A Brief History Of Hurdcott
Hurdcott is derived from Herde Cotte, the home of the herdsman. In the Doomsday Book of 1086 it says:”Waleran the Huntsman holds Herdicote. There is ½ a hide of land and ½ a mill. The whole is worth 20 shillings”.
For many years Hurdcott was a thriving self sufficient farming community. The majority of its buildings were either labourers’ cottages, stables or barns. It had its own dairy run by the Ewance family, a pub, a village shop, a large orchard, a granary, rope factory, blacksmith, a Methodist Chapel and two mills.
The Bright family managed the arable land as well as a beef herd. The Goddards also had a small holding with livestock. Up until the end of the forties Bright’s were still using Shire Horses for ploughing and managing the land. As the tractor replaced the horse the need for labourers reduced and their old cottages started to fall into disrepair. The dairy closed as did the village shop. The Chapel fell down following a storm and so did the Hatch House. Gradually the old farm cottages were replaced by modern property and slowly the hamlet transformed itself. The Black Horse Pub, the former blacksmith’s forge is the last vestige of a bygone era.
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Some references in this website relate to how I knew Hurdcott during the 1950’s and ‘60’s.
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