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The Village Archive contains numerous books and booklets which are listed here. Those highlighted in red are downloadable.

The archive holds many booklets about the village. These are listed here.

1907Book : Highways and Byways in Dorset [School Edition]
1940/1946Drat-those-pesky-vacuees.pdf The war time memories of Robert Holdeman
1967A Parish History of Child Okeford by Judy Wareham
1967The Hill; Volume 1 Edition 1

Child Okeford Panorama by Richard Taylor [Rector 1950 – 1966] can be downloaded here.


In December 1976, The Dorset Association of Local Councils launched an initiative styled “Dorset Countryside Treasures”. The archive has an original copy of the submission from our village. Please note Mr Wilson does not live at the address given on the front page.

Book: My Dorset Days by Tim Barnes

Child Okeford History 1883 – 1983 by Clarence M Smith. Full of fascinating stories about the village several of which have already been posted on the website and published in The Hill. A copy can be downloaded here.
1994Hambledon Hill Leaflet
Book: “Dorset within Living Memory” , Dorset Federation of WI
1996Hambledon Hill Leaflet
1998“A Village Walk” available to view here
Child Okeford the first 6000 years. By Mr C Giles can be downloaded here.

Book: Around the Maypole ,   Shillingstone Millennium Book
1999Book: Child Okeford ; A Dorset Village . Millennium Book
Downloadable version

2000The Millennium Book Reviews and Letters An account of how the Millennium book was produced and received told through newspaper articles and letters.

Book: “Memories of a Dorset Countryman” by Jack Hooper [autographed]
2002Queens Golden Jubilee Competitions . Essays and Poems

“Up Hill and Down River” 10 walks from Child Okeford

Book: “History of Child Okeford WI|” by Kate St George
2005Baker Arms “A Farewell to Maureen and Norman Mills”
2006Book : “Blackmore Vale Childhood” by Hilary Townsend

“Men in the Kitchen” collated by Ewen Pinsent and Ronnie Daniels A collection of recipes from local men.

Child Okeford Roll of Honour by kind permission of the Author Helen Kerridge
2010Child Okeford Village Hall 1909-2009: A history.
Child Okeford End of an Era 1815-1860 by John Housley CO End of an Era_Optimized
2018“Michael Oliver: King of Steam” by Brian Moore. Commemorative Edition. A biography of the man behind the Great Dorset Steam Fair.

Book “Super Old Job” by Dr Roger Prior, retired General Practitioner in Child Okeford.

A history of the bridge over the Stour between Child Okeford and Shillingstone. A copy can be downloaded here Hayward Bridges 

Recently published Tom played for the Child Okeford Cricket Team. An excerpt from the book is downloadable below. Bowlers Name by Tom Hicks  

2021 was the bicentenary of the Baker Arms . David Pope has produced this definitive history of the pub. Download here The-Bicentenary-of-the-Baker-Arms.pdf
80 page book looking back at the village’s celebrations of royal events from 1887 to 2022

The book can be read and downloaded from here.
The Child Okeford Protestation Return. The story of the protestation oath and the first list of villagers from 1642 is told in this booklet.. It can be downloaded here.