Hennock & Teign Village Chronicle

Published by the Hennock Village Hall Committee

300° view of Hennock from
the top of the Church Tower

© 2014 D Baker

The History of Teign Village

from the book Hennock - A Village History
by Iain Fraser, pub 2004
ISBN 0-9545121-1-1
Reproduced here by kind permission of the Author.
Copies of the book are usually available at The Palk Arms
or from the Author at e-mail: palkhistory@yahoo.co.uk or Tel: 01626 439489

Further extracts from this fascinating guide to bygone Hennock can be found in the Palk Arms and Village History sections.


Teign Village

Built on fields either side of an old lane leading up to Hennock, this land was also owned at one time by the Palk family. The north side of the village was built on a field called Higher Close belonging to Leigh Farm and the south side of the village was built on a field called Broom Park, at that time belonging to Hockmore Farm.

In 1872 plans were drawn up to have a Tram-Railway running from the Teign Valley Railway line at Trusham, up the hill where Teign Village now stands, almost to the South Exmouth Lead & Silver mine. But this was just one of many plans that never materialised for many reasons and also quite largely to the fact that cheaper imports made it uneconomical to carry on mining for lead.

Teign Village
Teign Village ca 1915. This picture was taken when the Sports and Social Club was just a house with a front garden.

Building commenced around 1910 by The Teign Valley Granite Company to entice workers to come and live here. There were a lot of families from Wales called 'Jones' when the houses were first built.

All the bricks used in building the village were made just down the road by the Teign Valley Concrete Co., with the sand for the mortar coming from the Newton Abbot Glassworks. The semi-detached houses either side at the bottom of the village and numbers 14 & 16 were larger in size and had the luxury of a fitted bath.

But this is a village without a church. According to the Rev. Lough in his pamphlet about Hennock written in 1961 the name originally planned for the street was 'Teign Villas' but the wall plaques (which were blue in colour) to be situated either end of the street arrived with the inscription 'Teign Village' in error.

The nameplates were taken down as with most signs and signposts around the country at the start of WW2.

The village was also known as 'Morrisons Avenue', named after the local works manager at that time.

Building was halted during the First World War, then re­commenced shortly after. In 1923, Whites Directory lists Teign Village as a hamlet of 48 houses.

Village Shop
Early photograph showing the Village Shop. Courtesey DRO.

Robert Bathurst, the quarry manager, founded the village Sports & Social Club in 1913. Originally, boots and shoes were sold from here. It was built like the other houses, then extended at the front taking in what was once the front garden. It was used as a temporary overflow school for all the children who arrived in the immediate area as evacuees during WW2. The school at Hennock was still small and could not accommodate them all.

The club was used for meetings and receptions, but its licence to sell alcohol on the premises did not arrive till much later on.

There have been various shops over the years in Teign Village, but none at present. From about 1935, Mrs Lydia Gardiner ran the village stores from No. 15. A red telephone box was situated outside the shop. If it rang, whoever was passing would answer it and either take a message or go and find the person in question.

One unique feature about Teign Village is the privately owned, spring-fed water supply. Just above Ladywell farm, four springs emerge from the hillside and flow into a large reservoir. From there the water runs downhill to Teign Village, where it goes through a filtration process before reaching the houses.

New Ford
Teign Village with a solitary, new Ford car.

Ladywell, as just mentioned, has a water source that apparently has never dried up. It has been said that the old name comes from 'Our Lady's Well'. An interesting point is that near Teignmouth Golf Course are the remains of a Holy Well at Lidwell Chapel, now in the hands of the National Trust. Lidwell was also known as 'Ladywell'.

Teign Village has its own football pitch and also has a large allotment area to one side of the village.

Every year when the rainy season has at last ended, the sound of rotovators fills the air, as everyone gets busy preparing their vegetable plots. It is wonderful to see so much being home-grown and also seeing so many youngsters helping out, or even tending their own piece of land. Surplus fruit and vegetables are happily passed around; many a time I found bags of produce left by my door when I lived there.