Christchurch History Society Journal

Journal Spring 2019 cover

Content of the Winter 2018 Edition of the Journal:

In this edition you will find a brief summary by our Chairman of the AGM we held in October, and a brief recognition of the work done by Jane Rutter for the old CLHS, and who recently passed away. The wartime memories series continues with one about what it was like in North London at the time. Facebook and the Society produce stories of interest, and we publish one about artist John Goddard who lived in the second half of the nineteenth century. Admiral Edmund Lyons was a national hero from Winkton, and we know about him being brought into Christchurch by hand pulled carriage to receive the thanks of the town, and there is an article that continues the story of his death soon after. There is mention of Rev. Herbert Cowl, once a Methodist Minister in Highcliffe, and his life at the time of World War One. The pictures included are of the recognition services held around the town to commemorate the centenary celebrations of the ending of the war.

The electronic Journal is also available. Unfortunately, the centrefold picture of an aerial view from above Christchurch Quay had to be split in half. We have made available the full‑size picture for those that prefer it.

Content of the Spring 2019 Edition of the Journal

This edition contains the second part of the memories Patsy Smith has of her childhood days during the war years. Your editor has also found, whilst researching queries coming into the Society, the mention of a couple of women that have connections with our area and did great things in their own way. One of these was Florence Stoney, and an article gives details of her life.

Murders are not uncommon in the area, and one that took place during the early part of the 20th century took several months to solve and was well covered by newspapers at the time. Similarly, mergers of local councils are not new, and there is an article on how the Society came to be involved in an earlier merger impacting Christchurch. The centerfold picture is again from the Highcliffe area, and there are a few words to give some of the history of the area.

Some words have been written about what was found when we received a query on a gravestone believed to be local, and the last few words have been written about the River Avon as it flows through Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset.

As before, registered members can view the Journal and download a copy within the members’ page.