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Historic Buildings Section


Edward Roberts writes about the people and places visited in the first 25 years.
List of Events

The Historic Buildings Section is 25 years old! The inaugural meeting was held on 2 October 1982 and the Committee members in the early years included Frank Green (now Archaeologist for the New Forest National Park), Nick Molyneux (now in a senior position with English Heritage ), Grahame Soffe (a researcher with RCHME), Martin Doughty (an archaeology lecturer at the former K.A.C.) and John Crook (who needs no introduction!).

From the outset, there was a mixed programme of summer visits, conferences and practical surveying courses with winter lecture. Practical surveying only attracted limited support and was discontinued after a few years. In the first decade, there were sometimes as many as three winter lectures per season but good and willing speakers were not always easy to find and winter lectures have become more infrequent, although recently we had an excellent talk on Edington's and Wykeham's work at Winchester Cathedral. Visits during the summer months, often combined with conferences, have been enduringly popular and a selective list will give some idea of their range.
Godsfield Preceptory

Members view Godsfield Preceptory, June 2007 (photo: Stephen Naylor)

List of Events

      1983 Portsmouth churches, the Priory Stables, Winchester and Botley old church.
      1984 Southampton churches, Marsh Court near Stockbridge, Romsey.
      1985 Winchester cathedral, Wolvesey palace, Grove Place, Nursling, Langrish Manor Farm.
      1986 Bramshill, Portsmouth churches, Silkstead.
      1987 Hambledon, Southwick, Bishop's Waltham, Stanbridge Earls.
      1988 Medieval Southampton, Tylney Hall and Rotherwick, Cowdray and Midhurst.
      1989 King's Somborne, Salisbury, Hayling Island, Fort Nelson.
      1990 East Meon, Cranbury Park, South Stoneham and Townhill Park.
      1991 Titchfield, Stratton Park and Micheldever
      1992 Compton near Guildford, Melchett Court, Petersfield, Chichester.
      1993 St. John's Hospital, Winchester, Downton, Warbrook and Eversley.
      1994 Eling, Highclere Park.
      1995 Fareham, N/E. Hants churches, Wherwell, Lymington and Walhampton House.
      1996 New Forest churches and houses, Christchurch, Trafalgar Park.
      1997 East Dorset houses and gardens, Warblington, Swallowfield Park and Eversley.
      1998 Hurst Castle (by boat), Marlborough and Corsham.
      1999 Laycock, manors and churches on the Isle of Wight.
      2000 Basing House, two Manors at Marwell, Kingsclere.
      2001 Bursledon Brickworks, Winchester Cathedral and Close,The Grange, Northington.
      2002 Parish Churches and town houses in east Winchester, East Meon.
      2003 Basingstoke, Owen Browne Carter and Thomas Stopher, Odiham.
      2004 Three Oxford Movement churches, Minley Manor, churches in the Odiham area.
      2005 Portsmouth, Farleigh Wallop and Ellisfield, Abbotstone and Avington.
      2006 Farnham and Esher, Bishop's Waltham, Michelmersh, Amport and Cholderton.
      2007 St. Cross, Godsfield and New Alresford, Hyde: Winchester's northern suburb.

Three committee members at Laycock Abbey in 1999 (photo: Bill Fergie).
Any questions about the Historic Buildings Section?
Then email Bill Fergie
Chairman, Historic Buildings Section