Another popular ‘Bygone Buriton’ event

Buriton church was buzzing on Saturday 29th September as scores of people visited the annual ‘Bygone Buriton’ exhibition – including families from across the country.

People brought yet more old photographs for our archives and enjoyed studying all the exhibition materials.

It was quite a bumper day for new material with about 60 photos that had not been seen before and some fascinating information about the old Sawmills site on Dean Barn Lane (ecological surveys from 1981 and papers that show it had planning permission in 1952 to be used as a rifle range for the Petersfield Valley Rifle Club). There was also some paperwork about the Buriton Chalk Pits dating from 1995 – before it was designated as a Local Nature Reserve.

New photographs included over a dozen from the days of hop-picking in the parish (both in Buriton and at Weston) in the 1950s and 60s, two fascinating aerial pictures from 1927/28 which show some strange structures in the Clays, ten in / around the church and a coloured illustration of the pond / church area dated 1899 (“a supplement to ‘Cycling’”). 

The event was almost the ‘last call’ for information about the First World War although it is still hoped that some families may have letters, diaries and photographs from that time – please get in touch if you think that you might be able to help. Please contact us via