Museum Cottage

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Museum Cottage from the north-west 1943

Museum Cottage, built by John Bond, was originally home to the head gardener and is shown as Gardener’s Cottage on old maps. After the new Gardener’s Cottage was built, it became home to the coachman.

Coachman Frederick Knight (1871-1946) and his family lived in the cottage from c.1904 until c.1917 after which they moved to Povington.

The last of the coachman to inhabit the Museum was Frederick Knight, its occupant for over fourteen years. He sadly brought the brougham and pair out for the last time on my wedding day, a month or so before the shadows of the first World War descended on the country.

Lilian Bond
Museum Cottage pictured from the south-west 1943

“The house stood vacant for a while and my father allowed us to arrange our natural history collections in the empty rooms. From this the house acquired its name of Museum Cottage.”

Lilian Bond

When Tyneham House was occupied in 1941 by the W.A.A.F., Museum Cottage became home to Ralph and Evelyn Bond until the evacuation in December 1943.

Ruins of Museum Cottage courtesy of Google 3D

Location of Museum Cottage

Museum Cottage lay on the southern side of ‘The Avenue‘ which lead from Tyneham Farm to Tyneham House. It was some way from the rest of the village.

Page last updated: 1 July 2021

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