Local community site for Broadstone, Dorset, since 1999

Famous Residents and Visitors


The list of famous residents, ex-residents or visitors in Broadstone that we have been able to find up to now consists of the following:

Alfred Russel Wallace, biologist, was joint discoverer of the theory of evolution with Charles Darwin. An interesting site with plenty of information is The Alfred Russel Wallace Page.

Victor Watkins – the world’s first King’s Scout, which was awarded on 10th December 1909. He lived most of his life above his father’s grocers shop on the corner of York Road and The Broadway, on his father’s death he took over the shop (now Bollywood the Indian Tandoori). He was a very significant contributor to village activities in his lifetime. He was born in 1891 and died in 1976.

Richard Todd, the actor, lived in the village as a boy.

Stuart Hibberd, the first BBC Chief Announcer when radio ruled the media, lived with his family in Broadstone.

Jan Fabricus, one of the most famous Dutch authors, lived at Caesar’s camp, a house on Broadstone Heights.

Nikolaus Pevsner may have visited Broadstone as the watertower and St John’s Church are both in the Dorset architectural guide.

Jack Hargreaves used to shop in Coward’s Butchers back in the late sixties/early seventies.

Dick Emery has played at least one round on Broadstone golf course.

Greg Lake of the rock group Emerson, Lake and Palmer lived in Broadstone during part of his childhood.

Karen Legg, the swimming record-holder and medallist is rumoured to be a current Broadstone resident.

V. DeCourcy-Hughes – well respected in horticultural circles. Has a tomato named after him.

Sir John Howard – Chairman of the National Union of Conservatives Associations, also the builder of the Fleetbridge.

Brigadier-General R.M.Poore – played cricket for Broadstone, Hampshire and South Africa. Lived at Rose Lawn Coppice.

  • Played Polo for the 7th Hussars. Won Best Man-at Arms at the Royal Tournament 1898,1899, 1906, 1907.
  • West of India Lawn Tennis Champion 1893, 1894, East Matabeleland Lawn Tennis Champion 1896.
  • In 1899 he finished top of the National Batting Averages scoring 1399 (ave 116.5).

For more information on Brigadier-General R.M.Poore and Broadstone Cricket Club see:

  • 100 Years of Broadstone Cricket (1888-1988)
  • A Pictorial History of Broadstone Cricket Club (1888-1998)

Copies of both books can be borrowed from Broadstone Library.

Gilbert Bayes was the well respected sculptor of our War Memorial here in Broadstone.

Robert Fripp was born in 1946 went to school in Broadstone between 1952 and 1957, then moved on to Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Wimborne. His mother ran a grocery shop in Green Road, Poole, between 1936-39, later moving to Wimborne where Robert lived until the age of 21. Robert Fripp is a guitarist, record producer and composer but is probably best known for being guitarist with King Crimson, along with Greg Lake who also lived in Poole. He has worked with well known names such as David Bowie, Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel. He married Toyah Wilcox in 1986 whom he met while living at Witchampton.

Bryan Telfer lived in Broadstone since 1993. He captained the HMS Intrepid in the Falklands war. And made his way up from a seaman to captain. He lived in Widworthy Drive, after coming back from Belgium, representing Britain at NATO. He recently died, having his funeral at St. Anthony’s Church on York Road, and is buried in Broadstone cemetery. He also played a role in setting up businesses in the area and chaired the Institute of Management (now the Chartered Management Institute).

Sir Samuel Rickard Christophers, CIE, OBE, FRS (1873-1978), protozoologist and medical entomologist, specialising mosquitoes and in tropical medicine. In 1963 he moved from Cambridge to Broadstone to live with his daughter and son-in-law. He died on 19th February 1978 at the age of 104. More details can be read in his obituary and in Wikipedia.

William Grylls Adams, who discovered photovoltaic properties is buried in the churchyard in Broadstone, and lived at Heathfeld from 1905 to 1915. His elder brother discovered Neptune and William edited a lot of his papers also. See his biograpy at http://www.nahste.ac.uk/isaar/GB_0237_NAHSTE_P0910.html and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Grylls_Adams. His grave is marked with a Celtic cross, which can be seen on http://www.dancemania.biz/blog/gaynor-minden-pointe-shoes-are-made-using-the-power-of-the-sun/

Margaret Benyon MBE, worlds first holographic artist, lived at 40 Springdale Road. now living in Australia (produced a lot of her works at home in Broadstone) http://www.members.optusnet.com.au/mbenyon/top/bio.htm

Michael Leighton George Relph, Born at ‘Riffelberg” Broadstone (York Road??), His Mother Deborah was the daughter of the Governer general of Western Australia. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/michael-relph-6160607.html and http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1473034/Michael-Relph.html. His Father was the Actor George Relph

Pauline Smith well known South African writer used to spend time at her sister Dorothy’s in Broadstone (climbing in a top window when she had forgotten her key). Pauline died in Broadstone in 1959 so is presumably buried there. http://www.answers.com/topic/pauline-smith and http://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Karoo-Pauline-Smith/dp/1412812755

John Lennons ” Aunt Mimi” was cremated at the gravel hill crematorium… http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=61206476

Colin Firth’s wife, (Bafta & Oscar winner) owns a house in Broadstone at 5 Benridge Close

Should you know of any other famous resident (living or past) then let us know by complete the contact form with details. Also, if you can confirm or give further details of the above names then please pass them on to us!

(Thanks to “Philip“, John Williams, Brian Woolgar, Jerry Richards, Jill Floyd, Gulie, Sue Mills and Mark Bacon for providing/updating most of the above information)


About Author

David is a retired Traffic Systems Engineer, previously working at Siemens, Sopers Lane, Poole. He has worked in Brazil for 17 years, returning to the UK in 1990, and living in Broadstone since then. David is Secretary of Poole Heart Support Group, and runs a number of charity and non-profit organisation websites.

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  1. I have lived and worked in and around broadstone for the last 60 years. My doctor was Dr Beadles who lived and had his surgery in Wallace house in Wallace road. He actually showed me around the garden with all the unusual plants collected by Wallace himself. There was a plaque on the wall in the house commemorating Wallace’s achievements.

    I have very fond memories of those early days in Broadstone when it was very much a village.

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