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Between   1830   and   1939   various   trade   directories   were   printed   every   few   years.   They   detail   the   gentry   as   well   as   traders   in   the   village. The   period   covered   coincides   with   a   time   when   many   shops   were   operating   in   the   village. At   the   height   of   commercial   activity   in   the   late 19th   and   early   20th   centuries,   there   were   between   fifteen   and   twenty   shops   of   all   kinds.   Today   there   are   just   three   including   the   Post Office.

Pigot's 1830 Description of Bere Regis

"Is   a   village   and   parish   in   the   hundred   of   its   name,   12   miles   from   London,   and   8   from   Blandford.   Its   name   is   derived   from   the   small   river   Beer, upon which it is seated; and from its having been anciently a royal demesne. Queen   Elfrida   had   a   seat   here,   to   which   she   retired   immediately   after   the   murder   of   her   son-in-law,   Edward   the   Martyr.   This   place   had   the   charter of a market granted to it by King John, and was constituted a borough by Edward 1. It   may   hence   be   supposed   that   Beer   was   of   more   importance   in   those   days   than   at   present,   for   it   is   now   so   inconsiderable   that   the   market   has fallen   into   disuse.   The   inhabitants   are   mostly   employed   in   agriculture,   and   the   cutting   of   wood   for   making   faggots   ;   the   country   around   here   being more rich in wood than any other part in the south of Devon. The   parish   church   is   a   small   edifice;   the   living   is   a   vicarage,   of   which   the   Rev.   Carrington   Ley   is   the   incumbent.   Here   are   two   meeting-houses   for dissenters, and an endowed school for educating and clothing eight boys. A fair is held at Woodbury hill, about half a mile distant, on the 18th of September and three following days. The parish of Beer-Regis, including the tything of Shy-Herton, contained by the last returns, 1,080 inhabitants." GENTRY & CLERGY Rev Thomas Burgess Barker William Brewer, esq., Milborne John Stanley Wanley Sawbridge Erle Drax, esq., Charborough Park Mr Frampton, esq., Moreton Rev Carrington Ley (vicar) Rev George Pickhard, Bloxworth Thomas Pickhard, esq., Bloxworth House Morton Pleydell, esq., Watcombe PUBLIC HOUSES Drax's Arms, James Kitcat Royal Oak, John Casher SHOPKEEPERS & TRADERS James Bryer Ash, carpenter John Battrick, shoemaker William L. Bellows, shopkeeper William Biles, smith Joseph Brydle, tailor and draper Peter Case, linen draper Joseph Clinch, tailor Joshua Gallop, grocer & Henry Gaulton, cabinet maker John Gould, grocer and confectioner Edward Hibbs, smith Edward Hibbs, linen draper Robert Hoare, bricklayer Giles Homer, tin-plate worker Henry House, carpenter Thomas Lane, tailor William Lane, shoemaker Benjamin Whitehead Lewis, grocer, draper, and spirit merchant William Northover, painter &c Thomas Nott, surgeon James Rossiter, miller, Beer Marsh John Shave, saddler &c Francis Shepherd, painter & glazier Thomas Shepherd, bricklayer Robert Strand, miller Ann Vincent, shopkeeper John Vincent, bricklayer William White, cooper John Winshall, carpenter James Winsor, ironmonger John Woolfreys, shoemaker

Village Trade Directories 1830 -

1939

© Bere Regis Village  2003  -  2017

Village Trade Directories 1830 -

1939

Bere Regis Village Website
Between   1830   and   1939   various   trade   directories   were   printed every   few   years.   They   detail   the   gentry   as   well   as   traders   in   the village.   The   period   covered   coincides   with   a   time   when   many shops   were   operating   in   the   village.   At   the   height   of   commercial activity    in    the    late    19th    and    early    20th    centuries,    there    were between   fifteen   and   twenty   shops   of   all   kinds.   Today   there   are just three including the Post Office.

Pigot's 1830 Description of Bere Regis

"Is   a   village   and   parish   in   the   hundred   of   its   name,   12   miles   from London,   and   8   from   Blandford.   Its   name   is   derived   from   the   small   river Beer,   upon   which   it   is   seated;   and   from   its   having   been   anciently   a royal demesne. Queen   Elfrida   had   a   seat   here,   to   which   she   retired   immediately   after the   murder   of   her   son-in-law,   Edward   the   Martyr.   This   place   had   the charter   of   a   market   granted   to   it   by   King   John,   and   was   constituted   a borough by Edward 1. It   may   hence   be   supposed   that   Beer   was   of   more   importance   in   those days   than   at   present,   for   it   is   now   so   inconsiderable   that   the   market has    fallen    into    disuse.    The    inhabitants    are    mostly    employed    in agriculture,   and   the   cutting   of   wood   for   making   faggots   ;   the   country around   here   being   more   rich   in   wood   than   any   other   part   in   the   south of Devon. The   parish   church   is   a   small   edifice;   the   living   is   a   vicarage,   of   which the    Rev.    Carrington    Ley    is    the    incumbent.    Here    are    two    meeting- houses    for    dissenters,    and    an    endowed    school    for    educating    and clothing eight boys. A   fair   is   held   at   Woodbury   hill,   about   half   a   mile   distant,   on   the   18th   of September and three following days. The    parish    of    Beer-Regis,    including    the    tything    of    Shy-Herton, contained by the last returns, 1,080 inhabitants." GENTRY & CLERGY Rev Thomas Burgess Barker William Brewer, esq., Milborne John Stanley Wanley Sawbridge Erle Drax, esq., Charborough Park Mr Frampton, esq., Moreton Rev Carrington Ley (vicar) Rev George Pickhard, Bloxworth Thomas Pickhard, esq., Bloxworth House Morton Pleydell, esq., Watcombe PUBLIC HOUSES Drax's Arms, James Kitcat Royal Oak, John Casher SHOPKEEPERS & TRADERS James Bryer Ash, carpenter John Battrick, shoemaker William L. Bellows, shopkeeper William Biles, smith Joseph Brydle, tailor and draper Peter Case, linen draper Joseph Clinch, tailor Joshua Gallop, grocer & Henry Gaulton, cabinet maker John Gould, grocer and confectioner Edward Hibbs, smith Edward Hibbs, linen draper Robert Hoare, bricklayer Giles Homer, tin-plate worker Henry House, carpenter Thomas Lane, tailor William Lane, shoemaker Benjamin Whitehead Lewis, grocer, draper, and spirit merchant William Northover, painter &c Thomas Nott, surgeon James Rossiter, miller, Beer Marsh John Shave, saddler &c Francis Shepherd, painter & glazier Thomas Shepherd, bricklayer Robert Strand, miller Ann Vincent, shopkeeper John Vincent, bricklayer William White, cooper John Winshall, carpenter James Winsor, ironmonger John Woolfreys, shoemaker