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The Bond Family purchased Tyneham including Tyneham House in 1683. The Bonds also acquired Creech Grange (in the neighbouring parish of Steeple) in 1686 and Holme Priory (in the parish of East Holme) in 1690.

Below, the names of Bond family members who owned or lived at Tyneham are followed by the # symbol


Nathaniel Bond (1634-1707) #


Nathaniel purchased Tyneham in 1683 from the Lawrence Family.

Nathaniel was born on 14 June 1634. He was the son of Denis Bond (1588-1658) and his wife Lucy Bond nee Lawrence.1

Nathaniel married Elizabeth Churchill on 21 December 1667. Sadly Elizabeth died in childbirth on 18 December 1674.

Nathaniel married Mary Browne nee Williams on 3 August 1675. Nathaniel and Mary had two sons:

Nathaniel was Member of Parliament for Corfe Castle for one term (1679-1781) and Member of Parliament for Dorchester for two terms (1681-1685 & 1695-1698). He also held the position of the King’s Sergeant-at-Arms.

In 1683 Nathaniel purchased Tyneham from the Lawrence Family. Nathaniel’s second wife Mary was a descendant of the Williams Family that had owned Tyneham before the Lawrence Family. Nathaniel completed his estate acquisitions with the purchase Creech Grange in 1686, which became his main residence, and Holme Priory in 1690.

Nathaniel died on 31 August 1707 and was buried at Steeple.


Denis Bond (1676-1747) #


Denis inherited Tyneham in 1707 on the death of his father Nathaniel Bond (1634-1707)

Denis was born on 10 December 1676. His parents were Nathaniel Bond (1634-1707) and his second wife Mary Bond nee Williams.

Denis married Leonora Sophia Dummer nee Colt on 6 July 1729. She was the widow of lawyer Edward Dummer who had died five years before. Her parents were Sir William Dutton Colt and Mary Colt nee Garneys.

Denis died on 30 January 1747 without male issue. Ownership of Tyneham then passed to his nephew John Bond (1717-1784).


John Bond (1678-1744)


His parents were Nathaniel Bond (1634-1707) and his second wife Mary Bond nee Williams.

John married Margaret Williams and they had the following children:


John Bond (1717-1784) #


John inherited Tyneham in 1746 on the death of his uncle Denis Bond (1676-1747).

John was the son of John Bond (1678-1744) (the younger brother of Denis Bond (1676-1746)) and his wife Margaret Bond nee Williams.

John married Mary Dummer (1717-1787)  at St Paul’s Cathedral, London on 17 July 1749.

John and Mary had the following children:

  • John Bond (1749–1749)died in infancy
  • Leonora Sophia Bond (1749-1750) died in infancy
John Bond and Leonora Sophia Bond baptism
John and Leonora Sophia’s joint baptism on 21 March 1749 at St. George’s, Hanover Square, Westminster – sadly both died in infancy
  • Margaret Sophia Bond (1751-1820) married widower Revd. John Methuen Rogers (1748-1834)
  • John Bond (1753-1824)John of Grange
  • Nathaniel Bond (1754-1823) Nathaniel of East Holme – Member of Parliament for Corfe Castle 1801-1807 – died at East Holme on 8 October 1823, ‘debilitated and reduced to a skeleton’, leaving Holme to his nephew Nathaniel, another younger son.
  • Thomas Bond (1756-1833) # – Thomas of Egliston and Wool Bridge
  • Revd. William Bond (1757-1852) # – William of Tyneham
  • Mary Bond (1760-1842)married Captain Nicholas Caeser Corsellis R.N. (1763 -1833) at Bath Abbey on 10 August 1796 – Nicholas had eleven illegitimate children by his mistress, Sarah Plampin of Essex.
Capt. Nicholas Caesar Corsellis R.N.

John was particularly skilled in the writings of the best Greek and Roman authors. He had studied the constitution of his own country, which he thoroughly understood. He contributed greatly to the peace and happiness of the people in his neighbourhood, as from the general esteem in which he was held he was usually applied to as arbiter in their differences … Many of his leisure hours were spent in improving and embellishing his estate.


Revd. Denis Bond (1719-1795) #


Denis was Rector of Tyneham and Steeple from 1742 until his death in 1795.

the son of John Bond (1678-1744) arm Wadham College Oxford matriculated 29 March 1737 aged 18 BA 1740 MA 1743 of Tyneham & Egliston in the isle of Purbeck.

In 1789 Denis was living at South Egliston while Charles Richards was living in the Rectory.2


John Bond (1753-1824)


John inherited Creech Grange in 1784 on the death of his father John.

John was Member of Parliament for Corfe Castle from 1780 until February 1801.

John married Elizabeth Lloyd (1765-1846) at St. Luke’s Church, Old Street, Finsbury, London on 20 August 1798.

Marriage of John Bond M.P. to Elizabeth Lloyd 20 August 1798

John and Elizabeth had the following children:

  • John Bond (1802-1844)John Bond of Grange – Member of Parliament for Corfe Castle 1823 & 1825 – High Sheriff of County of Dorset 1830 – did not marry – died without issue
  • Nathaniel Bond (1804-1889)
  • Leonora Sophia Bond (1806-1836)

Thomas Bond (1756-1833) #


Thomas looked after the Tyneham estate on behalf of his brother.


Revd. William Bond (1757-1852) #


William inherited Tyneham in 1784 on the death of his father John Bond (1717-1784).

William was born 1757. He was the son of John Bond (1717-1784) and

son of John of Steeple Dorset arm Wadham College Oxford matriculated 24 Oct 1775 aged 18; BA 1779; MA 1783; Rector of Steeple with Tyneham 1795; canon residentary of Bristol

William married Jane Biggs at Stockton, Wiltshire on 28 April 1794.

William and Jane had eight children, two of whom died in infancy:

  • Mary Bond (1789-1872)died as an infant
  • Mary Bond (1798-1872)died as an infant
  • William Bond (1799-1846)called to the Bar in 1824 and in 1842 became Metropolitan Magistrate at Westminster Police Court – did not marry
William Bond  (1799-1846) Metropolitan Magistrate

William built the South Transept at Tyneham Church for the exclusive use of the Bond family leaving the North Transept for the congregation. The seats became known as ‘the Cowstalls’.


Revd. John Bond (1801-1898)


John

John never married.

“For over fifty years the living of Weston was held by a fine old English gentleman named John Bond, a member of an old Dorsetshire family whose home was at Tyneham on the coast. He went to Weston as a very young man, actually nominated while in deacon’s orders, about the year 1827 and retired to Tyneham about 1880, justly loved and honoured by the parish to which he had devoted his life.”

“I should like before passing on to say that I visited the old Vicar, John Bond, aged 92, several times at Tyneham, where he lived with his younger brother, Thomas Bond, aged 88. They were a fine pair of old gentlemen and I loved to go there and hear the reminiscences of the parish, which were surprisingly bright in a nonagenarian memory. After a few more years he passed away and the handsome Churchyard Cross, designed by Mr. Buckle, is his memorial at Weston. It is made of Ham stone and has not worn too well, so looks almost like an ancient cross. I had some little difficulty in persuading the parish to agree to this form of memorial; it was even suggested by some that a public convenience would be of more practical utility! However, I got them keen about the cross when I told them it was a memorial to the unrecorded dead, and a beautiful monument for all parishioners who could not afford gravestones, etc. ”

Archbishop E H Hardcastle

John built the Village Fountain at Tyneham in 1853. He also created the Madmore Reservoir at Tyneham from which water to the fountain was piped.

In 1862 John built the new north porch at Tyneham House.


Revd. Henry Bond (1804-1875) #


Henry inherited Tyneham in 1852 on the death of his father Revd. Henry Bond (1804-1875)

Henry was born

Henry was Vicar of South Petherton, Somerset

Henry married Dublin-born Editha Augusta Mary Pomeroy (1829–1899) in

Henry and Editha had three children:

Henry died at South Petherton on 27 September 1875.


Revd. Nathaniel Bond (1804-1889)


Reverend Nathaniel Bond (1804-1889) & family by William Beetham

Nathaniel, the second son of John Bond (1753-1824) and Elizabeth Bond nee Lloyd , inherited Creech Grange in 1852 on the death of his elder brother John had died in 1844.

Nathaniel married Mary Hawkesworth (1815-1881). Nathaniel and Mary had six children:

  • Leonora Sophia Bond (1837-1862) married John Ramsay (1831-1895)
  • John Bond (1838-1849)died at age 11
  • Nathaniel Bond (1840-1910) married Selina Jane Scott (1843-1891) daughter of John 2nd Earl of Eldon
  • Dennis William Bond (1842-1863)
  • George Hawkesworth Bond (1845-1891)Member of Parliament for East Dorset (1886-1891) – did not marry – buried at East Holme
  • John Lloyd Bond (1856-1857)

Nathaniel built Tyneham School in 1860.


Nathaniel Bond (1840-1910)


Nathaniel married Selina Jane Scott (1843-1891), daughter of John 2nd Earl of Eldon, and had twelve children, one of whom died in infancy:

  • John Wentworth Garneys Bond (1865-1948)
  • Louisa Charlotte Bond (1866-1963)did not marry
  • Denis Raynard De Kenton Bond (1868-1868)died in infancy
  • Gerald Denis Bond (1869-1925)
  • Leonora Sophia Bond (1871-1956) did not marry
  • Rachel Adela Bond (1872-1950)married Captain Paul Warner Bush R.N. on 18 September 1900 and had three sons
  • Revd. Raymond Alured Bond (1873-1941) married Mildred Glyn on 4 October 1899 and had two children
  • Claude Nathaniel Bond (1874-1942)
  • Kenneth Duncombe Bond (1875-1968)married actress Jessie Bateman (1877-1940) in 1939
  • Nigel De Mundeville Bond (1877-1945)married Dorothy Ella Hambro (1876-1953)
  • Herbert Ivo de Kenton ‘Ivo’ Bond (1879-1953)married Lilian Mary Garneys Bond (1887-1890) of Tyneham
  • Walter de Grey Bond (1882-1956)married Margaret Farquharson (1886-1968)

William Henry Bond (1852-1935) #


William inherited Tyneham in 1875 on the death of his father Revd. Henry Bond (1801-1875).

William was born at South Petherton, Somerset on 27 May 1852 and baptised there on 15 July 1852. His father Revd. Henry Bond (1804-1875) was Vicar there from 1832 or before until his death in 1875.

William married Mary Caroline Meysey Thompson (1851–1949) at St Marylebone on 2 July 1878. William and Mary lived at Fryern Court, Burgate near Fordingbridge. They had two sons and three daughters:

  • Algernon Arthur Garneys Bond (1879-1911)‘Algy’ was born on 21 June 1879 – he was severely wounded at the Seige of Ladysmith in the South African War – he died on 13 June 1911 at the Military Hospital, Calcutta, India3
  • William Ralph Garneys Bond (1880-1952)see below
  • Edith Cicely Garneys Bond (1884-1979)married Lewys Legge Yeatman (1879-1962) at Tyneham on 6 September 1910 and had five children
  • Lilian Mary Garneys Bond (1887-1980)married Herbert Ivo de Kenton Bond (1879-1953), known as ‘Ivo’, on 18 January 1914 – he was the son of Nathaniel Bond and Selina Jane Bond nee Scott – Lilian wrote “Tyneham – A Lost Heritage” in 1956
  • Margaret Helen Garneys Bond (1892-1988)known as Margot

William died on 11 January 1935 and was buried at Tyneham. In 1937 his widow Mary visited Norway with daughter Margaret. Mary died on 1 January 1949 after the evacuation and so was unable to be buried with her husband. She was laid to rest at Dorchester.


William Ralph Garneys Bond (1880-1952) #


Ralph inherited Tyneham on the death of his father William Henry Bond (1852-1935)

Known as Ralph, he was educated at Eton and New College, Oxford. He served in the Sudan political service from 1905 to 1926 and was governor of Fung (1922-24) and of Dongola (1924-26). He was a Justice of the Peace for Dorset, having qualified at the 1927 Midsummer Quarter Sessions, and was a member of the Wareham and Purbeck Rural Council. He was High Sheriff of Dorset in 1945.

Ralph married Evelyn Isabel Bond nee Blake (1884-1954). Evelyn was the person who pinned the note on to the church door in 1943 saying ‘’Please treat the church and houses with care. We have given up our homes where many of us lived for generations to help win the war to keep men free. We shall return one day and thank you for treating the village kindly’.

After the evacuation, Ralph and Evelyn moved to Moigne Combe House, built by Henry Pomeroy Bond in 1900.

Ralph and Evelyn had two children:

  • Henry Mark Garneys Bond (1922-2017)see below
  • Elizabeth Mary Garneys Bond (1921-2010)married Sir David Philip Williams (1909-1970), Third Baronet of Bridehead and had three children – Elizabeth was High Sheriff of Dorset in 1979 – in later years she lived at The Stable House, Moigne Combe

Henry Mark Garneys Bond (1922-2017)


Mark inherited Tyneham in 1952.

He served in Royal Green Jackets and became Major-General and Brigadier. He was High Sheriff of Dorset in 1977. He lived at Moigne Combe House until his death in 2017.


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Images of gravestones are arranged in alphabetical order of surname Bascombe In Memory ofE. M. B. who died July 2nd 1827aged 18 months Note: The mason appears to have carved 18 months in error. Elizabeth was aged just 8 months when she died. IN LOVING MEMORY OFJAMESTHE BELOVED HUSBAND OFBESSIE ELIZA… Continue reading

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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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1945: Dorset’s new Sheriff

Mr. William Ralph Garneys Bond, of Tyneham House, Corfe Castle, Dorset’s new sheriff, was born in 1880, was educated at Eton and New College, Oxford. He served in the Sudan political service from 1905 to 1926 and was governor of Fung (1922-24) and of Dongola (1924-26). He is a Justice… Continue reading

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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.… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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  1. Dorset History Centre, D-53/1 Title A private chronology of Denis Bond, Esq. of Lutton in the Isle of Purbeck year 1634 “My Sonne Nathaniell born 14 June []
  2. Land Tax Assessment 29 June 1787 []
  3. Probate Calendar 1912 []

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Beatrice Bessie BALSON died 20 January 1946 – see Beatrice Bessie WALLBRIDGE


Herbert John BALSON died 4 May 1962

BALSON Herbert John of 57 Green Road Poole died 4 May 1962. Administration Winchester 15 August (1962) to Gertrude Ellen Balson widow. Effects £280 10s.


Susan Priscilla BALSON died 28 June 1947 – see Susan Priscilla CHARLES


James BASCOMBE died 21 January 1911

BASCOMBE James of Baltington Farm Tyneham Dorsetshire died 21 January 1911. Administration (with Will) Blandford 21 March (1911) to Bessie Eliza Bascombe widow. Effects £1,101 4s 11d.


Algernon Arthur Garneys BOND died 13 June 1911

BOND Algernon Arthur Garneys of Tyneham Wareham Dorsetshire died 13 June 1911 at the Military Hospital Calcutta India. Administration London 3 June (1912) to William Henry Bond Esq. Effects £926 16s 1d.


Reverend Henry Bond died 27 September 1875

BOND The Reverend Henry. 1 February (1876). The Will with four Codicils attached of the Reverend Henry Bond late of South Petherton in the County of Somerset Clerk who died 27 February 1875 at South Petherton was proved at Taunton by the Reverend John Bond of Weston in he said County Clerk and Thomas Bond of Tyneham in the County of Dorset Esquire the Brothers the Executors. Effects under £18,000.


Herbert Ivo de Kenton BOND died 27 November 1953

BOND Herbert Ivo de Kenton of 1 Queens-avenue Dorchester Dorsetshire died 27 November 1953 at The Dorset County Hospital Dorchester. Probate London 5 February (1954) to Lilian Mary Garneys Bond widow and Charles Henry May solicitor. Effects £9,704 17s 2d.


Leonora Sophia BOND died 21 March 1956

BOND Leonora Sophia of Holme Wareham Dorsetshire spinster died 21 March 1956. Probate Winchester 21 June (1956) to Lloyds Bank Limited. Effects £10,027 8s 4d.


Louisa Charlotte BOND died 21 July 1963

BOND Louisa Charlotte of East Holme Wareham Dorsetshire spinster died 21 July 1963 at 3 Owls Road Boscombe Bournemouth. Probate Winchester 11 October (1963) to Lloyds Bank Limited. Effects £20,833 11s.


William Henry BOND died 11 January 1935

BOND William Henry of Tyneham Corfe Castle Dorsetshire died 11 January 1935. Probate (save and except settled land) London 11 March (1935) to William Ralph Garneys Bond retired political service officer and Charles Henry May solicitor. Effects £27,335 17s 6d. Further grant 19 August 1935.

BOND William Henry of Tyneham Corfe Castle Dorsetshire died 11 January 1935. Probate (limited to settled land) London 19 August (1935) to Lewys Legge Yeatman solicitor and Herbert Ivo De Kenton Bond civil engineer. Effects £8,600. Former grant P.R. 11 March 1935.


William Ralph Garneys BOND died 10 February 1952

BOND William Ralph Garneys of Moigne Combe Dorchester Dorsetshire died 10 February 1952 at Moffat House Weymouth Dorsetshire. Probate London 21 March (1952) to Charles Henry May solicitor. Effects £85,471 0s 7d.


Winifred Mary BRACHI (formerly WHEELER neé MATTHEWS) died 9 September 1942

BRACHI Winifred Mary of the Mill House Bourne End Boxmoor Hertfordshire (wife of Charles Clarence Brachi) died 9 September 1942 at West Hertfordshire Hospital Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire. Administration Oxford 8 January (1943) to the said Charles Clarence Brachi squadron-leader R.A.F. and David Peter Brachi flight-lieutenant R.A.F.V.R. Effects £1,710 2s.


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Bascombe


BASCOMBE:
Elizabeth Mary Bascombe (1826-1827)
Photo copyright of Martin White

In Memory of
E. M. B. 
who died July 2nd 1827
aged 18 months

Note: The mason appears to have carved 18 months in error. Elizabeth was aged just 8 months when she died.

BASCOMBE:
James Bascombe (1849-1921)
Photo copyright of Martin White

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
JAMES
THE BELOVED HUSBAND OF
BESSIE ELIZA BASCOMBE
BORN MAY 24TH 1849
DIED JANUARY 21ST 1911
A LOVING HUSBAND AND A KIND FATHER

Bond

BOND:
Editha Augusta M. Bond
Photo copyright of Martin White

IN MEMORY OF
EDITHA AUGUSTA M. BOND
DIED 12 DECEMBER 1899
WIFE OF THE REV. HENRY BOND
VICAR OF SOUTH PETHERTON
& DAUGHTER OF THE HON. HENRY POMEROY

BOND:
William Ralph Garneys Bond (1880-1952) 
& Evelyn Isabel Bond (1884-1954)
Photo copyright of Martin White

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
WILLIAM RALPH GARNEYS BOND
BORN 12TH DEC. 1880 – DIED 1OTH FEB. 1952
AND OF EVELYN ISABEL HIS WIFE
BORN 11 SEPT. 1884 – 3RD SEPT. 1954

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 and reopened.

Not that it will ever be a working farm of course – Purbeck’s famed ghost village has long since surrendered all possibility of human habitation – but it will provide a unique vantage point from which we can peer into the past.

I’m lying awake at night working out how I can bring the whole thing together, but the idea is to show how the farm worked.

Lilian Bond

Project manager and designer Lynda Price and her husband John have already cleared the pond by the time I find them ankle-deep in mud.

A small double-arched bridge has been uncovered, and so, to their surprise, has the cobbled floor of the stream. “This must have been for decoration, because I can’t imagine why someone would go to all that trouble if they only used the stream to flush away waste from the stables,” says Lynda.

“It’s a puzzle, one of many, but that’s what I love about this job.

Lilian Bond called this the Pond Yard in her book (Tyneham: A Lost Heritage) but, although she gives very detailed descriptions, I have no idea how this was laid out. I’d imagine there’s a stone road over that bridge as this was the main entrance to the farm from what they called the Lulworth road.”

Tyneham and the surrounding area was evacuated in 1943 to allow Allied troops to exercise in the build-up to the Normandy landings. The villagers and the estate’s owners, the Bond family, never returned.

Retained as part of Lulworth Ranges, for decades it remained largely unseen, gradually returning to nature until the mid-1970s when the Ministry of Defence agreed greater public access on weekends and holidays.

In 1994, the old school was reopened, restored to how it looked in the 1920s. Work followed on the church and many of the cottages with a series of displays explaining village life under what was, to all intents and purposes, the last vestiges of feudal England.

Swanage-based artist Lynda has now turned her attention to Tyneham Farm. “The farmhouse is only two bricks high, so that is lost, as are some of the other buildings.

“But the Great Barn, the granary, stables, tack room and cowsheds are all there. So is the mysterious bull house, which had a chicken coop on top.”

She plans to reopen the main barn as The History Barn, for use by community groups and schools, as well as placing the farm in its historical and environmental context.

One wall appears to have been painted blue. “Well, Lilian Bond talks about the Tyneham Players, and the shows they put on. Her father erected a stage on the north aisle, so it could be that they painted it. She says they used to have up to 160 people sitting in there.”

In the store above the 1904 coach house, Lynda opens the shutter doors and the light floods in.

The original tiles are on the roof and, although part of the timber framing has been patched up, there are materials here that are hundreds of years old.

“Most of this is 1904 because we know the steps were originally on the outside of the building, but the stables, stalls and mangers are part of a much older building.

“I’m lying awake at night working out how I can bring the whole thing together, but the idea is to show how the farm worked and to look at the decline of small farming communities. It will also acknowledge the radar research work at Brandy Bay.”

Lynda is on the lookout for pre-1940s farm implements and excitedly showed me photos of long-redundant chaff-cutters and hay-balers sent to her by a property developer who was impressed by her work at Tyneham.

“You get involved in every aspect of the project – from tracing families to finding the right wood and stone, designing displays and clearing bramble.”

Her boundless enthusiasm surfaces again as she shares with me a letter from the nephew of Walter Case-Smith, the tenant farmer until the early 1940s.

He talks about a much-admired flock of Dorset Horn sheep and how the milk had to be stored overnight in tanks of water to keep it fresh in summer before a lorry arrived to take it to Corfe Castle.

“It’s amazing what you find out – Walter Case-Smith was quite a character. The field in front of the farmhouse was open, so cows, chickens and sheep would be out grazing together. You wouldn’t see that nowadays.”

The last tenant of Tyneham Farm was one S C Churchill. “Now he wasn’t very popular. He was a newcomer for one thing, but he also brought the first tractors to the valley.

“Previously everything had been done by horse, so he laid farmworkers off – and, of course, he got all the compensation when the village was evacuated.”

As with the rest of the work at Tyneham, the farm project is not commercially-driven.

The village remains a gentle oasis for the imagination untainted by tea rooms, gift shops and hi-tech displays, allowing the ruins to retain the mystery that has captured the minds of thousands of visitors over the years.

“I can’t stand that phrase visitor centre’ – it’s so dry and dull,” says Lynda.

“What I love about Tyneham is that it’s a great place for people of all ages where they are not hassled by ice cream sellers, hot dog stands and souvenir stalls.

“The Army does not have a vast budget of taxpayers’ money for Tyneham, so I’ve had to get very good at asking people for things for nothing and the £2 parking fee really does pay for the upkeep.”

Clearing work continues – much of it involving community groups such as the Lulworth Society – but as befits this window on Purbeck’s past, there’s no set date for the reopening of Tyneham Farm. Things have a habit of working out when they’re meant to.

“There is a plan of sorts, but no timetable. There are so many possibilities – it’s very exciting.”

The Great Barn at Tyneham Farm will be open to the public on March 22. If you have old farm implements or other ephemera that may find a home at Tyneham, please contact range liaison officer Lt Col Ken Davies on 01929 404714.

Published by Daily Echo, Saturday 23 February 2008

1945: Dorset’s new Sheriff

Mr. William Ralph Garneys Bond, of Tyneham House, Corfe Castle, Dorset’s new sheriff, was born in 1880, was educated at Eton and New College, Oxford. He served in the Sudan political service from 1905 to 1926 and was governor of Fung (1922-24) and of Dongola (1924-26). He is a Justice of the Peace for Dorset, having qualified at the 1927 Midsummer Quarter Sessions, and is a member of the Wareham and Purbeck Rural Council.

Published in Western Gazette, 6 April 1945

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:

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