Hurstbourne Tarrant Parish
We meet on the second Monday of the Month at the Community Centre, SP11 0AX
Next Meeting: “St Cross - Hospital & Almshouse of Noble Poverty” - Catherine Secker & Claire Dixon
Monday 14th May at 7:45pm
Nestling in the water meadows alongside the River Itchen and in the shadow of St Catherine’s Hill lies the ancient Hospital of St Cross. Reknowned for the tranquillity of its setting and the beauty of its architecture, the Hospital is one of England’s oldest continuing almshouses. These fine medieval buildings have provided food and shelter for hundreds of years. The principal activity of the Hospital continues to be the provision of individual, private apartments for a living community of about twenty-five elderly men. Known as ‘Brothers’ they wear black or red gowns and a trencher hat for daily church and other formal occasions.
Catherine Secker is the Porter for the Hospital of St Cross and has, for the last 18 years, been the only member of staff to live at the Hospital. She is classed as an honorary Brother and is the first lady porter in 900 years. Catherine will give a light hearted view of St Cross telling all about the "naughty" Brothers and the things you do not find in guide books. Clare Dixon a Blue Badge Guide, has lived in Winchester for about 17 years and knows everything else about the Hospital’s history!
Visitors are most welcome to join us (£3.00).
About the Historical Society
The programme of events for 2017 - 18 is now available and you can view it here. All meetings will be held on the second Monday of the month at the Hurstbourne Tarrant Community Centre. Volunteer members will be on hand to provide, at a modest charge, tea, coffee, soft drinks and beer and wine.
"Hurstbourne Tarrant at War" - this 106 page document contains records of all who served in the first and second world wars, local reporting from the time and colour and black and white photographs. If you would like a copy, priced £5, please contact Andy Watson - details below. All profits will go to St Peter's Church, Hurstbourne Tarrant.
Chairman: Andy Watson e-mail: EMail Telephone No.: 01264 736459
Secretary: Bryn Evans e-mail: EMail Telephone No.: 01264 736361
The Hurstbourne Tarrant Historical Society is a group of people who are interested in the history of the village and surrounding area. The society was formally constituted in May 2010 and meets monthly with the exception of August, December and January. All meetings, except for outside visits, take place at Hurstbourne Tarrant Community Centre (SP11 0AX) . Please see the programme of events for full details of what is happening.
The society aims to look into various aspects of history whether local, social, family or archaeological. Society meetings will cover various subjects and ideas for new subjects or studies are most welcome from members. The constitution defines the full list of the aims of the society.
The committee is made up of five members who are listed below along with a brief introduction to who they are and what projects they are currently working on.
Andy Watson, Chairman – I moved to the village in 1989 and my main interest is industrial archaeology. I have also been involved in Iron Age experimental archaeology as well as digging at a Roman metal smelting site on a cold and wet Welsh hilltop.
Bryn Evans, Secretary – I have lived in the village for more than 40 years and have recorded photographically many aspects of village life and activities over that period. I am currently converting the complete census records of the Parish from 1841 to 1911 into digital format. The Society holds a large archive covering village life, burial records, people, buildings, historical information, activities and events as well as an extensive photographic collection and would welcome any further contributions to add to the archive. Our aim is to hold as much information as possible in a digital format so that it can be more easily accessed and disseminated.
Mike Nash, Programme Officer – I’ve lived in the village almost 18 years and interested in everything! At the moment am looking at the "ritual marks" in our church and hope to publish shortly, I will then be starting work with Kim Vella on past village pubs.
Sarah Gould, Membership Officer & Treasurer – I’ve lived in the village since 1989 and have studied field archaeology. I work as a volunteer in the archives section of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust. I’m currently writing blog entries on archaeological work for the Hampshire Cultural Trust at Chilcomb.
Michael Bateman, Publicity Officer
Margaret Jensen, Committee Member
The full list of current projects that the committee and other society members are involved in is below, along with who are working on them.
The ritual marks in the local church (Mike Nash)
Pubs & Malthouses (Mike Nash & Kim Vella)
The early 20th century memoirs of Percy Ball, a local gardener (Margaret Jensen)
If you would like more information on the society, anything it is working on or would like to join please see the contact details at the top of the page.
New members are always welcome. Also if you can contribute to the society archives in any way that would be much appreciated; we would love to hear from anyone who could loan or send us photographs, documents etc that are associated with the villages of Hurstbourne Tarrant, Upton and the Hamlet of Ibthorpe.