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Hurstbourne Tarrant Parish

Historical Society

We meet on the second Monday of the Month at the Community Centre, SP11 0AX

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Next Meeting: "Twyford Waterworks - Martin Gregory"

Monday 12th June at 7:30pm - Please note earlier start time

Twyford Waterworks is an Edwardian pumping station containing a unique selection of buildings and machinery within a rural downland setting in the heart of Hampshire. Built and extended over 30 years, the main buildings present a coherent set of high quality public works buildings of the early twentieth century when authorities had a pride in their public façade. The older sections have escaped demolition and contain a complete series of steam, diesel and DC motors. Twyford is one of the most complete boiler houses left in terms of its equipment, and unique in having a rank of three Babcock & Wilcox WIF water tube boilers. Coal was brought in on a 2ft gauge railway and the track and weighbridge for the coal is still in place.

Martin Gregory, a volunteer guide at the Waterworks will tell us about the operation and history of this fascinating piece of industrial history. The Society will visit Twyford on Sunday, 2nd July when the engines will be in steam. More details at the meeting or contact Andy Watson by email or phone 01264 736459.

The Twyford Waterworks web site has much more information about the buildings and the equipment. 

Visitors and guests are welcome at all our meetings - £3-00.

About the Historical Society

The programme of events for 2016 - 17 has 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 the Hurstbourne Tarrant Royal British Legion.

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.

If you would like to join please contact any member of the committee or you can download and complete a Membership Application and pay by Standing Order if you wish.

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.

Hurstbourne Tarrant Parish Historical Society