If you have been following my blog, you would have seen this photo before, however this copy is the best one I have found so far. I found it in the British Bee-Keepers Journal of January 1897 and you can find it on the internet. I recently made a visit to Worlds End and this is what I found.
Above is the 1897 photograph which I have annotated with numbers, so the land marks I talk about can be cross-referenced (ok it’s a bit odd that Mr and Mrs Woodley are referred to as landmarks)
The 1896 photograph was shot at the rear of Mr Woodley’s home (Garden Cottage, Worlds End). The photo above is the current street-view of Garden Cottage; the tiled house is Garden Cottage. The dwellings either side I believe would have been part of the curtilage of Garden Cottage.
This is a closer shot of Garden Cottage. It appears that it has extended at the back quite significantly and I would suppose in Mr Woodley’s day his home would have consisted of just the front element. Nonetheless, this dwelling retains its historic charm.
Moving northward, the adjacent dwelling is High House. Notice the sign in the front garden is for honey; I wonder if the people who live there know about Mr Woodley and the 1896 photograph? The lady in the salmon-coloured top struck-up a conversation with me and led me to the Chapel stone.
There is an access road which abuts High House and serves a cul-de-sac of the group of dwellings called Chapel Court. There is a wall running along the north-side of this access road and built within in it is the original name-stone of the Chapel. In the 1909 article which I refer-to in an earlier blog the writer refers to the Chapel (see 1 in the annotated photograph above):
The portion of a building on the right is a Wesleyan chapel, but Mr. W. and family regularly attend Beedon Church, in the parish of Hampstead Norris, three miles from his own village.
The Chapel would have sat on this access road; see number 1 on the annotated 1896 photo.
Follow the Oxford Road north for 30 metres and you will come to Worlds End Farmhouse. I wish now that I had taken a photograph of the front. Nonetheless, I hope you share my affinity for this lovely sign. See number 2 on the annotated 1896 photograph.
There is a footpath to the north of Worlds End Farmhouse which follows the boundary of World End Farmhouse, Chapel Court and makes a beeline to Beedon Common which is the the south-west of the Farmhouse. See 2 on the annotated 1896 photograph. Notice in the 1896 photograph the two-storey extension and its chimney – this is still present today! Luckily, Worlds End Farmhouse is a listed building and most of its original appearance has been preserved. Also observe, that the barn (3) in the 1896 photograph which was adjacent to the Farmhouse is no longer there.
I believe the two large trees you can see (one is an oak) were present in the 1896 photograph see 4. What do you think? Beyond the trees is Chapel Court which is where the rick-yard would have been, see 5.
These Ox-Eye daisies were some of the wild flowers growing along the footpath. I like to think that back in Mr Woodley’s day, wild flowers would have been more common than today. The wild flowers I saw were perhaps a small glimpse of the quality and diversity of flora Mr Woodley’s honeybees would have foraged on. This must have made for some amazing honey!