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Few people trying on scents and shopping for underwear in Debenham’s realise that the founder’s family was also responsible for a ground-breaking initiative in a Dorset village.
Briantspuddle once consisted of 12 cottages (which still exist today) until Ernest Debenham expanded the village. Ernest – grandson of the department store chain’s founder – wanted to create a self-sufficient agricultural enterprise, with new scientific and technological methods applied to farming.
By 1929, 40 new Arts and Crafts cottages had been built to house the estate workers. His vision was that every house would have an inside toilet and at least a quarter of an acre of garden. Each cottage also had pumped water, electric lighting, a garden and a pig pen to encourage self-sufficiency. Work was delayed by the First War.
At its peak, the Bladen estate stretched 10,000 acres across the Piddle Valley and employed 600 workers. The dairy (known locally as ‘the Ring’) was the first to have large scale milking machines installed in Dorset. In the 1920s up to 1,000 gallons of milk a day were brought in from surrounding farms for processing and bottling.
Bladen Valley – the cluster of homes on the outskirts of Briantspuddle – has been listed in its entirety. Unusually, the house numbers in the village were based on the order in which rent was collected, rather than the more traditional sequence of odd and even numbers. Just beyond Bladen Valley is woodland owned by Queen guitarist Brian May, who dedicates himself to protecting Badgers in his spare time.
The estate was disbanded when Ernest died in 1952. Most of the former farm worker homes then went on to the open market and today, they sell for several hundred thousand pounds.
Properties in Briantspuddle, which was crowned the Best Small Village in Dorset in 2018, had an overall average price of £372,250 over the last year. The majority of sales in Briantspuddle during the last year were detached properties, selling for an average price of £510,000. Semi-detached properties sold for an average of £234,500. Overall, sold prices in Briantspuddle over the last year were 15% down on the previous year and 43% down on the 2014 peak of £649,000.
The village takes its name from Brian de Turberville, who was lord of the manor during the reign of Edward III. It falls within the Piddle Valley Conservation Area and contains 35 listed buildings.
Its village hall is an old barn and tacked on the side is a social club, where members enjoy cut price drinks. Next door to the hall is the village shop and post office, housed in The Granary and run by volunteers who stepped in to save the service when the old shop, near the crossroads, closed in 1997.
The old shop had been trading there for over 50 years, selling everything from cooked hams to paraffin. There was a Post Office in the shop too. It is now a private home.
Briantspuddle is technically just a hamlet – with the nearest churches in the much smaller neighbouring villages of Turnerspuddle (since closed) and Affpuddle. However it was still thought grand enough to house Weymouth’s old town bridge, which was rebuilt over the River Piddle in 1928!
About a mile away, the village of Affpuddle has only about 30 homes, built along a linear pattern. Facilities are sparse – just a post box and a telephone box – however it is a village due to its having a church. The church of St Laurence is noted for its elaborate pews, dated 1545 or 1547, and the finely carved pulpit. The church dates from the 13th century but was enlarged by an aisle and a tower in the 15th century.
Affpuddle too, was a pioneer in farming practices. The earliest records in Dorset of the agricultural practice of flooding fields to form watermeadows refer to Affpuddle in the early 17th century; Edward Lawrence, the lord of the manor at the time, was interested in agricultural improvement and favoured the use of flooding here and in neighbouring Briantspiddle and Pallington, where he also had manors.
The village later belonged to the Framptons of Moreton, noted for their involvement with the Tolpuddle Martyrs. John Lock, who gave key evidence against them, also lived in the village.
Together, the two villages are very much together in spirit – their annual open gardens event is shared, with visitors bussed between the two on a vintage Bere Regis Coaches bus.
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