing No 75, 76 and 77, West Street.

Photograph Courtesy of John Pitfield

 

Farming at Doddings, Bere Regis in the mid 1930s.

A gyro-tiller (rotary plough) being used south-west of Bere Regis by Bedford & Jesty's farm workers.

This was typical of many farming innovations introduced to the area by the firm.

Photograph Courtesy of John Pitfield

 

Detail of Village thatching.

It looks like this Village cottage needs some urgent re-thatching!

Photograph Courtesy of John Pitfield

 

Photograph taken at the bus depot at Bere Regis, the drivers are (left to right); Johnny Bowring, Charlie Ironside, Fred Hann, Bill Ironside, Perce Davis and Arthur Ironside.

Photograph Courtesy of John Pitfield

 

Barn being rethatched At Roke Farm.

Thatchers today command a very good living as their numbers have dwindled since Victorian times, but construction of thatched houses has actually increased over the last few decades. Whether through planning guidelines or simply that there is a consumer demand, the thatch vernacular is here to stay...

 

Photograph courtesy of Sylvia Pitcher

 

Bere Regis Watercress Beds Workers, 1930's.

Do you know who these people are? Contact us if you do

Photograph courtesy of Sylvia Pitcher

 

Bere Regis Watercress Beds Workers, 1930's. Do you know who these people are? Contact us if you do

Photograph courtesy of Raymond Lake

 

Harvesting on Stone Hill, 1950s

Photograph courtesy of George Ward

 

Bread Oven at 106 Woodbury Hill

 

 

 

C Toms

Horse & Cart

Photograph Courtesy of John Pitfield

 

Chamberlaynes Farm, Bere Regis circa 1882.

These farm buildings and Mill were photographed by J.W. Boswell soon after they were built, south of the village, on the river, near the road to Wool. Relatives of the occupants of the farmhouse, centre-left, donated this picture while visiting the village in 1990.

 

Photograph courtesy of Raymond Lake

 

Dodding's Farm, Bere Regis, looking west on 1st July 1932

Artesian wells, with water level above the surface.. A series of about 30 boreholes, each about 90 ft. deep, taps a large underground reservoir of water in the Chalk. The 'head' of this is sufficient to keep all the boreholes flowing constantly, thus yielding ample water to supply several acres of watercress beds.

 

 

 

Dodding's Farm, Bere Regis, looking west on 1st July 1932

Artesian wells, with water level above the surface.. A series of about 30 boreholes, each about 90 ft. deep, taps a large underground reservoir of water in the Chalk. The 'head' of this is sufficient to keep all the boreholes flowing constantly, thus yielding ample water to supply several acres of watercress beds.

 

 

Coronation decorated Bere Regis & District Bus in 1953.

Harry Oliver, 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 in Winterborne Kingston. It was decorated for the 1953 Coronation and was a Carnival entry for which he won first prize.

 

Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett

 

Harvesting outside the Church in Victorian times

 

 

 

Group of Bere Regis Labourers in the 1850s. This Photograph was taken by J.W. Boswell, the village photographer & is the oldest Photograph of this Villages residents in existence.

 

Photograph courtesy of Paul & Alison Bennett

 

Watercress Beds at Doddings in Victorian times

Photograph © The Watercress Company

 

Train on the Village Watercress Beds, in the late 1920's.

 

 

 

Hurdle-making in the Village

 

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Interior of Barn at Milborne Stream, in 1943

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Barn at Milborne Stream, in 1943

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Roke Farm in 1968

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Roke Farm Barn, on 16/03/1972

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Roke Barn, on 16/09/1971

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Roke Barn and Shepherds Cottage from the South, on 16/09/1971

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Roke Farm Barn from the south, on 16/03/1972

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Chamberlaynes Mill in 1882. The Elderly man is Robert Scutt, born in 1814. Also in the Photograph are William Jones Scutt & his family.

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Chamberlaynes Mill in 1887. This Farm used to be part of the Bladen Estate, until it was sold, including cottages, for £10,822 in 1953.

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Shitterton Farmyard in 1989, from the North East

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Shitterton Farmyard in 1989, from the North.

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Shitterton Farmyard in 1989, from the North West.

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Shitterton Farmyard in 1989, from the West

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Shitterton Farmyard in 1989, from the South West.

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Construction of the Watercress Beds in the 1920s. The boots worn by the workers are leather, which were dubbined, prior to rubber full-length boots.

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Replanting the Watercress Beds in the 1920s

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Excavated ground in preparation of a Watercress Bed, in the 1920s. A constant fall of 1ft in 100yds is constructed.

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Photograph Courtesy of John Pitfield

 

Sheep near Hyde Lodge in about 1900

Photograph courtesy of Lynn Fancy

 

Bedford & Jesty Workforce in 1919

Photograph Courtesy of John Pitfield

 

Mr Bedford’s workforce in about 1897, photographed at Doddings Farm.

Left to right, standing: Albert Bedford, Enos Horley, Mr Stickley, Jim Hewitt, Bill Langdown, Fred Hewitt, Jack Joyce, Ernest Day, Frank Hawkins, William Bedford. Front row: Harry Hawkins, Henry Davis, Harry Stickley, Charlie Hewitt, Edward Langdown, Charles Cobb, Ted Hawkins, Ian Standfield, W. Standfield, Sam Hewitt, Esau Baker, George Hawkins, Jack Rowland.