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Thorncombe Village Trust


     Thorncombe Village Trust - caring for Thorncombe's environment

Thorncombe History

    Don’t forget that there now is a dedicated email address for all queries relating to Thorncombe history:

Thorncombe lies in a very beautiful part of West Dorset, bordering Devon and Somerset. It falls within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) . The Parish is over 5,200 acres in extent and is principally agricultural land.  

Fields tend to be small and hilly with ancient hedgerows, while the access roads to the village are very narrow lanes, shaded in summer by tall trees including oaks, beeches and sycamores, and fringed with primroses, bluebells and cow parsley.

                                             Applications for Grants from TVT

Under the terms of its amended constitution, Thorncombe Village Trust (TVT) is now able to invite applications for grants from individuals or organisations wishing to undertake a project or activity which reflects one or more of the aims of the Trust.

Namely  to:

i) encourage and promote a greater interest in, and understanding of, the local environment and its history

ii) protect historic buildings in the Parish and especially to conserve the character of the village of Thorncombe and of the other settlements in the Parish

iii) oppose unsuitable development in the Parish

iv) safeguard and enhance the countryside in the Parish.

The money granted must be used for the direct benefit of the Parish of Thorncombe only and for the public good, in such a manner and place that the Trustees can verify the grant has been appropriately used.

If you wish to make an application for funding, please request an application form in one of the following ways:

- Email the Secretary of the Trustees  on

- Pick up a form from inside the porch at The School House, Chard Street, Thorncombe (opposite the church)

- Download an application form and the guidelines from the TVT website         Application form   Guidelines for applications

Completed application forms need to be received by the end of September for an October decision and by  end of  February for a March decision by  the Board of  Trustees.

For any further information or if you have any questions, please talk to one of the trustees: Mark Agnew (30385), Kate Cahn (30054), John Higgs (30994), Richard Holt (30428), Mary Marsh (30139), Jan Walker (30212), John Whitbread (30525).


             The TVT Trustees held their Annual General Meeting on 4th May 2017. Minutes of the meeting can be read and downloaded here.

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              From our History files:      

                                                                        Chard Street Bakery and Forge

“  ….We were lucky enough to get to know Mr and Mrs Chubb who were in the bakery before Mr Saunders and through the war years. Mr Chubb told me a lot about the bakery and his methods. In his day they fired the oven with faggots of wood, and gauged the temperature by the colour of the oven roof: black, too cold; white, too hot; black halfway, just right. The hooks in the roof beam over the front of the oven held the peels - long wooden paddles called ‘peels’ for lifting out the bread, cakes and pies. ….”

Just a snippet from the fascinating article to be read here written  by Richard Holt

                                 Sonny’  Down and his sister May, outside the forge, Chard Street

                         It’s well worth trawling through our History section to see what other gems are  lurking within.

Axminster Heritage Centre

Taken from the website of this fantastic local resource:

“Walk into our story of Axminster. The town has origins in the Bronze and Stone Ages, later becoming a major crossroads on the Roman Fosse Way. It became a busy agricultural market town post its 1210 charter and an important brush making centre, notably for toothbrushes.  Axminster’s world famous quality carpet making business is at the heart of our story. A local man, Thomas Whitty, set up his manufactory in 1755 and it ran until 1835. On show are displays of spinning, dyeing, weaving, an original 18th century loom and a beautiful 1769 Whitty carpet, televised in Michael Portillo’s Great British Railway Journeys. We regularly add new displays relating to different community interests, these complement our permanent exhibitions.”

It’s well worth visiting the Centre in the middle of Axminster at the Thomas Whitty  building by the church.

In addition to the displays in the Gallery they regularly present talks, films, craft  courses and social events.

                     Check out the website


Don’t forget to fill up your bird feeders as the weather  gets colder.

Have you got any old photos you could let us borrow? Or do you have  any memories of Thorncombe and the Parish that you could share with  us?

               Do get in touch - we’d love to hear from you

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