Historic Village Views and People

We are starting to build a photograph album of pictures of "old" Horton.  Here are some of the early photographs we have found.  

 

We would love to know any information you may have about who may be in the photographs. Do you recognise a family member? Do you recognise the building and who lived or worked there?  Do you know in which year the photograph may have been taken?  If you have any information to pass on click here to email:

FIVE DIALS INN
THE FIVE DIALS
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BROADWAY HILL FILLING STATION PICKERING
BROADWAY HILL FILLING STATION PICKERING
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HORTON SCHOOL
HORTON SCHOOL CHILDREN
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ST PETERS  CHURCH
ST PETER'S CHURCH
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Old Horton Post Office
GOLD'S RADIO SHOP
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NOT NAMED (8)
FIVE LADIES
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NOT NAMED (11)
Tarr's Farm Horton Cross, unknown lady
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Horton School
HORTON SCHOOL
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NOT NAMED (15)
GROUP OF UNKOWN LOCAL MEN
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OUTSIDE VICTORY HALL
OLD VICTORY HALL
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SEEDY WATTS
SEEDY WATTS
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Peggy Jepson and friends
TENNIS COURT
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HORTON FC
HORTON FC
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LOCATION BUTCHERS ARMS c1830
LOCATION BUTCHERS ARMS c1830
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BUTCHERS ARMS
BUTCHERS ARMS
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PUDDLEBRIDGE FARM
PUDDLEBRIDGE FARM
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The TENNIS COURT photo shows Peggy Jepson (later to become Peggy Perryman). In the background is the house called "Bincleaves" where Peggy was born and grew up.

 

The photo of the house is believed to be Bickley House but we are not sure. We have been told it was definitely a village store selling groceries etc and owned and run by Hilda Pudduck (maiden name Chislett). The shop was basically run from the lounge.

The photo HORTON SCHOOL CHILDREN shows children, parents and teachers.  Here are some of the names we have identified:

 

Mrs Hockers, Mrs Newman, Mrs Taylor, Glad Whitfield.  

 

And the children: Alison Bond, Julie Connett, Mandy Stone, Rachel Burnt, John, Mark and Emma Chislett, Chris Turner, Luke Grafton, Paul Bindon, Clare Baker, Keith Hancock,  John Watson, Ian Bennett

The 2 Miss Hackers (teachers) are in their best hats and dresses. Were they retiring or was this the closing of the school - does anyone know????

If anyone recognises more names, please send us an email by clicking here:

Celia King who now lives in Canada told us ...'The OLD HORTON POST OFFICE was owned by Charlie Gold, otherwise known as Punchy. He sold radios in the shop and he was one of the first in Horton to have a TV. Celia was lucky enough to watch the Coronation with the entire Horton School on a TV that Charlie had set up in the garage.

 

The photo described as Bickley House is correct and it was run by Hilda Pudduck, although that is not her in the picture.  

The photo FIVE LADIES has Marjorie Hull on the right; Mrs Light is in the centre (she lived in a bungalow on Church Lane near the entrance to St.Peters Close). 2nd from the left is Maggie Chown who lived in a cottage up a long path off Shave Lane, not far from the Old Pottery Garage. 

We have been given a photo HORTON FC of the local football team for the 1905 / 06 season!

Do you recognise any of the team or were you in the team? We think the name of the chap in the middle back row (white shirt) may be John Churchill?

 

Please email us and let us have any information that may help us identify anyone in the picture and perhaps tell us more about John Churchill?

The photograph of the plan of the site of the LOCATION OF BUTCHERS ARMS inn, Pottery Road Horton believed to have been taken around c.1830. The inn was sited back from Pottery Road with a stable and a skittle alley at the rear of the plot.  It is believed that the inn was originally run by Brewery Georges, Bristol (founded in 1730).

 

The inn was demolished around 1885 and rebuilt 1886 /7 much closer to the road, as can be seen in the BUTCHERS ARMS photograph

 

In 1897 the inn was struck by lightning; the resulting fire completely destroyed the roof, which was rebuilt in the same year by W Coombes & Sons, Ilminster based builders, founded in 1871 by Walter J Coombes.

 

The inn remained as such until the 1950/60's when it was converted back to a family home.

Evelyn Fox at Puddlebridge Farm sent a photograph of PUDDLEBRIDGE FARM to say her father grew up in this farmhouse.

 

It was farmed by the Anning family from the early 1900's to some time in the 1970's.  

 

It was a dairy farm selling the milk to the nearby Horlicks factory.

 

The women in the photo are my grandmother Susan Anning her daughter Dorcas and daughter-in-law Annie.

A letter received from Canada...

I was born in Horton in 1946 and lived at 'Devonway', opposite the Five Dials 'till the 60's and maintained close contact with the village as my Mum lived there till her death 5 years ago.  I now live in B.C. on the west coast of Canada. Keep up the good work:  I love looking at the old pics and reading about what's going on there. Bye for now, Celia King.

REMEMBERING MY GRANDFATHER WILLIAM PERRY – WORLD WAR I VETERAN

 

William Perry served with the Somerset Light Infantry from 1913 to 1916 and then with the Dorset Regiment until his demob in 1920.  William served in France and Belgium and was injured on several occasions, suffering the effects of a gas attack and also from shrapnel.

 

During his service he was awarded the French Croix de Guerre by the French Government for his bravery in helping to liberate a village in France and was also presented with the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the 1914-15 Star.

 

He later settled in Horton with his wife Winifred and family at 3 Higher Horton, now 25 St Peters Close, where his daughter Barbara Connett continues to  live.

William Perry WW1