SEASONABLE BENEVOLENCE - Under this heading numerous are the paragraphs recording the festivities in which the poor take a prominent part at this blessed season. Of our neighbours who hold out the hand of charity Mrs. Pattison, of Wrackleford House, deserves special mention. The poor of Stratton village are never forgotten by her, and Christmastide, when the weather is biting and wants are many, affords a favourable opportunity for displaying her benevolence. This year Mrs. Pattison distributed as usual bread and beef according to the number of members in the families in the village, and great was the joy which followed. Many a heart was made glad, and the kind-hearted lady was generally thanked for her seasonable generosity. All will wish Mrs. Pattison continued happiness and improved health.



THE CRYSTAL PALACE POULTRY AND PIGEON SHOW -  . . . . Amongst the honourable mentions we notice the name of Mrs. Pattison, of Wrackleford House, who gained first prize for silver-spangled cocks, was highly commended for silver-spangled hens, and also for Hondans.



THE POOR OF STRATTON - We have to record another act of liberality on the part of Mrs. Pattison, of Wrackleford House. During the past week this generous lady has caused to be distributed through Mr. Dean, her steward, a large quantity of coal amongst the poor people of Stratton. During the inclement season this, we need not say, is a very acceptable present. Mrs. Pattison, it is pleasing to report, continues in the enjoyment of good health.



FUNERAL OF THE LATE REV. CHARLES TUCKER – The remains of this deceased clergyman, who was for 36 years incumbent of Charminster with Stratton, were consigned to the grave on Monday afternoon at Charminster. The interment took place in a new grave prepared in the parish churchyard.  The principal residents of the village and the surrounding locality paid their last tribute of respect to the deceased by personally attending the funeral. The large and sorrowing cortege left the residence of the late incumbent at one o’clock, the coffin being borne by eight bearers. Amongst those walking in the procession – for there were no carriages – were Mrs. Tucker (the deceased’s widow), with the other members of his family, Mr. Devenish, Mr. Caines, Mr. Read, Mr. Slade, Mr. Dunning, Messrs. Pardy (2), Mr. Pouncy, and other friends of Charminster, Stratton and Grimstone. Mr. Emson, of Dorchester, medical attendant to the deceased, was likewise present. The funeral party, having arrived at the church, the Rev. R. G. Watson, head master of the Dorset County School, commenced the solemn and impressive service for the burial of the dead in the presence of a numerous and weeping congregation, for the deceased was generally and deeply beloved. The pulpit, reading desk, communion rails, gallery, and organ were draped in black. The lid of the coffin bore this simple inscription – “Charles Tucker, died Nov. 25, aged 70.” At the conclusion of the service a throng assembled around the grave to take a last lingering look at their late beloved pastor. The arrangements were conducted by Messrs. T. and H. Bascombe, undertakers, of Dorchester, the former being present at the funeral.


SOUTHERN TIMES - Saturday 18th January 1873

COUNTY PETTY SESSIONS – Saturday: before Mr. E. Pearce and Mr. G. O. Churchill. George Short, landlord of the Bull Inn, Stratton, was brought up on remand from the previous Saturday under the charge of assaulting his family. Supt. Hare, on Friday, January 3rd, saw the prisoner in an excited state at his house, and took him into custody, conducting him to the Dorchester gaol. He returned to Stratton, when he found that prisoner’s girl, about six years of age, had a severe bruise on the face, which he heard was caused by the prisoner; another child had bruises on the arm. Mrs. Short, who had been driven from the house, made a complaint to him as to her husband’s conduct.  Prisoner was examined by Mr. Good, who reported that the man was suffering from delirium tremens, and that it was not safe for him to be at large. The superintendent added that he had taken charge of the prisoner in order to prevent his injuring himself; there was no desire to do him any harm. Mrs. Louisa Short, wife of the accused, stated that she left the house on Friday, the 3rd inst., and went to Wrackleford; she did not wish now to say why she left. Unfortunately when he had a little drink he became excited; “a very little did it.” Otherwise he was the best of husbands. When he was excited by drink she liked to keep out of his way – she, however, was not in bodily fear of him; she thought he would get quiet if he were left alone. The Chairman expressed the opinion that the prisoner, when he acted as he had done, was not in his right senses, and after advising him to abstain from drink, dismissed the case.



CHRISTMAS BOUNTY – The poor folk resident in the parish of Stratton have not been forgotten at this festive season by their good friend, Mrs. Pattison, of Wrackleford House. Through the steward, Mr. Dean, this estimable lady has dispensed her usual Christmas charities of beef and bread, and these gifts have been highly appreciated.



SEVERAL handsome cups and money contributions have been promised towards the fund for the Dorset poultry and pigeon show. Mrs. Pattison, of Wrackleford House, has given five guineas and also a cup of similar value, also forwarding five guineas from the Hon. Mrs. Ashley and two guineas from the Misses Ashley.


WESTERN GAZETTE - Friday 21st August 1874

A SERIOUS FIRE occurred at Stratton, yesterday (Thursday), and resulted in the entire destruction of five cottages occupied by labourers named Brown, Northover, Watts, John Bridle, and James Bridle, all of whom lost nearly the whole of their furniture. The fire originated in some out-buildings at the back of the cottages, and was caused by some boys playing with matches. The Dorchester engine was on the spot, and rendered good assistance in saving the adjoining property. The damage, which is covered by insurance in the Alliance Office, is estimated at about £500. The property belongs to Mrs. Pattison, of Wrackleford House.


POOLE & DORSET HERALD - Thursday 27th August 1874

DISASTROUS FIRE – FIVE COTTAGES BURNT DOWN – On Thursday five cottages standing in the centre of the village and all in the occupation of labouring men were burnt to the ground, the fire being occasioned by two little boys named Brown and Green, aged respectively three and five years, through the incautious use of matches. Shortly before nine o’clock smoke was seen issuing in large volumes from the back of a cottage in the occupation of Francis Brown, a gardener, in the employ of Mrs. Pattison, of Wrackleford House, and it was soon found that the house was in a mass of flames, having originated in an outhouse at the rear of the building. Mr. T. Chick at once proceeded to Dorchester for the fire engine, but before its arrival the flames spread to four other cottages adjoining, in the respective occupations of Benjamin Northover, Charles Watts, John Bridle and James Bridle, and in a short time they were burnt to the ground, notwithstanding the efforts of plenty of willing hands, prominent amongst whom was Mr. H. B. Middleton, of Bradford Peverell, who worked untiringly and was to be seen wherever was too greatest. Mr. Chick and others of the leading parishioners also lent every possible assistance in subduing the flames. On the arrival of the engine efforts were directed to preventing the further spread of the fire, which was happily accomplished, or the outbreak might have proved much more serious than is now the case, there being a farmhouse on the one side and a large rick yard and barn, both full of grain, on the other. The occupants, unfortunately, lost the greater portion of their furniture, Northover and Watts being the two greatest sufferers. Two other cottages, occupied by Charles Spracklin and Samuel Spracklin, were also considerably damaged. The cottages, which were all thatched, are the property of Mrs. Pattison, and are fully insured in the Alliance Office. The damage is estimated at about £700, and the poor cottagers are, of course, the greatest sufferers, many having lost their all. Several of them, to make matters worse, have families. The houseless were taken care of by Mr. Chick, Mr. Shorto, and others, and it is hoped that a subscription will be started on their behalf.


WESTERN GAZETTE - Friday 28th August 1874

SCHOOL BOARD – The following gentlemen have been elected without a contest to form the first School Board : - The Rev. W. L. Barnes, Mr. T. Chick, Mr. W. H. Dean, Mr. C. Shorto, and Mr. W. Randall.



INVALID’S CUSHION – Price List. 1. Covered with cloth for carriages £1 15. 0d. 2. Covered with cashmere £1 10s. 0d. 3. Covered with silk £2 2s. 0d. Slides for beds 6s. 6d. extra. This cushion is indispensable for Invalids, who in future will not require Bed Chairs, or get sore from lying in one position. By the use of the slide behind the cushion invalids may sit in any conceivable posture with the greatest ease. The cushion has been strongly recommended by many members of the medical faculty. “Wrackleford House, Dec. 15th 1874 Mrs. Pattison is very much pleased with the Invalid Cushion which she purchased from Mrs. Case. It is a great comfort to her, and very convenient.” Manufactured solely by John Case, Lower Bond-Street, Weymouth.



WRACKLEFORD HOUSE – Two and a quarter miles from Dorchester. Mr. T. Ensor has been favoured with instructions to sell by auction, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, September 20, 21 and 22, a great portion of the valuable furniture, of Dining, 2 Drawing Rooms, and Library, 10 Bed and Dressing-rooms, Offices, and contents of Mansion, late the property of Mrs. Pattison, deceased: - Amongst which will be found – Excellent feather beds and mattress, large plate, chimney, and pier glasses, in carved and gilt frames; gilt marble top console tables and other ornamental furniture, ormolu and cut glass chandeliers, Turkey, Brussels, and Kidderminster carpets; china, dinner, dessert and tea services, cut glass decanters and glasses of various descriptions, a large quantity of engravings, prints, lithographs and oil paintings, plated articles, handsome time pieces, and a great variety of ornamental and fancy articles. About 400 volumes of books. Many of them on Horticulture, Travels, &c., Illustrated with coloured plates, Hutchins’ History of Dorset, 2 vols. 65 dozen foreign wines, spirits and liqueurs, choice home-made wines and liqueurs, 2 hogsheads of strong beer, brewing utensils, 1 hogshead of cider, pair of carriage horses, handsome single brougham, double brougham, phaeton with head, pair-horse break, car with tilt, one-horse wagon with tilt, Bath chair, sets of double and single plated harness, saddles and bridles. About 1000 pots of greenhouse flowers, strawberries and fruit trees, flower vases, forcing glass frames; choice prize gold and silver Hamburg and Buff Cochin poultry, poultry houses with wire runs and fittings, fancy chicken houses, boat, and a great variety of effects. Particulars will be given in catalogues, to be had one week before the sale, of the Auctioneer, 54 South-street, Dorchester; and of Mr. Foster, Bookseller, Cornhill, Dorchester. May be viewed on the mornings of sale. Order of Sale. First Day – Horses, carriages, flowers, poultry, outdoor effects, wine and books. Second Day – Furniture of dining, drawing, and library rooms, engravings, paintings, and ornamental articles. Third Day – Bedrooms, china, glass, ware, plated articles, contents of offices, kitchens, pantries, &c.



WRACKLEFORD DAIRY HOUSE – Two miles from Dorchester. Sale of superior dairy cows. Mr. T. Ensor has been favoured with instructions to sell by auction, on Thursday, the 30th September, 1875, - 36 dairy cows, 15 fat and store pigs, chestnut mare, two-horse wagon, cart, putt, harness, iron fencing, rick of wood, poultry, and the dairy utensils, requisite for a 40-cow dairy, and one ton of cheese, late the property of Mrs. Pattison, deceased. The Auctioneer begs to inform his friends and the public that the dairy cows are principally a cross of the Shorthorn and Devon, and are not to be excelled for milking qualities, they are of great size, young, and have been carefully selected regardless of expense. The sale will commence at Two-o’clock.



MR ENSOR – held a sale of dairy stock, the property of the late Mrs. Pattison, Wrackleford, on Thursday, there being a large attendance of buyers. The cows found purchasers at prices ranging from £12 to £24 10s. per head, while the barreners ranged from £18 10s. to £24.



THE HUNTING SEASON – The opening meet of the season of the Cattistock hounds took place on Friday morning at the Artillery Barracks. The Officers of the Royal Horse Artillery kindly provided luncheon in the barracks, but owing to the unfavourable weather the field was very small and consequently but few partook of the hospitality. The run commenced soon after eleven o’clock and there was a splendid “spin” in the direction of Bradford, where a brace of foxes were killed. Thence the huntsmen went towards Wrackleford and a 50 minutes’ run ended fatally for Reynard, near Captain Giffis’ residence, at Puddlehinton.


WESTERN GAZETTE - Friday 10th March 1876

GENERAL SERVANT WANTED – immediately, in a farm house. Nurse kept. A good character required. Apply to R.M.C., Mr. Pearse’s, Grimstone, Dorchester.

CARTER WANTED – at Lady Day, with a working boy, and a woman to go out to work occasionally. A good house and garden close to the stable. Apply to Mr. W. H. Dean, Stratton near Dorchester.



THE LATE MRS PATTISON – of Wrackleford House, promised to give a piece of land to enlarge the burial ground at Stratton Church, but she died before it could be completed. The Hon. Mrs. Ashley has lately conveyed it, and the land will in due time be consecrated.


THE FIELD - Saturday 2nd December 1876

SPORT IN DORSETSHIRE – Thursday, Nov. 9, the South Dorset met at Waterson Ridge, and the finale of the day’s sport ought to be a lesson to those who leave the field before they see the huntsman and his hounds on their way to the kennels, as your correspondent from the shires recommends. The early part of the day is hardly worth recording, for scent was bad, and there was the usual amount of pottering about in and near the Wolverton Clump. But in the afternoon affairs took a decided turn for the better, and just as nearly the whole field took their departure they found in Wolverton Clump, and after running him two rings towards Mr. Mayor’s farm, they got him away pointing for Chammings Gorse. Through this covert they ran him, across the Cerne-road, and on to Stratton Down, which they rattled him across; and, skirting Stratton village, carried the line on to Wrackleford Plantation. Here they quite expected to kill him, but pug only waited for them to reach the cover, and then crossed the river and the railway, rang a ring through Bradford Peverell and back to Wrackleford, and was finally lost on Stratton Down after a fine a hunting run as one could wish to see, and one that tested the tact and perseverance of the huntsman to the uttermost. Drayton and his two whips were the sole representatives of the field at the close of the day.



STEALING MONEY – Thomas C. Farnham was charged before the county magistrates on Monday with stealing 8s. 6d. from the Railway Inn, Maiden Newton, in January last. Mr Weston prosecuted. Andrew Hurden stated he kept the Railway Inn at Maiden Newton. Prisoner came into his bar at half-part eleven, and sat there some time. He called to his wife for the key to the till to give change. He left the key in the drawer and went out at the front door. He saw two shillings and half-a-crown in the till. He left the prisoner in the bar. Harriett Anne Hurden, wife of last witness, said on the 31st ult. Prisoner came to her house. She gave her husband the key of the till, where there was two florins, half-a-crown and two shillings. She went in the yard, leaving the prisoner in the bar. About twelve, after the prisoner had left, she went to the drawer and found all the money gone, except a few sixpences. They then mentioned the matter to the police. John Jerrard, foreman porter at the Maiden Newton railway station, said he called at the Railway Inn at 25 minutes to twelve, and saw the prisoner in the bar. Saw him shift is seat, and witness went to the door with the landlord to look at some pigs. When he turned round he saw prisoner was inside the counter. He watched him and saw him go out of the back door and come in again by the front door. Witness left the bar just before twelve, and when he returned to his duty he heard the till had been robbed. Sarah White, servant at the Yeoman Inn, Grimstone, recollected seeing the prisoner on the 31st ult. between one and two. He had some beer and bread and cheese and paid for it with a shilling. He had two more pints of beer and went away. Margaret Randall remembered prisoner coming to the Bull Inn, Stratton. He asked for a bed, and gave her a shilling to pay for it, receiving sixpence change; he then gave her half-a-crown to pay for a pint of beer, and she gave him two shillings and a threepenny piece. Elizabeth Watts, servant at the Bull, said prisoner gave her sixpence to pay for beer and bread and cheese, and he afterwards gave her a two-shilling-piece to pay for a pint of beer. George Balstone, a hawker, saw prisoner on 30th ult. at Maiden Newton. Supposed he had then money, because he asked the price of a bed, and said he could pay sixpence for it; also that he could pay for a pint of beer, but not for a quart. Saw him on Thursday, when he was sitting without anything to eat, and gave him part of his breakfast and twopence. Supt. Batty deposed on Thursday having received information of the robbery at the Railway Inn. He made enquiries, and found prisoner in bed at four o’clock the next morning at the Bull Inn. He denied being at Maiden Newton. On searching his trousers he found 3½d in one pocket and in another one florin, two shillings, and a penny, making in all 4s. 4½d. Took him in custody, and conveyed him to Maiden Newton, where he was identified. On Sunday night he sent for witness, who told him he had only taken 6s. from the till, and not 8s. 6d., as Mr. Hurden had stated. He then made a statement as to how he had spent the money, so as to leave the balance found on him. Prisoner, being cautioned, confirmed the admission he had made to the superintendent. Two previous convictions were proved against the prisoner. He was committed for trial at the assizes.


WESTERN GAZETTE - Friday 31st May 1878

LIBERAL GIFT – The Hon. Mrs. Ashley who recently succeeded to a considerable property in the neighbourhood of Stratton, Grimstone, &c., on the demise of her lamented mother, Mrs. J. Pattison, of Wrackleford House, has just given a piece of land for the enlargement of the parish burial ground at Stratton, the consecration of which, in all probability, take place by the Bishop of Salisbury on Wednesday next.


WESTERN GAZETTE - Friday 14th June 1878

CONSECRATION – The parish burial ground at Stratton, which is used for Grimstone as well, having been enlarged by the addition of a piece of ground given by the Hon. Mrs. Ashley, the principle landowner in the neighbourhood, the Bishop of Salisbury consecrated the same on Thursday afternoon, in the presence of a numerous concourse of spectators, the weather being most propitious. The customary service was held at the Parish Church at three o’clock, and was conducted by the Rev. W. L. Barnes, incumbent of Charminster, who officiates for the parish, the musical portion of the service being under the direction of Miss Smith, of Bradford Peverell, who presided at the harmonium. This was followed by the customary procession round the boundaries of the new ground, which was headed by the two churchwardens – Mr. T. Chick and Mr. E. Pardy; then followed the Bishop’s attendant; the Bishop; the Rev. Canon Smith (Stafford); and the Rev. W. L. Barnes; Rev. W. M. Barnes (Monkton) and the Rev. T. Sainsbury (Frampton); parishioners and others including Messrs. W. Riggs, W. Chick, R. Tilley, T. Dunn, R. Davis, W. Churchill, and F. Newberry; the rear being brought up by schoolchildren, in charge of Mrs. Allen, the mistress, who strowed flowers as they passed round the ground. At the conclusion of the ceremony Mr. T. Chick entertained the Bishop and the clergy, together with a few friends, at luncheon at his residence.


WESTERN GAZETTE - Friday 26th July 1878

CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL – The Mayoress of Dorchester (Mrs. Aldridge) gave another proof of her kindly disposition on Friday last, by providing a treat for the children of Mrs. Colonel Bingham’s Band of Hope, who were taken in a number of waggons to Grimstone where a charming spot for the afternoon’s festivities had been selected on Langford Farm, which is owned by the worthy Mayor (Dr. Aldridge). A number of friends were present, including, besides Dr. and Mrs. Aldridge, the Rev. H. Everett, Colonel and Mrs. Bingham, the Misses Mansell, Mrs. Homer, and others. The weather was brilliantly fine, but, notwithstanding the intense heat, the children found ample amusements till shortly before five, when there was a general muster for the tea, which was provided on the most liberal scale, delicacies of every kind being set before the juveniles, and thoroughly enjoyed. The remainder of the evening was devoted to kiss-in-the-ring, cricket, &c., the visitors taking tea together when the children had finished. Before leaving the fete field, Mrs. Bingham gracefully presented a pretty wreath of forget-me-nots, which had been gathered by some of the children, to Mrs. Aldridge, which she carried home with her as one of the most pleasing mementoes of the day’s visit. The youngsters, who numbered about 60, will not soon forget the kindness Mrs. Aldridge has shown them.


WESTERN GAZETTE - Friday 4th October 1878

STRATTON MILLS – Four miles from Dorchester and half-a-mile from Grimstone, on the Great Western Railway. Important sale of superior household furniture, bay horse, brown cart horse (good worker), two Miller’s Waggons, dog-cart, harness, rick of prime meadow hay (about 20 tons, with liberty of removal), about 1,000 flour and corn sacks, 22 pure-bred Aylesbury ducks, fowls, carpenter’s tools, large beams, scales, and weights, and a large quantity of other effects. Mr. G. Ensor has been favoured with instructions from the Executor of the late Mr. E. Nutting, to sell by auction, on Monday, 14th October, 1878, the whole of the above effects, particulars of which will be given in catalogues to be obtained one week prior to sale at the Auctioneers office, South Street, Dorchester, or of Mr. T. Newman, South Walks. Sale to commence at one o’clock.


BRIDPORT NEWS - Friday 2nd May 1879

A SMASH - On Friday, as one of Mr Eddison’s locomotives was passing over a bridge at Grimstone, on the estate of Hon. Mrs. Ashley, the structure gave way and precipitated the locomotive into the meadow adjoining. The bridge was completely wrecked. The engine was removed on Saturday.