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Hethfelton building site

Hethfelton Building Site Men

In 1929 my grandfather Arthur Collings, a carpenter/builder by trade, became the foreman for the construction of a new building in or near Hethfelton, Wool, Dorset. He had a Box Brownie camera and he took pictures of the building site which had quite a large workforce. Some of the men, including Frank Hann later identified by my father, would have travelled from Nether Compton and stayed on-site somewhere during the week. 

One thing that struck me was the height of the scaffolding poles, they look very like tree trunks to me, and I wondered how these would be made stable and lashed together.

Hethfelton: Left Arthur Collings, Frank Hann behind 1929
Left Arthur Collings, Frank Hann behind – 1929

I would be very pleased to hear from anyone with local knowledge of the area who is able to identify this intriguing building for me?

Barbara Elsmore

August 2021

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