Yarcombe Primary School Pupils 1950:


Top:  Barbara Goodland,  Edna Chick,  Gladys Pidgeon,  Tony Doble,  Marion Rich,  Peter Newman,  Les Turner
Middle:  ..?..,  Rita Pidgeon,  Sheila Goodland,  Wendy Rich,  Ann Webster,  Margaret Drew,  ..?..,  Lucy Sparkes,  Christine Doble,  Carole Barnard,  Maureen Nichols
Front:  Bill Shire,  ... Galloway,  Ray Chick,  John Laramy,  ... Galloway,  George Pidgeon,  Stan Spurle,  A Rich,  Roger Parris

Yarcombe Primary School Pupils 1964-65:




Circa 1935:

Local farmers queue at the Yarcombe Inn to pay their land rent.

Shirley Briant's grandfather!

Gladys, Rita & George's father Sid Pidgeon




Above: Fete photograph taken around 1946. Believed to be (left to right): Gillian Barnard, Pamela Broad, Barbara Salvidge, Joan Dyer and Barbara Leach.


Postcards, perhaps from the mid-1930s.






A postcard letter from a time similar to the above. The pencil sketch is very finely carried out. The writing is in blue pen, with a side note “written in car!"   The message reads:

Dear Keith,
You should try this pub sometime, the food is terrific and our host is full of the joys of spring i.e. Beer and poker dice, lots of cider.   We were up with him till 2am and got as sloshed as billie goats. We are now on the way to Exeter
Lots of love from us both,
Tom and Sue



The Yarcombe Inn tariff at the time of "Tom and Sue's" stay (above)



Thanks to Sue Barrass from Great Yarmouth for this 1960 postcard (above & left).

Reg Bullett was landlord between 1960 and 1969 at which time the pub was owned by Brutton Mitchell Toms, a Yeovil based brewery late taken over by Bass Charrington who had a Chard Depot.   Reg Bullett was responsible for renovations perhaps the fireplace in the old inglenook.






A school photograph taken around the time of the First World War.  The teacher (top, right) has been identified as Edward Scarisbrick, with his daughter Marjorie two places away on the second row down.

See Ancestral Search 64


A school photo taken in front of the houses opposite the Yarcombe Inn around 1916

 The girl with a bow in her hair is Shirley Briant's mother.

See Harding's shop in the background.



Many of the same children as above in this school photograph taken in 1919.

  Gathering hay in the days before technology took over!

Shirley's father is central, at the rear.


The photograph above is believed to have been taken in the old hay barn at Underdown.

The one below is of South Waterhayne Farm.

  Local sheep shearing early in the 20th Century.  



Pretending the water's not cold.


The foundations of the Jubilee Hall are laid by David Meyrick's grandmother. The Hall was opened on Empire Day, 24th May, 1938.


This was taken outside the Yarcombe Inn during the first World War.


The photographs above (except the first two) were kindly provided by Shirley Briant. 


The photograph above was supplied by Owen Newman

Owen Newman says:     Here is a photograph of the Yarcombe school pupils for 1919.   My mother is in it.   The teacher was called Miss Bagg and she then married one of the Pidgeons who farmed by the river.   This teacher then taught me so she had a good innings!

Gladys Pidgeon adds:   Miss Bagg the schoolteacher married my uncle when he was invalided out of the navy, they settled in Eleighwater near Chard.   She continued to teach the infant class at Yarcombe until retirement in 1952.   All those years, no matter the weather she cycled to work on a ‘sit up and beg’ bike. They didn’t get a car until 1950 and she never learnt to drive.




  The two postcard photographs above were provided by Ruth Everitt.   The first shows the church and Yarcombe Inn and judging by the single car in view was probably taken in the 1960s or even later.   The second was published in 1933 and was taken from the hills north of the A30, east of the village, part of which can be seen in the distance on the right.  

Above: Probably the earliest picture of the Yarcombe Inn, judging by the quality!

This photograph is on display at the Yarcombe Inn and was apparently taken shortly after a similar one shown above. It shows local farmers queuing to pay land rents.    



The four postcard photographs below were kindly supplied by Michael Rich.

Postmarks found relate to the date of posting so the photographs themselves could originate even further back.

They all date back at least 100 years!



Above: This is a view taken from the church tower in or before 1908.   The school on the right (now The Belfry Hotel) is the most prominent feature and the light-coloured building behind the houses in the centre of the photograph is the old slaughterhouse.   Some of the dwellings running alongside the school are instantly recognisable.   Note the stylish agricultural equipment in the foreground (see extract, right).


The Yarcombe Inn in or before 1904.



  Yarcombe on a 1910 postcard photograph taken from fields to the south.   An unusual angle, possibly showing features (such as a large tree) which no longer exists.   See below for a similar (possibly clearer) version.  




  Another good shot of Yarcombe's one and only shop (above), now in residential use.   The photograph was taken in 1904 or before.


The photographs below have been kindly supplied by Steve Horner:



An even better photograph (below) of the shop and proprietors, circa 1918.




Another version of the view from south of the village (above).



A postcard view (above) showing a landslip (centre), believed to have been taken from above Underdown looking east towards the village.   It would appear that the buildings laying to the left of the prominent tree in the foreground may well be the church and the centre of the village.   Frank Weeks confirms:   View from top of the field above Oak Field at Underdown.  It’s the field to the west of a new house built on the old Doble property.    Previous owner, Richard Routh, planted a great deal of new trees at the top of Oak Field.    There used to be a swamp in the  spinney of tall trees at the left of the picture at the top of the field, but I think it has all dried up over the years.   The owners, when I worked there, just ran cows on it and had moveable chicken houses which though not too far to walk to did keep the fowls far enough away from the farmhouse gardens.   I had to walk to it to close the access hatch every night against possible foxes.   Only ever saw one fox.  A hunt crossed the farm in full cry but the cunning fox eluded them.



An early shot (c 1920) of Underdown



Calways, around 1920



The Vicarage, now named The Old Vicarage, est 1920


These black and white pictures of the village and Yarcombe Inn are believed to have been taken in the early 1980s:




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