Double Cottages

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Double Cottages at Tyneham taken from the south-west

The top of the street was closed by a gate across the Lulworth road. A wicket gate alongside and a metalled pathway led to the head gardener’s cottage, passing the backs of two more houses on the way. These houses were both small and inconvenient and only suitable for housing one or at most two persons.

Lilian Bond

Occupants of Double Cottages

The cottage on the eastern side was home to:

  • 1881: John Richards and family
  • 1881: George Richards and family
  • 1881: George Richards

The cottage on the western side was home to:

  • 1881: William Guy and family
  • 1891: Charles Smith and family
  • 1901: Alfred Tizzard and family

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The eastern cottage was long occupied by old George Richards and, when he could no longer “do for himself”, by a widowed sister who looked after him.

Lilian Bond

The other cottage held the Alfred Tizzards, who would have managed well in it by themselves but [they] had Mrs. Tizzard’s invalid brother, Philip Harvell, living with them and were seldom without a brother’s or sister’s child as well.

Lilian Bond

Location of Double Cottages

Double Cottages lie to the east of Tyneham Church and The Row

Page last updated: 25 June 2021

Smith Family


The Smith Family lived at Tyneham Farm from 1909 to 1941. The family left Tyneham before the evacuation.

Walter Case Smith (1861-1948)

Walter was born in Swanage on 14 July 1861. He was baptised on Brownsea Island on 25 August 1861.

In 1881, Walter was a live-in barman at The Castle public house in Notting Hill, London. The following year he married Louisa Beasley.

In 1885 daughter May Louisa Smith was born at Chesterton in Oxfordshire (Louisa’s home village). On 1 Feb 1891 daughter Nellie Amelia Smith was born in London.

At the time of the census in 1891, Walter was in domestic service as a Butler. He was shown as single. Walter and Louisa divorced the following year.

By 1901, Walter was farming Slepe Farm near Arne. He was employing a housekeeper and a cowhand.

Walter Case Smith

In May 1906 Walter was advertising Slepe Farm to let.

Walter married his housekeeper Kate Theodora Doble (1862-1938) on 11 June 1907 at Stoke Wake. Walter and Kate did not have any children.

Around 1909, Walter was farming Tyneham Farm. He had the nickname ‘Leather Jacket’.

In 1932 Walter was fined £20 for working four horses in an unfit state.

Kate died on 22 October 1938.

In 1939, Walter had a live-in housekeeper, Kathleen Bristowe and domestic servant Ivy Taylor.

In 1941 Walter sold all the assets of the farm and moved to Holly Lodge, Stapehill. He died on 28 January 1948. His estate was valued at £9,570 9s.

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Grant family


The Grant Family lived at Gwyle Cottages in Tyneham from 1924 to 1942. The family left Tyneham a year before the evacuation.

Henry George ‘Harry’ Grant (1898–1977)

Harry was born on 8 December 1898 at East Stoke, Dorset. He was the eldest son of John William Grant (1873-1944) and his wife Annie Grant nee Hood (1864-1926). His father was a woodman by trade but by 1901 was also the sub-postmaster at East Stoke. The post office in those days was on the main Wareham to Wool road opposite the lane to Rushton crossing.

Harry married Beatrice Marjorie ‘Marjorie’ Smith (1901–1982). Marjorie was born on 15 May 1901 at Throop, Hampshire.

The Grant family: Harry and Marjorie

Harry and Marjorie had one son, Arthur John Henry Grant (1922-2010) – see below.

Harry and Marjorie were both ‘in service’ at Tyneham House from around 1924.

My parents moved to Tyneham when Dad got the job as estate woodman for the Bond family. We had John Gould’s house – he moved to Gardener’s Cottage as he had been promoted to head gardener at Tyneham House.

Arthur Grant, 2000

In 1939 Harry’s occupation was given as Woodman. Marjorie was performing ‘unpaid domestic duties’. Living with them at Gwyle Cottages was Cyril Frank Griffiths (1928-1998)see later.

Mum took in children from the east end of London during the war. They had never seen the sea or had a holiday. One lady, now aged 76, wrote to me last year to say she still remembered Tyneham and wondered what I had done since then. I sent her some newspaper cuttings, I even found a photo of her sitting on the doorstep of our cottage.

Arthur Grant, 2006

The family left Tyneham in 1942, a year before the evacuation. They later lived at Coombe Heath.

Harry died in 1977 and Majorie died in 1982.

Arthur Henry John Grant (1922-2010)

Arthur was born on 20 April 1922.

The Grant family: Athur Grant

An enterprising boy, was young Arthur. He discovered that a good way of making extra pocket money was to volunteer to open and close gates for the increasing number of motorists who began to come from far afield to visit Worbarrow Bay. There were four gates and a penny or two was thrown from the cars as a reward. On a good day a boy might take home as much as three or four shillings.

Helen Taylor, 1994

Arthur left school at 13 and was taken on as Pantry Boy and then Under Footman at nearby Tyneham House where his parents were in service. In 1937 he left Tyneham, aged 15, to join the Merchant Navy. Arthur did not learn that the village had been evacuated until he returned home after his ship was bombed off the coast of Ireland.

Arthur later was a steward on the flying boats and for Qantas and was even part of the crew which flew the Queen to Australia in 1954.

After leaving the merchant navy he became a professional photographer.

Arthur married his wartime sweetheart Dorothy Grace ‘Grace’ Rawles (1926–2015) in 1953. They settled in Wareham and had a daughter Annette and a son Geoffrey.

Arthur retired in 1990. Arthur died at home on 12 January 2010 aged 87 after a long illness. His ashes are buried in Tyneham Churchyard. Grace died on 13 August 2015 aged 88 years.

Cyril Frank Griffiths (1928-1998)

Cyril was the adopted son of Harry and Marjorie.

cyril frank griffiths

Cyril and I played a lot mostly in the duck pond where the Gwyle re-merges from under the road. In 1939 after the war started, we made battleships out of offcuts of wood, using old nails as the 16inch guns.

Colin Driscoll, 2002

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Page last updated: 2 May 2020

Video Clips

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Grant family

Home|Families|A-E|F-J|K-O|P-T|U-Z The Grant Family lived at Gwyle Cottages in Tyneham from 1924 to 1942. The family left Tyneham a year before the evacuation. Henry George ‘Harry’ Grant (1898–1977) Harry was born on 8 December 1898 at East Stoke, Dorset. He was the eldest son of John William Grant (1873-1944) and… Continue reading

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2015: Death of Dorothy ‘Grace’ Grant

DOROTHY ‘GRACE’ GRANT Passed away peacefully at home after a short illness on Thursday 13th August aged 88 years. Beloved wife of the late Arthur (photographer). Much loved mum of Geoff and Annette and to Tanya and Mike. Dear grandma of Jamie-Lee, Saffron and Poppy and to Andrew, ‘G-Mar’ of… Continue reading

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2010: Lingering ghosts of a long-dead England

Tyneham in Dorset was already a museum piece when it was shut down during the Second World War. It never reopened by David Randall There’ll be another burial in the village next week. Arthur Grant’s ashes will be interred in the churchyard at Tyneham in Dorset. He left more than… Continue reading

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2010: Death of Arthur Grant

GRANT ARTHUR (AMENDED NOTICE) (Photographer) aged 87 years peacefully at home on Tuesday 12th January 2010. Dearly beloved Husband of Grace and Dad of Geoff, Annette and to Tanya and Mike. A dear Grandad of Jamie-Lee, Saffron and Poppy. Funeral Service in the Church of Lady St Mary, Wareham, Monday… Continue reading

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2010: Tributes paid to legendary Purbeck photographer Arthur Grant

by Jim Durkin The family of legendary Purbeck photographer Arthur Grant have paid a heartfelt tribute to a “huge character who will always be remembered with affection and love”. Arthur passed away peacefully at home last Tuesday at the age of 87, after a brave battle against a protracted illness.… 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 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