The Society would like to record the experiences of members of the community who have knowledge of WW1 and how it affected the village. Please do contact Sandra Tuck or one of the other members of the committee.


The Hundred of Yetminster History Society to give it the full name, but more often known just as The Yetminster History Society, has been in existence for a number of years. During this time it has collaborated on a number of books and collected a large amount of material relating to the village.

The term “hundred” refers to an administrative division of a shire for military and judicial purposes. It was current until the Local Government Act of 1894 replaced it with District Councils. It represents an area of land equivalent to 100 “hides”, or 60-120 acres. When introduced by the Saxons, a hundred was space to sustain approximately 100 households. It was headed by a hundredman or hundedeolder. He was responsible for justice, supplying military troops, and leadingits forces. Typically each hide supplied one fighting man.

During Norman times the hundred would pay taxes based on the number of hides. To assess how much everyone had to pay, a clerk and knight were sent by the king to each shire. They sat with the shire-reeve(sherriff) of the county and a select group of local knights. There would be two knights from each hundred who would be responsible for getting the money to the sheriff and the exchequer.

Groupings of hundreds were used to define parliamentary constituencies from 1832 to 1885. On the redistribution of seats in 1885 a different county subdivision, the petty sessional division, was used. Hundreds were also used to administer the first four national censuses from 1801 to 1841. Yetminster Hundred in 17century maps includes Yetminster, Ryme Intrinseca, Chetnole, Leigh, Melbury Osmund, Melbury Bubb and Melbury Sampford.

The current committee is in the process of indexing and cataloguing the large amount of material it has amassed. When completed it is hoped to put some of it onto the web site, at least the index of what is available, and to find a suitable repositry to store the archives and yet have them available for reference.

The current committee is made up of:

Chairman: Anthony Brown
Secretary: Sue Drewett
Treasurer: John Ferretter
Trip Secretary: Elizabeth Jubb
Talks Secretary: Alec Reek
Jenny Hoppe
Sandra Tuck
Douglas Rice

Meetings are held in The Jubilee Hall, Yetminster at 2.30pm on the second Wednesday of each month between September and March with the  exception of  January and August.

There are talks in September, together with the AGM, October, November, February, March and April. There is a member’s Christmas Dinner in December and trips to interesting historical destinations in May, June and July.

The Society is always ready to welcome new members. The Membership Subscription is £5.00 per annum and meeting attendance is 50p for a member or £2.00 for non-members or guests. There is a reciprocal arrangement with Bradford Abbas History Society whereby meeting attendance is £1.00. Charges for trips will vary depending upon the destination.

If you would like to join please either turn up at a meeting or contact one of the following:
Anthony Brown
John Ferretter

A speaker demonstrating his sheep horn (above) and members getting hands-on experience during the Dad’s Army presentation

A tour of Avebury








A tour of Sherborne School (left) and Russell Cotes Museum in Bournemouth