Probate – C



Ethel Inez Jane CHAPPLE died 11 July 1960

CHAPPLE Ethel Inez Jane otherwise Ethel Inez of Armidale Salcombe Devon widow died 11 July 1960 at South Hams Hospital Kingsbridge Devon. Probate Exeter 13 September (1960) to John Stewart Jeffrey Chapple bank manager. Effects £3,424 19s 4d.

George Stewart CHAPPLE died 13 January 1942

CHAPPLE George Stewart of Primrose Cottage Povington Tyneham Dorsetshire died 13 January 1942. Probate Llandudno 10 August (1942) to Ethel Inez Jane Chapple widow. Effects £6,980 16s 6d.

Susan Priscilla CHARLES neé BALSON died 28 June 1947

CHARLES Susan Priscilla of 22 Kimmeridge Dorsetshire widow died 28 June 1947. Administration Winchester 4 September (1947) to Alfred Charles Balson corporation employee and Adelaide Mabel Godden (wife of Ernest Godden). Effects £877 5s 8d.

Bernard CHILCOTT died 28 December 1917

CHILCOTT Bernard of Lutton Farm Steeple Dorsetshire a gunner siege battery Royal Garrison Artillery died 28 December 1917 in France. Administration Blandford 28 February (1918) to James Arthur Chilcott retired farmer. Effects £1,436 7s 6d.

Alice Maude CHURCHILL nee WEBBER died 9 September 1955

CHURCHILL Alice Maude of 1 Greenland Cottages Stoborough Wareham Dorsetshire (wife of Thomas Henry Churchill) died 9 September 1955. Probate Winchester 21 October (1955) to Wilfred George Slade bricklayer and Reginald James Burt solicitors clerk. Effects £384 9s 6d.

Job CHURCHILL died 26 February 1931

CHURCHILL Job of The Lodge Bury St. Austens Rudgwick Sussex died 26 February 1931. Probate London 27 March (1931) to Edward Louis Churchill farm bailiff and Ralph Neville Jones solicitor. Effects £2,260 8s.

Albert Thomas COOPER died 3 January 1942

COOPER Albert Thomas of 1 Sunnydale Villas Swanage Dorsetshire died 3 January 1942. Probate Winchester 24 July (1942) to Charles Edwin Cooper carpenter and Beatrice Mary Cooper spinster. Effects £2,260 8s.

Eleanor Elizabeth COOPER died 3 October 1943 – see Eleanor Elizabeth RYALL

Joseph COOPER died 30 September 1872

COOPER Joseph. 4 January 1873. The will of Joseph Cooper late of Povington in the Parish of Tyneham in the County of Dorset Yeoman who died 30 September 1872 at Povington was proved at the Principal Registry by Mary Cooper of Povington Widow the Relict the sole Executrix. Effects under £300.

William Joseph COOPER died 31 March 1951

COOPER William Joseph of The School House Grange near Wareham Dorsetshire died 31 March 1951. Probate Winchester 24 May (1951) to Ernest Edward Cooper clayworker. Effects £371 3s 6d.

Frederick de la Poer Beresford CORFIELD died 7 March 1929

CORFIELD the reverend Frederick de la Poer Beresford of The Sanctuary Watchet Somersetshire clerk died 8 June 1954. Probate London 6 September (1954) to Gertrude Phoebe Meirion Rees spinster. Effects £8,638 6s 4d.

Gertrude Annie CORFIELD died 7 March 1929

CORFIELD Gertrude Annie of Nettlecombe Rectory Williton Somersetshire (wife of the reverend Frederick De la Poer Beresford Corfield) died 7 March 1929. Administration Taunton 17 February (1930) to the said reverend Frederick De la Poer Beresford Corfield clerk. Effects £84.


Churchill Family


Job Churchill (1848-1931)

by Ruth Lancaster

Job was one of several children of Henry Churchill of Greenland’s Farm, Studland and a grandson of William and Betty Churchill of Rempstone. Henry had started off working for his father-in-law, John Read, and inherited a lot of land and the farm through his marriage to Harriet Read. Their eldest son, Isaac, was not interested in farming and was a shipbuilder (however Isaac died quite young) and it was left to Job to farm alongside his father, Henry, at Greenland’s Farm for the best part of his life, where his main job was a dairyman.

Job married Roseanna Eeles, daughter of Thomas Eeles, the Police Superintendant of Wareham. When Henry Churchill died in 1899, Job carried on at Greenland’s until buying Povington Farm around 1902.

Job and Roseanna had 6 children, including Tom who was a Policeman in Wareham, Ted who helped on the farm and married into the COOPER family, Harriet who married a cousin from the Harris family, Evelyn, who married Arthur Cooper and lived at Steeple and my great grandfather Christopher, a shepherd at Povington Farm working for his father and who married Olave Hilda Greatwood.

Olave had come to Tyneham, from Frome, for work with her family, she worked at Tyneham House with her mother, her father was the mechanic. Christopher and Olave lived in a cottage close to Povington farm, with their own 3 young sons, one being my grandfather.

Job’s wife Roseanna died in 1912 and is buried in Tyneham Churchyard.

In 1916 there was a scandal, the elderly, widowed Job Churchill and all his local family went to Wareham market, leaving Christopher (aged 29, married with children) alone at Povington farm with just the local farm servant girl Eva Diffey. Nature took its course and the girl fell pregnant, the local newspapers had a field day & I have read all the reports, it seems that there was a lot of debate as to whether she was 15 or 16 at the time, however she did report to the court that she “enjoyed” kissing him!!

Eva’s father took on old Job…. can you imagine all this going on in a small place like Povington. Eva Diffey’s baby didn’t survive and all this, as you can imagine, caused a big family fall out.

Old Job refused to speak to Christopher again and Job put Povington Farm up for sale, rather than leave it in his will and in 1917 S W Cottee auctioneers of Wareham sold the farm and all the contents and Job moved to Steeple to retire.

Job lived to the ripe old age of 83, eventually moving to Sussex to live with his son Ted who had moved there some years earlier and that is where Job died.

Olave stood by her husband, they moved from the area and farmed several Dorset farms before settling on the Longleat estate in Wiltshire, where Olave had lots of relatives.

Chris and Olave both lived long and happy lives, celebrating a platinum wedding anniversary (70 years married) and both died in their nineties. I spent many happy times with them both and it was they who installed in me the family history stories. I have an extensive family tree and my name will often pop up when anyone researches the Churchill’s of Studland, Rempstone, Corfe, Wareham, Povington/Tyneham and other local families.

Sidney George Churchill (1900-1975)

In 1939 was farming West Cruxton Farm near Maiden Newton. Took over Tyneham Farm from Walter Case Smith not long before the evacuation.

Edith Laura Churchill nee Pitcher (1901-1973):

Page last updated: 25 June 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 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