Alf Pope, former proprietor of Broadwindsor Post Office & General Store

These days Broadwindsor has a community run village shop located in the old Telephone Exchange. Previously the village stores were in the vilage square

I thought I would write about a previous Broadwindsor shopkeeper. In the early twentieth century Broadwindsor Post Office & General Store in the village square was run by a Mr Alf Pope.

In Leonard Studley’s book he has a photograph of the stores during the First World War with ‘A.W.Pope‘ clearly painted above the shop door.

Alf Pope was also the local photographer in the days before everyone had cameras.

In the photograph below Mr Pope can be seen outside Sherborne Abbey in his motor car. I actually have a print of this from which this has been scanned. On the reverse is hand written “Mr Alf Pope. Sherborne. May 3, 1917. Car travelled about 3,000 miles to date“.

Leonard Studley has this same photograph in his book and suggests it is a Ford Model T, can anyone confirm this?

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