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Upwey and Broadwey

A Dorset Village History

All information on this site is intended for use in personal and private research only.  The information is subject to copyright and may NOT be used for any commercial purpose. The information has not been validated, therefore it should be taken as a guide only.

The purpose of this site is to give a flavour of village life as recalled by those who were there and concentrates on the period from about 1920 to 1980 - ‘within living memory’.

Upwey and Broadwey are still fondly remembered by many people as the almost self-sufficient communities of 80 and more years ago.  The mid to late 1970’s saw much change, particularly in Upwey as the school and many shops and businesses closed – local shops and the school were now in neighbouring Broadwey.

Twenty years later in the 1990’s the shopping centre of ‘Gray’s Corner’* Broadwey saw the shops there close – of the six shops and pub that were there, today just the Village Store remains plus Castle Vets which used to be the grocers.  *Gray’s Corner was the area around the junction of Dorchester Road and Old Station Road

Compiled from the memories of past/present villagers and available historical data, the aim is to make them easily available as the Upwey & Broadwey History Collection.

Since the collection began in 1998 several local history exhibitions have been held at the old school in Upwey, moving to the Memorial Hall as the collection grew. Several booklets have been produced and now developed as a website.

Thanks to everyone who contributed their memories, we now have a wonderful record of village life.

The collection continues to grow and if you have any memories and/or photos that you would like to submit please get in touch with the History Collection contact:  sue.virgin@gmail.com

Local History Research relating to the villages of

Upwey and Broadwey, Dorset England

The launch of the first booklet of memories - ‘Upwey - Life in the Dorset Village 1920-1950 - took place at  the Wishing Well Tea Gardens on Wednesday 20th October 1999.

Local people who helped by recalling their memories shared a cup of tea and slice of cake to celebrate.

Marjorie Waugh

Evelyn Howell

Bunty Gee

Prim Hughes

Hilda Tidby

Edie Cave

Brian Marsh

Mary Hayward

Audio Memories

Village Life

- 1920’s

- 1930’s

- War Years

- 1940’s

- 1950’s

- 1960’s

- 1970’s


Useful Contacts

Useful Contacts

  1.  Find out what’s going on in the village now www.upweysociety.org.uk/

  2.  Dorset Online Parish Clerks (OPCs) research available historical data related to a given parish, transcribe records        and make them freely available www.opcdorset.org

  3.  Somerset and Dorset Family History Society aims to provide assistance to all those researching      their families in the two counties, no matter where they live - www.sdfhs.org

Family Life


Social Activities

Upwey and Broadwey

History Weekend

28th and 29th April 2018

At the Memorial Hall

Victoria Avenue


Click here to see the video Clip from 2014 Event

War Memorials