Horton, Ilminster, Somerset


Village Views and People - Historic

We are starting to build a photograph album of pictures of "old" Horton.  Here are some of the early photographs we have found.  Just click on any photo to enlarge it and to see more information - if we have any!


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:

The tennis court photo (bottom right) 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 (middle photo, middle column) 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.

Message from Celia King who lives in Canada...   The old post office (Column 2, middle photo) 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. I was lucky enough to watch the Coronation with the entire Horton School. He had set up a TV in the garage.The photo you describe as Bickley House is correct and it was run by Hilda Pudduck, although that is not her in the picture. I think you have incorrectly labelled the photo named Horton Cross. I'm sorry I don't know the current road names, but it looks like the road that runs from the 5 Dials down to Witney Bottom. The 1st house on the left is Parkhouse's with Charlie's agricultural machinery yard and workshop next to it. Then the next cottage was Mr Male's, and beyond that the building that belonged to the Whites. He was a fishmonger and she ran a grocery business from there.


Column 4 middle photo shows 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. I'd love to know about the picture of the gathering in the Horton School playground. What was the event? 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????


I was born in Horton in 1946 and lived at 'Devonway', opposite the 5 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.

The photo of the Horton School (top row, middle) has attracted an excellent list of children, parents and teachers names from a local resident.  Here are some of the names identified:


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


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


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

We have been given a photo of the Horton Football Team in the

season 1905/06!   Click here to view a larger image:  


Do you recognise any of 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?

Horton FC
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Old Horton Post Office
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Horton School
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Peggy Jepson and friends
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Evelyn Fox

Evelyn Fox at Puddlebridge Farm sent us this photo 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.



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
The New Inn Pottery Road
The Butchers Arms Pottery Road c.1830 map

We see above a photo image of a plan of the site of the 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 shortly afterwards much closer to the road, as can be seen in the

photo above.


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.

The site of the Butchers Arms inn, Horton c.1830

The Butchers Arms rebuilt around 1886/7

The article below is still under research so accuracy of data is not yet fully validated - March 2019