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Jude James

Jude James
Jude James was born in New Milton and lives in Hordle. He is a leading local historian who has written many books, articles and papers on the heritage of Dorset and Hampshire. He founded the Christopher Tower Reference Library at the New Forest Heritage Centre in Lyndhurst.
Hordle church

Reflections: The story of the clifftop church moved from the waves

FOR centuries the inhabitants of the parish of Hordle had attended their parish church situated not far from the cliff edge. Handy for those living in Taddiford and in the few isolated dwellings running eastward...
Pylewell House

Reflections: Pylewell Park – uncovering the story of a local landmark

IT was during my explorations and researches into the notebooks of the Rev. Henry Comyn (1777-1851), compiled whilst he was curate of Boldre parish between 1811 and 1817, that I became aware of the...
Newlands in Milford

Reflections: the remarkable life of Mary Anne Theresa Symonds

THIS is a story where several quite disparate threads coalesce in a single place and that place is Newlands in the parish of Milford. It also occurred at a critical time in our nation’s...

Reflections: Early New Forest churches with ancient origins

THE early New Forest churches are characterised by two qualities: the first is that the sites chosen tended to be on elevated mounds or ridges and the second is poverty. We must assume they were...

Reflections: a salty New Forest tale of a vital industry

EVERYONE who bathes from our local beaches is well aware of the saltiness of the sea water and the Bible tells of the extreme saltiness of the “Sea of Arabah” (Deuteronomy 3:17) – known...

Reflections: music, charity and fun and games – the social importance of the parish...

THE parish church is very often the oldest physical man-made structure surviving within a parish. For all the pre-Reformation centuries it was the centre for worship, instruction and social interaction and it was the...

Reflections: Where shall we go? The story of our local guide books

THERE is a long story behind our guide books based, I suppose, on a natural human desire to describe to others the objects of beauty and of interest in the landscape. Who has not had...

Reflections: Mary Elizabeth Braddon – pioneering author who helped shape Lyndhurst

BY the latter years of the 19th century Bournemouth had become a town and resort of national repute. During the summer various hotels were involved in promoting charabanc excursions (horse-drawn in those times) to the...
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