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Bodden maps

Historic maps of Bodden and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis.   View all Bodden maps

Bodden photos

We have no photos of Bodden, although we do have photos of these nearby places:

Doulting| Shepton Mallet| Stoke St Michael| Croscombe| Pilton| Dinder| Holcombe| Stratton-On-The-Fosse| Ditcheat| East Pennard| Wells| Nunney| Mells| Kilmersdon| Bruton| Hemington

Bodden area books

Displaying 1 of 14 books about Bodden and the local area.   View all books for this area

Memories of Bodden

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Somerset memories

My Relatives

MY RELATIVES FROM THE 1800S FARMED AT BODDEN FARM N/R DOULTING. THE VILLAGE IS VERY PICTURESQUE. MY FAMILY ENDED UP MOVING TO CARDIFF IN 1881, BUT AS IT IS NOW I LIVE IN WINCANTON YOU COULD SAY I HAVE COME HOME.     

Where It Is Now

Cricket Pavilion 1899, Shepton Mallet
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I don't know when, but at some point the whole pavilion was moved to where it it still is, just behind Nat West and Philips' Tyres. It has been converted into a bungalow, but if you look closely you can see what it was. When we had our office there, it still had its little tower, but it leaked and the landlord took the easy option of removing it.

My Mum And Her Brother Were Evacuees in Pilton in Around 1944

Cricket Pavilion 1899, Shepton Mallet
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My mum, who is now 74, has just told me she was evacuated to Pilton from Surbiton in 1944. Mum remembers Mrs Eaterbrook and some very well-to-do ladies who were part of a Guild, linked with disabled people in Paddington (where her disabled father had been brought up). Mum remembers the church and walking across the fields from the farm cottage in which she was housed, to school. The farm had a big house at the top, and lots of local cottages. I don't think they stayed very long, but she has clear memories, and I would like to take her back to Pilton for a visit sometime.

Where Can The Grammar School Be?

The Grammar School 1899, Shepton Mallet
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At a guess! My visits to Shepton mallet were infrequent as I lived near Bristol as a child. But loved coming to see my Grandmother at no 1 Barren Down (mrs E A Crook)A school was at the back of her house, I wondered if it was the original grammar school? I was free to go beyond to the railway, and wave to the steam engine driver! My Mother was Ethel Rose Crook, I believe she married from barren Down, she had 11siblings originally, so we visited some of her sisters too, if we had the time. One Mrs Beatie Blinman at 10 Great Ostry,she was my Mothers bridesmaid in 1918!There was 6children in that family, Betty, Douglas,Stanley,Iris,Margaret, n Phyllis, and Uncle George Blinman was a builder.
MrsIvy Emery lived at the Batch so we usually managed to call on her too before getting the bus back to Bristol. I loved to go to Collett park, which was special because in the country we did'nt have a park!... Read more

I Live in Shepton Mallet

I was Shepton Mallet Carnival Queen and it was very good to do the job.  My Granny and Grampy lived in Shepton Mallet and my dad and uncle were born in Shepton Mallet as well my mum who would've been the Shepton Mallet Carnival Queen in 1965. Pete and I are building a shed down Darshill. It used to be a pig barn and it is going to be wonderful when it is finished.  We will have to take photos of the shed now and before.  I got the map of Darshill and it shows us that the shed that me and my friend done is on the map

A Changing Townscape

Memories of Shepton Mallet.
I was born in Kilver Street, Shepton Mallet just two years before the Second World War was declared and have drawn upon my family and my own memories to produce 18 books of local history on the town and the surrounding area. Little had changed in the townscape during the previous 100 years, and it was until the 1960s that widescale demolition and rebuilding took place. In many cases this erased much of the 19th century built townscape. Should anyone like to know more about my town's history I would be glad to help, or visit my website: freddavis.co.uk .
Fred Davis

Whitstone School

I remember my first day at Whitstone, after leaving Doulting Junior it seemed so big. I had 5 good years at Whitstone, and made many friends. I send my regards to all my old school friends, Fond thoughts, Shaun Allen.

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