Kelly's Directory of Dorset 1931


BROADWINDSOR is a village and parish, divided into 5 tithings; it is at the junction of the roads from Beaminster and Lyme Rigis to Crewkerne, 7 miles north from Bridport station on a branch of the Great Western railway and 6 south   from Crewkerne station, on the Southern railway, 3 north-west from Beaminster and 10 north-east from Axminster, in the Western division of the county, petty sessional division and rural district of Beaminster, county court district of Bridport, rural deanery of Beaminster, archdeaconry of Sherborne and diocese of Salisbury.  The church of St. John the Baptist is an ancient edifice of stone in the Norman, Early English and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave of five bays with clerestory, aisles, south porch, and an embattled western tower containing a clock and 6 bells,  5 rehung and a 6th bell added in 1897:  the north aisle is Early English and the south aisle Norman: the tower is chiefly Perpendicular: the pulpit is a beautiful and curious structure of wood, of polygonal form, with a double row of panels, divided by a horizontal roll enriched with arabesque work of carved foliage, and at the angles dividing the panels are Perpendicular crocketed buttresses; this is the original pulpit used by the celebrated Thomas FULLER: the font is Norman, with top of Purbeck marble: and there is a stained window, erected in 1900 by Mrs. STEVENS, of Blagdon, as  a memorial to members of her family: in 1868 the church was restored and almost entirely rebuilt by the late Major Charles H MALAN 75th Regiment, at a cost of upwards of 4000, to whom the stained east window is a memorial:  there are 320 sittings.  The parish register dates from the year 1558, but there are some previous entries which are much decayed.  The registers have been rebound and carefully restored, where possible, by experts at the Record Office, London.  The living is a vicarage, with Burstock annexed, by Order in Council, October 20th, 1902, joint net income 593, and residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Salisbury, and held since 1923 by the Rev. George Herbert FORD, of Gloucester College. There is a Congregational chapel, built in 1821 and seating 240 persons, and an iron Gospel hall holding 50.  The local charities amount to about 80 yearly, of which about 27 is utilised for educational  purposes.  Lewesdon and Pilsdon Hills, known as "Cow" and "Calf," are conspicuous seamarks, close to the village of Broadwindsor; the former is 900 feet above the level of the sea and the latter 909.  Leweson Hill, from which there are extensive and beautiful prospects, is described in a poem by the Rev. William CROWE, public orator of the University of Oxford and some time rector of Stoke Abbott.  Major Gen. Sir Reginald John PINNEY K.C.B., D.L., J.P. is lord of the Manor.  The land is principally owned by the farmers of the parish and is used for grazing and dairypurposes.  The area is 6,303 acres; in 1921 the population was 901 in the civil and 986 in the ecclesiastical parish.

CHILDHAY is a tithing, 2 1/2 miles north-west, on the Somerset border.  Netherhay is a hamlet, 2 1/2 miles north-west and has a Wesleyan chapel, built in 1838, and seating 100.  Little Windsor, 1 1/4 miles north, is a tithing and a manor.DIBBERFORD is a tithing 2 miles north-east.  BIRDSMOORGATE is a hamlet 3 1/4 miles south-west.

BLACKDOWN hamlet is 3 miles west.  Holy Trinity chapel of ease; at Blackdown, was erected in 1840 by the Ven. G. A. DENISON, archdeacon of Taunton, and in 1900 a painted and carved reredos and a painting of the "Nativity" were erected to his memory by Rev. G. C. and Mrs. HUTCHINGS.  The chapel affords 250 sittings and has a stained east window, in memory of members of the PINNEY family.  There is also a Congregational chapel, built in 1821, with 220 sittings, and a Particular Baptist chapel seating 150.

At DRIMPTON, a tithing, 2 miles north-west, is St. Mary's chapel of ease, erected at the cost of the Rev. S. C. MALAN D.D. a former vicar of Broadwindsor, and consecrated in 1861, with 100 sittings.

Parish Clerk, George J RANDELL

Post, M. O., T. & T. E. D. Office.  Letters through Beaminster

Letters for Birdsmoorgate through Bridport.  Nearest post office at Marshwood.

Police Station, Broadwindsor.

Carrier to Crewkerne - J J BARTLETT, tues. & fri. & to Bridport, wed. & sat.

Conveyance. - Motor omnibuses run to Bridport & West Bay, wed. & sat.


(For TN's see general list of Private Residents at end of book.)  
Surname First Names Occupation Location
DUKE Miss F. M.   Sandpit
FORD Rev George Herbert Vicar Vicarage
PINNEY Major General Sir Reginald John K.C.B., D.L., J.P.   Racedown (postal address Crewkerne)
RONALD Arthur W.   The Lodge
TATHAM-WARTER Mrs H. De Grey Warter   Broadwindsor House
TRUMP William   Rock House
WAKELY James Farnham   The Hayes
Marked thus * farm 150 acres or over.    
BOUCHER Mrs   Farmer Manor Farm
BRAGG Arthur Edward   George Hotel
CASE Thos. A J.P.  Shoemaker  
CHUBB Henry Carpenter Netherhay
COMRADES HALL (F. C. CURTIS & J. RECORD, joint hon. Secs)  
CREED Thomas Farmer East Swilletts (postal address, Seaborough, Crewkerne
DOBLE BROTHERS   Farmers Childhay (postal address Crewkerne)
DOMMETT Arthur William Farmer Higher Park
DOMMETT Dennis Butcher  
DUNHAM Jn   Farmer Honeycomb
EDWARDS Edwin Thomas Farmer  
ELLIOTT George Stone Mason  
ELLIOTT Jas. Stone Mason  
ELLIOTT Jn. Stone Mason  
EVELEIGH Albt. Farmer Sandpit
FELCE Dennis H Farmer Blagdon
FORESTERS (Ancient Order of)  (Court Windsors Progress No 5859)  (T.A. CASE J.P. sec)
GOULD Julia Mrs Farmer Whetley
HARDY Thomas B Farmer Sandpit
HAYES Alfred Mitchell Blacksmith  
*HEDDITCH John Farmer Netherhay
JOHNSTONE Bros.   Farmers Knapp
JOHNSTONE Henry James Farmer Higher Newnham
MARSH Chas. L Farmer Low Newnham
MARSH George Daniel Farmer Redlands Farm
OLD Jn. Farmer Colcombe
OSBISTON Saml. G Grocer, & post office.  TN32  
PERRIN Bros.   Farmers Dibbersford Farm
*PETER Samuel Farmer Wansley
RECORD James   Cross Keys P.H.
SALWAY William Herbert Baker  
SAMWAYS Albt. Jn Farmer Sandpit
SHINER Percy Farmer Manor Farm
STAPLE George Farmer Lit. Windsor
STEVENS Tom Farmer West Street
STUDLEY Brinsley Vine Farmer Racedown Farm (postal address Crewkerne
TOMKINS Hezekiah   White Lion Inn
TUCK Danl. Thatcher Cockpit
TUCK Thomas Thatcher  
TUDOR Wm. Grocer  
VIVASH Jacob Congregational lay pastor & clerk to Parish Council The Manse
WAKELY Brothers   Wheelwrights  
WARREN Charles L Farmer Horn Park
FOWLER John   Hayden Villa
PARSONS Engr-Capt. George F. H., R. N. (ret.), Spring House
DRIMPTON HUT  (Percy GODDARD, hon. Sec)    
GREENHAM John Bootmaker  
HILL Cyril   New Innn
HOOPER Frank   Royal Oak P.H.
JOHNSTON Charles Farmer The Axe
KNIGHT May (Miss) Grocer & Post Office  
MILLER Jas. Elliott Farmer Bridge Farm
WAKELY Henry Butcher  
(Postal Address Crewkerne)    
CASSON Wilfred F. S. Foxbury cott
HARRIS-ST JOHN Lt Col Charles Edward St. J., D.S.O.   Blackdown House
BAILEY Edwd Farmer Lowdown Farm
BLACKDOWN CLUB (Lady PINNEY, hon sec)    
BRYANT John Farmer Wood Farm
CADDY William Boot & Shoe Maker  
COOMBS Daniel Farmer Coombe Farm
EWINS Samuel J Farmer School House Farm
MANLEY Robert Farmer  
PULMAN Joseph Smith Coles Cross
SIRL Charles Farmer Hurst Farm
SNELL Frederick   George & Dragon P.H.
STAPLES Albert Farmer  
WOMEN's INSTITUTE (Mrs BOUNDY, hon sec)    
(Postal Address Bridport, Dorset)      
DYKE William A   Rose & Crown P.H.
HAYBALL Percy Farmer Attisham Farm
MANLEY Jas. Farmer Castlewood Farm
STAPLES Frederick Henry Farmer  
Marked thus * farm 150 acres or over.    
MEECH George Farmer  
*PERRIN Joseph Farmer  
PILE Robert Farmer