Christchurch History Society Journal

Winter 2019 cover

Content of the Winter 2019 Edition of the Journal

The last Journal of 2019 includes yet another article from Mike Kearley, this time about his father’s experiences at the time of World War Two. It is in two parts – the first here, the second to follow.

There is an update on the survey of Druitt Gardens, a look into how Tuckton bridge came into being and a few words about the life of former Mayor Eric Spreadbury (following his family’s large donation to the Society’s archives). The centrefold picture is an aerial view of the old barracks.

There are two articles that accompany archive photos, the first on the 1953 demolition of the High Street ‘roadblock’, the second on two pictures used by Allen White, and an article on historical welfare in Christchurch.

Content of the Autumn 2019 Edition of the Journal

A report on the geological survey of Druitt Gardens by the Christchurch Antiquarians to find the old town of Twynham (picture on the cover).  We are also grateful to David Eels and the Christchurch Antiquarians for allowing us to reproduce an article written by David for their newsletter.

Buckland Abbey in Devon, former home of Sir Francis Drake, has a connection with the Tapps-Gervis-Meyrick family of Hinton Admiral.  The 1871 census shows ‘The Crown Inn’ in Barrack Road,but it is thought to have closed shortly thereafter. Does anyone know more? The centrefold picture shows Boscombe Arcade in the last decade of the 19th C and there is an older one of the Bargate.

Content of the Summer 2019 Edition of the Journal

This edition of the Journal includes the story of another person of (Life Member) Mike Kearley’s acquaintance or family and we thank him greatly. Also, you will find information on some historic items Geoff Bush saw at the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital during recent visits there.

After putting in the last journal information on Dr Florence Stoney and her work with X-rays, especially in the Bournemouth area post World War I, this edition tells of another woman who made many sacrifices to help others in the area of health care. There is also an article about a military cemetery in a corner of one of the Brockenhurst churchyards.

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.

Registered members can view the above Journals within the members’ page, and download copies as required. The website will retain the last four editions of the Journal, so that next time the Spring 2019 edition will be replaced by the Spring 2020 edition.