Early Portesham Postcards

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Front Street

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Granny Ford and George Samways' grandfather in Church Lane

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Blacksmith, Front Street

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Mr Woodsford in Front Street

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Mr Stickland (left) and Mr Hodder

The Wheelwright at Springhead (previously next to Dovecote cottages).

Youngsters could earn a tanner (6d/2.5p) a morning for turning their lathe by hand!

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Village Green (The Knapp)

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1 The Knapp by New Road

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Church Lane

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The "Hellstones"

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Back Street

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Front Street

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Back Street

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Springhead

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The Blacksmith's 

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Brick Hill 1962

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The Ford   New Road

The Bakery opposite Springhead

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Photo courtesy of Ruth Treves-Brown & information Robin Harding

The Bakery at the top of Front Street also sold groceries and general items. The Dike family lived behind the shop which was run by Robin's grandmother, Mrs Harding. His uncle, Sid Dike was the master baker who made wonderful bread and scrumptious flaky pastry jam tarts!

His grandparents lived next to the Samways' house opposite.

The Dike family moved from here to run the biggest independent supermarket in the West Country, Dike & Sons Ltd, Stalbridge.

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George Jolliffe's Shop  -  Front Street

With thanks to Robin Jolliffe for providing the information:

George is the Great Grandfather to Robin, Graham & Martin, all residents of Portesham.

George was born in Possum in 1856, one of eight children of James and Hannah Jolliffe (nee Bartlett).

James was described in the 1881 census as a shopkeeper, but he was previously a carrier running a weekly wagon to Weymouth and Bridport.

George also helped run the carrier business but he is listed in the subsequent census  as a Dairyman, Grocer, Coalman and by 1901, also a shopkeeper.

He married Susan Hodder in 1857 and they had four children, Lily, Sidney, Ethel and Leonard (Robin's 

grandfather).

The shop, at No 22 Front Street, was built around 1850 and George was the tennant from 1908.

Whilst he concentrated on farming (see below), Ethel, his youngest daughter, ran the shop, which was a typical village general store selling a wide range of goods.

Tragically Ethel died of tuberculosis in 1921, aged only 33. Her sister, Lily, also died of the same illness two years later. The shop then closed and sadly never reopened.

Robin still has a few artefacts from the shop, the hooks used in the window displays and weights used in the shop.

Both George and Susan died in February 1931, just three weeks apart, and are buried in Possum cemetery.

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Haymaking with Mr George Jolliffe at the forefront.

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The Willows

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Victoria Terrace

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The Fountain Inn

1904

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Front Street

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Accident at George Samways' House, Springhead

1959

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Front Street

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Tha Half Moon with MGA

1950's

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The Knapp

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Fire at the Hodder's house

1932

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The King's Arms

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New Buildings by Springhead

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The Manor House

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The Ford 

New Road

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The Old Malthouse

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Portesham Percussion Band!

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Portesham FC

1906-07

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Portesham FC

1907-08

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Portesham FC

1908-09

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Possum House

Replaced by a newer Possum House, built by Lieutenant Ryan in 1967 and regularly visited by The Prince of Wales

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In the garden of Possum House (then, The Pleasaunce),

Mr Manfield's donkey

led by Jack Cooper and driven by Bill Vine

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The Post Office

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Portesham School

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The Reading Room

The Blacksmith

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Smokey Hole, Cemetery Road

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Portesham Station, it's still there but now known as Sleepers

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Shepherd's Cottage

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Threshing at Manor Farm

1930's

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King George V Silver Jubilee Fete

1935

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Water Wheel - Mill stream Millmead

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