This is a list of various historical articles, items and photographs on display on the walls of the Rose and Crown, September 2003.
Programme August 14th 1888
Bradford Abbas cum Clifton Mabank
Ye roof of ye Church hathe worne out, Wherefore ane Afternoon Concert of Music
Will be given to mend the same at ye Vicarage at 3.30 o’the Clock on ye Fourteenth dai of August under ye Patronage of The Marchioness of Westminster The Honble. Lady Ponsonby Fane
Mrs Albert Clayton
Mrs Lloyd Jones
Seates reserves at 3/-. Family Ticket admits 4, at 10/- . Unreserved 2/-
To be held at the Vicarage
Where at will sing and play
Signorine Ponti Mr and Mrs Regan Mrs Roxby Miss Egremont And others
In ye year 1888
The Coronation Parade in North Street, 1937 (3 photographs)
Coronation festivities, June 22nd, 1911
Bradford Abbas, Clifton Maubank and Wyke
Programme of Events
6am A Peal on the Bells. The Bells will be rung at intervals during the day.
12am Special Coronation Service in the Church
2pm Sports in the Cricket Field, by kind permission of Mrs WILLS and The Cricket Club
4.30pm Presentation of Commemorative Coronation Mugs, by Mrs DANIELL, of Clifton Maubank.
Tea for all under 16
6.30pm Supper, consisting of Roast Beef, Boiled Beef, Ham, Boiled Mutton, Pickles, Salad, Cheese, Bread – Beer and Minerals. In a field adjoining S. Mary House, by kind permission of the Rev. Gordon WICKHAM, for all over 16, each person to bring a Knife, Fork, Plate and Glass. After the meal can be stored in the Schoolroom.
8pm Concert or Dance
9.30pm Display of Fireworks
“God Save The King”
Pianos supplied by Messrs E. PRICE and Sons Ltd., Yeovil Sports
Coronation June 3rd, 1953 (photograph)
‘Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary’
Fancy dress – L-R Christine DEWBERRY, Norma WHITE, Sue HURFORD,
Betty FERRET, Ann GOUGH, Sandra COURTNEY
Bradford Abbas Fossil Bed
Article by R. CHANDLER
Bradford Abbas Estate, Dorset, Plan No. 2 – Auction Sale July 1954
Various photographs and sale details. Auctioneers - Palmer and Snell Ltd., Yeovil
Gardeners Cottage, Churchwell Street 1913-14 (photograph)
Seated Mrs Rose HIGGINS
L-R Mag BASCOMBE, Ellen HIGGINS, Lily BASCOMBE
St Mary’s Church, about 1880 and 1994 (photographs)
Figure in 1880 photograph believed to be Mr Henry ARNOLD, at one time the oldest Parish Clerk in England.
Person in 1994 photograph Mr Leslie GOUGH, long time resident of the Village
Pulpit in St Mary’s Church, Bradford Abbas (photograph)
Pulpit bears the initials PRGM and the date 1632 (Given as P.G., R.M. in 1977 Church booklet)
“Monster Find Marks Parish celebrations” (newspaper article)
Western Gazette September 1st 1994 (Centenary of Parish Council)
Discovery of fossils – Mr R. CHANDLER, of Surrey, and others
Pictures James BUCKMAN 1883, Sidney BUCKMAN 1906
Resident in Bradford Abbas, links with fossil finds.
Bradford Abbas Parish Council Celebrations
Newspaper article Western Gazette, 25 August 1994
Were The Days”
Newspaper article Western daily Press May 31st, 1985
Aerial View Bradford Abbas 1967 (photograph)
Annual Outing to Weymouth for the Village (photographs)
Summer of 1947 or 1948, parents; children and young people
A Village Outing 1932 (photographs)
Shows a group in a car, who missed the charabanc
Mr J.C.GILLHAM standing in front of the car
Mothers Union 1910
(photograph, no names)
Bradford Abbas Village School 1922
(photograph, no names)
“Bill Tells Of Life On Only 28s A Week”
Newspaper article Evening Post June 7th 1968. Bill GALE, moved to B.A. in 1920, later bailiff of B.A. Estate
Chudleigh Millers and Corn Merchants, Yeovil (photograph)
Lorry and Bill CHANT, Jack and Art SMITH
Rose and Crown 1915 (photograph)
Road flooded, no War Memorial
Lads of The Village (photograph)
Bill CHANT, Jack SMITH, Art SMITH, Richard LOXTON, Ronnie LOXTON
A Few Crusted Characters 1935 (photograph)
Geo. CHAINEY, Sid PARSONS, Tom COOMBS, Ted MEAR, Sam RING,
John WALLER, James HIGGINS and Ruffles, the dog.
Lads of The Village Team, Summer 1976 (photograph)
H.WARRY (83), W.GALE, C.SMITH, H.GILLAM, T.GOSNEY (76), J.G.FERRETT (77), F.G.COX (79), G.BASCOMBE (88)
Lads of The Village 1934 (photograph)
G.CHAINEY (87), J.HIGGINS (87), S.RING (90), Thos. COOMBS (89),
Sid PARSONS (81)
Young Lads of The Village 1985 (photograph)
Ian DAVIS, Mark HOPKINS, Braddon MEAR, Stephen GARDNER, Chris FISHER
Lads of The Village 1991 (photograph)
Mr Fred HARRIS (90), Mr Harry GILLAM (90), Mr Doug GILLINGHAM (84),
Mr Bill GALE (90), Mr John HELLYAR (85)
Lads of The Village 1934 (photograph)
Taken in the skittle alley
The Skiffle Group 1958/1959 (photograph)
Bert GALE, Art SMITH, Freddie ‘Snowball’ COX, Ray COX, Dave PETTITT, George RENDELL, Ron FOWLER
The Old Fireplace Restored (photograph)
Inside the Rose and Crown, Gladys WHITEMORE, with Candy the dog, Hazel BIDISCOMBE, Frank WHITEMORE, Mrs HALL
Presentation of Colours, British Legion, February 1964 (photograph)
Frank MEAR to Roy MOXEY, seated Lilian MEAR
Ron GOSNEY, Village Thatcher 1986 (photograph)
Sid PARKER Harvesting 1968 (photograph)
Bradford Abbas Carnival Committee June 8th 1946 (photograph)
Vera COUSINS, Jack and Maurice GUPPY, June and Reggie SMITH,
Rachel and Richard LOXTON, Joe GODDARD, Gilbert BURROUGH, Stella COUSINS
Hunt Scene 1947 (photograph)
Taken by the Rose and Crown
Stars Are Five Men And Their Ages Total 444”
Newspaper article – The Daily Mirror, 24th December 1935, page 5
From Our Special Correspondent, Bradford Abbas, near Yeovil
Sitting behind a refectory table, each with a pint glass of frothy beer in front of him, England’s oldest film stars spoke to me today.
All their lives, and the total amount of their years is 444, these five, white-whiskered, jolly old men have lived in the sleepy village of Bradford Abbas, that looks across to the Dorset heights.
The five men are George CHAINEY, aged eighty-nine; James HIGGINS, aged ninety-two; Samuel RING, aged ninety-two; Thomas COMBS, aged ninety-one, and Sidney PARSONS, the ‘baby’, aged eighty-three.
They made their film debut in October this year, when their fame had spread through the British Isles, bringing in its wake a battery of film cameramen, who made a ‘talkie’ of them.
Later the film was shown in Yeovil, and nearly all the villagers from Bradford Abbas, Wyke, and the surrounding hamlets turned out to see it.
Today, the five, who are known as ‘the lads of the village’, are still working, and nightly they meet in the village pub to talk over the old days.
Mr Fred MEAR, the proprietor of the only public house in this village, told me that the five old men could and would still argue.
“They love to find a stranger in here,” he said, “Then the fun begins. Sammy talks about the old days, and when little PARSONS, who hasn’t grown white whiskers, begins to talk, Sammy tells him he’s only a ‘baby’. That causes a riot.
“Why, these five lads have been coming to this public house for years.”
Just then CHAINEY came in.
“What do oi consider has made me live so long, and keep so well?” he said. “Why, my boy, hard work and beer. That’s the stuff to keep a man alive. You ask Sammy RING, he’ll tell you the same…. Hard work and beer.”
L-R George CHAINEY, 89; James HIGGINS, 89; Samuel RING, 92;
Sidney PARSONS, a mere 83; Thomas COMBS, 91
‘Is This The Last Round For The Local?’
Newspaper article – The Times, Monday, September 2nd, 1985
Today’s Lads – Ian DAVIS, Mark HOPKINS, Braddon MEAR, Stephen GARDNER, Chris FISHER
Standard, Wednesday, October ?1st, 1935?
Newspaper article about the ‘Lads of The Village’
Our Own Correspondent
Samuel RING is 93, George CHAINEY and James HIGGINS are 90, and ‘Young’ Sidney PARSONS is 84.
They are the ‘lads of the village’ of Bradford Abbas, down in Dorset, and today they went to the films.
The Occasion was a skittles match at the Rose and Crown. They walked half a mile to the village inn, smacked their lips over a pint of beer, and then went to the Alley.
What they lacked in agility they made up in judgement and many a crafty shot sent the skittles scattering.
No skittles game is ever rushed. This one lasted for two hours. Between the rounds ---
When it was all over I asked Sam RING how he was feeling.
“A grand match ‘twas,” he said, “and, my sonny, I feel as well as I ever did.
Sid, Jim, George and I, we’ve been pals all our lives. No, not at school. I never went to school. When I was nine I started work. Two pence a day I got.
Harvest time we worked 20 hours a day from three or four o’clock in the morning.
Why, young men today don’t know anything about it. I was married when I was 21 – on 9 shillings a week. We got along handsome.
Hard work and a contented mind. That’s how to get along. Hard work never does anybody any harm. I still do a bit in my garden, and when the doctor comes along I say to him “Sir, I say, “I’m going to get my own medicine” – and off I trots to the Rose and Crown.”
Nest week Sid, Jim and George have another exciting day. They are going to Yeovil to see themselves on the screen.’
Photograph: Mr Sidney PARSONS, Mr James HIGGINS, Mr George CHAINEY and
Mr Samuel RING in the skittle alley
Photograph: Mr James HIGGINS in play
Films of the Lads of the Village (produced by Movietone)
From www.movietone.com :
Card Title: Old Men of Bradford Abbas
Shot list: Longevity – A village where they never say die (G.P. title)
Good scenic shot of the village of (LS) Bradford Abbas. Shot of old lady
coming from village store. The woman and daughter walk down the street.
Shot of Public House sign ‘Rose and Crown’. Shots of the old men walking
under the same. The old folk sit in a group in the pub. Close shots of the old
News Theatre version: Shots include CU (close up?) of sign ‘Beer is Best’.
One old man downing the contents of his glass and placing the glass on the
table CU. Close shot of the men climbing down the steps.
Title: Longevity. Dialect commentary by Barry BARNES
Description: Old men of Bradford Abbas
Newspaper article Daily Mirror 24.12.1935
Card Title: Athletics Bradford Abbas Old Men and Skittles
Shot of skittle alley. CU of feet. Shot of group of old men.
Various shots of the game. CU of the balls.
CU old man mopping his brow. Shots of play. CU skiitles.
CU scoreboard. Shots of the old men. Close up of old man drinking pint.
Description: Old men of Bradford Abbas create havoc among the skittles,
says Barry BARNES
Newspaper article Evening Standard ?1.10.1936
For £80 plus VAT, Movietone will copy these films onto video tape (as of Nov 2003)
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