Scenes from a Hampshire Childhood

An online talk, using Zoom, by Gerald Ponting

Gerald was brought up on a small farm on the edge of the New Forest near Breamore in Hampshire. His uses a collection of atmospheric contemporary black-and-white photographs from his own family albums and other sources to illustrate an evocative view of country life in the 1940’s and 50’s.

We will be transported back sixty-odd years to life in an unspoiled countryside, to a time of carthorses and hay-wagons. Milk is delivered by bicycle, flocks of geese graze freely on the green … and the privy is at the bottom of the garden! Rural life was dependent on the bus service and on local shops, with few of the amenities and technologies which we take for granted today.

Gerald has written many books on the local history of several Hampshire communities. Including a ‘Visitors Guide to the New Forest’. His special interests, as well as local history, include wild flowers, stone circles, photography and travel.

Click here for the Zoom link.  The one hour talk will be followed by a short Q&A opportunity.

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