A Remnant of a Feudal Society. A perspective of rural life in a Country Estate in Dorset across two eras, using original family footage from the 1920s. Lord Digby and members of his retired staff are interviewed in 1970 in this restored footage made by and broadcast by the BBC in that year.
1919 Village Sale Re-Enactment Full Length Gary Batt gives a very entertaining performance as the Auctioneer in Helen Hewitt’s production of the Sale of the Century, September 2019 in Cerne Abbas church, to mark the centenary of the sale of the village by the Pitt-Rivers Estate to pay for death duties.
Paul Fancy: Tyneham. This is the supporting video to the talk given by Range Warden Paul Fancy on 23 Feb 2017. Paul has built up a considerable knowledge and has become emotionally connected with the place. There is now only being a handful of people alive who lived in the Tyneham area prior to 1943 when the MOD evacuated the village prior to the requisition of neighbouring heathland as wartime Ranges. It has been MOD property ever since. The villagers are unlikely ever to return.
Lord Digby talks here to local resident Kate Adie about the Minterne House and the history of the Digby family which can be traced back in an unbroken line to 111 BC. He speaks of some of the famous family connections and colourful and influential figures who made their mark upon history.
Hugh Mumford was vicar in the Parish from 1969 to 1989 and is fondly remembered. Here, he talks to Jonathan Still, the present incumbent, about what drew him to Cerne, his time in the village and the changes he saw.
Graham Clark from New Zealand visited Cerne in the Summer of 2016 for his family reunion. Helen, Mike and Andrew picked his brains about the methodology of his extensive research into his family history that he has carried out during the last 30 years, which includes his family’s dwelling places in Cerne and all the associated fascinating historical insights. The audio recording may be heard here. A printable INDEX to access specific parts by time for the recording, may be downloaded here.
Will Best’s tremendous illustrated talk on on the local abandoned farmstead Bushes Bottom near Godmanstone was recorded live on 26 May 2016 and is available by way of an audio recording with visual aids here.