Tatworth Village

Tatworth Village

My mother’s family were from the small rural village of Tatworth not far from its Manor of Chard. My mother had seven sisters, two didn’t survive a year and one was adopted, and six brothers, four of whom died within four years. The family lived in a three bedroomed house opposite the village school. It was assumed that the girls would be unlikely to marry, all however, who reached working age, did. It is a marvel that Rosa managed so well. She never stood on ceremony nor suffered fools gladly but spoke directly, never fearing that what she said was not right or questioned. Tatworth was a close-knit society, especially for folk who were neighbours for generations and had gone to school together. The land, mill, and buttery, gave work to its inhabitants and for some In-service work gave their daughters a rare taste of freedom and a better life.

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CHAPTER SUBJECT KEY
Page Count - 96 Word Count - 31,648
Setting the scene.
I. TURN OF THE CENTURY: - Enclosure - Depression - WWI - Farming Traditions - The Four Seasons Horse & Wagon - Door to Door Delivery - The Village Exodus - Crossways - Market Days - Jumble Sales - Ox and plough - Hedging and Ditching
II. BEYOND THE GARDEN GATE: - Perry Street - The old Ford - The Bridge - School - Chard Junction - Market Day - Sheepdown - Village Fete - The two horse plough - Packhorse route - Oxen ploughing - Muck spreading - The Mole Catcher
III. THE TINKER CALLS: - Tramps along the road - Pedlers and Knife Grinders - Proud Gypsies - The Onion Seller - Shopping at Chard - The Carrier Van - Penny Bazar - Holidays - Train Journey - Station handcart - Reaper - Onehorse rake - The swarth turner - Thrashing
IV. THE HEDGE FRUIT RIPENS: - Harvest Time - Faggin - The reapers gets to work - Rabbits - Trussing the sheaves - Making the stooks - Loading the wagon - Steam Engines - Massy Harris - Threshing - The sheaves - Thatching - Bradfords - September chill
V. RELIGIOUS BODIES: - Educating the poor - Curriculum - Education Acts - School boards - Teachers - National Days - Health and Hygeine - Sports Day - School Milk - The Doctor - Playtime - Scholarship - Lessons for Life - Country Ways - Help at Home - Work
VI. ELSIE PLAYS HER PART: - The Lace Factory - Mr Phelps helps out - Perry Street Mill - Bobbin Lace Making - Becoming a Lace Hand - Earning a Living - Leaving the Mill - In-Service - Forde Abbey - Mrs Roper - Lady's Maid - Upstairs Downstairs - A night in London