Saturday 30 April 1988

Smallbrook Farm, Warminster, 1905-1965

Danny Howell

Smallbrook Farm no longer exists. The site of the farmhouse and some of its fields are now occupied by Warminster's Prestbury Park housing estate, namely Prestbury Drive, St. John's Road, Southleigh View and Willow Crescent.

The bulk of the text of this book is comprised of the recorded interviews Danny Howell made with Bert Dowding (the last to farm at Smallbrook Farm), and Bert's sister, Mrs Beatrice Young. In their own words they tell the story of life both at and away from Smallbrook Farm between 1905 and 1965. Danny Howell has added further information to the story, making it an even more enjoyable read - one that is both nostalgic and informative. In fact, the book is more than just an account of the Dowding family and Smallbrook Farm, because it also features other facets of Warminster's past including the Cattle Market, the coming of Clark's shoe factory to the town, Prestbury House, St. John's School, etc., and other things, places and characters from days gone by.

This delightful book, which is illustrated with photographs from the Dowding family's personal collection, is not only an invaluable reference source but also a desirable addition to any Warminster resident's bookshelf. It also makes an enjoyable read for anyone interested in yesterday's farming and life in a Wiltshire market town during the twentieth century.

Smallbrook Farm, Warminster, 1905-1965.
Danny Howell.
Softback, 210 mm x 148 mm, 92 pages, 64 black and white photographs and illustrations.
Published by Wylye Valley Publications.
April 1988.
ISBN 095092914X.