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

18 July 2019
Reflections: The story of the clifftop church moved from the waves

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

18 July 2019

FOR centuries the inhabitants of the parish of Hordle had attended their parish church situated not far from the cliff edge...


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

17 May 2019
Reflections: Pylewell Park - uncovering the story of a local landmark

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

17 May 2019

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…


Reflections: the remarkable life of Mary Anne Theresa Symonds

18 April 2019
Reflections: the remarkable life of Mary Anne Theresa Symonds

Reflections: the remarkable life of Mary Anne Theresa Symonds

18 April 2019

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…


Reflections: Early New Forest churches with ancient origins

15 March 2019
Reflections: Early New Forest churches with ancient origins

Reflections: Early New Forest churches with ancient origins

15 March 2019

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…


Reflections: a salty New Forest tale of a vital industry

15 February 2019
Reflections: a salty New Forest tale of a vital industry

Reflections: a salty New Forest tale of a vital industry

15 February 2019

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…


Reflections: music, charity and fun and games - the social importance of the parish church

18 January 2019
Reflections: music, charity and fun and games - the social importance of the parish church

Reflections: music, charity and fun and games - the social importance of the parish church

18 January 2019

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 place where the life’s rites of passage were made and confirmed...


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

21 December 2018
Reflections: Where shall we go? The story of our local guide books

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

21 December 2018

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…


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

15 November 2018
Reflections: Mary Elizabeth Braddon - pioneering author who helped shape Lyndhurst

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

15 November 2018

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…


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