Boldre Parish Historical Society Newsletter Spring 2017 – •Autumn 2017 Volume 2 - Issue 6 The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see. Winston S. Churchill
••In this Issue ••••••••••••Welcome from your Chairman ••••••••••••••••••••••••••P1 ••••••••••••••Important Notice ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••P1 The Historical Society celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and is ••••••••••••••Forthcoming Events ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••P1 ••••••••••••••Events Review •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••P2 to •P3 progressing as usual with well attended talks and the new Open ••••••••••••••Gallehawk letter ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••P4 meetings. •The Open meetings are an opportunity for people to bring ••••••••••••••Triplets ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••P5 photos of family, local events, properties and other paraphernalia to••••••••••••••Obituary and BPHS History •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••P6 the meetings and share them and memories with the community. •A••••••••••••••Snippet and Walks ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••P7 grant, kindly given to the Society by Colin Wise in his capacity as the••••••••••••••Boldre Hoard ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••P8 New Forest District Councillor for Boldre, has enabled the Society to••••••••••••••Society Officials •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••P8
Welcome from your Chairman Dr James Horsfall
purchase computer, scanning and projection equipment. This means photographs can now be shown on the large Memorial Hall screen, as we have demonstrated at the beginning of the last few meetings. The Open Meetings now use this equipment to the full and I am sure those of you who attended the Open Meetings will agree it is being put to very good use enhancing the community spirit and enabling many folk to share their memories in a friendly and enjoyable way. •I am, as ever, looking for people to give talks on local or parish matters. I appreciate several of our recent talks have been on sailing and other nautical subjects and that some future talks will also have a nautical flavour but these I hope you will agree have a local connection. The really sad news is that George Gates, a committee member and initial Newsletter Editor, passed away in March at Belmore Lodge, Care Home. •A short obituary has been written, which you will find on page 6. I am pleased to tell you that we now have two new committee members. •Tony Robinson of Slade Cottages and Robert Jackson of May Lane. •Tony will bring a younger generation onto the committee and Robert will bring a wealth of experience gathered during many years in the health service. ••I would also like to thank all members of the committee for the interest and commitment they show to the Society, •without them your Society would not exist. Finally I have to say that I have decided to retire as Chairman of your Society. •The Society was formed ten years ago and I have had the privilege of being at its helm for all of that time. •I will officially retire at the AGM in November and I am delighted to tell you that Ian Wild, your vice chairman, has agreed to step into my shoes. • I can therefore retire knowing I am leaving the Society in very capable hands. •I have very much enjoyed acting as your Chairman but the onset of suddenly acquired and unexpected medical problems means it has become difficult for me to carry out my duties to the full.
IMPORTANT NOTICE Please note that from November this year all meetings of the Society will be held on a Friday at the Boldre War Memorial Hall.
Forthcoming Events at The Boldre War Memorial Hall at 7.00pm Friday 10 November 2017 Annual General Meeting Talk by Patrick Kempe The Making of Films of Local Interest December 2017 Open Meeting Date to be arranged Friday 19 January 2018 Talk by Sheila Ward Variety of Forest Landscapes Friday 9 February 2018 Talk by Frank Green Industrial Archaeology of the New Forest Friday 23 February 2018 Talk by Christopher Cecil-Wright Evolution of the Super Yacht Friday 9 March 2018 Talk by Rachel Pearson Hidden Gems of Beaulieu Friday 23 March 2018 Talk by Ray Mayes A quiet naval Hero - The Life of Lt. Cdr. Balme April 2018 Open Meeting Date to be arranged
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Events Review After each season's events we always say a huge thank you to our chairman for arranging an extremely •fascinating and interesting series of talks. ••This season is no exception and we should not take for granted the hard work that goes into making the talks a success. •Four of this season's talks had a nautical or a hint of •a nautical flavour, starting with a History of Lymington Rowing Club given by Brian Goodall which followed our Annual General Meeting in November 2016. •Brian is a most articulate and eloquent speaker who can chat away without notes. However, on this occasion he referred to his notes because of the number of special dates and people who had been involved with the club over the years. ••Brian commenced his rowing career with the club in his teenage years as a cox progressing to become a valuable member of the crew winning many trophies both on the sea and on the river. • It was particularly interesting to learn how many Boldre folk were members of the club and how some of the members made an enormous contribution to the development of the modern racing rowing boat. •Brian also reminded us of the fact that the club house would be moving from its home for the past 60 plus years, near the Lymington quay, to a new home on the river estuary as part of the •Lymington Shores Redrow complex. The first talk of 2017 was given by Richard Reeves at the beginning of January. Richard entitled his talk Newtown Park "A refuge from the world". • • Richard is a very charismatic speaker who has an inexhaustible knowledge of both English and local history. ••He has recently been researching the history of Newtown Park and your society was very privileged to hear about his findings. Newtown Park was designed, it is thought, by James Wyatt - 1746-1813 English Architect - and was built by Sir John d’Oyly in 1787-88. George 111 visited in 1789. It has changed hands many times since it was built and Richard had researched the numerous owners and occupiers giving many illustrations of them and details of their lives. With the changes of ownership there have been many re-stylings of the house itself with the Georgian exterior, which we know today, being a major change. The belvedere, which was removed in the last century, has been restored by the present owner who has also restored the garden and park. Richard's •forensic explanation of Newtown's Park history from the 1600's to the 1800's when the Duplessis family purchased the estate left us asking Richard to return to tell us more about the recent history. Our third talk was given by Frank Green the National Park's archaeologist. •Frank can always be relied upon to entertain us with an interesting and educational talk and his talk in February was no exception. • It was entitled "Beaulieu area archaeology". •Frank began by reminding us of the aims and ambitions of the New Forest National Park authority and went on to talk about the need for archaeology at Beaulieu with emphasis on the coast and river. He showed maps which indicated the way in which the Beaulieu River estuary would expand over the next 100 years meaning that a lot of the archaeology would disappear. •Beaulieu is rich in medieval archaeology because of the abbey and the other buildings that have survived around the large monastic estate. • Frank showed photographs of many of these buildings and described the areas where excavation had taken place. •The National Park had excavated a site close to the river and south of Bucklers Hard cottages and the slipways. This was in advance of the construction of a new building for the teaching of traditional boat building skills. •We were then shown photographs of other trenches that had been dug in and around the Bucklers Hard area. During the last year excavations have been done to train future archaeologists and to create a new forge on or close to the site of an old forge. • The new forge would enable trainees to be taught how to produce the iron work that would have been required for traditional boat building. •The evening ended with the usual question and answer session.
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Events Review continued ………. February continued with a fascinating talk given by Christopher Knox on the subject of "Nelson's Ships." •It is always a pleasure to listen to a speaker who has an in depth knowledge of •his subject and •who •is also enthusiastic about it. Christopher did not let us down. •He explained he was with us to represent the National Museum of the Royal Navy based at Portsmouth of which he was a "Friend". • This new organisation incorporates The Royal Naval Museum Portsmouth, The Submarine Museum at Gosport, The Royal Marines Museum at Southsea and the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton. • We were firstly shown a portrait of Nelson in the full dress uniform of a Vice Admiral. Christopher then articulated about his life, his battles and his loves. •We were told how he quickly rose up through the naval ranks and about the many ships he served on including Raisonnable, Carcass, Seahorse, Boreas, Agamemnon, Vanguard and of course Victory. •We learnt about his sea battles and the special way in which he commanded his sailors. We are very fortunate to have in Hampshire historic sites and speakers who can bring those sites to life for us. A naval theme was continued in March when Phoebe Merrick told us about two local boat builders in her talk entitled "Two boat builders : Petty and Berthon". •Phoebe explained her talk was to be from an historian not a sailor so there would not be a great deal of technical information. •Sir William Petty and Rev Edward Lyon Berthon both lived in Romsey. •Each of them developed boats that were non standard and they both had massive egos. •Sir William Petty, was born in 1623 and •invented a double hulled vessel. •We were shown a drawing of a catamaran. •He wrote a book in 1648 entitled "The Advice of W. P. to Mr Samuel Hartlip". •It is not known who Samuel Hartlip was. •In 1662 he was a founder member of The Royal Society. In 1992 a replica of one of Petty's double bottom boats was made and sailed in Southampton water. •Phoebe then turned to Edward Lyon Berthon who was born in 1813. His early life was spent in Liverpool and at the age of 15 he was an apprentice in the Surgical Wards at the Medical Institute at Liverpool. •He followed his time at Liverpool with a year at the college of surgeons in Dublin. •In 1841 he took Holy Orders. •He studied at Cambridge and was appointed a curate in Lymington. •In 1860 he was appointed Vicar of Romsey. •In 1862 Romsey put on an exhibition which included many model boats. •In 1840, a paddle steamer, the SS Orion sank off the coast of Scotland with considerable loss of life. • The loss of life was aggravated because the Orion did not carry enough life boats due to a lack of space on board. • Berthon considered this problem and • came up with the idea of a collapsible boat. •He developed his idea and after an order from the Indian navy his design and boats became widely accepted and all collapsible boats became known as Berthons. • There is a memorial window to Berthon in the north transept of Romsey Abbey. The last talk of the season at the end of March was given by Suzanne Kempe, who is the wife of our membership secretary Patrick and chair of the New Forest Pony Breed Society. •It was therefore no surprise that Suzanne entitled her talk, The New Forest Pony More than Meets the Eye. • Suzanne commenced her talk with a little bit of history explaining that some 900 years ago King William II wanted the Forest to be his • hunting lodge with the freedom to hunt deer. •In return for the hunting freedom he gave the farmers the right to continue to graze their ponies and cattle. •This means that today we can still see the deer, with the ponies and cattle grazing freely. •There are now some 5000 ponies and 4500 cattle on the forest. •Suzanne reminded us that up to the middle of the 1960s ponies could be seen grazing in Lymington, New Milton, Hythe and other areas that are built up today. • The ponies can be classified as the architects of the New Forest. •It is because ponies are selective in the way they graze that many special and rare plants can be found and the forest is now a Site of Special Scientific Interest. •Suzanne described how the ponies are managed and why they make good riding ponies. The commoning rights were also described together with the different places on the •Forest where ponies can be found such as along the lanes and on the sea shore. •We were also told about the new Stallion Inspection Scheme, which was designed to limit the number of stallions running on the Forest in an effort to improve the breeding lines and to limit the number of foals that were born each year. •A long question and answer session took place at the end of Suzanne's talk. •I know we all left the meeting knowing and appreciating more about the New Forest pony thanks to Suzanne's expert knowledge and presentation.
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Gallehawk Letter Copied below is a letter that was written by a Charles Henry Gallehawk and sent to the late Canon John Hayter (Vicar St John the Baptist, Boldre) on 12 July 1981. •A copy of the letter was •given to our Vice Chairman Ian Wild by Lieutenant Colonel Peter Chitty (retired) a few years ago. •Peter has recently retired as a lay reader and chorister at St Johns' after more than 55 years service. The letter has been researched and the following information has been obtained. •We do hope that our facts are correct, however, if anyone can help to confirm our findings or correct them for us we would be pleased to hear from them. •The letter gives an insight into life in the South Baddesley area circa 1920. Charles Henry Gallehawk born 17 June 1910 at 18 King Street, Hammersmith, London. His father was Charles Gallehawk born 1877 and his mother was Caroline (maiden name Jacka) they were married in 1908. His grandfather was Edwin Gallehawk, born 1840 and his grandmother Emma (maiden name Harvey) born 1843. •Emma was born in Sway or Boldre and married Edwin in the Lymington District. Charles Gallehawk had a brother James who was born in 1865 in East Boldre. •James was therefore Charles Henry's uncle. James married Elizabeth Jane Renyard • in 1895. • Elizabeth was born in 1868 in Boldre and she died in the Lymington District in 1901. •Her sister Mary married James Tupper in the Lymington District in 1895. •They were living circa 1910 in one of the cottages opposite Pylewell Farm buildings. This we feel is the connection between the Renyards and Tuppers mentioned in the letter. •Ian Wild is hoping to do a more detailed report for the October exhibition, so please contact Ian or James Puttick (Newsletter Editor) if you can help. •For contact details see foot of last page. Dear Sir I was very interested to read a report in the Sunday Mirror, that your church had been the setting for a TV comedy series starring Dick Emery and it brought back memories to me of my childhood of more than 60 years ago. The Great War was raging when my parents sent me down from South East London where we lived, to stay with relatives living on the outskirts of Boldre. It is strange how one can recall incidents of long ago, and something occurring last week is completely forgotten. A steam train brought us down to Brockenhurst where we changed to the branch line train that took us to Lymington Pier Station, where my uncle was waiting with the dog-cart to take us up to the cottage and I can remember the pony trotting along the gravel road until we came to the place where I was going to stay. Whether it was a private road I cannot say but there was a gate across the road, which I dutifully used to open to allow what traffic there was to pass on their way. Oil lamps provided the lighting of the cottage and a clanking iron pump gave us cool, clear water. If the place still exists, I suppose it is on the "grid" and on the mains water supply. I went to the village school and being a "townie”, I was regarded with suspicion by most of the boys and had to have one or two fights before establishing my friendship with them. Country folk and town dwellers were poles apart in those days. My uncle worked on an estate owned by a family by the name of Whittacker(?) and although the war was on, the "big" house still had a fairly large staff. Opportunities of work were poor in the country and for working people the girls went into domestic service, the boys on to the land or else into the Army or Navy. No employment problems in those days. Another memory was harvesting, with the women and us boys and girls, following the reaping machine and "stooking" the bundles of corn as they fell from the machine. Some of the boys had cudgels to hit the terrified rabbits as they fled from the ever decreasing patches of grain. Sunday then, was taken very seriously and most of the villagers attended morning and evening church services and it was at Harvest Festival, that I first heard the hymn, "We plough the fields and scatter". Although I have no musical ability, I have the "ear" for picking up a tune first time and whenever I hear that hymn, my mind goes back to that Sunday of long ago when I stood in the church at Boldre. As I said, Sunday was taken seriously and my aunt would not let me play with my toys on that day and when I was caught reading a "’comic", •she gave me a scolding. In the New Forest the Canadian soldiers were doing forestry work and, "little pitchers having big ears", it wasn’t until years after I realised what had befallen one of the maids up at the big house. Some airmen from a nearby aerodrome took my cousin and some of her girl friends and myself on a wonderful picnic at New Milton where we paddled and the girls most daringly, hitched up their skirts. One morning an aeroplane flew very low over our cottage and later we heard that the plane had crashed and the pilot killed. The days always seemed long and sunny in those far off times but how dark were the nights. •At my London home the streets were brightly lit, so returning to the cottage after visiting friends was a terrifying walk up the lane in the pitch blackness. The last time that I visited Boldre was about 25 years ago, and I was delighted to find two of my relatives still living there but I am sorry to say that we lost touch over the years. If anyone by the name of Renyard or Tupper are still living in the area, I shall be very pleased to hear from them and maybe sometime or the other, I may be able to return and visit scenes where I spent many of my childhood days. In these troubled times and having reached the age when these memories are about the only things left to mill over, when time permits, I shall be pleased to hear from you. Yours sincerely •C H Gallehawk (Mr)
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Triplets In 1910 triplets were born in South Baddesley. •This must have been a very special occasion and you can imagine the news being passed excitedly from person to person and house to house. •The parents were William and Ellen Pryer (nee Stephens) and they were living at Pylewell Cottage, East End. •The triplets were named Ernest Isaac, Irene Ellen and Vera Louisa. They were born on 7 August 1910 and baptised on 31 August 1910 at St Mary's South Baddesley. •Unfortunately and sadly mum Ellen died on 8 August 1910, the day after giving birth, age 33. Also very sadly her daughter Irene, one of the triplets died age 8 on 1 November 1918. •The following is a transcript of the article in the Lymington Chronicle, dated 18 August 1910, of Ellen Pryer's funeral at St Mary's, South Baddesley, •which many family members, relatives and friends attended. •The Society would be delighted to hear from anyone who can add any further information about the Pryer family. •Please contact James Puttick if you feel you can help. (contact details on the foot of page 8). Funeral of Mrs. Pryer. The funeral of the late Mrs. Ellen Louisa Pryer, wife of Mr. W. J. Pryer, Pylewell Park Estate steward, whose death, at the age of 33 years, occurred on the 8th inst. under sad circumstances, took place at South Baddesley on the afternoon of Thursday last, and was an occasion of general mourning. The church • was thronged, and the service impressively performed by the Rev. G. S. Bevir. M.A., Vicar of East Boldre. •The remains, enclosed in a handsome oak coffin with brass mountings were laid to rest in a brick grave, which had been draped with ivy, moss and laurel, by Mr. J. House. the Parish Clerk. The mourners were Mr. W. J. Pryer, Master Percy Pryer (son), Nurse Newland. Mr. and Mrs. W Stephens (Crown Villa, Lymington, grandparents), Mrs. W. Shilcock (aunt), Miss Kitty Maud Shilcock (cousin), Mr. George Stephens, Mr. Jackman , of Dorchester (uncle) •and Mr. Percy Stephens •of Wales (brother). There were also present: •Mr. H Wood. Mr. W. F. Hamilton, Mr. H. R. Aldridge, Mr. and Mrs. G. Perkins, Mr. Joyce, •Mr. and Mrs. F. T. Lodge, Mr. and Mrs. J. Stevens, Mr. and Mrs. Tupper, Mr. and Mrs. Brett, Mr. and Mrs. W. Renyard. Mrs. J. Woodford, sen., Miss Henderson, Mr. and Mrs. J. Harvey, Mr. and Mrs. Chiverton. Mr. and Mrs. H. Knight, Mr. and Mrs. S. Gregory, Mr. and Mrs, H. Woodford, Mr and Mrs. L. Hole, Mr. and Mrs W Francis, and many others. The floral tributes, which were very numerous and beautiful, were sent by " Dear little Bonnie,” Mr. W. J. Pryer, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. J. Pryer, of Battlefield Hall, Axminster, Mr E. W Birdseye, Miss K. M.Shilcock, Mr. P. W. Stephens, Mr. and Mrs. •Hughes, Mr. and Mrs. Stevens May, Mrs and Miss Graves, Mr. and Mrs C. Dearlove, Miss S. Henderson, Mr. and Mrs. Beveridge. the Hon. Mrs Whitaker and Mr. W. I. Whitaker, Dr. John Rendall. the Rev. and Mrs. C. A. Brerston, Mrs. Corbett, Mr. and Mrs. J. Rixon, Mrs. Harrison, Nurse Newland. Miss Mair, Mr. and Mrs. C. Balls. Mr. and Mrs. Tiller. Dolly and Bertha. Mr. W. F. Hamilton, Mrs. G. Hamilton, Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Croutear, Mr. and Mrs. W. Renyard, Mr. and Mrs. J. Tupper, Mrs. Backhurst and family. Mr. and Mrs. G. Perkins, Mr. and Mrs, Francis. Messrs. W. Norton and C Duck. Mr. and Mrs. J. Renyard, Mr. and Mrs. W. Stephens (grandparents), Mr. and Mrs. J. House. Mr and Mrs Brett, etc. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. F. W. House, of Lymington. Mr. and Mrs. W. H. I. Pryer (father and mother) were prevented from attending owing to the delicate state of their health; and Mr. E. A. Pryer (brother) and the Misses Pryer (sisters) were also unavoidably prevented from attending, through not learning the hour of the funeral in sufficient time to reach South Baddesley by Thursday afternoon. (Committee member Margaret Orman has helped in the research for this article. •Ed.)
St. Mary’s Church and Church Yard •South Baddesley
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The Late George Gates We are sad to report that George Gates died in March of this year. •He had been a very valuable friend of the Boldre Parish Historical Society and in fact started our Newsletter and kept producing it for several years for which we are most grateful. •His house was full of radios and gadgets and to find a seat was quite a challenge! George was born in Rose Cottage, Lower Sandy Down in 1932 and lived there for over 20 years. •He moved from there to Pilley and then to Portmore. • He was educated at William Gilpin School, where the headmaster, Jim Newman, had a very positive influence on his life. •George enjoyed his sport, playing both football and cricket for local teams. •He was also a great follower of the "Saints" - Southampton Football Club. He initially worked at Wellworthy but then moved on to several other companies. In some of his spare time, George enjoyed writing and in 1994 he produced his book “Boldre Recollections”. •This was reprinted in 2007 with a further reprint more recently. In retirement, in Lymington, he lived only a stone's throw from the Parish of Boldre and he joined several groups which kept him busy. •When the Recording of Boldre Parish exhibitions started, he soon became involved having an extensive knowledge of the area. •He was a founder member of our Society. Even when he felt that he was no longer able to produce the Newsletter and help at exhibitions he would still attend talks and exhibitions when he could. • Everything he did for the Society was of the highest quality, even though he sometimes said it wasn't. George was a great supporter of the Society and a friend to all. •He always gave good advice but was not pushy with it. •He had a quiet sense of humour and was always a joy to be with. •He was a dad to Phillip and Julie, a Stepdad, Granddad and Great Granddad and he will be very much missed.
Boldre Parish Historical Society •10th Anniversary 2007 - 2017 Talks, outside visits, recorded interviews, open evenings and exhibitions are all hallmarks of the Boldre Parish Historical Society •which came into being at the end of April 2007 with Dr. James Horsfall as chairman. •All have been well supported. The first of three exhibitions on the Recording Boldre Parish project had taken place at the end of February of that year and was a resounding success. •Georgina Babey had been engaged to collect material and organise the exhibitions, which were funded by grants from New Forest National Park Authority and Boldre Parish Council. •All three exhibitions had to be completed by March 2008! •A very tall order, but everything went to plan. The Society took over the Recording Boldre Parish project in March 2008. The fourth exhibition in the series was held on 31 October and 1 November 2009, with members providing information and also funding. •A decision was made to hold more exhibitions biennially. •All have been a success. So you can see the Historical Society is now ten years old; an important milestone. •During those ten years it has amassed a sizeable archive on the history of the people and hamlets within the ten square miles of the Civil Parish of Boldre. •The storage area is almost bursting at the seams. •Yet we always need more information from parishioners. Now to mark the tenth anniversary of Boldre Parish Historical Society •the next exhibition (the eighth) to be held on 28 and 29 October this year, will feature items from the first three exhibitions, as well as more recently researched material on South Baddesley and district, Vicars Hill House (now Southlands School) and other subjects. So please make a note of the exhibition dates and look through your old and not so old photographs, documents and deeds and bring them along to any meeting to help us extend our knowledge of the area. Ian Wild. •Vice Chairman
What is the area covered by our Historical Society? The Historical Society covers about 10 square miles, which represents the Civil Parish of Boldre i.e. the area administered by Boldre Parish Council. Before 1929 it also included East Boldre. • Within the civil parish are the ecclesiastical parishes of South Baddesley and Boldre. •The following are the hamlets within our area:Battramsley, Boldre, Bull Hill, East End including Tanners Lane and Pitts Deep, Lisle Court, Norley Wood, Pilley, Portmore, Sandy Down, South Baddesley and Walhampton. The Society is also interested in adjoining areas. Ian Wild. •Vice Chairman
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Snippet - provided by committee member Margaret Orman Boldre Pig Club. ••New Milton Advertiser & Lymington Times. Saturday April 7th 1945. Forming another one at South Baddesley. The second annual meeting of Boldre Pig Club was held at Pilley, with Mr Goodall presiding. The regional Officer of the Small Pig Keepers Council had asked that separate clubs should be formed for Boldre and South Baddesley, as the number of members of the Club was now 78. This was agreed and it was arranged to hold a meeting for South Baddesley members to form a new club. Mr. F. Figgins was elected chairman of the Boldre Club and it was arranged that Miss Ashby should continue as secretary until a new one was appointed. The accounts showed a balance of £1. 10. 9d and 918 rations had been issued during the year. It was necessary to raise subscriptions to 2/- for the new year, owing to an increase in the contribution to the Small Pig Keeping Council. The chairman said that he and the committee considered the result of the year’s working was very satisfactory and that he hoped the membership would increase in both clubs, and that more people would produce their own supply of bacon. Mr James Gregory and Mr Edward Welstead were elected to serve on the committee, it was regretted that Mr Compton was unable to serve again and the chairman and secretary both referred to the great help he had given the club.
Typical New Forest commoner’s smallholding farm yard with pig sty at the end. •All in need of renovation. Mr Edward Welstead was Margaret Orman’s uncle. A brick built pig sty was viewed during the May Lane walk. See article below. Ed.
May Lane, Walk 2 May Lane 18th July 2016 This second stroll began at the Pilley Village Shop as before. Crossing the road a small group of the Boldre Parish Historical Society members walked through the cut by Cary’s Cottage and turned left to begin at the west end of May Lane. Before our visit our chairman, James Horsfall, had spoken to most of the residents, his neighbours, who had gathered photographs and much information about their dwellings which they shared with the group. This was most interesting and many gave the Society copies of their findings for the Historical Society archive. Jane Horsfall had brought a copy of Comyn’s New Forest with her and so it was possible to identify houses which were built before Comyn’s records made in 1817. We had great pleasure looking at the properties up this largely hidden and pretty lane, meeting some of the owners and benefiting from the research which many of them were prepared to share. This included some very interesting old photographs and anecdotes. There was also information from member Pat Tanner who with her husband and young family moved into the newly built police house, now called Peelers End. There were many accounts of wells, some of which still exist as at Well Cottage, and piggeries which supplied an addition to the diet of the cottagers along with their well stocked vegetable gardens. Many of the cob and thatch cottages have been extended and several bungalows were built in the 1960s. The two Forest villas, built •we were told with gravel dug from Pilley Pond, still looked very original and all the gardens had changed but were a treat with their neat borders and colourful flowers. A more comprehensive account will be lodged in the archive together with the owners’ accounts and some photographs. It is proposed that another two walks will take place this year, to look at the dwellings around Pilley Pond. •We will meet outside the Village Stores once more and the first walk will be on Monday June 5th at 7pm, all welcome Alison Bolton •Committee Member
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The Boldre Hoard In June 2014, a hoard of 1,608 Roman coins was discovered by two metal detectorists in a field near Boldre. St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery was recently able to purchase this hoard with generous support from the V&A Purchase Grant Fund, the Headley Trust, Mr Beleson and many members of the community. The coins in the Boldre Hoard all date from AD 249 to 276 and are all radiates, named after the radiate crown worn by the emperors they depict. They were issued by 12 different emperors, ruling both from Rome and from the breakaway Gallic Empire, and were probably buried in the late 3rd century. Over 600 coin hoards from this date have been found in Britain. Although we can’t be sure exactly why the Boldre Hoard was buried, one likely explanation is that it was to keep someone’s savings secure. This is supported by recent field surveys carried out by the New Forest National Park Authority, which suggest that the hoard was buried within an ancient field system and not associated with any buildings. The fact that the coins were never dug up again could suggest that their owner died or, rather like a squirrel, forgot where they were buried! The Boldre Hoard will form one of the highlights of St Barbe’s new displays when the museum reopens on 15 July. This article was kindly prepared by Rosalyn Goulding, Collections and Engagement Manager, St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington.
The obverse and reverse of a coin issued by the Gallic Emperor Postumus.
Surveying the field.
A sample of coins from the Boldre Hoard
Society Officials and Committee Members President ••Hugo Duplessis •••••••••••••••Chairman •Dr James Horsfall Deputy Chairman ••••Treasurer Ian Wild
•••••••••Membership Secretary ••••••Part Time Secretary ••••••••••••Newsletter Editor
•••••Tim Farquhar ••••••••••Patrick Kempe •••••••••••••••••Patricia Langfelder •••••••••••••James Puttick
Committee Members Alison Bolton •••••••Ted Cantrell ••••••••Norman Gannaway ••••••Angela Grainger •••••••••Robert Jackson •••••••Pamela Keen Margaret Orman •••••Tony Robinson •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••The Society web site can be found at www.boldreparishhistoricalsociety.co.uk.
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