‘Bygone Buriton’ – free Local History Exhibition

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


There will be information from our popular First World War project which has discovered lots of information about life here 100 years ago – and perhaps people can still help us to find out more?


It will also be 75 years on from D-Day when scores of troops, mostly Canadians, had stayed around Buriton as part of the build-up to the WW2 invasion. There will be information about this period in the village’s history and we are still hoping to identify which Canadian units came here in 1944. If anyone has any other information about D-Day in this area, please let us know.


And we are also trying to find out as much as we can about the children and families who were evacuated into the parish (either to Buriton or Weston) during the Second World War - and how that affected life here. If anyone has any information about this topic, please get in touch and let us know.


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 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.