Waterside Heritage

Waterside Heritage Waterside Heritage own and run the Waterside Heritage Centre in Hythe, which acts as a local record office and study centre for the Waterside Parishes
Waterside Heritage was formed at a public meeting in Hythe on the 28th September 1995. Subsequently a constitution was adopted and charity status granted by the Charity Commission The aims and objectives within the constitution are as follows: • To take such action as may be necessary and appropriate to establish and maintain a permanent exhibition and study centre for local and community history in the Waterside parishes of Fawley, Hythe & Dibden and Marchwood and to preserve, conserve and display as appropriate records, photographs, artefacts and other material relating to the history of the three parishes. • To promote the study of local and community history within schools and other venues in the Waterside through the use of local facílities, visits, study modules and other means. • To support the publication of books and papers on subjects relating to the heritage of the Waterside.
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• The first of our aims was achieved when the Waterside Heritage Centre was opened in June 2002. The Old Railway Station building in Hythe has been fully refurbished and laid out with a large Study/Library Area, a Reception/Exhibition Area, a Copying/Conservation/Preparation Room, two Archive Stores and other essential rooms . It is working well and the Centre is open to the public on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings and at other times for groups and individuals to work on research. • Our second aim is being met through the use of the Heritage Centre, the provision of exhibitions in various venues throughout the Waterside and by reacting to the needs of local schools by direct visits or through receiving students at the Heritage Centre. • Our third aim of publishing is currently being actively progressed. A new series of four books is being written about the three parishes. Each book will consist of 148 pages with a balanced mix of text and photographs. The history and development of each area and community will be covered using the roads as a progressive means. The first; Fawley and the Southern Waterside by Clare Murley and Graham Parkes, was published in September 2010. The next book, Hythe, A Waterside Village by Graham Parkes was published in December 2017 whilst the book on Dibden and Dibden Purlieu is progressing well. Marchwood, however, has a little further to go before the writing can start. We do not currently have an author and what is proposed is that the research and writing on various aspects and areas of Marchwood are undertaken by different people and converted into the volume on Marchwood by an editorial team. Smaller publications on individual subjects, properties and people are also being actively worked on. The first two, on All Saints' Church Dibden and All Saints' Church Fawley are published and available from the relevant churches and the Heritage Centre. The next one on Calshot Castle and Spit leading up to and during the First World War is now in preparation

Can you help us? We have recently been given a photograph of a young lady and a sundial. We know who she was but where i...
25/01/2020

Can you help us? We have recently been given a photograph of a young lady and a sundial. We know who she was but where is the sundial and the formal garden. The date is c1938/9 and it is reputedly in the Hythe & Dibden area. Does anyone recognise it?

01/01/2020

Thank you so much to all that entered into our little picture quiz today.

We’ve ended up with a three way tie!

🥇Congratulations to::

Jane Knightbridge, Caroline Barron and Helen Bradley who all scored 5/10!

Keep an eye open for further quizzes through the year!

**NEW YEAR GUESS THE ROAD QUIZ**As it is New Years Day we thought it would be good fun to post a little quiz to keep the...
01/01/2020

**NEW YEAR GUESS THE ROAD QUIZ**

As it is New Years Day we thought it would be good fun to post a little quiz to keep the grey matter ticking over in between writing New Years resolutions!

Whilst there are no prizes on the line, let’s see who is the fastest to get ALL 10 correct! We’ve numbered them from 1-10 so simply comment on the post with your answers in ascending order.

Good Luck!

HAPPY NEW YEAR from all here at Waterside Heritage!Keep an eye out on our page at 4pm today as we have a rather teasing ...
01/01/2020

HAPPY NEW YEAR from all here at Waterside Heritage!

Keep an eye out on our page at 4pm today as we have a rather teasing ‘Guess The Road’ picture quiz for you!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! From all involved at Waterside Heritage.
25/12/2019

MERRY CHRISTMAS! From all involved at Waterside Heritage.

Our Sister Group of Hythe & District Historians would like to invite you to their next talk on 9th January at Hythe Comm...
23/12/2019

Our Sister Group of Hythe & District Historians would like to invite you to their next talk on 9th January at Hythe Community Centre in Brinton Lane, Hythe. Visitors are always welcome to all of their talks at an admission price of £3.

Our Sister Group of Hythe & District Historians would like to invite you to their next talk on 5th December at Hythe Com...
25/11/2019

Our Sister Group of Hythe & District Historians would like to invite you to their next talk on 5th December at Hythe Community Centre in Brinton Lane, Hythe. Visitors are always welcome to all of their talks at an admission price of £3.

At Guédelon the vault is closing
16/07/2019

At Guédelon the vault is closing

Aujourd'hui, les maçons ont posé les quatre contre-clés de la voûte en construction dans la tour ouest de la porte. Demain, les charpentiers vont baisser le cintre pour mettre les nervures de la voûte en tension. Toujours un grand moment dans la vie du chantier !
Today, the stonemasons fixed the four counter-keys of the vault currently under construction in the gatehouse's western tower. Tomorrow, the carpenters will ease the centring to bring the ribs under load. A big day for the whole site!

How to build a ceiling vault Medieval style part 1
02/07/2019

How to build a ceiling vault Medieval style part 1

Les charpentiers ont posé le cintre de la voûte d'ogives dans la tour ouest de la porte.
The carpenters have installed the centring for the rib vault in the gatehouse's western tower.

It is a little while since we posted anything about Guédelon where they are building a Medieval castle. This is how you ...
25/06/2019

It is a little while since we posted anything about Guédelon where they are building a Medieval castle. This is how you tile a tower roof.

Quelques souvenirs de la 7e "Journée des Bâtisseurs" qui a eu lieu le samedi 22 juin. Merci à tous nos amis pour cette belle journée et à l'année prochaine ! 🏰❤️

We have recently published our latest newsletter; number 72. It is a new departure for us and covers the single subject ...
04/03/2019

We have recently published our latest newsletter; number 72. It is a new departure for us and covers the single subject of the medieval chapel at Exbury. Newsletters are issued to members as part of their membership so if you would like to join us; the subscription is £10 per year, and we have attached a form for your use. Waterside Heritage is a self funded charity which runs and finances the Heritage Centre from within our own resources.

We have recently published our latest newsletter; number 71. It contains articles on a recently identified photograph sh...
09/11/2018

We have recently published our latest newsletter; number 71. It contains articles on a recently identified photograph showing the Royal Motor Yacht Club’s club house; Enchantress at Hythe in 1931 and a very interesting motorboat endurance race, the recent parchmarks at Prospect Place, Hythe and the early years of Marchwood Park or Lodge as it was then known.

This years Open Day for the Heritage Centre is on Saturday the 22nd September and we are open between 10am and 4pm. In a...
10/09/2018

This years Open Day for the Heritage Centre is on Saturday the 22nd September and we are open between 10am and 4pm. In addition to being able to talk to us about your interests and our helping you in your enquiries we have new exhibitions both static and projected. They cover some Waterside Heros from the First World War, The story of Gerard Fox of Purlieu House; sometime tutor to Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany, the British Power Boat Company at Hythe and the identification and story of the building which caused the parch marks seen recently at Prospect Green in Hythe.

Our Tristan exhibition in St John's church, Hythe, was very successful but if anyone missed it why not call in at the He...
16/07/2018

Our Tristan exhibition in St John's church, Hythe, was very successful but if anyone missed it why not call in at the Heritage Centre. The exhibition is not on display but it is stored in easy access boxes which are available to look through.

The Waterside Arts Festival is taking place this weekend and as a "fringe" event we are staging an exhibition in St. Joh...
03/07/2018

The Waterside Arts Festival is taking place this weekend and as a "fringe" event we are staging an exhibition in St. John's Church, Hythe on Thursday to Saturday. Many Waterside residents will remember the evacuated residents from Tristan da Cunha who came to live in the Waterside whilst the volcano on their island was erupting. The exhibition is about the people, their lives and the island at that time. The photograph shows the ex-RAF huts at Calshot which were their homes for nearly a year.

We have recently published our latest newsletter; number 70. It contains an article on the Royal Motor Yacht Club and th...
03/07/2018

We have recently published our latest newsletter; number 70. It contains an article on the Royal Motor Yacht Club and their use of the Hythe Pier buildings between the Wars. You will recognise the photograph on the front page. We are still endeavouring to find the location.

We have a postcard in our collection which is puzzling us. It is described as near Dibden Purlieu but we are uncertain w...
15/05/2018

We have a postcard in our collection which is puzzling us. It is described as near Dibden Purlieu but we are uncertain where. Does anyone have any recollection of ever seeing this house?

Waterside Heritage will be holding its Annual General Meeting at the Community Centre in Hythe on Thursday 22nd March st...
07/03/2018

Waterside Heritage will be holding its Annual General Meeting at the Community Centre in Hythe on Thursday 22nd March starting at 7.30 pm. After the formal business of the evening, which will not take too long, we will be having a talk. This year is the 90th anniversary of the death of Samuel Kinkead during his attempt to raise the air speed record to over 300mph when based at Calshot. We are very fortunate that Julian Lewis MP, who has written the definitive book on Kinkead, has agreed to give a talk on this very quiet, unassuming but courageous member of the RAF. Waterside Heritage is more than happy for visitors to attend the talk for which a charge of £3 will be made but we ask that they arrive before the A. G. M. commences. If visitors would like to formally join Waterside Heritage on the evening (this year’s subscription is £10) we will deduct the £3 entrance from the membership fee.

01/03/2018

We have been asked to put out a notice by Hythe Historians. This evening's talk at the Community Centre has been cancelled because of the weather conditions. It will be rearranged for some time in the future. In order to ensure that everyone who was planning to come knows the situation could this message be shared where ever you think it might be appropriate. Many thanks.

An opportunity to enjoy an unusual walk in historic Southampton
07/02/2018

An opportunity to enjoy an unusual walk in historic Southampton

Hamwic Saxon Walk.

See Southampton is pleased to announce a rare opportunity to stroll around the Saxon Town of Hamwic with guest guide Matt Garner, former Archaeology Officer with Southampton City Council, now working freelance.

The walk will take around two hours, and will cover the whole area of the Saxon town, possibly the largest in England, which was around the present-day football stadium and St. Mary’s Church.

Matt with his colleagues has been working on excavating and sorting finds from sites here for over 20 years, and has a wealth of expert knowledge, which he is very capable of transmitting to a lay audience.

Please Note – to avoid disappointment, Matt has asked me to explain that there are no remnants of this town surviving; speaking from experience, this disadvantage will not prevent Matt from thoroughly entertaining us. At the end of the walk, at the offices below, he will show us some items excavated from the area, which we will have the opportunity to handle.

Date: 17th March 2018
Time: 2.30 p.m.
Cost: £5 (pay on the day)

Meeting Place: Unit 18 Melbourne Street (just south of the stadium)
Southampton
SO14 5FB

Please book by emailing [email protected].

08/11/2017

We are looking to expand our opening hours but are in a catch 22 situation. To open for longer hours we need volunteers to act as helpers, guides and key holders. However, to do this we need more people to become involved in the Centre to understand what we hold and what we can do to help inquirers. Without one we cannot do the other.
Are you interested in the history of the Waterside, your community area or have you a specific interest in one of the industries or businesses in the area?
If so would you like to join our team?
We have a wide range of activities which ensure that the Heritage Centre is capable of both dealing with our material and preparing it for use. We archive, we transcribe original documents, we scan photographs, we research our area’s history both within our own resources and elsewhere; both by visiting outside archives or the internet. We create exhibitions, we write and publish books of different sizes but above all we try to help people who are looking for information about practically anything historic in the Waterside. And history started a minute ago, so last month, last year, last century or even earlier are equally important.
We are especially keen to find someone who can take over the organising of our new web site.
So, would you be interested in joining us? We can be contacted via our e-mail address (see our “about” page) or just drop in when we are open.

13/09/2017

We are very sorry to announce that John Towndrow, our Secretary from 1995 to 2013 passed away yesterday aged 93. One of natures gentlemen and a major support for Waterside Heritage from our commencement, will be sorely missed.

The years flow round very quickly and we are fast approaching our Open Day. We are holding it on Saturday; 9th September...
14/08/2017

The years flow round very quickly and we are fast approaching our Open Day. We are holding it on Saturday; 9th September, between 10am and 4pm and are part of the National Heritage Open Days. We will have a new exhibition in our entrance hallway recounting the story of the Tristan Islanders who were accommodated in Fawley for just under a year when the volcano on their island exploded. In addition there will be a repeating projection show about Hythe Pier and the Ferry. As well as other items that have not been on show before there will be the usual opportunity of finding out more about the history of the Waterside or your particular part of it.

Hythe Historians meet at the Community Centre on the first Thursday in the month. The next meeting is on the 1st of June...
19/05/2017

Hythe Historians meet at the Community Centre on the first Thursday in the month. The next meeting is on the 1st of June when a talk entitles "Southampton and the Mayflower" will be given by Jake Simpkin.
Visitors are always welcome, at a charge of £3 and should plan to be in their seats by 7.30pm ready for a timely start at 7.45

Hythe Historians meet at the Community Centre in Brinton Lane, Hythe, on the first Thursday in the month. However, this ...
02/05/2017

Hythe Historians meet at the Community Centre in Brinton Lane, Hythe, on the first Thursday in the month. However, this month, because of the elections it will be on Thursday 11th. Visitors are always welcome, at a charge of £3 and should plan to be in their seats by 7.30pm ready for a timely start at 7.45.

This month’s talk will be “The Kaiser’s Tutor” given by Gordon Chambers. He will be recounting the story of Robert Gerard Fox who was the English tutor to the sons of Kaiser Frederick of Germany one of whom was the later Kaiser Wilhelm. After returning from Germany. Fox lived on the Isle of Wight before moving to Purlieu House in Dibden and then to the Villa Amalthea (later called Knightons and now Waitrose’s supermarket) in the centre of Hythe.

The castle building at Guédelon is on going once more. The organisation has a newsletter just out with an English versio...
28/04/2017

The castle building at Guédelon is on going once more. The organisation has a newsletter just out with an English version. So if you have a further interest why not link to their site.

Pour connaître toute l'actualité de Guédelon et tous les bons plans, le dernier numéro de la newsletter est disponible :-) http://www.guedelon.fr/newsletter/newsletter_fr_16.html

24/04/2017
Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership

Saturday 13th May is going to be very busy on the Waterside line passing the Heritage Centre. Why not pop in and see us and experience the trains passing.

Fawley branch line excursion date announced

As part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership we are sponsoring a special rail excursion along the Waterside railway on Saturday 13 May 2017.

Not only will it mark our landmark anniversary but it will help to promote the proposed reopening of the line to passengers arising from new developments in the area. This has been a long held aspiration by many and is gaining widespread support.

Details of the excursion and how to book can be found at

http://www.hastingsdiesels.co.uk/railtours/2017waterside.pdf

We hope you come along to support both our celebrations and our campaign for much needed improvements to the rail network in our area.

Enjoy

We are very sorry to announce that our President; Maldwin Drummond, has passed away. He was a major influence in setting...
22/02/2017
Tributes paid to one of Hampshire's best-known figures

We are very sorry to announce that our President; Maldwin Drummond, has passed away. He was a major influence in setting up Waterside Heritage and became our founder president in 1995. He has been exceptionally supportive over the years and will be sadly missed.

ONE OF Hampshire's best-known figures has died aged 84 after more than half a century of public service.

Time flies so fast it only seems like yesterday but Christmas and New Year have both past since the launch of our new pu...
04/01/2017

Time flies so fast it only seems like yesterday but Christmas and New Year have both past since the launch of our new publication on Hythe at the Herald's Bookfest on the 17th. It was a very busy four hours and it was over almost in the blink of an eye. 69 copies of the book were signed and we hope that their new owners will gain a lot of enjoyment out of reading about Hythe and its history. Copies are now available at the Heritage Centre, The Community Centre in Hythe and the Herald office in the High Street. We would like to thank the Herald for the opportunity to launch the book and also for the attached photo of the author and Annabella Drummond who help out on the day.

We are delighted to be able to announce that our latest volume in the History of the Waterside will be published on 17th...
28/11/2016

We are delighted to be able to announce that our latest volume in the History of the Waterside will be published on 17th December. Written by Graham Parkes it is entitled Hythe A Waterside Village and will be available at £14.95 from the Herald Office in Hythe, the Heritage Centre and the Hythe Community Centre.

The formal launch will take place as part of The Herald’s Book Fest which is being held at St. John’s Hall, Hythe on Saturday the 17th December from 10am to 2pm. As well as the launch of our new book the occasion will bring together a wide selection of authors to offer a range of local interest, children’s, factual and fictional books, all of which it is hoped by the organisers will prove to be ideal for gift ideas. Visitors can meet and chat to the authors, who will be happy to sign and personalise their books.

After a recent visit from Nick Catford to the Heritage Centre we have exchanged photographs of the station and he has no...
24/11/2016
Nick

After a recent visit from Nick Catford to the Heritage Centre we have exchanged photographs of the station and he has now updated his web site. Members might like to take a look at this excellent site and see how Hythe station progressively looked through its life

I have added a feature on Hythe Station to my Disused Stations web site. I hope it is of interest.

03/11/2016
Waterside Community Railway

Hythe Station is not listed but we will be watching at about 12.20 from the Heritage Centre windows

NOVEMBER 5th TRAIN SERVICE

There is a special (apparently fully booked) service that will be travelling along the Waterside line this Saturday, 5th November.

The time table has just been published. Some of you may well be interested in watching out for it....

http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U53435/2016/11/05/advanced

http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U53436/2016/11/05/advanced

18/10/2016
Southern England Industrial Archaeology

With all the doubt about the possible closure of the Hythe Ferry everything must be done to ensure that the Pier and Train are protected for the future. Waterside Heritage would support very strongly the taking over by a charitable trust, assuming White Horse Ferries would release it. That would allow access to Heritage Lottery and other funding to bring it back into its original appearance. Use by any future ferry could then be negotiated with landing fees providing funding for its future maintenance.

HYTHE PIER RAILWAY
Hythe Pier Railway is Britain’s oldest continuously operating electric pier train, and has been awarded a certificate to that effect by the Guinness Book of World Records. With its original engine and rolling stock still operational today it is an integral part of the local transport system to Southampton. It continues to connect with the half hourly ferry service to Southampton

In 1909 tracks were laid to enable luggage and goods to be carried the 646 metres from Hythe centre to the end of the pier by hand-propelled trolleys.
In 1922 it opened to take passengers the full length of the Pier and was converted to 2 foot (60cm) gauge and electrified at 240V DC by means of a third rail on the seaward side of the track that is dropped down to 110V DC for the tractor units to use. The line consists of a single track with two non-electrified sidings at the landward end.

The railway is operated by one of two four wheel electric motor tractor units that were built by The Brush Company of Loughborough, Leicestershire in 1917 (Their running numbers are 16302 and 16307) to be used at the wartime mustard gas factory at Avonmouth. They were originally battery powered but after they were transferred to Hythe their batteries were removed and they were converted to collect power from a third rail. In normal operation the train is made up of one of the motor tractor units propelling three passenger cars.
Video taken Oct 2016 by Andy Fish

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Heritage Centre, Dominy Close
Hythe
SO45 6HA

General information

The Heritage Centre is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings from 10am to 1pm

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:15 - 13:00
Thursday 10:15 - 13:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

023 8084 4074

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Found this in an old box of photos.
Thanks for a warm welcome at the open day, a lovely afternoon reminiscing.
If anyone in the Waterside area has any family/other connection to the wonderful Mosquito airplane could you please get in touch with me either via Facebook or private message. I am Membership Secretary for The Peoples Mosquito Club. I have attached a link for more information. www.peoplesmosquito.org.uk
A new chance to join us at the BOOK LAUNCH of 'Palembang and Beyond' which was postponed because of bad weather and will now take place on Saturday 14th April at The Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop, nr Stockbridge. The book launch will be at 2pm in the Blackburn Beverley Room. Please print the attached card for details. Hopefully you can all make the 14th April and through the postponement more people will be able to join us. Come and meet the author, Mike Roussel, the Fleet Air Arm veterans who contributed to this special record of the conflict with Japan during the closing years of WW2, and the Rt Hon Dr Julian Lewis MP who wrote the foreword for the book. RSVP please - via facebook or [email protected] Book launch guests will have free admission to go around the museum - opening hours 10am - 4.30pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits served at the book launch. (The museum has a good cafe, so if you come early to visit the museum before the launch, you will be able to get some lunch.)
All, I am particularly interested in hearing from anybody who worked for The British Powerboat Company at Hythe. Please come along or e-mail me with your memories. Many thanks, Kingsley (Kip) Miller PS The talk will include never seen before unpublished material from the archives at the Greenwich Maritime Museum.
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