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Briantspuddle’s guidebook

Briantspuddle

Briantspuddle’s guidebook

Sightseeing
Just 14 miles approx 25 mins from us through some beautiful country lanes is the deserted village of Tyneham. Tyneham was requisitioned by the MOD in 1943 for the use as a firing range. Now just off the beaten track the cove has crystal clear water in the summer. It is a shingle beach , free parking (donations), toilets (disabled also), wheel chair accessible, dogs welcome. Check opening times as the village is owned by the MOD and is a firing range some weeks and weekends it is shut to the public.
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Tyneham
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Just 14 miles approx 25 mins from us through some beautiful country lanes is the deserted village of Tyneham. Tyneham was requisitioned by the MOD in 1943 for the use as a firing range. Now just off the beaten track the cove has crystal clear water in the summer. It is a shingle beach , free parking (donations), toilets (disabled also), wheel chair accessible, dogs welcome. Check opening times as the village is owned by the MOD and is a firing range some weeks and weekends it is shut to the public.
Ringstead Bay, is a lovely little stop when walking the coastal path. It is a shingle beach (quite sandy when tide is low) with small amount of boat, sailing. boarding activity. The walk down from The National Trust car park (free) from the top is just wonderful, you get great views of Weymouth Bay and the Island of Portland. The walk takes about 40mins depending on the conditions of your legs! The walk back up is tough but no need to rush. You can take detours and carry along the top or stop off at the little church. If that's to much for you there is a paid car park at the bottom which has a small cafe and curiosity shop (when open). Either way its worth a visit, the water is as clear as gin in the summer and feels a little like a Crete Island when the sun is burning down.
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Ringstead Bay
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Ringstead Bay, is a lovely little stop when walking the coastal path. It is a shingle beach (quite sandy when tide is low) with small amount of boat, sailing. boarding activity. The walk down from The National Trust car park (free) from the top is just wonderful, you get great views of Weymouth Bay and the Island of Portland. The walk takes about 40mins depending on the conditions of your legs! The walk back up is tough but no need to rush. You can take detours and carry along the top or stop off at the little church. If that's to much for you there is a paid car park at the bottom which has a small cafe and curiosity shop (when open). Either way its worth a visit, the water is as clear as gin in the summer and feels a little like a Crete Island when the sun is burning down.
The Tank museum is a must whilst you are here. Even f you're not into tanks there so much more to see including the history of both world wars.
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The Tank Museum
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The Tank museum is a must whilst you are here. Even f you're not into tanks there so much more to see including the history of both world wars.
This is our local forest and woodland. The dish is actually a sink hole caused by years of the water table washing away the sandy soil in this area. You can walk for miles around the forest and woods as part of a network that runs down to warmwell and then onto Broadmayne and the coast. The walks consist of wide sweeping wide paths, small footpaths, riverside paths. Some of the forests have cattle roaming free, so be sure to check on the gates if you have a dog. The paths in Culpeppers dish are wide and consist of sandy gravel so perfect for cycling, also the locals ride their horses here.
Culpeppers Dish
This is our local forest and woodland. The dish is actually a sink hole caused by years of the water table washing away the sandy soil in this area. You can walk for miles around the forest and woods as part of a network that runs down to warmwell and then onto Broadmayne and the coast. The walks consist of wide sweeping wide paths, small footpaths, riverside paths. Some of the forests have cattle roaming free, so be sure to check on the gates if you have a dog. The paths in Culpeppers dish are wide and consist of sandy gravel so perfect for cycling, also the locals ride their horses here.
Clouds Hill is an isolated cottage near Wareham in the county of Dorset in South West England. It is the former home of T. E. Lawrence and is now run as a writer's home museum by the National Trust. The site is in the parish of Turners Puddle in Purbeck District.
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Clouds Hill
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Clouds Hill is an isolated cottage near Wareham in the county of Dorset in South West England. It is the former home of T. E. Lawrence and is now run as a writer's home museum by the National Trust. The site is in the parish of Turners Puddle in Purbeck District.
This was once my local walk and still return regally as it has a bit of everything. Just on the outskirts of Dorchester and set on a back lane between A352 and Herringston Road. Cane Estates DT2 8NU is your reference point and you can park just off the lane on the triangle leading unto the estate. The walk takes approx 1 hour and takes in the estate gravel lane, farm land (arable) public footpaths and bridleways. The views back towards Kingston Marwood and across Max Gate are so typical Dorset. You may see hares if you are walking in the spring. There are always buzzards above, deer in the woods and fields, grass snakes and poss adders on the higher gravel/chalk tracks.These use to be local gallops for the stables in Whitcome but they have recently been sold (2019) so watch this space. But for me it's the open vistas and trees, some alone in vast grassy fields and others in woodland corridors and in coppice forms. The walk is mainly flat with a couple of sloped paths. Firm underfoot for most but you do have to walk along the side of coral fields and also across an arable field so wellies in the winter or good walking boots. Its a great walk for dogs with no cattle to negotiate. These areas do have ticks in the summer so advice is check you dog after walk, and yourselves - avoid shorts in height of summer when walking through the grasslands.
Whitcombe Manor
This was once my local walk and still return regally as it has a bit of everything. Just on the outskirts of Dorchester and set on a back lane between A352 and Herringston Road. Cane Estates DT2 8NU is your reference point and you can park just off the lane on the triangle leading unto the estate. The walk takes approx 1 hour and takes in the estate gravel lane, farm land (arable) public footpaths and bridleways. The views back towards Kingston Marwood and across Max Gate are so typical Dorset. You may see hares if you are walking in the spring. There are always buzzards above, deer in the woods and fields, grass snakes and poss adders on the higher gravel/chalk tracks.These use to be local gallops for the stables in Whitcome but they have recently been sold (2019) so watch this space. But for me it's the open vistas and trees, some alone in vast grassy fields and others in woodland corridors and in coppice forms. The walk is mainly flat with a couple of sloped paths. Firm underfoot for most but you do have to walk along the side of coral fields and also across an arable field so wellies in the winter or good walking boots. Its a great walk for dogs with no cattle to negotiate. These areas do have ticks in the summer so advice is check you dog after walk, and yourselves - avoid shorts in height of summer when walking through the grasslands.
This is one of the most popular tourist attraction in the local area, just 10 mins from our front door. This place has something for everyone and you can easily spend a day there. It's more about conservation nowadays and therefore has a positive story.
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Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre
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This is one of the most popular tourist attraction in the local area, just 10 mins from our front door. This place has something for everyone and you can easily spend a day there. It's more about conservation nowadays and therefore has a positive story.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9m7SiWTyMnA
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Ringstead Bay
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9m7SiWTyMnA
Neighborhoods
Our village has a small community shop open 9am till 12 noon Monday to Friday-also the small post office is open the same hours during the week. Weekends shop is open 10am till 12 noon. Post office is shut. It has the basics so if you running short; 1. Bread/milk 2. eggs/bacon 3. butter/marg - homemade Jams 4. rice/pasta - tined fish 5. Cereals/ rolls 6. Tea/coffee, sugar 7. local artists cards/post cards 8. Local papers/information You just might find what you need so give them a try.
Up to the 20th Century Briantspuddle was a quiet fairly typical Dorset hamlet notable for little other than the peace and tranquillity of a rural setting. In 1914 Ernest Debenham, an entrepreneur who had made a fortune out of a London based drapery business, acquired many thousands of acres in the area around Briantspuddle, Affpuddle, Bere Regis and Milborne St.Andrew. He then embarked on an experiment in social and agricultural engineering which was to change the face of the area in a unique way. The legacy of this experiment is a “model” village with a particular charm and character rivalled only by Milton Abbas in Dorset. Briantspuddle today is the larger of two villages within the parish of Affpuddle, the other village being Affpuddle itself. Both villages sit on the lower reaches of the river Puddle (or Piddle) about 8 miles east of Dorchester and 3 miles west of Bere Regis. Briantspuddle now contains a Shop/Post Office, a Social Club and one of the finest village halls in the county of Dorset. Some 200+ people live in the village, with a fair sprinkling of age and talent. The village was first mentioned in the history books in 1083, when there was an assessment made for land tax purposes, called the “Geld”. Briantspuddle was then known as Pidele and was held by Godric the Priest, who was noted to have “four hides ten and a half acres”. Later, in 1086, the Great Domesday Book described the same place as having “land for three ploughs, a mill, thirty eight acres of meadow, twelve acres of woodland, eleven furlongs of pasture in length and four in width”. The whole lot was worth £4 and Godric was probably in charge of “about a dozen people who worked the land”. At this time, the parish of Affpuddle was divided under the manorial system into three manors known to us today as Affpuddle, Briantspuddle and Throop. By the 13th Century Pidele had become Priestpidele, or Priest Puddle, presumably through association with Godric, and by the early 14th Century several people jointly owned various pieces of this land. The part owners were at one time identified as the Prior of Christchurch, the Frampton family and the Turbeville family. It was from this period that a member of the Turbeville family, Brian, probably gave his name to that parcel of this land now called Briantspuddle. In 1683 the three manors in the parish of Affpuddle were united into one estate by William Frampton of Moreton. He bought Affpuddle manor in 1675 and the remaining manors of Briantspuddle and Throop between 1682 and 1683. Ownership remained in the hands of of the Frampton family until 1914, when hard times forced the sale of part of the estate to Mr.Ernest Debenham for £49,500. Up to 1914, Briantspuddle consisted of barely a dozen cottages of which the oldest is Cruck Cottage. Known to be occupied at least in 1620, Cruck Cottage is so called having the original cruck beam (from ground to roof) still in place. The village hall was once a barn and part of the tenement at No.26 Briantspuddle. Other old cottages along this road, east of the crossroads, are Nos.18, 20 and 25 Briantspuddle. South of the crossroads, up the hill towards Bovington, is Briantspuddle hollow where Chapel Cottage was once a Methodist Chapel. Also in the hollow are No.73 Briantspuddle and No.2 The Hollow, which were shown as freeholds on a 1770 map. To the east of the crossroads, towards Affpuddle, No.4 Briantspuddle was where the owner of Blacksmith’s Shop and the Mill once lived, and dates back at least as far as 1703. The mill, which no longer exists, dates back even further. North of the crossroads is Bridge House, which shelters an outhouse, once a Blacksmith’s shop, and closer to the crossroads Nos.7 and 8 Briantspuddle are houses where once a carpenter and blacksmith are believed to have lived. Change had been imperceptibly slow since the early days but from 1914 the pace of change was to quicken dramatically by Ernest Debenham. Born in 1865, the grandson of William Debenham, the originator of the Debenham drapery and department store enterprise. Ernest was educated at Trinity College Cambridge and ran the Debenham’s business directly from around 1900. It was not until he was around 50 that the concept of a self-sufficient agricultural enterprise came into being. He was a man with a practical imagination and was always experimenting with new ideas. An idealist, he liked doing things on a large scale. The concept of the Bladen Estate was that of a scientific test-bed for agricultural experiments and Briantspuddle became the practical realisation of this concept after Ernest Debenham had stayed at nearby Moreton House on holiday in the early 1900’s. He was very aware of the need to harmonize new buildings with the old Dorset tradition, of which he was a great admirer, and went to great pains to achieve this. Trees were one of his great passions and a good deal of planting went on during the period, with the help of Ursula Waterhouse and the advice of Richard St.Barbe Baker, founder of the “Men of the Trees”. The Bladen Estate, so named by Ernest after Blackdown Hill nearby, was acquired in 1914 from the Frampton Estate and eventually covered more than 10,000 acres, included a dozen individual farms and at its peak provided employment for as many as 600 people. The major building programme started in 1919 after the First World War had inevitably delayed matters; a Swedish worker (who spoke no English) had been recruited to manufacture the blocks of which the buildings were to be made, but he was recalled home at the outbreak of war. The first 12 cottages, among them the “Ring” at Briantspuddle Farm, were designed by Halsey Ricardo, the architect responsible for Sir Ernest’s London residence at 8 Addison Road. These set a high standard for the rest of the estate with particular emphasis on an expansive and symmetrical layout and the sympathetic use of natural materials and local crafts. The design of the Ring shows also that the buildings were not to be purely functional but were to impart, through their design, a unique character to the area. Briantspuddle Ring January 1953The Ring in 1953 Ernest’s idealistic yet businesslike attitude towards building design is summed up by an extract from a brochure produced in 1929 for visitors to the estate. “The first consideration when conditions became more normal was the provision of suitable housing accommodation for the workers, since it was at once recognised that housing is an economic asset not only by means of the value of pleasant buildings in themselves, but also from the fact that those housed in them as a rule generally give better work“. Thus each house had an inside bath and lavatory and a garden of about a quarter of an acre. Briantspuddle c 1926Briantspuddle c late 1920s looking east towards Throop Briantspuddle 20182018 By 1929, forty new cottages had been erected on the estate, with a further eight in course of construction. The consistency of design, which retained a particular character yet avoided stereotyping, gave Briantspuddle its “model” reputation, the best example of this being seen in the Bladen Valley. In line with Ernest’s philosophy of self-sufficiency the estate had its own transport depot based on a workshop in Briantspuddle, which is now the “Queen Post” building by the crossroads in the village. The estate boasted 2 steam wagons for carrying pigs and feedstuffs, 16 tractors, 6 vans and lorries, 8 cars and 12 motor cycles. The estate was similarly self-sufficient in electric power and water. Electric power (at 250 volts D.C.) was supplied to the farms and some residences from what is now Bridge House. Two oil powered generators supplied current for 18 hours per day after which a storage battery took over when the power station shut down. The National Grid superseded this system in 1936. Adjacent to Bridge House is the water pumping station which extracts water from a chalk borehole. Water was pumped from the borehole to two reservoirs on the southern part of the estate from which it gravitated to the farms. The borehole still supplies water to the area, in particular to the J.K. Atomic Energy establishment at Wool and as far afield as Poole. Experiments were carried out on almost all types of farming on the Estate between 1919 and 1929, many of them with the close collaboration of Professor Boufleur, then head of the Cirencester Agricultural College. One of the main activities was dairying and a milk processing factory was set up in the “Ring” buildings at Briantspuddle Farm. The farm itself was organised on modern lines and milk was imported from all the dairy farms on the estate for testing, separation, bottling etc. About 1000 gallons of milk per day was processed into “Grade A” milk, butter and cheeses, and pig feed. The factory contained a fully equipped bacteriological laboratory where the purity and fat percentage of the milk was analysed. The workers on the farm producing the milk with the lowest bacterial count received a bonus, with a further bonus below a set standard. “Grade A” milk was on sale in Parkstone within an hour of leaving the Briantspuddle dairy. Milk processing was moved to the new Central Dairy at Milborne St.Andrew in 1929. By 1929 the Bladen Estate had grown, through further acquisitions to well over 10,000 acres. Ernest commissioned Eric Gill to create the First War memorial in Bladen Valley and planned a similar memorial for those who fell in the Second War, the “Garden of Peace” at the east end of Affpuddle church. The church also contains many carvings by Loughran Pendred similarly commissioned by him. In 1929, however, the building work stopped, the number employed consequently fell greatly and the scale of the operation declined with some of the individual farms being let from around 1932 onwards. Ernest’s “Grand Design” to link Affpuddle and Briantspuddle was obviously never realised. The reason for the end of the venture was basically that funds to subsidise it ran out. It was never intended as a profit making venture and needed constant financial support to survive. War Memorial 2018 - resizedThe War Memorial 11th of November 2018 Ernest sold his shares in Debenhams Securities in 1927 thus ending the direct family connection with the Debenham drapery and department store business. The slump during the 1920’s, culminating in the Great Crash of 1929 saw prices tumbling, record unemployment and industrial disruption. Agriculture was no exception, with milk prices being halved during the decade. The Bladen Estate therefore went quite against the national trend in building, local employment and production; this could only be achieved with subsidies which eventually became impossible to sustain. The estate never regained its former glory after 1932 although several of the ventures survived for many years. Ernest was knighted in 1931 for services to agriculture. Ideal Home Dairies at Milborne St.Andrew became the centre of milk production from 1929 onwards. Milk was processed, packaged in waxed cartons and distributed throughout the south of England. Managed by Martin Debenham, Sir Ernest’s son, Ideal Dairies, later called Bladen Dairies, supplied Cunard and the Home Fleet with milk until it was sold in 1941 to Independent Dairies, later to become Express Dairies. The people still alive who worked on the Bladen Estate frequently comment that many “modern” farming practices were tried many years ago on the Bladen Farms and while many of the experiments were probably unsuccessful, the estate in general was many years ahead of its time. In the application of scientific techniques to agriculture Sir Ernest was undoubtedly one of Britain’s foremost pioneers. In one respect trends in agriculture have proved Sir Ernest wrong in his belief that increased production would enable more people to live on the land. In fact fewer people work the land than ever before yet production has increased enormously with the application of scientific methods that Sir Ernest pioneered. This article only scratches the surface of the many activities that went on during the period of the Bladen Estate up to its eventual disintegration in 1952 on Sir Ernest’s death. The legacy of the enterprise is a village with a unique history and a special character imparted to it by the fine buildings put up during the period. In this respect Briantspuddle is truly Dorset’s 20th century model village.
Briantspuddle
Up to the 20th Century Briantspuddle was a quiet fairly typical Dorset hamlet notable for little other than the peace and tranquillity of a rural setting. In 1914 Ernest Debenham, an entrepreneur who had made a fortune out of a London based drapery business, acquired many thousands of acres in the area around Briantspuddle, Affpuddle, Bere Regis and Milborne St.Andrew. He then embarked on an experiment in social and agricultural engineering which was to change the face of the area in a unique way. The legacy of this experiment is a “model” village with a particular charm and character rivalled only by Milton Abbas in Dorset. Briantspuddle today is the larger of two villages within the parish of Affpuddle, the other village being Affpuddle itself. Both villages sit on the lower reaches of the river Puddle (or Piddle) about 8 miles east of Dorchester and 3 miles west of Bere Regis. Briantspuddle now contains a Shop/Post Office, a Social Club and one of the finest village halls in the county of Dorset. Some 200+ people live in the village, with a fair sprinkling of age and talent. The village was first mentioned in the history books in 1083, when there was an assessment made for land tax purposes, called the “Geld”. Briantspuddle was then known as Pidele and was held by Godric the Priest, who was noted to have “four hides ten and a half acres”. Later, in 1086, the Great Domesday Book described the same place as having “land for three ploughs, a mill, thirty eight acres of meadow, twelve acres of woodland, eleven furlongs of pasture in length and four in width”. The whole lot was worth £4 and Godric was probably in charge of “about a dozen people who worked the land”. At this time, the parish of Affpuddle was divided under the manorial system into three manors known to us today as Affpuddle, Briantspuddle and Throop. By the 13th Century Pidele had become Priestpidele, or Priest Puddle, presumably through association with Godric, and by the early 14th Century several people jointly owned various pieces of this land. The part owners were at one time identified as the Prior of Christchurch, the Frampton family and the Turbeville family. It was from this period that a member of the Turbeville family, Brian, probably gave his name to that parcel of this land now called Briantspuddle. In 1683 the three manors in the parish of Affpuddle were united into one estate by William Frampton of Moreton. He bought Affpuddle manor in 1675 and the remaining manors of Briantspuddle and Throop between 1682 and 1683. Ownership remained in the hands of of the Frampton family until 1914, when hard times forced the sale of part of the estate to Mr.Ernest Debenham for £49,500. Up to 1914, Briantspuddle consisted of barely a dozen cottages of which the oldest is Cruck Cottage. Known to be occupied at least in 1620, Cruck Cottage is so called having the original cruck beam (from ground to roof) still in place. The village hall was once a barn and part of the tenement at No.26 Briantspuddle. Other old cottages along this road, east of the crossroads, are Nos.18, 20 and 25 Briantspuddle. South of the crossroads, up the hill towards Bovington, is Briantspuddle hollow where Chapel Cottage was once a Methodist Chapel. Also in the hollow are No.73 Briantspuddle and No.2 The Hollow, which were shown as freeholds on a 1770 map. To the east of the crossroads, towards Affpuddle, No.4 Briantspuddle was where the owner of Blacksmith’s Shop and the Mill once lived, and dates back at least as far as 1703. The mill, which no longer exists, dates back even further. North of the crossroads is Bridge House, which shelters an outhouse, once a Blacksmith’s shop, and closer to the crossroads Nos.7 and 8 Briantspuddle are houses where once a carpenter and blacksmith are believed to have lived. Change had been imperceptibly slow since the early days but from 1914 the pace of change was to quicken dramatically by Ernest Debenham. Born in 1865, the grandson of William Debenham, the originator of the Debenham drapery and department store enterprise. Ernest was educated at Trinity College Cambridge and ran the Debenham’s business directly from around 1900. It was not until he was around 50 that the concept of a self-sufficient agricultural enterprise came into being. He was a man with a practical imagination and was always experimenting with new ideas. An idealist, he liked doing things on a large scale. The concept of the Bladen Estate was that of a scientific test-bed for agricultural experiments and Briantspuddle became the practical realisation of this concept after Ernest Debenham had stayed at nearby Moreton House on holiday in the early 1900’s. He was very aware of the need to harmonize new buildings with the old Dorset tradition, of which he was a great admirer, and went to great pains to achieve this. Trees were one of his great passions and a good deal of planting went on during the period, with the help of Ursula Waterhouse and the advice of Richard St.Barbe Baker, founder of the “Men of the Trees”. The Bladen Estate, so named by Ernest after Blackdown Hill nearby, was acquired in 1914 from the Frampton Estate and eventually covered more than 10,000 acres, included a dozen individual farms and at its peak provided employment for as many as 600 people. The major building programme started in 1919 after the First World War had inevitably delayed matters; a Swedish worker (who spoke no English) had been recruited to manufacture the blocks of which the buildings were to be made, but he was recalled home at the outbreak of war. The first 12 cottages, among them the “Ring” at Briantspuddle Farm, were designed by Halsey Ricardo, the architect responsible for Sir Ernest’s London residence at 8 Addison Road. These set a high standard for the rest of the estate with particular emphasis on an expansive and symmetrical layout and the sympathetic use of natural materials and local crafts. The design of the Ring shows also that the buildings were not to be purely functional but were to impart, through their design, a unique character to the area. Briantspuddle Ring January 1953The Ring in 1953 Ernest’s idealistic yet businesslike attitude towards building design is summed up by an extract from a brochure produced in 1929 for visitors to the estate. “The first consideration when conditions became more normal was the provision of suitable housing accommodation for the workers, since it was at once recognised that housing is an economic asset not only by means of the value of pleasant buildings in themselves, but also from the fact that those housed in them as a rule generally give better work“. Thus each house had an inside bath and lavatory and a garden of about a quarter of an acre. Briantspuddle c 1926Briantspuddle c late 1920s looking east towards Throop Briantspuddle 20182018 By 1929, forty new cottages had been erected on the estate, with a further eight in course of construction. The consistency of design, which retained a particular character yet avoided stereotyping, gave Briantspuddle its “model” reputation, the best example of this being seen in the Bladen Valley. In line with Ernest’s philosophy of self-sufficiency the estate had its own transport depot based on a workshop in Briantspuddle, which is now the “Queen Post” building by the crossroads in the village. The estate boasted 2 steam wagons for carrying pigs and feedstuffs, 16 tractors, 6 vans and lorries, 8 cars and 12 motor cycles. The estate was similarly self-sufficient in electric power and water. Electric power (at 250 volts D.C.) was supplied to the farms and some residences from what is now Bridge House. Two oil powered generators supplied current for 18 hours per day after which a storage battery took over when the power station shut down. The National Grid superseded this system in 1936. Adjacent to Bridge House is the water pumping station which extracts water from a chalk borehole. Water was pumped from the borehole to two reservoirs on the southern part of the estate from which it gravitated to the farms. The borehole still supplies water to the area, in particular to the J.K. Atomic Energy establishment at Wool and as far afield as Poole. Experiments were carried out on almost all types of farming on the Estate between 1919 and 1929, many of them with the close collaboration of Professor Boufleur, then head of the Cirencester Agricultural College. One of the main activities was dairying and a milk processing factory was set up in the “Ring” buildings at Briantspuddle Farm. The farm itself was organised on modern lines and milk was imported from all the dairy farms on the estate for testing, separation, bottling etc. About 1000 gallons of milk per day was processed into “Grade A” milk, butter and cheeses, and pig feed. The factory contained a fully equipped bacteriological laboratory where the purity and fat percentage of the milk was analysed. The workers on the farm producing the milk with the lowest bacterial count received a bonus, with a further bonus below a set standard. “Grade A” milk was on sale in Parkstone within an hour of leaving the Briantspuddle dairy. Milk processing was moved to the new Central Dairy at Milborne St.Andrew in 1929. By 1929 the Bladen Estate had grown, through further acquisitions to well over 10,000 acres. Ernest commissioned Eric Gill to create the First War memorial in Bladen Valley and planned a similar memorial for those who fell in the Second War, the “Garden of Peace” at the east end of Affpuddle church. The church also contains many carvings by Loughran Pendred similarly commissioned by him. In 1929, however, the building work stopped, the number employed consequently fell greatly and the scale of the operation declined with some of the individual farms being let from around 1932 onwards. Ernest’s “Grand Design” to link Affpuddle and Briantspuddle was obviously never realised. The reason for the end of the venture was basically that funds to subsidise it ran out. It was never intended as a profit making venture and needed constant financial support to survive. War Memorial 2018 - resizedThe War Memorial 11th of November 2018 Ernest sold his shares in Debenhams Securities in 1927 thus ending the direct family connection with the Debenham drapery and department store business. The slump during the 1920’s, culminating in the Great Crash of 1929 saw prices tumbling, record unemployment and industrial disruption. Agriculture was no exception, with milk prices being halved during the decade. The Bladen Estate therefore went quite against the national trend in building, local employment and production; this could only be achieved with subsidies which eventually became impossible to sustain. The estate never regained its former glory after 1932 although several of the ventures survived for many years. Ernest was knighted in 1931 for services to agriculture. Ideal Home Dairies at Milborne St.Andrew became the centre of milk production from 1929 onwards. Milk was processed, packaged in waxed cartons and distributed throughout the south of England. Managed by Martin Debenham, Sir Ernest’s son, Ideal Dairies, later called Bladen Dairies, supplied Cunard and the Home Fleet with milk until it was sold in 1941 to Independent Dairies, later to become Express Dairies. The people still alive who worked on the Bladen Estate frequently comment that many “modern” farming practices were tried many years ago on the Bladen Farms and while many of the experiments were probably unsuccessful, the estate in general was many years ahead of its time. In the application of scientific techniques to agriculture Sir Ernest was undoubtedly one of Britain’s foremost pioneers. In one respect trends in agriculture have proved Sir Ernest wrong in his belief that increased production would enable more people to live on the land. In fact fewer people work the land than ever before yet production has increased enormously with the application of scientific methods that Sir Ernest pioneered. This article only scratches the surface of the many activities that went on during the period of the Bladen Estate up to its eventual disintegration in 1952 on Sir Ernest’s death. The legacy of the enterprise is a village with a unique history and a special character imparted to it by the fine buildings put up during the period. In this respect Briantspuddle is truly Dorset’s 20th century model village.
Food scene
This one of my favourite pubs in the area (approx 15 mins in the car) its more of a traditional type of eatery and the food is usually good, although it does get a little busy in the peak season August to middle September. But has huge amount of outside seating set up around the river running through its grounds. At present August 2019 the parking is free and you can park along the lane as well. There is a small rocky and shingle beach and the coastal path runs through the pub grounds. Great for walk and then a nice drink and something to eat.
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Smugglers Inn
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This one of my favourite pubs in the area (approx 15 mins in the car) its more of a traditional type of eatery and the food is usually good, although it does get a little busy in the peak season August to middle September. But has huge amount of outside seating set up around the river running through its grounds. At present August 2019 the parking is free and you can park along the lane as well. There is a small rocky and shingle beach and the coastal path runs through the pub grounds. Great for walk and then a nice drink and something to eat.
This is our nearest pub, about 5 mins ( 2.6 miles) in the car or about a 40 minute walk through the local fields and along the river piddle. If you bring your bikes you can get there in about 20 mins along a lovely quiet country lane which is virtually flat all the way! The food is quite typical of a but always seems to be well cooked and presented. Nice little seating area at the front and the pub is quite roomy inside when eating.
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The Martyrs Inn
49 Main Rd
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This is our nearest pub, about 5 mins ( 2.6 miles) in the car or about a 40 minute walk through the local fields and along the river piddle. If you bring your bikes you can get there in about 20 mins along a lovely quiet country lane which is virtually flat all the way! The food is quite typical of a but always seems to be well cooked and presented. Nice little seating area at the front and the pub is quite roomy inside when eating.
Another great pub just down the road form us, approx 10 mins in the car, about 3.8 miles drive around the edge of the forest. You can also walk which will take about an 90 minutes as you will go through the forest and its windy gravel tracks and heathland along the chalk paths, avoiding the main roads until the last 1/2 mile. You can also cycle through the forest and heathland which will take approx 40 mins depending on your skills! I can give you direction if you wish to cycle as although easy and nice and flat it does go through some great tracks and across a ford, so off roaders or hybrid bikes needed. The Frampton has recently been refurbished and is under new management. The interior is a more modern style of heritage colours etc that you may have seen in other eateries that are more contemporary. The menu is varied and also has a carvery. Good outside area and children plat area, Nice real fire for those cosy winter evenings.
Frampton Arms
Another great pub just down the road form us, approx 10 mins in the car, about 3.8 miles drive around the edge of the forest. You can also walk which will take about an 90 minutes as you will go through the forest and its windy gravel tracks and heathland along the chalk paths, avoiding the main roads until the last 1/2 mile. You can also cycle through the forest and heathland which will take approx 40 mins depending on your skills! I can give you direction if you wish to cycle as although easy and nice and flat it does go through some great tracks and across a ford, so off roaders or hybrid bikes needed. The Frampton has recently been refurbished and is under new management. The interior is a more modern style of heritage colours etc that you may have seen in other eateries that are more contemporary. The menu is varied and also has a carvery. Good outside area and children plat area, Nice real fire for those cosy winter evenings.