01 – The Old Post Office, 17 High Street

17 High Street was a two unit cottage built in the late C16. Significant additions were made in mid C17. The main body of the roof remains thatched. Charles Dyer was a saddler and harness maker and lived at 17 Butleigh from around 1841 until his death in 1894. The family rented the property (£5.5s in 1863) from Squire Neville Grenville. In 1883 a single story extension provided a separate entrance for postal business. By 1947 the rent was £16.4s. The Dyers bought the property and three fields when the Estate was sold in 1947. Another son, Charles (born in 1888), continued the family business, as did his son Wilfred in due course. Wilfred & Charles took part in the Butleigh Revel in 1906. All their children attended the Infants School. The Heeleys purchased the property in 1969. The key frontal alteration (1995) has been the creation of a central window in lieu of the shop door entrance. Several internal historical features exist including a Royal Marines recruitment sign.

The Dyer family outside the saddler’s shop about 1880. Note the shop doorway and lack of Post Office extension on the left.