To The Manor Re-born

One of Bournemouth’s most important buildings, Shelley Manor, had fallen on hard times but can now look forward to a brighter future. In this article from the Dorset Life Magazine Lee Rowland tells its story.

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Florence Jessie Clark (1897-1981)

Florence Jessie Tompkins was born in 1897 at Frome Vauchurch, Dorset, England the daughter of farm labourer Frederick William Tompkins and his wife Annie Linda Eyers and spent her early years at Wynford Eagle and West Compton. Like many country girls of the time she entered domestic service, first with the local rector and at the time of the Great War as a cook at 14 Victoria Terrace in the seaside town of Weymouth, Dorset.

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