This is the village where I grew up. Spent most of my childhood here, and from that perceptive, was the centre of the world for me.
This is the church in the village called St John the Evangelist Church
The village fountain
The house we used to live called "Mattiscombe" It was named after a beach in Devon
These residential buildings used to be the farm buildings. As kids we used to spend hours and hours there playing, as kids do.
This used to be the village general store. That closed down and an antique shop opened. Now it is a residential building.
This is the school building where we used to attend. Only the right hand section was the school. The left hand was residential.
There were two classrooms, The "Big Kids" room and the "Little Kids" room. Now it is the village hall
Sections of the village are protected as a conservation area.
At the time of the Norman Conquest, Hinton Martell was known as Hinetone, the village of the monks. A Frenchman called Eudo Martel held it at the time of Magna Carta, who was possibly connected to Charles Martel (the Hammer), conqueror of the Saracens in 732. No visible traces of the medieval village remain other than stones in the Church of St John the Evangelist, as the church was rebuilt in more recent times.
I spoke with the mother of an old friend of mine, where the boundary of the conservation area passes through her property. Her house is a modern house, but when she applied to build a garage, the position of the new building fell in the protected area. The garage was made to look looks more than a 100 years old.
These next photos show typical houses in the village.
Witchampton is the adjacent village to Hinten Martell. The old paper mill has now been converted into housing. The little bridge over the river is still there along with the sluice gates that provided water to the mill. I remember the path to the bridge passed by a vent which used to belch steam.
As kids we used to be scared we were going to get scalded by the steam, so we ran and ducked under the steam vent. That's all gone now, it's just a boundary wall for some of the houses.
There is access to the river for the public along the walking path, but it is private land now.
We used to try fishing in river, but the fish were lazy and fat, just swam on passed.
In summer we used to swim here. We were scared of the sluice gates and getting sucked in. It would have meant certain death. Not sure if this was based on any real danger or if as kids we just made it up.
Horton is a village on the other side of Hinten Martell, and has a little hill with a tall tower on it.
There is a good view of the surrounding country side from there.
At the bottom of the hill, is an old English pub called Drusilla's Inn.
Inside the pub, the building was very old. I had some "Pub Grub" half a pint of local brew. Could taste the hops and was full of flavour, however the beer was flat with little fizz.
Went for a walk up to Horton Tower. Even though it was a little sunny, the wind was freezing.
The tower was originally an observatory built in 1750, but looks like it is being used as a transmitter tower, possibly TV or mobile phones.
Wimborne is a town near Hinten Martell. When I was older, I went to school there at Allenborn Middle School. I had a look at the school, but it looks different. I found out it had been rebuilt.
Much of the town is the same, but The Square is a little different than I remember.