West Lulworth

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Number

20

Date:  

Thursday 26 May 2011

Name:  

Roy Martin

Location:  

Southampton UK

Message:

I am related to the Whittles and Stevens of West Lulworth and can provide information about them if required.


Roy Martin


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19

Date:  

Saturday 19 March 2011

Name:  

Ira Dorey

Location:  

Newfoundland

Message:

Hi...


Stuck on my search for family tree...


I am back to my GG Grandfather Lawrence born about 1810 and died 1859


married to Rebecca ?...


There is also a record of a Joseph Dorey who had a fishing room in Twillingate District in 1806...no other info(Black Island is in Twillingate District)...Lawrence named his 1st son Joseph so this may be Lawrence's father but not sure.


Lawrence & Rebecca's children are: Joseph, Rebecca, Jane, William, Eliza, Henry, Elizabeth & Louisa.


Lawrence had siblings:


John, Elizabeth, Jane, Dianna & Eve (Eva)


Lived on Black Island, Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland


May have come from West Lulworth Area


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18

Date:  

Monday 24 January 2011

Name:  

Eddie Miller

Location:  

Bournemouth

Message:

Addendum. Sorry but in my previous message (no.17) I should have made it clear that my grandfather and grandmother John and Amelia were surnamed Miller, same as me.


Number

17

Date:  

Sunday 23 January 2011

Name:  

Eddie Miller

Location:  

Bournemouth

Message:

Enjoyed searching the website. Found my grandfather John (born 1863) and grandmother Amelia (born 1869) there, also my father William who was 17 years old at the time of the 1911 census.


As a boy my holidays from Bournemouth were always spent in Lulworth and grandad, the local fisherman, would take me out at the crack of dawn to empty the lobster pots. Other times, he would take me out into the fields shooting rabbits.


I have many happy memories of Lulworth.


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16

Date:  

Monday 10 January 2011

Name:  

Jan Plenty

Location:  

Suffolk

Message:

Hi,


Excellant resource!


Researching my family tree I have discovered that my great great grandfather John Nettle was a coastguard at west lulworth. He was living there on the 1861 census. All 7 of his children were born there whilst living in coastguard cotttages. I would be very grateful for any information to help me further.


Thx


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15

Date:  

Thursday 2 December 2010

Name:  

Eric Samways

Location:  

Seaton Devon

Message:

Excellent site easy to find ones way around


Number

14

Date:  

Saturday 18 September 2010

Name:  

Janet Brown

Location:  

Manchester, U.K.

Message:

I lived in Wareham for a time many years ago and continued to visit. I love this area of Dorset and consider it my 'spiritual home'.


I have enjoyed looking at this website very much and can't wait to return to the area again.


Number

13

Date:  

Saturday 10 July 2010

Name:  

Tony Hillman

Message:

Wonderful site as too are the others in the opcdorset.org group. With ancestors of Mitchel, Miller, Dorey and Harvell I found the information here very interesting. The note left by Albert on Mar 7 2010 included a reference to Dulcie Miller who is my mother's 2nd cousin. Wonder if Dulcie is still alive, she was born in 1928. Her mother Harriett died in Rose Cottage in 1991.


Number

12

Date:  

Wednesday 7 July 2010

Name:  

Bob Meaden

Message:

Always interested in the Meaden's of Dorset, although connecting those of West Lulworth with my side of the family in Winfrith Newburgh, Owermoigne and Galton has proved very difficult. The story of Grace Meaden is very intriguing


Many thanks for a very good site


Number

11

Date:  

Monday 14 June 2010

Name:  

roger brooke williams

Message:

we used to live in lulworth house,and my grandfather edward brooke williams was the coastguard and lived in the coastguard cottages, have fond memories of L,COVE




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10

Date:  

Thursday 3 June 2010

Name:  

mrs linda leach

Message:

this has been wonderful through this site my daughter terri and i have been able to find out about our relatives the hawkins. my grandfather reginald hawkins came from lulworth and i have heard stories from him and my mother. now i have been able to visit on line this beautiful place and now i feel i must visit.


Number

9

Date:  

Tuesday 1 Jun 2010

Name:  

Margaret Jaggs nee Hawkins

Message:

My grandparents lived at 47 and later 50 West Lulworth and my father was born there in 1910


I found this site fascinating


Number

8

Date:  

Thursday 20 May 2010

Name:  

Angela McConnell

Message:

I live at 25-26 Main Road, West Lulworth. Amy Sturmey lived here for many years and her family before her. She used to be called Miller. I know she was well known in the village so if anyone has any history of her time at 25-26 Main Road I will be really interested to hear it.


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7

Date:  

Sunday 2 May 2010

Name:  

eve horswell

Message:

I have found this site so interesting I have been researching my family in Dorset for a good many years so I am wading through all of the parishes where members of my family have fetched up I have a vague link with Lulworth and found this a very good experience


many thanks Eve


Number

6

Date:  

Friday 16 April 2010

Name:  

sally meek

Message:

great site! I am researching the Parmiter family in Dorset. Our ancestors lived in St Andrews Farm and Burngate Farm in the early 1800's, being tenant farmers of the Weld family. I am visiting the are in May to carry out further research and to look round. Ironically as a child I holidayed in Lulworth without knowing that it was home to our ancestors. Living at the other end of the country these days it is marvellous to have such amazing FREE sites for the Dorset area. Keep up the good work!


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5

Date:  

Sunday 7 March 2010

Name:  

Albert Spavins

Message:

My family moved to the village in 1932. We first lived at No.19 opposite the war memorial. Later we moved to No.4 Sunnyside Terrace and eventually to Lulcote.


I was in Lulworth last year (2009) and noticed that Lulcote still retains its name.I was four years old when we first arrived in Lulworth and my sister Mary was 3. My brother Michael and my sisters Erica and Christine were both born in the village and so were considered to be 'villagers'.


Lulworth must be the most wondrous place in all the world for a young child with imagination and also blessed with good health.


My boyhood friends were John and Gerald Hawkins, Brian O'Hare and Donald O'Hare among many others.


I remember that the Meaden family who lived on the road to the village school had a marvellous fig tree and anyone was welcome to pick some.


The village baker would deliver the hot bread to your front door. On Good Friday the buns would be hot. I have never in all of my years ever seen or tasted the cottage loaves made in the bakery at Lulworth.


At Sunnyside we lived next door to the Miller family who were all fishermen.


Occasionally Mr Miller would drop off a lobster or large crab for the family. David and Jim were her sons and Jessie her daughter. All lovely people.


Whenever, I visited from Canada I would drop in at the coast guard cottages to see Jim. He was always very welcoming.


Dulcie Miller and her brother lived at Rose Cottage or near it.


Once 3 steamers came into the cove on the same day. I do not believe that it had ever happened before or since. One was the Empress from Weymouth and the Vicoria from Bournemouth. I do not remember the name of the other one.


On Guy Fawkes night there was always a huge fire on Hambury and people spent weeks preparing it.


I hope that all of the people privileged to live in the village and the remainder of my relatives enjoy their lives as much as I did.


Number

4

Date:  

Sunday 14 February 2010

Name:  

Tony Hyde

Message:

Very interesting site, I had relatives living in lulworth in the early 1900s up to about 1960s, an aunt (bess) lived in the old bakery my great uncle is remembered on the war mamorial (fredrick Hyde) and and other family members were also resident,.


I belive at burngate farm? although most of my family are from the Loders area, I have been to lulworth its a wonderful place


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3

Date:  

Monday 1 February 2010

Name:  

Rachel Stewart

Message:

Have found the site very useful and interesting. I am researching the Dorey Family for my aunt. She is descendant of Samuel Dorey b. 1796 Keep up the good work Rachel


Number

2

Date:  

Sunday 24 January 2010

Name:  

nic collier

Message:

just been lookin through the site,very well put together,very easy to use,my mum just got all excited at seein her address in the cencus list,the site is bringing back all chld hood memories of beach,shop school and the churc keep up the good work,wish i knew site was here before would have saved me lots of research as the cencus lay out youve done is awesome


will keep up my resaerch as said as hope to come down in summer hopefully meet living relatives some of old friends and yourself


with thanks


Nic


Number

1

Date:  

Saturday 23 January 2010

Name:  

Martin White

Message:

Just checking the guestbook is working ok!






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Number

38

Date:  


Name:  

Sarah Jackson

Location:  

The Old Barn West Lulworth

Message:

Mark Brooker [message 35]. I'm so sorry to hear that Miss Tippett has died. I'm sorry for your loss. I had the privilege about 9 years ago to collect her from her home in Dorchester and bring her back here. She had a good look round and then we had afternoon tea together whilst she reminisced about her time as matron here. She had numerous photographs and told me about how she adopted you.

Over the years quite a few of children have called in to reconnect with this house and all of them [despite some very harrowing personal stories] spoke very fondly of their time here and with particular adoration of Miss Tippett. She was deeply loved and respected in the village and I believe had a nack of getting exactly what all the children needed. She told me that the Borstal boys from Portland came and built the kitchen and a Wendy house in the front yard.

I would love you to call in when you are ready but it might be better for you in the Autumn when the holiday makers are gone and the rooms empty.



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37

Date:  


Name:  

Janet Burton

Location:  

United Kingdom

Message:

Hi. What a wonderful site thank you.

I have a problem with one of my ancestors,William Vey was born 1820 his father on his marriage was George Vey born West Lulworth who married Amey Styles 1819. Unfortunately there were three George Veys born at that time so I cannot work out which one was mine.

If anyone can solve this for me, it would be lovely.



Number

36

Date:  


Name:  

Glyn Foulkes

Location:  

Shropshire

Message:

Trying to find out more info on Robert and Elizabeth Gould who appear in the 1841 census in the village and her burial appears the same year 1841.

anything would be very helpful.



Number

35

Date:  


Name:  

Mark Brooker

Location:  

West Chelborough, Dorchester

Message:

Have just seen the message from Sarah Jackson of the Old Barn, West Lulworth and more recently a message from Kenneth Coppard who was also resident at the home but some time before me. I was a resident of the childrens home from 1966, when I arrived aged 18 months - 1978 when it closed. I was one of the last children there and Eva Tippett, who ran the home from sometime in the early 50's until it closed, adopted me and we moved to a cottage in Osmington on her retirement. Very sadly, Eva passed away peacefully only a couple of weeks ago at a nursing home in Dorchester, aged 96. Due to her passing I have made contact with another of the boys who also lived there and he told me that he had been to Lulworth a few years ago and knocked on the door of the Old Barn and had very kindly been invited in for a tour.

I have often wanted to do that myself as I visit Lulworth regularly, but I have never plucked up the courage. As I have not been inside since it closed in '78 I would very much like the opportunity to revisit so I hope you do not mind me knocking on the door one day soon.

I have very fond memories of my childhood at the home and feel very privileged to have grown up in such a beautiful house in a wonderful part of the country.



Number

34

Date:  


Name:  

Kenneth Coppard

Location:  

Polegate, East Sussex

Message:

I was a resident of The Old Barn in the childrens home at about 1948/49. Miss Candler was the matron and Miss Langley was the owner of the building - I think she had her own part of the building. We went to the school in the village and Miss Maltbery was the head mistress. When we were too big for the village school we used to have a bus every morning to take us to Bovington Camp school in some barrack rooms dotted about the camp and away from the main school building. We had eight children in the home - four boys in one bedroom and the girls in another room. We had one bedroom for any child that was ill and had to be kept away from all the others. The coal yard was just next door and coal was delivered by horse drawn wagon. I used to go and help on the farm of Mr May and out on the fishing boat of Jim the fisherman. Mrs Mayhew used to run one of the hotels down by the car park and restaurant that got burnt down one year. We were looked after very well and the wealthy villagers used to invite the children to a party in their homes every Christmas. I was in the choir and carried the cross on Sundays at the church. A Mr Chambers was the vicar and we had a Mr Stewart Hibbert on a radio service one year. Miss Langley had a holiday bungalow on the Durdle Door site and when they had to remove them she put hers in the grounds of The Old Barn. I spent some happy time at Lulworth Cove and with the people there.



Number

33

Date:  


Name:  

Stewart Rothwell

Location:  

East Devon

Message:

Having been asked by my wife to do some research on her Meaden grandparents I was fascinated to learn of the bigamist marriage of Grace Meaden b 1813. I should also tell you that her parents John (1791) and Grace (1791) did not have seven but eight children. My wife's gt gt gt grandfather was William b 1819 and his parents are given as John and Grace. My wife's grandfather was Frank Meaden b 1885 in Audenshaw near Manchester who in turn was the son of Edward Francis Meaden b 1849 in West Lulworth and Edward's father was William b 1819. We would be pleased to hear from anybody with connections to the family.



Number

32

Date:  


Name:  

Linda Leach

Location:  

UK

Message:

My Mother has her own mother's Prayer book, given to my Grandmother at St Luke's in 1924. At the back of the book is written 'Aunt Lizzie Charles killed at East Lulworth Sept 26 1932 Buried at West Lulworth Oct 2nd 1932. I have not been able to find out about Aunt Lizzie and how she died. I was wondering if anyone could help me. I am intrigued that my Grandmother wrote Killed and not died. Thank you for your time.



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31

Date:  


Name:  

Mike Allen (previously Dykes)

Location:  

UK

Message:

Further to the previous article from Chris Brennan:

As far as I am aware William Birkinshaw (head gardener at Bridehead)was my great grandfather. My grandfather was Frank Birkinshaw, my mother was Olive Birkinshaw (born in 1925). I was told by my mother, that her father Frank Birkinshaw qualified in horticulture at Kew Gardens. He was given the opportunity to train at Kew Gardens, only because of an arrangement with the Williams family, the owners of Bridehead. I believe that Frank then worked in Malaya, he was involved in growing rubber trees and various other plants. He was interned by the Japanese during the second world war, but later returned to Southampton, and then Bournemouth after the war. My mother Olive lived in Southampton, but along with her mother and two sisters Cleo and Iris, they were evacuated to Bournemouth. (She also had a brother called David). My mother Olive died two years ago, so some of my information is a bit sketchy.



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30

Date:  


Name:  

Geraldine Fox

Location:  

Bedford

Message:

Does anyone know of a house called Lilliworth in West Lulworth belonged or rented to my great great uncle’s family only in the phone books for 5 years but then came WW1? Thank you we have spent many happy holidays in West Lulwoth and Durdle Door!



Number

29

Date:  


Name:  

Chris Brennan

Location:  

UK

Message:

Looking = I have recently started to look at the ancestry of my maternal grandfather. His father, my great-grandfather, was William Birkinshaw who was the head gardener for the Williams family for nearly 50 years.

I read with interest, that Robert Orchard Williams married one of his daughters - Agnes Annie Birkinshaw.

I visited Littlebredy this last weekend (8th March 2014) and found the grave of William Birkinshaw along the wall at the rear of the church.

I do have some information on him, which I would love to share with anyone who is interested, and likewise, if anyone else has any information on him, then I would love to hear about that also.

Regards

Chris Brennan



Number

28

Date:  


Name:  

Ashley Atkins

Location:  

UK

Message:

Looking for family connections/links to my maternal Grandmother Constance Williams born in Spring Cottage.

I have been fortunate to make connections with distant cousin Victoria Thorpe who has been able to supply information on links with the Williams family but Constance has a brother Brooke and sister Madeleine who we would like to find out more about and have come up against a brick wall.

We have been fortunate to make links with Joan Williams daughter of Arthur Williams who was Granny Constance's brother.

We would also like to find links to Jane and Poppy Loader who we believe took in ?adopted/fostered) my Aunty Daisy (Marguerite) who we know was by birth a Hannah but took the surname for some reason of Blake, there is some mystery surrounding her birth and early life.

Aunty Daisy married Tom also Constance's brother and who lived in Cove Cottage and run the Lulworth Garage and taxi service up until the 1950's.

Pleased to make contact with any relatives or further information greatly appreciated.



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27

Date:  


Name:  

Sarah Jackson

Location:  

Old Barn, West Lulworth

Message:

We've lived in this house for 13 years and are aware that before it was a B&B it was a Church of England Children home. We would love to see any pictures of the house during that time and hear from anyone who lived here or remembers the children.



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26

Date:  


Name:  

Mary E Manser

Location:  

Lake Munmorah NSW Australia

Message:

Thank you OPC's for your very helpful website. I used the old site when I started researching my Sennick/Sinnick ancestors and it proved a godsend - now I have been back and found your new updated one with so much more information including the Memorial Inscriptions. We will be able to find Phebe and George's grave when next in UK - last visit had no success because the grass was so long and wet. Still we enjoyed our visit to such a lovely village.



Number

25

Date:  


Name:  

Lynne Vey

Location:  

Stockinbingal, New South Wales, Australia

Message:

Thank you so much for such a comprehensive site.
I have been searching the Veys for more than 30 years, and with my distance I can access so many records online confirming my earlier research
I have traced our Vey family back to descendants living in and around Dorset - West Lulworth and Corfe Castle. I seem to at an impasse now, but I will keep checking your fantastic site.
I would personally like to thank all the contributors and of course all those who spend hours simply uploading everything. WOW and thank you again.
The Veys
William Vey 11 Oct 1696 married Agnes Sergeant (1694 Winfrith) 1718 Corfe Castle, but unable to track down William's father.

William died 1723 and Agnes married William Samways in 1724.
It has been such a fantastic journey, especially confirming that Henry Vey, grandson of William Vey (1696) married Virtue Vey (1758 - 1822) dau of (John and Edith Senneck) and both of West Lulworth married at Corfe Castle in 1780.
Dr Lynne Vey



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24

Date:  


Name:  

Penny Florey

Location:  

Nottingham

Message:

Thank you so much for such an interesting site. As a result of contacting the site I have now found the RN career I had been searching for. I have been researching the Bagg family, in particular, Charles Emmanuel and his children, in particular Arthur Charles Bagg and his career in the RN. His daughter Gwendolin M. Bagg married an army service man called Edwin Pole from Nottingham in 1943. BUT in the interim of her husband serving in Italy Gwendolin had a child by a Canadian Trooper based at Bovington and it is this gentleman that I am trying to find for Gwendolin's son, who remembers holidaying at Sunnyside Villa when a young boy. Have now tried DNA in an effort to find the "lost" father. Ever optimistic! Again thank you for the information on your site and I'm sure I will be coming back to it again.

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23

Date:  


Name:  

Anne Loader (Mrs)

Location:  

Northwich, Cheshire

Message:

What a fantastic village website. Many congratulations! I came across it while trying to find out more about Jane and Poppy Loader who wrote "Tales of Lulworth in Olden Days" published in 1932, and it gave me invaluable information for looking them up in the censuses. Sadly they aren't in my family tree (I was given the book by a friend who hoped they might have been) but your website has certainly made me want to visit Lulworth.


Thank you for your efforts.


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22

Date:  


Name:  

Layla Miller

Location:  

West Lulworth, Dorset

Message:

My grandmother researched our family tree extensively, including Millers of West Lulworth and Tyneham over about 12 generations. Tying in with others who have signed this guestbook I am also related to John and Amelia Miller (I believe Eddie who signed below is my 2nd cousin twice removed) Dulce Miller, Fred Hyde, and Amy Sturmey. Our tree also includes other ancestors of surnames Miller, Mitchell, Vye, Stevens, a Dorey or two, and a Whittle. If any one wants to exchange information, please contact me: lardylay@yahoo.co.uk


Thanks for an informative site! Layla


Number

21

Date:  


Name:  

Edward Black

Location:  

Church Point Australia & Pauanui New Zealand

Message:

Who is still around who feels still well disposed ?


Happy memories of so many nice folk


1 Sunnyside Road for yonks !



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