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Sherstock maps

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

Sherstock photos

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

Gillingham| Shaftesbury| Compton Abbas| Mere| Marnhull| Cucklington| East Knoyle| Zeals| Fontmell Magna| Ludwell| Sutton Waldron| Ashmore| Stourhead

Sherstock area books

Displaying 1 of 19 books about Sherstock and the local area.   View all books for this area

Memories of Sherstock

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Dorset memories

Stour Row

My family were friends of the Vowles who lived in Green Lane. We stayed with them in 1935, I have a photo of them and me as a baby. My memory is of staying with them in the war years and going to school in the village, I seem to remember carrying a plate  to school each day for my dinner.


I was brought up in the village from the age of two years until I left at the age of 16 years, we lived at 16 Quarry Close. I went to school at Woodville. I came from a large family we was poor, didn't have much and lived in a three bed house where Mum and Dad slept in the sitting room, as we were after all a family of ten. My dad worked as a labourer but worked his garden in his spare time growing veg, rearing chickens, rabbits etc. He even had an allotment which is now the 'rec. In the summer we used to ride on the back of the silage tractor and trailor, hide behind the hay bales ect. There was a gang of us, the Hunt boys, Christine Weadon, my family. The village fete was held at the vicarage where we did morris dancing, regular events included fox meeting in the village with the hounds and having a drink before setting off. Our gang... Read more

Memories 1955-1965

Gold Hill c1955, Shaftesbury
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We came to Shaftesbury from Singapore in 1955, when I was 4 and only spoke Malay. We rented part of the then rambling old house called Green Close, at the bottom of a hill. We then moved to 3 Lower Blandford Road and started school at the C of E Primary School, behind Holy Trinity Church. Either trudging past the boys Grammar School or going down Hawksdene Lane and cutting through Boyne's Meade to town; or going on via French Mill Lane and staggering up Gold Hill, hanging onto that iron handrail for dear life when it was icy! I remember the lime trees on either side of the path leading from town, near King Alfred's Kitchen, to the school. Come rain or shine we had to go outside at playtime and those quarter pint bottles of milk with straws used to taste yukky! My sister Catherine started there on the same day my mum, Mrs Turner, began teaching at the school, and 'Auntie Ruth Stockley' from Coppice St used... Read more

Hovis Hill

Gold Hill c1955, Shaftesbury
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This is the hill that appeared in the Hovis television adverts - supposedly in a northern town, but in reality in deepest Dorset! At the top it is about 700 feet above sea level. It is now the scene of the once a year Gold Hill Festival in July.

Shaftesbury's Bad Reputation!

Gold Hill c1955, Shaftesbury
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Shaftesbury's position high on a hilltop with only a meagre water supply meant that water had to be brought up to the town from wells at the bottom of the steep slopes, usually by horses and donkeys carrying barrels. Water sellers then went round the town's houses selling water by the bucketful. However, Shaftesbury's position at the crossroads of several main coaching routes meant that it was abundantly supplied with inns and beer houses. This scarcity of water and preponderance of inns, together with the fact that the churchyard for the now vanished St John’s Church (on St John’s Hill) was set on a steep slope high above the church itself, prompted Thomas Hardy's famous description of the town in his novel 'Jude the Obscure' as a town 'remarkable for three consolations to man ... It was a place where the churchyard lay nearer heaven than the church steeple, where beer was more plentiful than water, and where there were more wanton women than honest wives and maids'.

My Childhood Memories

Gold Hill c1955, Shaftesbury
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My memories of Silton are that I was a young boy of 4 years old when I moved there with my parents, my dad was a dairy man, making cheese and my mum twice a week would make butter with another lady. I loved living in Silton. I loved the school's summer holidays because most of my time when not helping my mum was spent on the farm where my dad worked or going to the other farms in the area. Silton was and could be very close when it came to helping those in need, such as when the weather was so bad that roads were not accessible because of the snow in the 1960 approx. I used to go to Zeals with my dad every six weeks to have my hair cut, not in a barber shop but in a big works building which was right next door to the pub. I liked to go exploring across the fields in the area where I lived. I saw and... Read more

I Was Born in Shaston (Thomas Hardy) in 1951

Gold Hill c1955, Shaftesbury
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Moved around a bit. Can't remember. But I remember going to school at Buckhorn Weston primary school near Gillingham at the age of 5 and I was May Queen. There were photos. Does anyone out there remember what happened to Buckhorn Weston primary school? Because I was on the internet a couple years ago and it was still up and running. I know it's a very small village so where did the school go? And where can I find info about the school? It's just a part of my past.

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