1986 LIFE IN GUSSAGE ALL SAINTS

 The narrow village street runs along  
 the valley side, large gardens slope  
 to river meadows. 20 houses of which  
 1/3 are old well maintained, others   
 quality houses & bungalows. There is a
 pub & a social club. The population is
 60, 3 local born, 5 long established  
 families, 9 retired. Today affluent   
 families come when houses are sold. 12
 children are under 13, 6 more under   
 21, some go to boarding school. 3 men 
 work in the village (a pub, shop, &   
 garage), potter makes at home, sells  
 in Wimborne, others commute, e.g. as  
 solicitors, engineers, navy. 1 has    
 horses & beef cattle in meadows, many 
 have dogs, cats, hens or ponies. Most 
 have cars, many 2. Bus to Wimborne, 4 
 times a week is little used. Social   
 life centres on the pub & local       
 licensed social club is very popular  
 with farm workers from miles around.  
 

Map of the area

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