Those who have lived in the village for many years have been asked to remember and talk about life in the village in years gone by. Here are their memories:-
Pat Hiscock – Stonecliff View Cottage
The school was closed by 1965 when Pat & Kester came to the village. A Mrs Cooper owned the village shop (sited at The Post House) for 20 years. Some Americans owned the shop for 6 months before it was closed. The Langton Arms did try to run a village shop and post office for a while but poor custom made it not worthwhile. In 1972, the village suffered an electricity black-out due to damage done to the transformer in the field near AppleTree Cottage. In 1979, there was a fire where Brigadier Hanmer lived at Tarrant Monkton Cottage. Briar Cottage used to be a stable. There was a severe snowstorm in 1978. Boys walked on top of the hedge alongside the road opposite The Nook – the snow was some 10-12 ft deep.
Tony Morris found some old photos of his family & friends, playing darts in the Langton Arms back in the 1970s:
David Langdown (related to previous owners of Jack’s Cottage) wrote:
Like the lady Margaret mentioned back in April 2012, I too have many happy memories of Tarrant Monkton. Prior to her passing in June of last year my mum Alice (Jacks eldest sister) was probably the eldest living, remaining ex resident of the village, when she passed away she was 96 yrs old having arriving in Tarrant Monkton aged 2 months ! and lived there till she and dad got a new council house at Pimperne in 1947. My grandparents, Joe and Bessie White owned “Jacks Cottage” which they bought back in the 1920′s. Grandma once told me that she had to “bully” grandad into borrowing the 800 pounds from Ernie Hull (publican) to buy it. He thought he would never be able to repay it back and was it worth it etc ! I grew up in Jacks Cottage, knew every person in every house in the village, and there were some characters. I remember the Yanks at the Langton Arms waiting to get a glass for a beer, as there were none to be bought in those days. My mate Phillip Smeeth and I, were 9 yrs old by then,and knew of an old tip up the Camp Lane and used to dig up old jam jars clean them up and sell them outside the pub one penny for the pint ones and half penny for the half pint ones. I have often wondered what treasures are sitting in that dump.They used to take them back up the lane at closing time and being a bit drunk either loose them or throw them away…………we knew this , so would go searching the next day after school, wash them and sell them again. That’s only one of my memories. If anybody has heard the tale of the incendiary bomb in the pub, well I was the boy who carried it in, but there is another story in that !
I now live in Thailand and will be making my last trip back to the old country in Aug/Sept for my farewell and 78th birthday. One of the first places I will be making a ‘bee line’ for will be Tarrant Monkton. So if anybody wants to ask any questions just email me. I think I can still remember who lived in which house. Miss Ansty and Miss Sadler in the post office for example.
Wednesday, 27 March, 2013 at 7:00 pm Judith Morena says:
Wednesday, 22 May, 2013 at 12:50 pm David L says:
As you say, the Crumplers were before my time, but I do remember mum talking of a Crumpler who lived in the big house set back from the road between Bessie Halls modern cottage and Mrs Van Drutens house which was close to Maidments bakery, but I think there was a man who was elderly and had a minder, although his name was John or something like that. I think my sister Stella, she’s a year younger than me. knows something about that. Incidentally, Mr Maidment the baker used to deliver his bread in an old horse drawn van but got smashed up one day in Tarrant Launceston just down from Strange’s farm almost opposite the cottage where the Bonds lived, when a Yank with a truck ran into him, the van was wrecked and I think the horse was killed, but am not sure about that. However that was the end of the bread deliveries although I remember going to the scene and picking up some nice loaves of fresh bread !
Bye for now Judith and do enjoy your next visit to TM.
Email (25 March 2014) from GARTH MATTHEWS (email@example.com)
Son of Vera, nee Crumpler, lived TM 1921 to 1926
I thought it would be interesting to trace the lives of the youngsters, smiling at us from the Tarrant Monkton village school photograph, all those years ago.
I am happy to report that the vast majority got married, had children and lived well past 70 years, with at least 11 living into their 80s and 8 living into their 90s!!
The hunt is on for any pupil who is still alive and the short list is as follows:
PERCY TANSWELL (last known address was in Blandford )
VICTOR WATERMAN (last known address was in Marnhull)
They too would be well into their 90s now.
Who knows, perhaps the school photograph is going to give us one Dorset centenarian!
If anyone knows the current situation of the above two gentlemen, it would be great to hear about them.
There were also 5 children whose lives I was not able to follow through:
Freda Bowring (became Freda Bell in 1944 in the Poole area)
Victor (Jim) Gatehouse
Again I should love to hear from anyone who can throw any light on them and let us hope that some or all are still alive also..
I would add that my own mother, Vera Crumpler, married Henry Matthews, a seaman from Poole, in November 1932.
She had three children, myself (Garth), Shirley and Pam.
I attach a copy of her wedding photograph, which I hope you like. She lived till she was 92.
The other Crumpler girls in the photograph (and therefore my aunties ) lived long and happy lives also. Margery Crumpler married John Evans, lived in Lytchett, had three children and lived till she was 93. Winifred (Win) Crumpler married Harry Taylor, lived in Corfe Mullen, had two children and lived till she was 84. Mabel Crumpler married George Ashdown, lived in Oakdale, had three children and lived till she was 76.
The Crumpler family (Ellis and Barbara and their 7 children) lived in Tarrant Monkton in the 1920s and I also attach the family portrait photograph, taken in about 1931, with all the family dressed in Sunday best.
More memories and photos to follow …
Stella Hayward, daughter of Alice White, provided the following photo-card, which shows a birthday party for Jim (Victor) Gatehouse and his friends including the Crumpler girls and Jack & Alice White. Stella says her mum believed the village War Memorial was built in 1920.
The Crumpler Girls