The Village Green

Village GreenThis very small piece of land in Brook Street, directly in front of Brook Cottage, is referred to as the “green” but, as some locals have suggested, in size it is more of a “village verge”.

The iconic red telephone kiosk has always been located here, although it now can only be used for emergency calls and by use of a phone card. Over the last 40 years there have been several attempts by British Telecom to either replace it with a modern kiosk or to remove it completely, all of which have been strongly resisted by the Parish Council. In 2017 it was again proposed to remove it but West Dorset District Council objected to this and so British Telecom agreed that it should remain as it is. There are under half a dozen calls a year made from the kiosk, but it does have a valuable function for emergency calls as there is little or no mobile phone coverage in this part of the village.

Old photographs of the village show cattle drinking from the water source on the green, sometimes called the pump or the drain. All that remains of this nowadays is a low stone pyramid structure and cover which is locked to avoid children or animals inadvertently becoming stuck in its entrance.

The only other feature on the green is a commemorative tree, sadly without a plaque, which was planted by the Women’s Institute .

The actual ownership of the land has been the subject of dispute over the years, and it is thought that it was in fact land that is referred to as “manorial waste”, being not sold with adjoining property when the Ilchester Estate sold the village into private ownership. The whole area of land in front of Brook Cottage was later sold to Mr and Mrs Mitchell by the Ilchester Estate. In 2016 Mrs Mitchell donated the part now known as the Village Green to the Parish Council who now own it on behalf of the village and maintain it as a village asset.