A History of the last 120 Years of Teffont as Seen Mainly Through the Eyes of it's Parish Meetings and Parish Council's

In 1894, after two years of political debate, a system of Local Government splitting powers and responsibilities between Church and State, was set up in England and Wales. It was not without disagreement and much debate, but as John Morley MP told an election meeting in Reading in 1893:

"Parish Councils may be dull and mechanical, we know that they will go to the very root of national life, and that they will have achieved these reforms a freer voice will be given to the community than it has ever had before. New depths of life will have been stirred in the most neglected portions of our community, and we shall find among the labourers of the fields as we have found among the artisans of the towns, a resolution that the condition of our people shall, so far as laws can be better it, be betteredt the first three..."

Have they seem as valuable as was prophesied 120 years ago? The answer to that must be up to Parishioners. To help people decide, the plan is to examine the Parish Council's files, especially the minutes of its meetings and to publish what can be found by looking at different aspects of life here. We are really too late in doing this as many of the memories have already been lost but there is still a lot of material available.

I am building this mainly around a Time Line but it will be headed by information of the Governance of the village and how this has changed and developed, then a list of the names of many of the Key Players and finally the story of the parallel Ecclesiastical Parishes. Next will be the Time Line to give a context for most of the information gathered and, finally, a set of miscellaneous bits and pieces.

The Time Line 

Year Subject Detail
 

Governance Read More

A History of the Governance of the Teffonts 'Two Civil Parishes or One'
 

Keynames

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A list of the names of Chairmen, Vice-Chairmen, Clerks and Clergy from 1894 to the present
  Ecclesiastical Parishes Read More A story of Chop and Change 
1870 Schools Read More Foster Act - Compulsory Elementary Education
1876 Schools Read More Building of Magna National School
1894 Piped Water Read More Instalation of Water Supply
1894

Governence

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Teffont Evias - 1st Parish Meeting
1894

Post Office Read More

In situ
1894

Allotments Read More

Teffont Evias - Request for Meeting to match Teffont Magna powers
1895

Governance

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Teffont Magna - 1st Parish Council Meeting
1895

Governance

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Teffont Magna Parish Council voted for all Council meetings to be behand closed doors - not rescinded until 1969
1895 Stream and Flooding Problems needing resolution by the RDC
1895 Charities Appointment of Trustees for Lush and Harris Charities
1895 Rubbish Clearance of Springhead
1904

Governance

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Proposal that Evyas and Magna should amalgamate - did not happen
1908

Post Office Read More

Extra Facilities
1912 Village Celebration Read More Coronation of King George V
1919 War Memorial Its building or as much as we know of it
1919 Village Show Read More Start (or restart) after the 1st World War
1922

Reading Room Read More

Its building or as much as we know of it
1922 Ecclesiastical Parishes Changes of Nadder Valley structure
1931

Governance

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The amalgamation between Evyas and Magna was decided and promulgated by WCC
1932 Electricity Mains installed
1934

Footpaths

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1st definition of the Parish's footpaths
1934

Governance

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The amalgamation between Evyas and Magna was implemented
1935 Village Celebrations Read More Silver Jubilee of King George V
1936 Schools Read More The closure of Magna School
1937 Village Celebration Read More Coronation of King George VI
1945 Village Hall Read More Options to take over the Church Room
1946 Village Hall Read More New committee and church hierarchy involvement
1946

Governance

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Post war election
1946 Street Lighting Read More First option offered to the Village - refused
1946 Village Celebrations Read More Victory Celebrations - WW II
1946 Telephone Kiosk Read More Location debate and 2nd kiosk request
1946 War Memorial WW II names being added
1947 Bus Shelters Start of planning and of appeal for funds
1947

Governance

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'Democratic' Electoral process changed - secret ballots for Parish Councillors
1949 Bus Shelters Start of construction
1951 Footpaths Read More 2nd definition of Parish's footpaths
1952 Village Celebrations Read More Coronation of Qeen Elizabeth II
1954 Council Houses Read More Effect of water supply on possible sites
1955 Water Supply Read More Comprehensive Scheme agreed
1956 Street Lighting 2nd scheme was offered to the Village but refused
1960 Best Kept Village Competition established but no Teffont involveent for 3 or 4 years
1961 Water Supply Read More Comprehensive Scheme installed
1968 Village Show Read More Reduced in size and moved to the Village Hall
1969

Governance

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Council meeting to be open to the Public
1970

Pavement Path

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Start of 10 year battle to complete
1972

Governance

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Conservation Area defined and implemented
1973 Planning All Planning Applications for review by Parish Council with details of the contentious ones
1974 Village Green Becomes Parish Council property but Springhead is still undetermined
1975

Governance

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Draft Meeting minutes published on notice boards
1976

Governance

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AONB is defined and established
1976

Post Office

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Relocated - new Postmistress appointed
1977 Village Celebrations Read More Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II
1978

Governance

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Major changes to Council procedures and establishment of Committee structure
1978 Village Appraisal Read More Work started
1979 Sewerage Scheme Scheme installed and implemented
1981 Village Appraisal Read More Published
1982

Governance

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Single precept per year
1990 Village Appraisal Read More Review after 9 years
1991

Village Show

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Moved back from Village Hall to Evias Manor Grounds
1996 Village Celebrations Read More 1st visit by Texans
1999 Flooding Most serious flooding ever recorded - 33 houses affected
2000 Village Celebration Read More Millenium Party
2003? Village Hall Read More Instation of external Play Equipment
2007 Teffont Trust Read More Established and proved effective
2012 VDS Read More Village Design Statement (VDS) completed, published and accepted by Wiltshire Council
2102 Village Celebration Read More 2nd Visit by Texans
2014 Village Hall Read More Culmination of a major refit paid for by the Teffont Trust and Government grants

 

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 Miscellaneous Items

 

Year Subject Detail
  Precept  
 1970 Common Land Springhead, Village Green and The Pounds Read More
  Charities Relief of the Poor
  Charities Non profit organisations
 1930 Buses  Bus serving Teffont Read More
  Council Houses Read more....
  Fingerposts  
  Pubs  
     
     

 

 

 


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