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Hamble Local History Society

Next Meeting

The Story of Itchen Village

8th February 2018 - 7.30pm.  Roy Underdown Pavilion

Spitfires, America Cup crews and a ferry could be about Hamble but the Society’s next meeting is the story of Itchen Village a similar neighbouring community.  Cheryl Butler will be talking about the village that grew up around the ferry crossing point, along an important coastal route to Southampton.

At the beginning the village was small with a handful of families, who were employed in farming, fishing and running a ferry.  They became good sailors and developed their own iconic Itchen ferry sailing boat. Soon yacht racing became the staple employment for the men of the village, including providing crews for the famous J class yachts of America’s Cup fame.

The village also became a place where flying boats were developed and then the most famous aircraft of them all, the Spitfire.  Being the home of the Spitfire, its factory was bombed in the Second World War.

New members and visitors are always welcomed!  The cost is £2 a meeting.  If you would like more information please contact the Society's Secretary.