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 hist

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 hist

Operating as usual

Our most recent Newsletter was published a while ago but for technical reasons we could not post it then.In  this issue ...
11/11/2021

Our most recent Newsletter was published a while ago but for technical reasons we could not post it then.
In this issue there is an article about an unknown annual fair at Hythe which has been brought to light, one about a Local Doctor and Solicitor in Court for removing a Statue from the garden of the Villa Amalthea in Hythe in 1865 and an insight into Dibden Marsh and its early history. In addition there are two photographs of the 1927 Fawley Carnival.
Waterside Heritage Members receive copies as either hard or pdf copies. Please contact us if you are interested in joining us. Membership is £10 per year

Our most recent Newsletter was published a while ago but for technical reasons we could not post it then.
In this issue there is an article about an unknown annual fair at Hythe which has been brought to light, one about a Local Doctor and Solicitor in Court for removing a Statue from the garden of the Villa Amalthea in Hythe in 1865 and an insight into Dibden Marsh and its early history. In addition there are two photographs of the 1927 Fawley Carnival.
Waterside Heritage Members receive copies as either hard or pdf copies. Please contact us if you are interested in joining us. Membership is £10 per year

Our latest newsletter; no. 76, has now been produced. This issue, which is an extended one of 12 pages, is a single subj...
18/03/2021

Our latest newsletter; no. 76, has now been produced. This issue, which is an extended one of 12 pages, is a single subject edition. Currently the Hythe War Memorial Hospital building is being demolished and we have taken the opportunity to research and record in the newsletter as much of the original house’s history and the story of its occupants as we know. As the history of the house as a hospital has been comprehensively covered in Pam Whittington’s excellent book “Hythe Hospital, a War Memorial Remembered” we have limited the coverage of that period to a small section. Once the current restrictions are over we will continue to research and report in future newsletters.

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.

06/01/2021

Update — The Knighton’s stone reported on in the latest newsletter has now been moved to the Heritage Centre and will, in due course, become a feature in our garden. The inscribed text reads:

HANC VILLVLAM
MERCVRIO DICATAM
MOLE LAPIDEA AD VIM FLVCTVVM
EFFRINGENDAM
NON TENVI IMPENSA EXSTRVCTA
HORTVLO VEPRIBVS ET DVMIS
OLIM HORRIDO
ELEGANTIORE QVAM PRIVS
ARBORVM ET PLANTARVM
CONSTITIONE
NECNON V AFFIGIEBVS
ILLVSTRIORVM BRITANNORVM
ORNATO
TOTI DENIQVE VILLAE NOVVM
INSTRAVRATAE
TITVLO AMALTHEAE IMPOSITO
INSTRVXIT EXORNAVIT
CAROLVS KELSALL
S.P.
ANNO SALVTIS MDCCCXLIX

Which freely translated is:

Charles Kelsall built and equipped this small country house dedicated to Mercury.

After rebuilding the stone sea wall, broken down by the force of the river and not sparing the outlay, he transformed the little garden, once rough with thorn bushes and briers by the laying out of plants and trees, making it more elegant than before and also embellishing it with statues of famous Britons. He finally restored the whole house anew, giving it the name Amaltheae
S.P.
1849

The Villa Amalthea was renamed Knightons in the early 20th century and was replaced by the Waitrose store and other smaller shops in the early 1970’s.

The last nine months has been difficult for everyone and even after the lock-down we were forced to keep the Heritage Ce...
06/01/2021

The last nine months has been difficult for everyone and even after the lock-down we were forced to keep the Heritage Centre closed as we could not meet the spacing criteria for visitors. Also as our material is predominantly paper based we could not take the chance that any of it could become contaminated and pass the virus on to others. Nor was it practical to clean it after handling. However, a very small group has continued to work in the back ground when possible and deal with any inquiries.

One consequence was that for most of 2020 we did not produce a newsletter. That has now been remedied and we have recently published our latest newsletter; number 75.

In this issue, which is an extended one of 16 pages, there is an article on a medieval tomb cover formerly in Dibden Church, and one on the Monks of Beaulieu, their grange at Holbury and their water management of the Dark Water valley to create fish ponds, an update on the “Knightons” stone, an article on the Hythe Pier Toll Stones and one on the Spy Scare of 1911 and the effect on Marchwood Magazine. In addition we have included information about a new book which provides a valuable insight into T. E. Lawrence and his involvement in designing high speed craft while he was in Hythe.

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.

Southampton Stories
07/12/2020

Southampton Stories

Over the last few weeks we have been sharing images from our collections of the Blitz in Southampton, where main attacks happened 80 years ago, in November and December 1940.

Today is our last Blitz post. These two images show damage to the British Power Boat Company in Hythe.

#Blitz #Southampton #SecondWorldWar #AirRaid #1940 #Hythe

Hello Everyone 👋🏻 We know it’s particularly tough at the moment so to lighten the mood, post a favourite childhood memor...
29/04/2020

Hello Everyone 👋🏻

We know it’s particularly tough at the moment so to lighten the mood, post a favourite childhood memory photo of the Waterside area and the story behind it.

29/04/2020
HYTHE FERRY

Something I think we can all get behind! Let’s keep a part of our heritage alive.

Good morning everyone. The Hythe Ferry Crowdfunding page is now live. We have also added some great offers on each pledge. They include free tickets, and even guided history tours of Hythe. Help us to keep the ferry operating and provide some extra funding for the pier and train. Stay safe everyone.

21/03/2020

I am not sure why the last post went out with a job tag. My error I am sure.

21/03/2020

Sadly we have had to re-assess our opening policy and from today the Heritage Centre will be closed both to volunteers and the public. However, we will continue to visit the building on a regular basis to manage both the structure and the archives. Consequentially if anyone has any inquiries or has need for help with their researches please contact us through this page or by e-mail to [email protected] and we will reply as quickly as we can. Please keep well and we will re-open as soon as it is practical and safe to do so.

21/03/2020

Sadly we have had to re-assess our keep open policy for the Heritage Centre. The Centre will be closed to volunteers and the public from this morning. However, the building will continue to be visited on a very regular basis to manage the building and the archives. If anyone has any inquiries or needs help with researching please use this page or e-mail us on [email protected] and we do everything we can to help. Please keep well and we will re-open as soon as is practical and safe.

18/03/2020

At this time we are trying to keep upbeat! The Waterside Heritage Centre will continue to remain open for as long as we can but leave it up to potential visitors to assess their own risks. If the gates are open please come in but you may have to knock on the door to gain our attention. If you do not wish to visit us but would like any local history information we will still be functioning and can be contacted on 023 8084 9018 during normal opening hours and can be contacted on [email protected] whenever you like.

18/03/2020

On behalf of our sister group; Hythe & District Historians, we are passing on a message. They are sorry but due to the current situation they are postponing their meetings/talks for the foreseeable future. Hopefully this will not be for long and they will be advertising the new dates when they are able.

Welcome to PART 2 of our Road Name Origin Quiz! 1. Rollestone Road - Holbury 2. Kings Ride - Langley 3. Hampton Lane - B...
11/03/2020

Welcome to PART 2 of our Road Name Origin Quiz!

1. Rollestone Road - Holbury
2. Kings Ride - Langley
3. Hampton Lane - Blackfield
4. Admirals Close - Fawley
5. The Pentagon - Fawley
6. Depden Gardens - Dibden Purlieu
7. Atheling Road - Hythe
8. Lower Mullins Lane - Hythe
9. Golden Hind Park - Hythe
10. Pooks Green - Marchwood

Let’s hear everyone’s guess/local knowledge. Please also share any memories you may have of the roads above!

Our Sister Group of Hythe & District Historians would like to invite you to their next talk on Thursday 5th March at Hyt...
02/03/2020

Our Sister Group of Hythe & District Historians would like to invite you to their next talk on Thursday 5th March at Hythe Community Centre in Brinton Lane, Hythe. Visitors are always welcome to all of their talks at an admission price of £3. Before you wrongly interpret the title please note these are not views seen in a machine on a pier

Have you ever wondered why road names are called what they are? We’ll be posting 10 roads this week and 10 roads next we...
26/02/2020

Have you ever wondered why road names are called what they are?

We’ll be posting 10 roads this week and 10 roads next week. See if you can guess their origins! Our local historian/oracle Graham Parkes is primed and ready with the answers!

First 10::

1. Rhyme Hall Mews - Fawley
2. Forge Road - Langley
3. Lime Kiln Lane - Holbury
4. Amberslade Walk - Dibden Purlieu
5. Nash Road - Dibden Purlieu
6. Dominy Close - Hythe
7. Armada Drive - Hythe
8. Fairway Road - Hythe
9. Tavells Lane - Marchwood
10. Old Magazine Close - Marchwood

Our Sister Group of Hythe & District Historians would like to invite you to their next talk on Thursday 6th February at ...
03/02/2020

Our Sister Group of Hythe & District Historians would like to invite you to their next talk on Thursday 6th February at Hythe Community Centre in Brinton Lane, Hythe. Visitors are always welcome to all of their talks at an admission price of £3.

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.

Address

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 10:15am - 1pm
Thursday 10:15am - 1pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm

Telephone

023 8084 4074

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Does anyone know why the beach in front of Prospect place park in Hythe is a beachcombers dream,? Was the area in front a dump for ships? Have been visiting for many years found many old bottles , crockery , spoons and recently what i believe is a cows Molar(tooth). It puzzles me as beaches on both side have very little like this
We are delighted, thanks to support from Arts Council England, to be working with playwright David Lane to create a new play about the Fawley Power Station story on the Waterside, New Forest. 🥰 It was decommissioned in 2013 and is slowly being demolished to make way for a new state of the art smart town. 🔸Did you work there? 🔸Do you know anyone who did? 🔸Can you remember it being built in the 1960’s? 🔸Do you have memories of before it was built? 🔸Were you involved in its design and build? We would love to hear from you! Your memories, experiences, see your photos, films, hear your stories and anecdotes. Please do spread the word and share with those you think may be interested, or tell us if you think there is an individual or group we should speak to. Please email [email protected] with your stories or for more information 🙏 #22milesofsea #newforest #fawleypowerstation New Forest National Park Authority | New Forest District Council | New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst | Waterside Heritage | Rotary Club of Hythe and Waterside | Fawley Parish Council
Hi Graham Did you find my PM message from yesterday?
Hi there, discussion in family about what previous names were of Fountain court Hotel? Want to say it started with a T.?
Graham Parkes - from reading your local history books, do you have any photos of Newtown (that used to be next to Hardley) and also Woodington (used to be between Mopley and Mopley Farm)? Would love to see some pictures of them. Thank you.
Hi I'm trying to find some info about a large house that used to stand on the land that is now netley view, I believe it was at the far end of what is now Hamilton lane thank you for any information
My husband and I took the path from by the Marina entrance, off West Street which took us alongside the stream and round the back wall of West Hall Care Home. On their back wall, etched in the stonework Clive saw some wording which we think said 'Hythe Town Boundary'. Graham Parkes do you know if there are any more etchings in stone like this for Hythe?
You still have a few days left to go and see the fascinating “22 Miles of Sea exhibition” at the New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst. Real stories and photographs from Hythe, Dibden and Blackfield on the Waterside #NewForest. See a fantastic film documentary by Doherty Associates TV and writing by playwright David Lane as part of this Folio New Forest project we have been involved in. Thank you to the New Forest National Park Authority, New Forest District Council, Hythe and Dibden Parish Council, Arts Council England, Rotary Club of Hythe and Waterside, Waterside Heritage, and Revital Hythe, for funding and support.
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