More treasures for the Heritage Bank – can you help?

A recent visit to the Hampshire Records Office revealed some fascinating information about Buriton – do you have anything of interest?

Researchers from Buriton’s Heritage Bank team make regular visits to the Hampshire Archives in Winchester to see what else can be learnt about our parish.

A recent visit revealed some new gems which had been hidden away in their catalogues.

-  a small album of black & white photographs taken in and around the village in 1991 – which doesn’t sound that old until you realise it’s already over a quarter of a century ago!  Photos show the Greenway Lane roundabout area when it was still a crossroads (prior to the A3 Petersfield bypass), the barns where Tithe House now stands on Greenway Lane and many other more minor changes. Do you have any old photos that might be of interest to the team?

-  a delightful, leather-bound book estate book for “Mapledurham Estates; Heneage Legge Esq and Lord Sherborne” covering “Mapledurham, Weston and Durford Estates in Buriton and other parishes (dated 1822) which includes a number of lovely, detailed coloured maps (showing field boundaries, cottages etc) and some accompanying schedules with names of tenants, quantities, values etc. A fascinating insight into life almost 200 years ago

-  some hand-written manuscripts, dating from about 1810, of “Bingley's history of Hampshire”, which was never finished or published. A number of pages about Buriton include interesting information about the history of the parish and descriptions of it in Bingley’s time (including the Poor House, agriculture, eminent people etc). Another source that can help to paint a picture of the past.

-  a fascinating photograph from World War 1 which appears to show Buriton’s Royal Flying Corps pilot, Francis Cave, stood alongside a biplane about a hundred years ago. The team of researchers who are producing the quarterly bulletins about WW1 in the Parish Magazine already have access to Lt Cave’s diaries and this photograph helps to bring some of his stories to life.

Do you know of any more sources of historical information about Buriton or its people? Would you like to help with any of the research?

Simply contact heritage@buriton.org.uk if you think that you may be able to help.