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The Taylor Family lived at Laundry Cottages in Tyneham from before 1911 until 1943.


Emily Taylor with daughters Harriet and Helen circa 1907
Taylor surname tiles in Tyneham Church
Taylor surname tiles in Tyneham Church

William Taylor (1865-1952)

William Taylor (1865-1952) of Tyneham, Dorset

William was the woodman of Tyneham and was appointed Parish Clerk and Sexton by the Bond family. His wife was Emily Taylor nee Hyde (1865-1917), the laundress. She also doubled as local ‘midwife’ and was also caretaker for the church and school. She died in 1917 aged 52.

Emily had been married previously to Thomas How Meech and had two sons, Charlie Meech and William Meech. See Meech family.

William and Emily had four children:

  • Arthur Henry Taylor (1890-1987) – Arthur was born at Stinsford on 4 February 1890. 
  • Harriet Elizabeth Taylor (1892-1987) –  Harriet was born at Shroton on 16 March 1982 and was known as ‘Bessie‘.
  • Reginald Bertie Taylor (1894-1915) – ‘Bertie‘ served with the Dorset Yeomanry (Queen’s Own) and sadly died at Gallipoli on 21 August 1915 aged just 21. He is remembered on the Tyneham Memorial and the Helles Memorial.
  • Helen Beatrice Taylor (1901-1999) –  Helen, known as ‘Beattie’ was the Seamstress at Tyneham House.
Helen Taylor of Tyneham aged 17

After being displaced in 1943, the Taylor Family went to live at Corfe Castle.


My grandmother, Louisa M Watson was a cousin of Helen Taylor. Prior to the start of the first world war she joined the Taylor family at Laundry Cottages, she worked there for a while before going on to work as a maid at Tyneham House.

During the war she joined the Women’s Army, working as a waitress. She kept in touch with her cousins, Helen and her sister, after they moved to Corfe Castle and I can remember as a child her describing her visits to them.

Brenda Wells

Page last updated: 25 June 2021

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