The dangers of riding on the shafts of wagons is highlighted, and parishioners make efforts to raise money

1839 – Proposed New Chapel at Yatton

A request went out to architects and builders to submit plans and estimates for a new Chapel at Yatton by 1st May 1839.



Many concerts and entertainment evenings were arranged at Yatton in order to raise funds for the school.

1900 – Concert at Yatton

A successful concert took place in the schoolroom at Yatton, with the proceeds going into the school funds.

Mr. Sidney Cotton of Dean’s Place arranged the programme which went down well with the audience and all the performers were well received.


There were also great efforts made to raise money for the Chapel of Ease fund.

1888 – Entertainment at Yatton in aid of Chapel of Ease

There was a good attendance at the entertainment organised by the Rev. J. Thomas, and the following programme was well received:

Yatton School Children – Christmas Carol

Hons. Sybil and Miss Lyttelton – Duet, Airs from Lucrecia Borgia

Rev. J. Thomas – Reading “Curing a Cold”

Mr. Hartland – Song “Yeoman’s Wedding”

Rev. Arthur Dyer – Song, “My Queen”

Hon. Sybil Lyttelton – Solo

Mr. J. Turner – Song “Bulls won’t Bellow”, encored

Mr. Counsell – Song, “He, She and the Postman”, encored

Lady Lyttelton – “Selections of National Airs”

Mr. Hartland – Song “Two Spoons” encored

Miss Wightman – Song

Mr. J. Turner – Song “Old Messmates”

Hon Miss Lyttelton – Valse by Chopin

Rev. Arthur Dyer – Song “In Sheltered Vale”

Mr. Counsell – Song “How did you leave the Pigs” encored



1901 – Yatton man has Fatal Wagon Accident

Joseph Gladwyn, 61,  lived at Yatton, and had been employed as Waggoner to Mr. Price of Higford Farm at Yatton for some time.

One day he went with the second Waggoner, Henry Forty of Gamage Cottage Much Marcle, to Dymock station with a team of four horses to fetch some coal.  Another man, William Trigg went with them with a cart and horse.

As they returned home with the coal (apparently sober), Joseph decided to ride on the shaft of the wagon as he had been walking some 11 miles in all.  It is unclear what happened next as nobody actually saw the accident, but just past Bodenham Farm Joseph yelled to the horses to stop, and Henry turned to see Joseph lying on the road with a wheel of the wagon on his foot.

William Trigg arrived, and they managed to back the wagon off Joseph’s foot, and assuming that this was his only injury they asked Mr. Richards from Bodenham Farm to take Joseph by trap to the hospital at Ross on Wye.

Joseph was examined at the hospital, and found to have a compound fracture of the left leg;  a fracture of the right thigh and suspected severe internal injuries as well as suffering from shock.

The legs were set, but the cause was lost from the start and Joseph died that same night.

The verdict at the inquest was “accidental death”, and it was assumed that the wagon had run over his whole body and not just his foot.