I would like to draw your attention to a marvellous new aid to anyone who is interested in the history of Christchurch. It is a compilation of material from the Christchurch Times (though not exclusively) put together by Roy Hodges:http://www.royhodges.co.uk
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Christchurch History Society had their first trip of the season on May 15th 2012 with a visit to Stonehenge, then on to the village of Avebury set amid its circle of standing stones.
Written by Bill Hoodless. Perhaps mystery is too strong a word for these two items, which I hope nonetheless are still of some interest. The first one concerns the Ordnance Survey […]
Queen Victoria’s funeral service in the church was attended by the Mayor (myself), the Corporation and a large congregation.
We know that Christchurch was the Saxon Burgh of Tweoxneam, (the place) “betwixt the waters” (Avon and Stour). But was the town once a Roman/British settlement?
About the year 1856 the old Country House, a range of thatched buildings comprising the Public House and outhouses, which stood in the road just above Mr. Linwood Pike’s, leaving only about 14ft of roadway, was pulled down and the site thrown into road.
Anyone who chanced to be walking along the cliff top at Highcliffe or Barton during the afternoon of 20th June 1952 may well have witnessed a near tragic event.
More evidence that Christchurch Priory is on an ancient site.
There have been several very severe winters. For the ferryman keeping the ice broken at Wick for the ferryboat, it was possible to skate from Barracks to Mudeford.
The Crippen case involved one of the most notorious domestic murders in British crime history. On the morning of the 23rd November 1910 Dr Hawley Harvey Crippen was executed at Pentonville Prison having been convicted of the murder of his wife, Belle Elmore. It is believed that the motive for this gruesome killing was Crippen’s passion for his secretary and mistress, Ethel Le Neve.
Some years ago I was at a local history talk when a photograph of the now-vanished avenue of elm trees leading up to the north porch of Christchurch Priory Church was flashed up on the screen. There was a ripple of murmurs from the audience along the lines of “What a shame the trees have gone”.
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