Laundry Cottages c.1943, also known as Taylor’s Cottages
Laundry Cottages, 2012
Helen spent her final years in a Swanage nursing home. Her memories are recorded in Tyneham. A tribute to Dorsets Lost Village by Dr.Andrew Norman.
Home of the TAYLOR family 1902-
Owned by the Tyneham Estate this was the only dwelling with running water.
The 90th birthday party of 'Granny Rose' -
Emily, Helen, Bessie, and 'Polly' the Pony.
"The laundry arrived every Monday morning in two huge wicker hampers delivered by my stepbrother in his cart"
"My father was a solitary man, there was nothing he liked better than to be out in the woods rather than having to endure the endless banter and babblings of human beings"
"My mother died in 1917, she was only fifty two. I think she was simply worn out with work, worry and grief for her lost children"
Emily’s sons, William, Arthur and Bert died during the First World War.
"I left school at fourteen and went to work at Tyneham House as a seamstress-
"Theirs was the pleasantest position in the village, warm and sheltered, close to the church and street but not too crowded by the neighbours."
"With six breadwinners in the family we were soon able to afford a pony and trap"
Helen and 'Spot' about 1911
William Taylor 1865-
Woodman for the Tyneham Estate
Emily Taylor 1865-
laundress for Tyneham House and the rectory
Helen(centre) and Bessie(right)
Outside Laundry Cottages
Charlie Meech 1884-
'odd man' for Tyneham House