Tyneham Farm

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Gate to Tyneham Farm
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MUST SEE: Some of the Tyneham Farm outbuildings have been restored and now house a variety of farm implements. Check out the Tyneham Barn stage, the Scrappy Wall and the garden.

Getting there: From Tyneham Car Park head south on the unmade road that leads through the trees towards the toilets. Turn left and Tyneham Farm is a very short distance beyond the toilets.

Please note the exhibitions in Tyneham Church, Tyneham Farm and Tyneham School open at 10am and close at 4pm.

Things to look out for:

  • Storyboard on way into farm
  • Scrappy wall
  • Tyneham Barn
  • Cottage Garden

Known farmers of Tyneham Farm include:

  • 1902-1940: Walter Case Smith (1861-1948) see the Smith family page
  • 1940-1943: Sydney George Churchill (1900-1975)see the Churchill family page

My uncle’s farm was about 500 acres and carried a flock of Dorset Horn sheep. In addition, there was a large herd of dairy cows and a large area of cereals. The evening’s milk would be collected at 8 a.m. the following morning. There was no laid on water, electricity or sewerage system. In summer the large churns were placed in water overnight. It always amused me to see the lorry driver duck his head into each churn to test the freshness.

Hugh Hutchings

Uncle Walter certainly had no tractors when he left in about 1940. When a new tenant arrived, (Mr. Churchill) much consternation was caused by his introducing tractors and sacking some of the men.

Hugh Hutchings

The Farmhouse

Please be aware that Tyneham Farmhouse is no longer standing.

“The dairyman’s house and farmhouse formed one block of building with a common roof, excellent dwellings both.

Lilian Bond

The Dairyman’s House

The top floor of the dairy house was all one airy room whose well-scrubbed boards were covered by rows of big blue vinny cheeses, in different stages of the ripening process.

A colonnaded lean-to on the north side of the dairy-house accommodated the great cheese press, and the vats connected with the cheese-making, a process carried out by ‘dairy chap’ and wife in spotless pinners.”

Lilian Bond

Milking Parlour

The Milking Parlour is still standing, but it’s use is somewhat different now – it now houses the public toilets!

Cow Stalls and Piggeries

The cow stalls and piggeries are no longer standing.

The Granary

The granary still stands but the interior is closed to the public.

The building dates from the early 1800s. It was altered in 1904 as part of extensive improvements to the farm by landowner William Bond. The exterior maintains many of its original features. Inside the floorboards upstairs rotted many years ago

The Great Barn

The barn had wide access doors on the east side, opening on to the stable yard, and also the west side, opening on to the cow yard.

The Cart Sheds

The Cart Sheds were at the southern end of the Stable Yard. Part of the sheds is still standing but the roof tiles have been replaced with metal roofing sheets.

The Cottage Garden

Access to the Cottage Garden is through the archway at the west side of the Great Barn.

The Scrappy Wall

Click here to read more about the Scrappy Wall.

The Tyneham Farm Project

Page last updated: 21 May 2021


2008: History wakes up

By Nick Churchill BENEATH the muck and dust of ages, Tyneham’s centuries-old farm is stirring. For nearly 65 years all that has moved through its stables and stalls are bats, creepy-crawlies and the odd range warden – but a new project is under way that will see these buildings restored… Continue reading

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