Memories of a summers day in Shoreham 2015

Close to Shoreham Airport is an old wooden toll bridge which has become a temporary memorial to the 11 people kill on the ground when an ex RAF Vintage Hawker Hunter T7, jet crashed onto the A27. Ribbons now replaced original flower which were left on the bridge following the crash on 22nd August 2015 during this years airshow. Visiting today a steady flow of people crossed the bridge to look at the memorial.

Shoreham Toll Bridge

Shoreham Toll Bridge


New Forest Fungi Foray

On the way back form Mudeford quay earlier in the week we decided to stop in the New Forest for lunch in the van, I decided not to add any fungi to the meal as I find identification of the abundant different fungi of the New Forest hard enough to name without considering are they edible or not.

A short walk after lunch I was able to see quite a few fungi  picture posted but names not given !

Lunch stop in the New Forest

Lunch stop in the New Forest


I did not find Windy Miller.


Bursledon Windmill was built in 1814  replacing an earlier tower mill which was built in 1766. It is believed to be the only working windmill in England that retains a wooden shaft and  is the only working windmill in Hampshire. Following 2 years of repairs funded by the lottery heritage fund it is now open again to the public. From the top of the mill you can see the Isle of Wight.


Another bunker on Southampton Water

While out on Southampton Water on our recent Paddle Steamer trip on the Waverley I spotted a bunker that I had not noticed before between where the mouth of  the River Hamble  meets Southampton Water and the old Netley Hospital site. I decided to try and visit this relic of WW2  Parking at Netley Country Park I walked along the wooded shoreline and found the bunker. A 3 level bunker of a non standard design. On the ground floor defensive machine gun slots and the 2nd floor what appears to be an observation level with large slit window (now blocked up) and on the top floor a small square pillbox type structure. Constructed of thick concrete with no external stairs. There was no apparent door in the structure.

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A Gypsy’s Curse and a Parish Church

St Andrew's Church

St Andrew’s Church


When you see St Andrew’s Church at Tichborne Hampshire you do not expect anything special from the outside you think the church will be a typical pretty early Parish Church like many other you may have seen. However sitting within the church the whole of the north aisle is dominated by the local Tichborne Family chapel. The chapel is Roman Catholic chapel inside a pre-Reformation Church. It’s survival is very rare and there are only another two in England. An impressive monument of Sir Benjamin Tichborne and his wife Amphillis and their seven children, dating from 1621 dominates the Chapel. Sir Benjamin had been Sheriff of Hampshire and a personal friend of King James I. Due to this friendship and his public services the King allowed the Tichborne family to use the north aisle as a Catholic Chapel.

Another memorial on the wall of the Chapel, dated 1619 is to Richard, infant son of Sir Richard Tichborne. Apparently a gypsy woman, refused bread at the Manor House, laid a curse on the child foretelling his death by drowning on 5 March 1619. On that day the servants were ordered to take the child up onto the Downs safely away from the river Itchen, the story goes, the child fell out of his baby carriage and drowned in a cart rut full of water. The monument depicts the little child in red robes with his head on a pillow.


A sad National Trust House.


Today we had a chance to visit The National Trust property Clandon Park. A Grade 1 listed building 18th century Palladian mansion in West Clandon near Guilford Surrey. It has been a National Trust property since 1956. The house in about to be cocooned to protect it as much as possible from the weather while its future is decided. On 29th April this year a fire started in the basement 16 fire engines attended with more that 80 fire fighters but the fire quickly reached the roof. The mansion was left a shell the roof ceilings and floors have all fallen into the basement. No one was hurt and a significant number of items were salvaged as the fire spread. Much was lost. The house was a hospital in WW1 and the Surrey infantry Regimental Museum was housed in the house since 1981. It is believed 6 Victoria Crosses were among regimental medals lost in the fire. A football kicked across no-mans land on the 1st Day of the Somme was destroyed.



Close up of fire damage through one of the doors