Village Visits

Teffont Magna and Evias

visited 6th April2006

Howards House Hotel where we had a coffee in the sun.
Rosemary and other U3A members
Evias Church

Pam Fisher one of our guides

In Teffont Evias
The old School house for 38 children
Water Crowfoot
Greystones House
Bridge House and gardens
The forge
The end of Evias and the start of Magna
Home of the painterGideon Fidler
The Stream
Water Crowfoot in the clear stream
Pam Fisher showing us one of the stone bridges - sadly this is one of the few actually extant.
Audrey Macbain holding forth in the church at Teffont Magna
Part of a Saxon Cross and the old bell
The U3A enjoying lunch at the Wyndham Arms in Dinton

Rosemary Barber [?] presenting John Hawkins a gift to say thanks for all his hard work in organising the last 6 Village Visits this season.

Teffont Evias Church
Click here for more information and an old plan
The Manor House next to the church
The last of the Mayne family who were Lords of the Manor
One small piece of Dutch painted glass brought back by the Lord of the Manor . There are many more examples in the church including many secular pieces
Henry Lee and his two sons. Their effigies are pushed up in a corner.
Emily Fane de Salis's monument
The Hand sign is a punning version of their name in French
Gideon Fidler painting found in a beautiful book within the church and compiled by members of the Women's Institute in 1956
An idealised view of Teffont - Note the sea and ships!
An old view of Evias showing the church and the manor house.
Teffont Evias church
Teffont Magna church
A geological map of the Teffont area
The Manor House today

Audrey Macbain author of the Bounding Spring - about the Teffont villages

A good web site to look at is HERE it has very good photographs.

Another site for Teffont Magna can be seen HERE

Lynette is the co-author, with Audrey McBain, of a new book recounting the history of Teffont, written as part of a millennium project to celebrate the village's rich history.

There is mention too within its pages of literary lions, like Siegfried Sassoon and Edith Olivier, who have passed through its picturesque lanes and resided, albeit briefly, within its boundaries, but The Bounding Spring is largely about the village itself - and the people who have made it their lives throughout the centuries.

Lynette and Audrey both retired to the village in the 1990s - Lynette had fallen in love with Teffont when she lived briefly at Burcombe some years before, but Audrey came here "by very good chance."

The spark for the book was lit at a meeting to discuss possible millennium projects.

Audrey says wryly: " We started off thinking it was something we'd knock off in a couple of months."

In the end, it took more than three years and, says Audrey, "we only used about ten per cent of what we found out."

Lynette concurs: "It's such a tiny village, but so much has happened."

The pair set about researching Teffont's history, its geology, its early Mesolithic and Neolithic settlements, the Anglo Saxon farming community that farmed the banks of the spring fed stream from which the book takes its title, and the development of Teffont Evias and Teffont Magna as communities until they were joined together as a single parish in 1936.

For centuries the two villages existed side by side, under separate ownership and in different hundreds.

"There were fights between the two villages in the 18th century, although no one knows why," says Audrey.

They've recorded the fortunes of major landowners like the Pembrokes and the Leys, the Maynes and the Keatinges, and the tenant farmers and gentry who left their mark.

By the time their research reached the 20th century and they were able to tap into the memories of villagers like Pam Fisher and Alice Lee, the wealth of material was overwhelming.

Audrey, who is an experienced writer, is the book's author but both women view the book as an equal collaboration.

The result, The Bounding Spring, has just been published by Teffont resident John Buck of The Francis Frith Collection free of charge and all profits from its sale will go to local charities including some in the village itself.

The book is priced £12.99 and is available from the Spotted Duck in Wilton, Dinton store, the River Barn at Fonthill and Cross Keys Bookshop in Salisbury.