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[24 Apr 2010 | One Comment | 4,382 views]
Tithe Maps

Take a look at the valley (and a little beyond) as it was around 1840
If you live in a house which is over 150 years old, you might like to look at the following links to find out about your house in 1840 which is when the tithe maps were drawn up.
First find your plot on the tithe map and then look at the apportionment table to find out who owned that plot and lots of other interesting facts.
Tithe maps
Apportionment tables
All this work has been done by AONB. Parishscapes is a three …

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[24 Apr 2010 | 3 Comments | 11,351 views]
Shute Church

The Parish Church of Shute

Formerly the Ancient Chapel of St. Michael

(photos can be enlarged by left clicking on them once)

Shute Church is an ancient and beautiful small building. It is believed that there may have been a Saxon Church on this site, but as there are no written records to confirm this prior to the year 1205, the history of St. Michael’s must start there. The earliest record of the church is a Deed of Bishop Marshall (1194-1206) which refers to “ecclesia de Colinton et Cappella de Schieta” proving the …

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[24 Apr 2010 | Comments Off on Joan’s Wedding | 401 views]

The romantic wartime story of Joan’s wedding
And how a farm in the Umborne Valley became a sanctuary for people being bombed in the cities
As told by Joan Dommett
My story might never have had a happy ending had I not one day called into the coal depot at Colyton Station to pay a bill. For, there was Eddie paying his bill too.
We had known each other for some time. I would stop for a chat if I saw him trimming hedges or doing other jobs in the fields as I cycled …

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[24 Apr 2010 | Comments Off on Hall History | 440 views]
Hall History

Village Hall History
(From a painting by Nora Baker currently hanging in the new hall)
A little bit of history about the Umborne Village Hall
Umborne Hall is a green painted Nissen Hut, invented in 1919 by Lt. Col. Peter Norman Nissen (1871-1930) of the British Royal Engineers. In 1941, the Americans built and used huts called Quonset Huts, which were an adaptation of the Nissen Hut. These type of huts were used as makeshift housing for American soldiers and their families at Dunkeswell aerodrome in World War Two.
1945: Umborne WI were meeting …

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[24 Apr 2010 | Comments Off on German Bomber | 1,698 views]

The day the Germans crashed on Umborne
How a bomber was brought down on Eight Shillings Field and scattered its crew around the countryside
White cloud obscured the German bomber from the ground, so its vulnerability to attack from a fighter of the resurgent RAF was from above.
Realising that his aircraft would be silhouetted against the moonlit cloud beneath, the pilot, Oberleutnant Kurt Gumbart, at 29 the oldest of the crew of four, instructed his wireless/telegraph operator, Willi Zastrau, to keep a sharp look-out overhead.
Vigilantly, he had kept changing his aircraft’s course …

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[8 Apr 2010 | Comments Off on A new hall in 2010 | 487 views]

At last we’ve made some financial headway with replacing the hall. The Community Council of Devon, acting on behalf of Devon County Council, has awarded us a grant of £24,000, which means that we can plan a new building. Last night (30th September) the trustees met to discuss the offer and agreed to accept it, which means that it has to be spent by next September!
Another £40,000 has been raised by the community. This is thought to be one of the principal reasons behind the offer.
The trustees now have to …

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[8 Apr 2010 | Comments Off on The end of a valley era and the beginning of another | 301 views]

In a little over a fortnight work will start on dismantling the Nissen hut that has served us so well as our village hall. It will be taken to Dunkeswell where it will be rebuilt and opened as a museum of wartime artefacts.
Our new hall will start to go up soon afterwards, perhaps by the end of March. In three or four months after that, it will be complete and can be opened.
It’s all happened very quickly after a long time in which it seemed it never would. And having …