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Tag: VIllage History

The “Emigrant”.

Imagine for a moment that you have never seen a train, or the sea, or a ship. Sounds unlikely today but in 1849 it was normal not to have experienced any of these. Then imagine, those of you with children, read more

Child Okeford at the time of Domesday

“And so the English groaned aloud for their lost liberty and plotted ceaselessly to find some way of shaking off a yoke that was so intolerable and unaccustomed” 1

There are few points in history where we can get anything like an accurate assessment of the size read more

The King takes on Child Okeford

The King vs the Inhabitants of Child Okeford -William IV takes on Child Okeford.

“Welcome to the village, have you moved far to come here? Shillingstone? Not far then. Before you move in though could I see your Settlement certificate? You haven’t got one? Oh dear read more

What’s in a Name.

The Village Name


The first recorded name of the village is in the Domesday book [1086] when it was known simply as Ackford. [The “Exeter” version of Domesday calls us Ackforda”.
The origin read more

The History of Hey Day

Child Okeford’s “Hey Day” is the annual village fete.

Where does “Hey Day” originate? Is it one word or two? Sadly we have no idea. No one is able to tell us nor can we find any clue from village records. The read more