Author Harry Poole spent most of his life farming around Eggardon Hill and is a fund of knowledge with regard to the history of Powerstock and it’s surrounding villages. Apart from the four Powerstock booklets he has written two novels and two plays, none of which have found a publisher. The booklets can however be read on-line. Powerstock, in this essay, comprises Nettlecombe, West Milton, North Poorton, Wytherstone, Mappercombe and Whetley.
The following extract was originally published in A guide to the coasts of Hants & Dorset by Mackenzie Edward C. Walcott in 1859 and digitized by Google on March 19, 2007.
Cuthbert Rose produced cider on his farm in Cocklake, a hamlet near Wedmore, until his death in the 1990s. The type of cider produced depends on the variety of apples used, the weather, and the cider-maker’s personal recipe. Kingston Black, Yarlington Mill, The Dunkerton Late Sweet, Morgan Sweets and Stoke Red are all varieties of apples grown in Somerset. Some apples are sweeter, while others have high acidity; cider-makers blend these different types of apples together to achieve unique types of cider – usually sweet, medium or dry.
Poole “Carnival” Poole Park 1937 The film opens with the Barnardo’s Home Navy Band marching from the Jellico House in Constitution Hill Road To Poole Park .The parade is moving east to west.Floats ,Beauty Queen,and civic dignitaries abound. This film was taken by the pre-war local amateur film photographer Lee Hartnell
Bill Redding ran a blacksmiths shop in Lime Street, Nether Stowey, a village on the northern edge of the Quantocks. He and his father did the metal work for gates, bonded wheels for the wheelwright, repaired ovens, shoed carthorses, and looked after the local hunt’s horses. Bill Redding retired in 1976 after working in the shop for 53 years. At the time this recording was made the blacksmith’s in Nether Stowey was still operating.
This article on Swanage and the surrounding area by W. Armstrong Willis first appeared in The Gentleman’s Magazine, Published by F. Jefferies in 1889.
A Nigth-time operation considered to have been key to the success of the D-Day landings during World War Two 65 years ago will be remembered at the long since disused Tarrant Rushton airfield where it started.
May 30, 2009 at 4:00 am (Biography, History, Location)
Tags: Albert John Symes, Charles Jeanes, Frederick Hallett, Henry Robert Hallett, Oscar Payne, Piddletrenthide, Walter Sturmey, Walter Thompson, William Ransome
Grace Parish and her husband farmed together in Pawlett near Bridgwater. Here she discusses flooding, a common occurrence for residents of the low lying Somerset Levels.
The following extract is from Notes & queries for Somerset and Dorset published printed by J. C. Satwell, 1907.