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The Woodman family lived at 1 The Row – School House from 1907 to 1921.

Charles Richard Woodman (1842-1915)

Charles was born at Stepney. By the age of 19, Charles was studying at a theological training college in Chichester, Sussex. Charles married Sarah Ann Smither. Charles and Ann had four daughters.

Charles was Headmaster at Ampney Crucis School, Gloucestershire. His wife Sarah was infant mistress and two of his daughters, Norah and Hilda taught there. Charles reached retirement age and was compelled to leave. Daughter Norah secured the Schoolmistress position at Tyneham and her parents and sister moved to Dorset with her.

At Tyneham Charles became a Churchwarden.

Sadly Charles’ wife Sarah died in 1915 nd Charles died a few months later.

Norah Sophia Woodman (1870-1944)

Miss Woodman’s love for the youngsters under her care was deep and totally unsentimental, accompanied by a firm belief in discipline. She gave her pupils high ideals and standards of behaviour, whole-heartedly believing that to build character and form good citizens was every teacher’s foremost duty.

I can recall so many of Miss Woodman’s scholars who have been proved themselves to be of sterling worth and usefulness to the community. I cannot think of more that one or two exceptions who have betrayed her trust in them.

She did not believe in crowding and bewildering their young minds with a host of subjects likely to be useless to the great majority in after life, preferring a solid grounding in essentials for both boys and girls, to fit them for the lives ahead of them and for later specialisation.

It is hard to avoid comparison of letters written to me by her former pupils with the average compositions emanating from the schools of every grade to-day.

Old Tyneham scholars write in clear, distinctive hands, their letters abound with information and ideas both well and easily expressed and there are few erasures or mistakes in spelling.

Miss Woodman taught the childern to be interested in their surroundings, in country things in general and in rural occupations. She was always ready to help them towards practical efficiency and many of her pupils must have blessed her, if not at the time then later on in life, for all the trouble she took over teaching them to ” make and mend”.

She was a competent organist and gave her scholars an example of devoted service to the Church.

After leaving Tyneham, Norah went to live with her sister Hilda who ran a bakers and grocers shop in Winkton, near Christchurch. She remained a spinster and died in 1944.

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