‘Bygone Buriton’ – free Local History Exhibition

The annual local history exhibition will take place in the church (from 1pm) with lots of displays, photographs and information about life in the parish in years gone by.

There will be a particular focus on life 100 years ago as the First World War was drawing to an end – but we still want to find out more about what living conditions were like at those times, as well as finding out more about every one of the parishioners who took part. Can you help?


There will also be displays about:


  • how the layout of the village has changed over the centuries: our ongoing 'map project'
  • hop growing and picking - activities which transformed the parish every year
  • the Buriton and Butser chalk quarries and lime works - another local industry of yesteryear
  • our local school - how things have changed over the last 150 years
  • changes in leisure activities - not just information about our football and cricket teams over the years, but also pheasant and rabbit shoots, early entertainments and social clubs
  • how farming activity has changed - including the days of sheep rearing on the Downs
  • our natural history: local birds, flowers, fungi and nature reserves.


Come along, have a look and see how much of your local history has been brought together. And please bring any old photos, newspaper articles or other information. We are always looking to find out more about life in the parish in years gone by.


The event is free, and people are being encouraged to bring any old photos, newspaper articles or other information related to WW1 and Buriton.


If you know of anybody who might have any information or be able to help with the research, please contact Doug Jones on 01730 231326 or visit www.buriton.org.uk for more information.