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Dinton black & white 1963/4



The River Nadder above the hatches, left. Here we swam as children, until Polio made an appearance in the late 50's and 1960's.


The water is backed up the hatches and released into a side channel, or leet, that can just be seen in the right-hand photo. This water then went down at a level that allowed it to overflow onto the meadows, giving early-crop grass.


From Catherine Ford Road towards the narrow gauge railway joining the Air Ministry depot just south of the main railway line, with underground bunkers in the hill. The route of this railway followed, at its lower end, the line of the Dinton-Fovant Military Railway of WW1. The bridge has now been removed, which is a relief as it was like a limbo dance to get underneath it!


On the right is a section of meadow just east of Catherine Ford. It is during a time of flood, but similar channels were used to deliver water to the meadows to prevent frost damage and to get an early cut of grass.


Schools Class loco in Dinton station.




A cut of the Schools Class loco, plus a shot from the road bridge to Fovant towards the east. This is the longest straight on the old Southern Region, running two lines. Now reduced to  a single line, the floods in the West Country cut all three routes, and this route may even rise again as a fast mainline railway.


On the right is the Wyndham Arms Hotel, which was still open for business for my first legal pint. We schoolchildren would cycle to the railway and were kindly allowed to leave our bikes in the building on the extreme right.



Left; directly opposite the church. Centre; the crossroads, looking southwards down St. Mary's Road towards Station Road (Catherine Ford Road) with the B3089 cutting across. The grounds in the foreground is the old Police House, long sold off, and Catherine Crescent. These distinctive Local Authority houses, formerly called Council Houses, are partly on the site of the WW2 Nissen Huts, in which a number of local families, known as  'squatters', took up residence after the wartime occupants left.


The Recreation Ground showing, left, cars of the time and some villagers watching a football match. Dinton played in claret and blue, the same as West Ham.


My father is  the tallest in the group, with his usual flat cap.


On the right is the pavilion, much-repaired and made from wooden boards and a galvanised roof. It had a verandah where the cricket was scored and you could sit on the edge with your feet dangling down. As you grew up they reached the ground. The goal posts were kept underneath the pavilion and it was a great playground, if very dirty, for small boys. The thatched cottage to the left is Park cottage (my uncle Walt's last abode), and to the left of that are the council houses of St. Mary's Road.


Dinton House in the centre. The view on the right was taken from the church tower (the only time I've ever been up there) and looks towards the south west, with Snow Hill and the thatched house of Cotterells in the centre/middle. The rustic corner in the foreground has long been cleaned up, with another house. Walter Clark's bungalow in the white building in the foreground.


Jesses, left, home of the Miss Bovills.


Right is the Roman Catholic chapel that adjoins Little Clarendon.



The village shop, still in the hands of the Gerry family. The son, Malcolm, was our bakery roundsman and a cheerful salesman! A respected memory of village life. The railings on the left  mark the demolished cottages, who opened almost right onto the road. The bend was blind and dangerous. Later the road was considerably strai9ghtened.


In the middle is Fitz Farm, with its Victorian outbuildings still intact on the right. The new breeze-block bus shelter is on the left.


The scene looking up the road, with the rusting galvanised ,barn; of Fitz Farm on the left, in front of which a milk churn platform was used daily by the road tanker. Beyond the rusty wreck was a wall of brick with rounded brick top pieces. Most interesting of all, beyond the bus shelter, was a stone clad lodge on Little Clarendon land, leaning ever more dangerously towards the road. It is gone now, and no wonder!



The allotment gardens were left idle for several years, awaiting the development of Spracklands. Here it is covered with snow. My father was allowed to cultivate for a couple of years more, on the proviso he moved off when construction was imminent.


In the centre is the Hindon Road looking west towards Little Clarendon and the high ground of the Greensand Ridge that flanks Dinton to the north.


The forge, after it has been cleared up. Jimmy Baker would have been about 67 by this time so would have been retired or winding down a little. Otherwise the ironmongery would still be piled high!


The entrance to the old brickworks, that had been converted to a pig unit by Gordon Lake and run as the same.


The entrance to Orchard Terrace. Notable for the semi-detached cottages on the right, demolished soon after to make way for a farmworker's bungalow, and the sign. These were the builders for our bathroom, so was definitely the winter of 1963-4. There was still no mains drainage in the village, so a septic tank was part of the construction.


From land just south of the B3089 and behind the Victory Hall in Bratch Lane.


In the left-hand photo the Summer House of Dr. Miller can be seen. the foreground has been built upon by houses that front the B3089.


Looking towards the Navy Hangers, now used for warehousing and distribution, I believe. The middle-distance land now contains the new village hall.



Manor Farm in misty light, left. In the centre is Sandhills Road, against the light, with the car outside the cottages next to East Farm. On the left is a telegraph pole, to the lefty of that would be Manor Farm. On the right is a photo, from top road ... the one that runs east west along the ridge of greensand and which is tree-clad, across the fields of the chalklands north of the Greensand Ridge, and in the dip is Field Barn. The skyline is Grovely Wood.


The garage, both during construction and afterwards. Tony Bacon was the owner, and built himself a fine house just behind the garage, which has since been demolished, of course.




A tracing  of an illustration of East End Inn on the left, and a view of the Methodist chapel on the right. Behind the chapel is the brick terrace of Pembroke Cottages, demolished in the last few years and replaced by flats. The bricks, like Orchard Terrace, were made at Dinton brickworks.


Dinton Mill on the left, before the access was created on the facing wall. classic!


On the right is the new French horn bridge shortly after construction by the look of the clean lines of the ditchers.