Christchurch History Society Journal

Journal 2019 Autumn Cover

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.

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 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 (see 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.

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