Lytchett Matravers

Old Photo's of Lytchett Matravers

Courtesty and with kind permission of Shirley Percival

Colehill Road
Colehill Road, Lytchett Matravers (Church on right)

Lime Kiln Road, Lytchett Matravers

First Primary School
Lytchett Matravers Primary School,
Limekiln Road Lytchett Matravers (the first one!)

Rose and Crown
Rose and Crown crossroads (looking from High Street
down Huntick Road) Lytchett Matravers

Manor House
Manor House, Colehill Road, Lytchett Matravers
Manor House
Manor House, Colehill  Road,  Lytchett Matravers

The Rectory
The Rectory, Lytchett Matravers

Village Well
The Village Well on left (junction of Eldons Drove & Middle Road)
**see notes below

Wareham Road
Wareham Road, Lytchett Matravers (taken outside the cottage on
junction of Wareham Road and Eldons Drove, looking down
Wareham Road towards the Purbeck Hills) **see notes below

Wimborne Road
Wimborne Road, Lytchett Matravers
High Street
High Street Lytchett Matravers (Chequers Inn on the left)

Village Post Office
The Village Post Office Wareham Road Lytchett Matravers **see notes below

The Chequers
The Chequers Inn, High Street Lytchett Matravers

Victory Hall
The Victory Hall (which was situated on the crossroads)
Junction of  High Street, Middle Road **see notes below

Village Well
This is the village well, it was situated on a patch of grass with a white post and railing fence around it, water was drawn up in a bucket.  In 1926 the well rail and cover were in bad shape and the Parish Council were requested to instal a pump.  The well was piped to the side of the road in 1958 and a hand pump fixed there.  The original well was covered over.  In 1981 Edward Tong gave the pump which had been at Spy Farm for years to the Parish.  The  Womens Institute paid for it to be properly set up on the corner, where it is now situated on the corner of Eldons Drove with the junction of Middle Road.
(Courtesy of Shirley Percival)

Wareham Road
Wareham Road Lytchett Matravers. Taken outside what is now Prospect Cottage on the corner of Eldons Drove and Wareham Road.

The Victory Hall
The Victory Hall was an old army hut bought from Wareham Camp and used for troops during the war.  In 1919 it was proposed to built a village hall as a memorial to all those who had served in the First World War.  A public subscription was organised to purchase the hut and the Land was leased from Henry Luke Dillon Trenchard.  The Victory Hall was made of corrugated iron and had 6 stoves, my grandmother complained of getting her stiletto heals stuck in the cracked floor boards when dances were held and the locals had to use buckets as toilets, I beleive it was even used as classrooms for a time.In the late 50's the hall was worn out and the villagers started what was to become a 20 year fund raising campaign to build a new village hall. 
Mr Hamilton Blanchard gave £1000 pounds and the Womens Institute made regular donations to the fund, there were grants, covenants and loans negotiated.  In the 1970'2 a new committee was formed.  The Trenchard Estate gave the Victory Hall site to the Parish and this was later sold to purchase a new site beside the Recreation Ground costing £250!  On 9th December 1972 the new village hall was opened by Colonel Weld, the Lord Lieutenant of Dorset.  It had cost approximately £28,000 and nearly 20 years fund raising efforts by the villagers to replace the original memorial  to the men and women who gave their lives in 1914-1918.
There are 2 blocks of flats standing on the site today aptly named Victory Court.

Village Post Office
This was Mrs Osmonds post office which is still standing behind the Methodist Chapel but is no longer in use.

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