Wootton Courtenay Estate Centenary Celebration

Monday 5th July – 7.00 for 7.30 pm

Village Hall – Licensed Bar


An exhibition, talks and a fun mock auction.

It is now possible to offer a little more information about this event. Some villagers will recall that a plan to hold such an event on 14th April 2020, the 100th Anniversary of the Sale of this village, manor and estate, had to be postponed, due, of course, to Covid restrictions.

Since the decision to postpone, research has continued. There is a good story to be told, and fun to be had. The plan is to start with a romp through the 33 Lords of the Manor or Owners of the village from the Norman Conquest to the day of the Sale. Next, a truly expert description of the 1920 infrastructure of this rural village, from water and sewage to heating and the mechanics of farming. The third talk will cover the economic and social conditions from the time of the sale through to the present day.

Research has extended to the raw details of the sale of a selection of the houses now occupied by villagers. That work will form the foundation of a mock auction. Present owners of the houses concerned will be advised in advance, and invited to bid – strictly in guineas, please – in a mock auction! Under our experienced village auctioneer, Eddie Bishop, almost anything can happen.

A small exhibition will be in the Hall, from 7pm until late. It will comprise artefacts, maps and charts from the sale and ‘before’ and ‘after’ photographs of some of the early houses.

Lubrication will be provided by Andy’s Bar. The evening will be conducted by Peter Clapham. The illustrated talks will be given by Sir Roger Carrick, Professor Chris Binnie, and Dr Patrick Hoyte, in that order. As threatened above, the auction will be conducted by Eddie Bishop. There will be no charge for entry, but in the usual way, there will be a retiring collection to defray costs and to contribute to the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.

A good village evening is expected; and all those concerned much look forward to welcoming new villagers properly to Wootton Courtenay, as well as to resuming, carefully, some proper community activity.

Peter Clapham, Chris Binnie, Patrick Hoyte, Roger Carrick, Eddie Bishop