1938: Three Killed in R.A.F. Accident

Crash near Corfe Castle

The three occupants of an R.A.F. aeroplane from Gosport were killed yesterday when the machine crashed on a hillside near Corfe Castle, Dorset.

They were: Pilot Officer F. E. Williams; No. 335,888, Corporal C. J. Coles;  and No. 526,069, Leading Aircraftman D. S. Hurrell.

The accident occurred in thick fog. The aeroplane just missed some farm cottages, tore through a small wood, came to rest 200 yards down the hillside, and burst into flames. The engine was torn from the fuselage and came to rest at the bottom of a valley, 300 yards from the wreckage of the fuselage.

Mrs. Marsh, an occupant of one of the cottages, said she saw the aeroplane come out of the fog. It narrowly missed the house and disappeared. She then heard it crash through the wood, and there was a loud explosion.

Sir Ernest Scott, who lives at Encombe House, Corfe Castle, said the aeroplane crashed about 500 yards from his home. He heard the crash and went to the scene with some of his men. There was a thick fog at the time, and it appeared that the machine, which had been flying along the top of the hill, had struck a number of trees in a wood and then fallen down the hillside. The tops of about a dozen trees were cut off.

The Times, Saturday 19 March 1938


1938: Funerals – Lady Margaret Hamilton Russell

The funeral of Lady Margaret Rachel Hamilton-Russell took place yesterday at Kingston, Corfe Castle. The service at St. James’ church was taken by the Rev. F.S. Horan, and the Dean of Windsor officiated at the committal. Among those present were: The Hon. Sir Ernest Stowell Scott, the Hon. Osmund Scott, the Hon. Denys Scott, and the Hon. Michael Scott (brothers), Lady Louisa Longley (sister) and Mr. J. Longley, Viscount and Viscountess Boyne, the Hon. Claud and Mrs. Hamilton-Russell, the Hon. Arthur Hamilton-Russell, the Hon. Eustace and Mrs. Hamilton-Russell, and the Hon. Florence Hamilton-Russell (brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law), the Earl of Eldon (nephew), Lord Cottesloe, Mr. J.W.G. Bond, the Rev. R.A. and Mrs. Bond, Mr. Ivo Bond, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bond, Mr. G.C. May, Major Charles H. May, Lady Hambro, Major R.C. Mansel, Mr. W.E. Candy, and a large number of villagers and employees on the Encombe estate.

The Times, Tuesday 1 February 1938

1936: Kingston Church Worker – The Late Mr. T. E. Joyce


By the death of Mr. Thomas Eastman Joyce, at the age of 71, the parish of Kingston has lost one of its oldest and most respected inhabitants. When he was rather suddenly taken ill at the end of November it was a great shock to his family and friends, for up till that time, he had seemingly enjoyed his full health and vigour, and although he had to enter Boscombe Hospital, high hopes were entertained for his recovery, but he was unable to overcome the effects of two operations and passed peacefully away on the morning of 28th December. Mr. Joyce was a native of Kingston, and, but for a few years when he was in business at Swanage, had lived and carried on the business of his father in the village all his life. Through his business, social activities and the generosity of his nature, he had earned for himself an almost unique position, but it is as a churchman that he will chiefly be remembered, for he had fulfilled every official lay position from choir boy to churchwarden, and despite business and social claims, his Church was paramount in his life. He was also a school manager.


The funeral took place at Kingston on Thursday, a large congregation attending.  The service, conducted by the Vicar (Rev. F. S. Horan) assisted by the Rev. R. A. Bond, a former Vicar, was fully choral, and commenced with the “Dead March” in “Saul” (organist, Mr. G. Dorey), as the remains had rested in church overnight, when the opening part of the service was taken. Two of Mr. Joyce’s favourite hymns, “I heard a Voice,” and “Abide with Me,” were sung. The Lesson was taken from Revelation, 7-9.

The Vicar in his address spoke feelingly of the generosity of Mr. Joyce’s nature and the steadfastness of his character, and of the great service he had rendered to his church and village.
The coffin was borne to its last resting place as the choir sang the Nunc Dimittis. At the conclusion of the service the bells were rung half muffled by the village ringers, conducted by Mr. W. Hooper.

The family mourners were: – Mrs. Joyce (widow), Mr. and Mrs. Braisby, Mr. and Mrs. Stride (sons-in-law and daughters), Mr. Harry Joyce (brother), Mrs. Bailey (sister), Mr. F. Wort (nephew), Miss Wort and Miss A. Joyce (nieces), Mr. W. Baker (cousin), Mrs. Ashford (friend), and Mr. Tom and Bert Bullen (employees).

Among the many others present were: – The Hon. Sir Ernest Scott, K.C.M.G., M.V.O. and Mr. A. G. Loxston (fellow churchwardens), Messrs. G. Hunt, C. Orchard and E. Dorey (sidesmen), Mr. W. E. Candy, Rev. C. Smith (former Vicar of Kingston), Dr. Dry Drury and Miss Drury, Rev. and Mrs. Godson, Mrs. R. A. Bond, Mr. and Mrs. G. Bartlett, Messrs Charles Stride, A. Curtis, N. Phillips, J. Marsh, T. Seymour, W. G. Marsh, A. Moss, T. Hibbs, Woodford White, Hill-Brown, G. Edgar, Bert Hunt, Pushman, R. Ballam, Bridle, E. A. Hixson, Capt. Dowera Rogers, Mrs. George Smith, and Mrs. F. S. Horan.


Floral tributes, many and varied, were received from: – Wife and family; Cynthia and John (grand-children); Mr. and Mrs. Harry Joyce (brother); Mrs. Smith and family (sister); Mrs. J. Wort and family (sister); Mr. and Mrs. Linn Joyce and family (nephew); Miss Ada Joyce (niece); Mr. and Mrs. W. Baker and Francis (cousins); Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Baker (cousins); Misses N. and B. Braisby and Mrs. Ashford; Mr. and Mrs. Filewood; Miss. E. Butcher; Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Ashford; Miss Nellie Stride: Mr. Tom and Mr. Bert Bullen; The choir and bellringers; Sir Ernest Scott; Rev. and Mrs. Horan; Rev. and Mrs. R. A. Bond; Rev. and Mrs. B. D. Beeley; Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Candy; Dr. Dru Drury; Mrs. Loxston; Mrs. Bartlett and family; Mrs. G. Smith and Miss Bowden; Mr. and Mrs. C. Orchard, Ken and Joan; Mr. and Mrs. A. Bates; Mr. and Mrs. J. Beavis and family; Mrs. Bertie Bullen; Mr. and Mrs. F. Bullen and Fred; Henry, Kate, and Charlie Bullen; Mr. and Mrs. E. Dorey and family; Mrs. A. Dorey and family; Mr. and Mrs. Damer and family; Mr. Dawson Damer; Mr. and Mrs. W. Hooper and Mrs. Bridle; Mr. and Mrs. C. Brown; Mr. and Mrs. G. Edgar and family; Mr. and Mrs. Phillips; Mrs. Honeybun and Nora; Mr. and Mrs. Davis; Kingston Women’s Institute; Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Turner; Miss Vinney; Mr. and Mrs. Newbery (Corfe); Mrs. Sansom and Mr. E. J. Sansom; Mr. and Mrs. Everett; Mr. and Mrs. Hare.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. E. J. Sansom, of Wareham.

Mrs. Joyce and family desire to thank their many friends for kind expressions of sympathy in their bereavement, and also for the beautiful flowers sent.

Western Gazette, Friday 8 January 1937

1936: Obituary: Funeral of Mr. Andrew Dorey


The beautiful little village of Kingston was in mourning on Tuesday  for the loss of Mr. Andrew Stephen Dorey, aged 57, who (as reported in another column) met his death in tragic circumstances on Friday, when he was killed by a fall of gravel in the course of his work on the Encombe Estate. Mr. Dorey worked from his boyhood on the Encombe Estate, and was for many years shepherd, but during recent years, since Mr. and Mrs. Dorey have been resident at Encombe House, where Mrs. Dorey is housekeeper, he has done general work on the estate. He was known and highly respected throughout the neighbourhood, and his lossis very keenly felt. He was a staunch churchman, and a chorister and bellringer for many years, also a bandsman in the Village Band. Mr. Dorey leaves his widow, one son and two daughters to mourn their loss.

The Vicar, the Rev. F. S. Horan, conducted the funeral service, during which he paid tribute to the character of Mr. Andrew Dorey who, through a life well lived, was leaving a happy memory for those who loved him. He was a friend to all, his cheery smile will always be remembered, and he leaves the village poorer for his loss.

Sir Ernest Scott was among those attending, and the large congregation included estate employees and parishioners. Mr. E. A. Hixson represnted Mr. W. E. Candy, the agent, who was prevented being present, and Mr. F. Pond represented the Swanage Town Band, deceased having been a member of the Kingston Band. Estate employees – Messrs. G. Hunt, H. Sansom, C. Brown, and C. Orchard – acted as bearers.

The chief mourners were the widow and family.


Beautiful wreaths were sent by the following: His loving and sorrowing wife; Art and Gladys (son and daughter-in-law); Irene and Percy (daughter and son-in-law); Olive (daughter); Charlotte, Mabel and Bill (sisters and brother-in-law) and Philip (nephew); Bessie (sister) and family; Jennie and Ernest (sister and brother-in-law); Walt and Gertie (brother and sister-in-law) and Marjorie (niece); Gilb and Frances (brother and sister-in-law); Alf and Rose (brother and sister-law); Fred and Iris (nephew and niece); Bob and Bet (brother and sister-in-law); Grace and Betty (nieces); Mabel, Will, Winnie and Gilbert (nieces and nephews); Jim and Kath (nephew and niece); Cecil and Ron (nephews); Lottie, Annie, Rose, Amy, George and Jennie (cousins); Ern (cousin); Aunt Fan, Bert, Fred, Win, Nancy and Len; Fred and Em; Bob; Cousin Poll (Ellen); Jim and Kate; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hann; Mr. and Mrs. W. Barnes and family (East Holme); Mr. and Mrs. D. Barnes (Arne); Mr. and Mrs. W. Cooper; Charlie, Nellie and Ken Orchard; Percy and Ada Damer; Mrs. Robert Damer and Dawson; Jack and Elsie; Joan; Mr. and Mrs. Seymour and family; In memory of our comrade and workmate, from men of Encombe Farm and Estate; From Garden staff, Encombe; Churchwardens, sidesman, choirmen and bellringers; Mrs C. Bartlett and Mr. and Mrs. G. Bartlett; H. Sansom and family; Mrs. Joyce; The Rev. and Mrs. F. S. Horan; Charlie and Beat (Creech); Bill and Maud; Mrs. Loxton; Mr. and Mrs. P. Churchill; Mrs. Pooss (Preston).

Mrs. Dorey and family wish to thank all who gave their assistance, also for sympathy in their sad bereavement, and floral tributes sent.

September 1936

Our thanks to Carol Brown who provided this cutting

1936: Midsummer Night’s Dream

Players of Corfe Castle, Kingston, and other parts of the Isle of Purbeck successfully presented Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Encombe on Thursday evening, by permission of the Hon. Sir Ernest S. Scott, K.C.M.G., M.V.O. The weather was fine for the performance, but the unpromising conditions of the day had deterred many from making the journey from the surrounding towns and villages. Nevertheless there was a good attendance. Mrs. Fenwick-Owen was responsible for the excellent production, and the chorus was under the direction of Mr. Farwell.

Western Gazette, 24 July 1936

1935: Fete in the Purbecks


An unusual privilege – that of viewing the beautiful grounds of Encombe Manor –  was enjoyed by hundreds of villagers and visitors who attended a flower show and fete held there by kind permission of Sir Ernest Scott, K.C.M.G., M.V.O, on Thursday afternoon and evening. Fete attractions were scattered over the smooth lawns surrounding the delightful bright green lake at the rear of the house, and a small but excellent lot of entries for the flower show were exhibited in the quaint temple in the grounds round a magnificent bronze statue of a gladiator.  Glorious sunshine and an admirably organised programme made the occasion ideal. The effort was in aid of general parish funds and the flower show was the second annual.

The fete was opened by Sir Ernest, to whom sincere thanks were voiced. There was a variety of attractive side-shows and the general arrangements were supervised by Rev. F. S. Horan (vicar). Mr. W. E. Candy was hon. Treasurer, and the show was organised by Mr. N. Phillips, head gardener to Sir Ernest. Sir Herbert Cook, of Studland, was among those present, and his head gardener, Mr. F. C. Gibbons, judged the show exhibits. Commenting on their all-round excellence he said: “It is a much better show  than it was last year; it is at least twice as good.  I really do think that it will be a better show than that at Swanage in years to come.”

Organisers of the various departments of the fete were: – Side-shows, Mr. R. Dorey; gymkhana, Col. Muspratt; entertainments, Mrs. F. W. Pond of Swanage; refreshments, Mrs. Orchard (assisted by members of the Kingston W.I.). A folk dancing display was given under the direction of Miss Dawson, and there was Morris dancing under the leadership of Miss Dymand, of Langton Matravers. Many of the dancers had competed in winning teams in Albert Hall competitions. In the evening modern dancing took place of the lawn. The two entertainments arranged by Mrs. Pond of Swanage, and given voluntarily by the Everest Concert Party, were excellent. Selections were played by the Kingston and Corfe Castle Band, under the direction of Mr. W. Hooper, who gave their services.

There were frequent ‘buses from Corfe Castle and Swanage to Kingston, from where a special ‘bus service ran to Encombe along the steep and richly wooded slopes of the Purbecks, on top of which the beautiful village of Kingston stands.

Five hundred entrance tickets were sold and yet there were not enough for all. Besides these, Scouts, Guides, and children were admitted free.



Three vases of cut flowers – Mrs. W. Dorey, Mrs. A. Cooper, Mrs. C. Orchard. Cut flowers – Mrs. Tizzard, Mrs. W. Dorey, Mrs. Orchard. Sweet peas – Mrs. Orchard, Mrs. W. Dorey, Mrs. A. Cooper. Asters – Mrs. Orchard, Mrs. A. Dorey, Mrs. Tizzard. Stocks – D. Hunt. Window plant – Mrs. C. Hunt, D. Hunt, Mrs. W. Dorey.

Potatoes – J. Marsh, W. Dorey, W. Damer. Shallots – R. Beavis, J. Marsh, D. Hunt. Carrots – W. Tuck. Spring Onions – G. White, D. Hunt, G. Bartlett. Peas – Mrs. H. Hunt. Marrow – Mrs. J. Marsh. Runner beans – W. Dorey, P. Damer, D. Hunt.

Cooking apples – R. Beavis, W. Tuck, C. Brown.

Wild flowers – Miss I. Marsh, Miss G. Dorey, Miss Stickland.

Home-made jam – Miss Joyce, Mrs. A. Cooper, Miss K. Bullen. Plain cake – Mrs. W. Dorey, Mrs. C. Orchard, Mrs. A. Cooper. Fruit cake – Mrs. A. Cooper, Mrs. A. Dorey, Mrs. P. Damer. Jam sandwich – Mrs. A. Cooper, Mrs. W. Dorey. Collection of vegetables for special prize given by Mr. Gibbons – W. Dorey, J. Marsh, P. Damer.


Runner beans – L. Stockley. Spring onions – G. Wright, Mrs. Stockley. Peas – 2, L. Stockley. Cucumbers – L. Stockley. Stocks – L. Stockley.



A gymkhana was admirably arranged by Colonel Muspratt of Swanage. Among the various amusing events were blowing up balloons (Miss Daphne Bankes was the winner in completion with many Scouts); balloon sticking; and sausage stakes.

There were two bowling competitions. A pig presented by Mr. Barnes of Afflington Farm, was won by a visitor at the farm. A ham given by Mr. Dicker, of Wareham, was secured by Miss Roupell, a visitor from Surrey. The skittles prize, a shoulder of mutton, presented by Mr. Budden, of Corfe Castle, went to Mr. Brain. Treasure “stakes” were arranged by Mrs. Hare.

Western Gazette, Friday 23 August 1935

1838: Funeral of the Earl of Eldon

Yesterday morning at 11 o’clock, the mortal remains of Sir John Scott, Earl of Eldon, were removed from his mansion in Hamilton-place, Piccadilly, for internment in the catacomb attached to the church of the parish of Kingston, in Dorsetshire.

At 10 o’clock the domestics of his Lordship’s household, the servants of the family of the noble Earl, and others engaged in the funeral, were all in attendance at the mansion, around which in Hamilton-place and Piccadilly, a very large concourse of persons was assembled, including many ladies and gentlemen of rank and fashion, to witness the departure of the procession, and among the crowd we observed a vast number of indigent persons, who, we were informed, had been recipients of his Lordship’s bounty, and who now attended to pay a last tribute of respect to the remains of their beloved and lamented benefactor. The whole body of his Lordship’s tradesmen, 24 in number, were also in attendance, and their respect for the memory of the noble Earl had induced them to solicit permission to escort his remains out of the metropolis. Shortly after the Royal carriages arrived, followed by those of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor, the Master of the Rolls, the Masters in Chancery, the Judges, and an immense number of the equipages of the nobility and gentry. At about half past 11 o’clock, and after the conclusion of the numerous preliminaries, the cavalcade proceeded from Hamilton-place in the following order:-

Policemen to clear the way,
The Undertaker on horseback,
Two Conductors on horseback,
Four Horsemen in long Black Cloaks,
His Lordship’s Tradesmen walking two and two
Two Porters on horseback
{The Coronet of the Noble Earl, on a Crimson Velvet Cushion with Gold Tassels, and tringed with Gold Lace, carried by a Gentleman on Horseback}
Four Pages

Four Pages
Drawn by Six Black Horses, richly caparisoned, with Black Velvet Hangings, on which were emblazoned in Escoe? The Armorial Bearings of the Noble Earl’s Family
{Five Mourning Coaches, each drawn by Six Black Horses, containing the relations and friends of the Noble Earl}
Here followed the family carriages, including those of
The late Noble Earl,
Viscount Encombe,
Lady Elizabeth Repton,
Lady Frances Bankes,
Mrs. Farrer,
Viscountess Sidmouth,
Rev. John Surtees,
Mrs. Surtees,
E. Vanstuart Neale, esq.,
Francis Cross, Esq.,
? Pennington Esq.,
Burdon Sanders, Esq.,

His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge,
Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Glocester

The Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Lord High Chancellor.
The Lord Chief Justice of the Queen’s Bench.
The Master of the Rolls.
The Vice-Chancellor.
The Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas.
The Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer.

Sir J. Littledale.
Sir J. Patteson.
Sir J. Williams.
Sir J. T. Coleridge.

Sir J. A. Park.
Sir J. B. Bosanquet.
Sir. J. Vaughan.
Sir. T. Coltman.

Baron J. Parke.
Baron W. Pollard.

Baron E. H. Alderson.
Baron J. Garney.
The Accountant-General (W. Adam Esq.) and the Masters of Her Majesty’s High Court of Chancery.
J.E. Dowdeswell, Esq.
Frances Cross,Esq.
William Wingfield, Esq.
J. W. Farrer, Esq.
Sir G? Wilson,
Lord Henley.
H. Martin, Esq.,
W. Brougham, Esq.,
N. Senior, Esq.

Duchess Countess of Sutherland.
Dowager Duchess of Richmond.

The Marquis of Salisbury.

Dowager Countess of Charleville.

Charles Churchill.
The Right Hon. Sir John Nicholl.
The Right Hon. Sir Robert H. Inglis.
The Right Hon. Sir Charles Wetherell.
The Right Hon. Sir G? Wilson
The Right Hon. Sir W. Alexander
The Right Hon. Sir J. Gaselee.
Lady Chambers.

Sir Moses Montefiore, Sheriff at the City of London.
The noble Earl, being a freeman of the Merchant Tailors’ Company, the Master and four Wardens attended.
The Master, J. Allister, Esq.
First Warden, R. Jennings, Esq.
Second warden, J. Burbridge, Esq.,
Third Warden, R. Pugh, Esq.
Fourth Warden, J. Smart Esq.
Here followed the Equipages of
F. P. Stafford, Esq.
P. Danby, Esq.
? Coe, Esq.
Colonel D?
George Farrer, Esq.
Mrs. Maubert.
Dr. Fisher.
Mr. Makepeace.

The carriages left the procession on its arrival off the stones of Kensington. The cavalcade was to rest last night at Bagshot; this evening at Winchester; tomorrow at Wimborne in Dorsetshire; but, from the state of the roads, it is anticipated that it will not arrive at Encombe-house before the afternoon (about half-past 4) of Thursday. The body will then lay in state, and on Friday at noon the funeral will take place in the presence of some portion of his Lordship’s family, friends, domestics , the tenantry on his Lordship’s estate, and the neighbouring nobility and gentry.

The Times, 23 January 1838