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[30 Apr 2010 | Comments Off on Shute Barton Manor | 4,737 views]
Shute Barton Manor

Shute Barton Manor

Shute Gatehouse

(Photos can be enlarged by left clicking on them once and then left click again for full screen)
Adjacent to St. Michael’s Church is the ancient manor house of the Parish of Shute, built in 1380 by Sir William Bonneville, a Norman from Bonneville, in Beauce, near Chartres.

It remained in his family for five generations. Lord William Bonneville (The Builder’s grandson) was beheaded and his two sons killed in the Wars of the Roses, and so his grand daughter Cecily inherited it. She married Thomas Grey who became …

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[30 Apr 2010 | Comments Off on Hall History | 630 views]

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 in April Cottage, Umborne, the home of Miss Kinnings. A great organiser, she was also the instigator of the “Hall” idea. Country …

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[24 Apr 2010 | Comments Off on Tithe Origins | 743 views]
Tithe Origins

The Origins of Tithe
The tithe was an annual payment of an agreed proportion (originally one-tenth) of the yearly produce of the land, which was payable by parishioners to the parish church, to support it and its clergyman. Originally tithes were paid ‘in kind’ (wool, milk, honey, fish, barley etc) and were payable on 3 categories of produce:

All things which grew and which increased annually e.g. grain, vegetables and wood
All things which were nourished by the ground – lambs, calves etc. – and animal produce like milk, hides, eggs and wool
The …

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[24 Apr 2010 | One Comment | 4,308 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 | 11,100 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 | 368 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 | 395 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 | 1,627 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 …