Grove Road


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Grove Road outside the butchers, villagers from left to right - Mr Ward, unknown, two ladies Nellie Brown and Mrs Ward, Mr William Gale on horseback, Willie ?, Robert and Reg Gale and Mrs Gale. C. 1910 Grove Road inhabitants C. 1910
C. 1920 People outside cottage. The great elms of the 'Rookery' tower above the Mill Leat, source of power for Roberts' flax mills. Two people outside cottage C. 1920
Mr & Mrs William Gale outside the butchers C. 1920 Grove Road led to the 'Grove', home of and centre of Richard Roberts' flax operations. It was also the site of the butcher's shop - here run by W. Gale, whose descendants still live close by. The squealing and bellowing of animals being slaughtered has been replaced by an elegant calm. Mr & Mrs Gale outside butcher's shop C. 1920
Grove Mill before conversion - at the end of the Grove is Roberts' former 'new' swingling mill of 1803. Between it and the 'old mill' (centre) flows the Leat which drove the undershot mill wheel. To the left lies the Miller's house, formerly thatched, now tiled. The whole estate was once in the hands of the Pitt-Rivers family (see the Indenture elsewhere in General Information) Grove Mill before conversion
The 'new' Grove Mill of 1803 before conversion into flats by Peter de Savary in the early 1960's. The four levels were reduced to three and the mill wheel and associated machinery destroyed. Grove Mill of 1803 before conversion to flats
The Grove Mill being modified by Peter de Savary into Cottage. The conversion in progress. Mill Cottage was sold to Mr and Mrs House who may be seen in the picture. C. 1960 Grove Mill conversion in progress C. 1960
Ralph Wilfred Bartlett and his wife Gladys Winifred Bartlett neé Hit and their baby, Michael Robert Bartlett, in the arms of his aunt Minnie Nethercott outside Tinker's Cottage. C. 1932/33 Ralph & Gladys Bartlett outside Tinkers Cottage C. 1923/33
Butchers shop Butcher's Shop
Roberts' home after 1780 was at 'The Grove', now Grove House,
which sports an ancient mulberry on the front lawn
Grove House and its famous Mulberry Tree
Believed to be an early picture of the Mulberry Tree
in the garden of Grove House

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Early picture of Mulberry tree at Grove House
Every so often, the thatcher has to be called in to do a repair job or a full re-thatching. Reed thatch is best, maybe from Abbotsbury or Norfolk, but now more likely from Eastern Europe. Here we see Mr Legge at Grove House with the tools and raw material of his trade stacked up beneath the mulberry tree.
Mr Legge, thatcher, at Grove House
Grove Road as you might see it today Grove Road as you might see it today

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