Hurstbourne Tarrant Parish
We meet on the second Monday of the Month at the Community Centre, SP11 0AX
Next Meeting: "Vagrants, Paupers & The Welfare State - Jan Smith"
Monday 11th March at 7:45pm
The Vagrancy Act of 1824 made it an offence to sleep rough or beg and it remains in force to the present day. What were the social conditions after the Napoleonic wars that led to this law; why had the Elizabethan Poor Laws and parish relief failed; what did Victorian workhouses really achieve. How did all this lead to the early 20th century Liberal reforms?
Our speaker, Jan Smith will answer some of these questions using her knowledge of local history and archives. Jan Smith’s career spanned many years as an archivist; her last appointment was County Archivist for Hampshire, running the county’s archives and local studies service based in Hampshire Record Office.
About the Historical Society
The programme of events for 2018 - 19 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 July, August 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.
If you would like to join please contact any member of the committee or you can download and complete a Membership Application.
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.