1925: Farm labourer’s fatal accident near Coombe Keynes

Fall from Farm Waggon – Bournemouth chauffeur as principal witness

The tragic circumstances under which George Cleall (43), a cowman employed at Povington Farm, East Lulworth, met his death whilst returning from Hethfelton Farm with a load of straw on a haorsed waggon, formed the subject of an enquiry by the Deputy Coroner for East Dorset (Mr. R. D. Maddock) at Povington Farm on Monday.

Bessie Cleall, of Povington, wife of deceased, giving evidence of identification, mentioned that her husband had been working for Mr. T. W. Wrixon for about 16 months. Deceased was quite well when he left home about 7 a.m. on Saturday, and he had no serious illness. He never complained about his work. There were two children, one aged four years next June and the other 1 year 6 months.

Chauffeur Witnesses the Fatality

Wm. Chas. Elias, chauffeur, of 18, Poole-road, Bournemouth, stated the previous Saturday, about 3.30 to 3.45 in the afternoon, he was with his employer on the road between East Lulworth and Wool, near Coombe Keynes, and saw two waggons laden with straw about 300 yards apart. Witness had passed the first waggon with the car, and then saw the top of the load on the rear waggon when 120 yards away. The waggon appeared to be coming towards him rather quickly, and he therefore drew up at a “widish” part to let it pass. Then the horse appeared round the corner, trotting, and the man in charge, who was on the near shaft, jumped off and seemed to get under the wheels of the waggon. The horse continued at a running pace, bringing the waggon towards him, and the witness waved his arms at it to prevent it colliding with the car. The horse, however, continued on its way, avoiding a collision, and witness jumped out of the car and went to the man, who was lying on the road and had not moved, and, as far as witness could judge, was dead. There was a bruise at the side of the deceased’s head, and blood was coming from the left ankle. Witness hurried to a farm on the right-hand side of the road to get help, and a man on a motor-bicycle went to summon the police. A policeman and doctor came some time later. Witness did not see anyone on the road at the time of the accident except the lady in the car. The road was a fairly hard stone one, and was quite dry.

Thomas Walter Wrixon, of Povington Farm, East Lulworth, the deceased’s employer, informed the Coroner that on Saturday Cleall left the farm with a horse and waggon to bring straw from Hethfelton Farm, being accompanied by another man with a two-horse waggon. Deceased had done the same journey for the same purpose 15 to 20 times during the past winter. The animal he drove was a mare aged about 10 years, and perfectly quiet. Cleall had never complained about the horse when he had had it out. Deceased was a steady man and a very good worker indeed. The road near the corner referred to was very narrow, with a very bad corner, and on the descent. Deceased was a good man with horses, one could not have a better man, and he was active and quick naturally.

Erneest Corbin, dairyman, of Coombe Keynes, stated that deceased stopped his horse and waggon at witness’s gate on Saturday afternoon and they had a conversation about Cleall’s dog. Witness saw deceased go down the road towards Povington, leading his horse. A few minutes later a man came and told him that there had been an accident. He found Cleall lying on the road towards his left side, quite dead.

P.C. Beviss (Wool) said on receiving information of the accident about 4 p.m. he told Dr. Anderson, and together they went to the scene of the fatality. Deceased was taken to Mr. Ford’s farm close by and there examined by Dr. Anderson, who found deceased had died of a fracture of the base of the skull. The left leg was also broken, and there was a cut on the right knee. There was a large abrasion on the left bottom jaw, which might have been crushed by the waggon passing over it.

The Coroner (who sat without a jury) returned a verdict to the effect the death was due to a fracture of the skull, caused by the farm waggon passing over deceased’s head, the injury being accidentally caused.

Published by Western Gazette, Friday 10 April 1925

1923: Letter to the Wiltshire Times

The proposed Tank School at Lulworth

Sir: Permit me, on behalf of the residents and, more particularly, the fisherman of this bay, two miles east of the Tank Corps gunnery range near Lulworth, to urge the public and national need for preventing this monstrous local nuisance.

Mr. R. D. T. Yerburgh, M.P. for Southern Dorset, is right in saying that its perpetuation will exclude the public from access to some of the finest of the Dorset coast and impose irksome restrictions on local fishermen.

The creation of the range in war-time was one of the many ugly necessities to which the community was bound to submit. Its continuance, with noisy din of gun practice, admitted risks of unspent shells, essential uncertainty as to when the practice must bar all walking on these splendid cliffs, and the direct interference with the useful and already precarious business of the local fishermen, constitutes a severe indictment against the Government Department concerned, whereas it is just a case where, even in England, the Government should give a lead in preserving in the amenities of this lovely bit of coast, one of our precious national possessions.

For such a gunnery range, waste ground like that of Salisbury Plain or the sands off Shoeburyness should be selected, and not a line of coast-wise downs which hardly has its equal for beauty and accessibility in the whole of England.

Yours faithfully,


Sheepleaze, Worbarrow, Near Corfe Castle, Dorset.

August 15th, 1923.

1914: Air Rifle Shooting

On Wednesday evening last week the members of the Povington Club visited Tyneham to shoot the return match to that won by the former Club by seven points on February 7th. Tyneham now won by 19 points, making 184 points, and Povington 165. Scores:- Tyneham – J. Curtis (captain), 23; T. Gould, 22; F. Knight and B. Taylor, 21 each; C, Meech and F. Lucas, 20 each; W. Meech, W. Stickland, and W. Warr, 19 each – total, 184 points. Povington – C. Charles and W. Runyard, 21 each; C. Beauchamp, 20; W. Taylor, 19; W, Cooper, M. Charles, and A. Taylor, 18 each; B. Charles, 16; and A. Norman, 14; – total, 165 points. –

Tyneham v. Frampton (Dorchester). – This match was shot on the same evening, each Club firing at patent targets on their own range. Tyneham won by nine points. Scores:- Tyneham – J. Curtis,23; F, Knight and F. Lucas, 22 each; W. Warr, 21; T. Gould, W. Meech, and B. Taylor,20 each; T. Miller and F. Warr, 17 each – total, 237 points, Frampton – A. Biles, G.H. Whatmore, F. Hansford, and Carter, 21 each; W. Hill, Rev. C. S. Homan, and J. Legg, 19 each; C. Watkins, 17; and E. Dart, 16 – total, 228 points.

Published in Western Gazette, Friday 6 March 1914

1910: Forthcoming Marriages

Mr. L.L. Yeatman-Biggs and Miss Cicely Bond

The marriage of Mr. Lewin Legge Yeatman-Biggs, son on the Bishop of Worcester and the late Lady Barbara Yeatman-Biggs, to Miss Cicely Bond, daughter of Mr. William H. Bond, of Tyneham House, Wareham, Dorset will take place on September 6 at Tyneham Church. The Bishop of Lichfield, the Bishop of Worcester, and the Rev, C.S. Homan will officiate. There will be six bridesmaids – the Misses Lilian and Margaret Bond (sisters of the bride), Miss Yeatman-Biggs (sister of the bridegroom), the Misses Barbara and Elizabeth Yeatman-Biggs (twin nieces of the bridegroom) and Miss Evelyn Blake. Sir Randolph Baker, M.P., will be best man. The reception will be held at Tyneham House, and the Bishop of Worcester has lent Hartlebury Castle for the honeymoon.

Among the wedding presents are the following:- A gold-fitted dressing-case from the Bishop of Worcester; a silver tea-pot and coffee-pot from the Earl and Countess of Dartmouth; an armchair from the Earl and Countess of Iddesleigh; four pierced gold-fruit dishes from Lord and Lady Knaresborough; a dinner service from the Bishop of Lichfield and the Hon. Mrs. Legge; a silver sugar-bowl from Viscount St. Cyres; an antique table from Lady Octavia Legge; an old chair from Lady Wilhemina Brooke; an umbrella from Lady Croft; and a leather blotting-book from Major and the Hon. Mrs. Geoffry Glynn.

Published by The Times, Tuesday 30 August 1910:

1906: Tyneham School

SCHOOL CHALLENGE SHIELD. – This school has won the challenge shield for the East Dorset Division this year.

DR. BARNARDO’S HOMES. – A collection box has been made by the school children in aid of Dr. Barnardo’s Homes with the following results: – Irene Knight, 13s 7d; Lizzie Restreux, 11s 6d; Lizzie Cleall, 6s 10d; Reggie Bascombe, 3s 6d; Ethel Minterne, 1s 4d; Harry Dart, 1s 7d; Harry Kellaway, 1s 3d; Lucy Dart, 1s 5d; Jessie Minterne, 3s.  This, with 8s from the school box, to which Queenie Pittman and Bertie Taylor subscribed regularly, made a total of £2 12s.

Published in Western Gazette, Friday 21 December 1906

1898: Local Football News


At Tyneham on Saturday, teams representing the two schools met. Willie Healey was captain of Warbarrow team, and Francis Willcox of Tyneham. This being a first match, the players were greatly excited. The kick-off was at four p.m., and the first goal was scored by Jesse Cooper, who was loudly cheered. The game terminated with Warbarrow leading by four goals to one. After the match light refreshments were provided by the Rector. Mr. G. Selby was referee.

Published in the Western Gazette, 11 March 1898

1893: The Royal Wedding

THE ROYAL WEDDING. – A tea for the people of Tyneham was given at Warbarrow by the Rev. J. Bond, of Tyneham House, to celebrate the wedding of the Duke of York. At the same time and place Mr. N. Bond, of Grange, gave a tea to the children of Holme, Grange and Steeple, and to such of the older people as could come. The children were driven over in waggons, and at once began to make the most of their time by bathing, going in the boats provided, and other seaside pleasures. At four o’clock the children were summoned to their tea, which was prepared just in front of the Coastguards’ houses, the scene being enlivened by flags, some of which had been hoisted by the Coastguardsmen, while others, which had been brought by the children in procession were now planted in the grounds at the top of the green. When the children’s tea was over, the elder folks gathered round and enjoyed the plentiful supply of good cheer. Mr. Bennett‘s well-known cakes and bread being as good as ever, thorough justice was done to them.  Altogether more than three hundred persons were thus entertained. Various races and sports were then improvised, conducted by Messrs. Chilcott, Nineham, Ogle, &c., and the onlookers seemed much interested, and applauded loudly. A concertina being forthcoming, some of the party were soon dancing, and the evening was so still that the music was sufficient to enable the dancers to keep step. About eight o’clock, as the more distant folk were preparing to leave, the Rector suggested that “God save the Queen” should be sung, which was done heartily without accompaniment. Then three cheers for Her Majesty were given with a will, led off by Mr. Ward, the officer in charge. Three more for the Duke of York and three for the Duchess followed. After that three for “Our entertainers,” the two Messrs. Bond, were enthusiastically given, and three more for the Rev. Canon and Mrs. Wordsworth and Mr. and Mrs. Filliter. The Rector responded by calling for three cheers for Mr. Ward and the Coastguards generally, who so greatly contributed to the success of the entertainment. After this dancing and races went on again, as long as the light lasted. The feature of the evening was the extreme good temper of the company, even the losers of the races coming in with a broad grin, and joining in the laugh at the good-humoured jibes bestowed on the laggards. Altogether it was a most delightful gathering, the weather perfect, the little bay looking at its best, and everyone on good terms with themselves and their neighbours. The Duke of York’s wedding day will long be remembered in Tyneham, where everyone wishes him and his fair bride all possible joy and blessing.

Published by the Western Gazette, Friday 14 July 1893

1886: The Coastguard Accident at Warbarrow

Mr. J.E. Robens, of Weymouth, appeals for help for the widows and children of the coastguardsmen who lost their lives in Warbarrow Bay on the 19th ult.

The Warbarrow Coastguard boat left that station for exercise in the bay at noon. On completing their exercises the men went into Lulworth Cove, in order to land and get provision for their families. About 5.30 they left for their home at Warbarrow, but just before reaching their station they were caught in a heavy thunder squall. The boat was struck first on her port side, and capsized. There were four men in her, three of whom were drowned. The man at the bow was partly clear of the boat when she went over, and his cork jacket kept him afloat till he got hold of an oar, and part of a life-belt beside, and tried to swim for the shore. He was picked up in an unconscious state, but through the aid of Dr. Blakeston, he revived. His name is William Pearce.

The bodies of William Marshall and James Sullivan having become disengaged from the boat were picked up some time after by a Warbarrow fishing boat, but the body of Mr. E. Newberry, the chief boatman in charge, has not yet been recovered.

By this lamentable event three wives were left widows and fifteen children fatherless. Mr. Newberry leaves a widow and three children; William Marshall a widow and seven children; James Sullivan a widow and five children. All the men bore excellent characters for sobriety and seamanship. Mr. Newberry had been twenty-four years on the Lulworth and Warbarrow stations. These widows and children are truly objects worthy of sympathy and help. The Inspecting Commander has shown them much kindness in their distress.

The Mayor of Weymouth, Sir R. N. Howard, has consented, in conjunction with Mr. Robens, to receive any contributions sent for their relief.

Published by Bridport News, 2 July 1886

1881: Death of William Stickland


On Saturday last this parish sustained a death the loss of a remarkable man, in his 64th year, named William Stickland born in humble life, of him it my truly be said: –

“Far from the madding crowd’s ignoble strife, His sober wishes never learned to stray: Along the cool sequestered vale of life He kept the noiseless tenour of his way”

By his simple piety, strict integrity, courage and uniform civility he had endeared himself to all the neighbourhood.

His death will be universally lamented by all how knew him. By nature a sailor, he had been accustomed to the sea from his earliest childhood, and in early life he had been a leading spirit amongst the smugglers, who used to abound on this coast, to whom his dauntless courage and thorough knowledge of the coast were invaluable, and many were the hairbreadth escapes he had amid the heavy surf and darkness amongst the dreaded Kimmeridge ledges or the rugged rocks beneath Gad Cliff. He was the owner of a fine boat built by himself, and obtained his living as a fisherman. He was a keen observer of nature, his remarks upon the habits offish, sea birds and the peculiarities of the tides were always most interesting.

On the establishment of a Lifeboat Station by the Royal National Institution in 1868 at Kimmeridge he was at once chosen as the coxswain of the Mary Heape which office he held up to his death. In the terrific gale of December 8th 1872, the ‘Mary Heape’ was successful in rescuing 17 men, the crew of the German ship ‘Stralsund’ which had stuck on the Kimmeridge ledges, on which occasion the safety of the boat and crew was attributed to his clear head and steady had in piloting her through the heavy breakers. In recognition of which the Life Boat Institution awarded him an extra gratuity.

Every Sunday morning he used to be seen arrayed in his pilot jacket and hat well on the back of his head crossing the hill to attend the Service of his Parish Church, where also he was a regular communicant, and beneath whose shadow he now rests. How appropriate to him are the words of the beautiful hymn: –

‘The saints of God, life’s voyage o’er. Safe landed on that blissful shore, No stormy, tempest how they dread, No roaring billows lift their head, Oh, happy saints for ever blest, In that calm heaven of your rest’

Published by the Dorset County Chronicle, 24 March 1881

Kindly extracted from Dorset County Chronicle by William’s great-great-grand-daughter, Pat Andrews, who lives in Australia.

1873: Fatal Boat Accident

On Monday a fatal boat accident occurred between Kimmeridge and Warbarrow, Dorset. James Soper, late of Her Majesty’s ship Duke of Wellington, Portsmouth; Edwin Soper, seaman, Her Majesty’s ship Euphrates; John Quan, a native of Kimmeridge; and Jeremiah Quan, aged 19, seaman, Her Majesty’s ship Duke of Wellington, receiving ship for seaman awaiting draught at Portsmouth, started about 2 o’clock from Kimmeridge in a punt about 11ft long, with an extemporary mainsail, made with a mizzen from a larger boat. At the ledge at Warbarrow, where the sea is always very rough, the boat was capsized. All hands swam towards the shore, but, finding the tide too strong, returned to the boat. Jeremiah Quan, after holding on to the boat a short time, made another attempt to reach the shore, but was drowned. The others held to the boat for about a quarter of an hour, when, the accident having been witnessed from the shore, they were rescued by some fishermen. The men were sober and the boat was properly managed.

Published by The Times, 9 October 1873