Photographs on this page supplied by Helen Matthews and Frank Weeks      

An early postcard picture showing the A30 west of the village, year unknown, possibly in the 1930s.




Above: Another 1930s picture showing the lychgate at the church entrance.


"Before and after" postcard pictures of the church and inn, showing the effects of colouring techniques common in the early days of photography.






A good quality picture postcard from 1938.  The enlarged image includes Harding's shop and the houses opposite the Yarcombe Inn.





Another good quality postcard picture taken in 1938.   In the foreground is the school, now The Belfry Hotel.   Further down the A30 is the church (obscured) and Yarcombe Inn.





Believed to be an early 1920s photograph, this shows the Yarcombe Inn with its attached construction, now removed, and the church before the lychgate was built.





A view from fields north of the A30, east of the village.   Year uncertain, the only real clue being the car parked outside the inn, believed to be a 1930s Morris Minor.





Calways Cottage.




This postcard view of the village was on sale in 1966.





Looking down on Yarcombe from the A30 western approach.




Two shots of Sheafhayne Manor, the older one on the right purportedly from the early 1900s.   Close examination suggests that several parts of the black and white picture have been drawn, or manually enhanced.








Harvest Supper at Yarcombe, 1966.



Jan 1984




Young Farmers



Greatly respected brothers Ralph (left) and John (right) Salter with their uncle Bob Radnedge .




Conservative Fete Queen at Buckland, 1954




Martin Symes & Rosemary Salter with Bishop John Armstrong looking at the model of Yarcombe Village made by Yarcombe children, August 1972





Thanks go to Helen Matthews for the photographs above.


Many thanks to Andrew Duff for the next two photographs from around 1918





The photographs below are from Frank Weeks.                        



Ex-Yarcombe man Frank Weeks now lives in New Zealand and has sent these photos (c 1954) of his 1931 Morris Minor which he believes may be the same as ones seen in other photo pages on this site.

Note the position of the spare tyre on the rear.





Frank has also supplied this undamaged picture of Calways Cottage (see Helen's, above).   He recalls that sometime around 1940 an egg van rolled over here, leaving a smell of rotten eggs for weeks!




This photograph dates back to around 1958/9 and shows Harold Baker (left), owner of Underdown, with his sons Roderick and Desmond at the doorway to the ‘cellar’ at Underdown. (Many barrels of cider within!) Centre adult was possibly a Geoff Long (?) and (right) a friend of his from London.

Can anyone confirm names?



Left: Henry Derryman and Henry Denning, possibly taken at Derrymans farm.


Right: Coral and Rosie Clark, who owned Underdown Farm during the war years, tending the garden at Underdown.



Many thanks to Frank Weeks for the photographs above.



Apart from providing the various photographs above, Frank Weeks has kindly given us some background information which reveals the warmth he has for Underdown - so much so that he seems to have spread the name to a large extent in his new country!   Read his interesting submission below.   (Thanks, Frank!)

I was an evacuee at Underdown Farm and eventually worked there for a year prior to emigrating to New Zealand.  We bought twelve acres in Napier in 1990 and called it Underdown.   We started a cattery, eventually housing eighty cats, calling it Underdown Cat Motel.   I took on an Incubator and poultry equipment mail order nation-wide business and called it Underdown Supplies.   I sold some incubators to an Albatross colony and they incubated a world-first artificially hatched albatross and called the bird Underdown.   So we now have a fifteen year old Underdown flying around the world.   He has had a wife and one chick but unfortunately his wife never returned.   The mortality rate of albatross is high due to long-line fishing. (Preventable but not prevented.)   We now have thirteen acres in Taupo called Underdown. I have sold the incubator business which I operated for about twenty years, so Underdown is known to many New Zealanders.

By a strange turn of events I came to know Underdown Farm's present owner (it has changed hands a number of times) and he has visited us in New Zealand and I stayed at Underdown for several days in 2005.    As a thank you I donated one of the new bell ropes for the church and as a result made the acquaintance of some more Yarcombe folk.   Have known Shirley Briant since we were children.



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