Hurstbourne Tarrant Parish
We meet on the second Monday of the Month at the Community Centre, SP11 0AX
Next Meeting: "Bricks and Brickworks - John Harrison"
Monday 12th November at 7:45pm
Brick-work is all around us - we take it for granted - but look more closely and you can see a wealth of fascinating detail. Brickwork is ubiquitous in this country, with bricks produced in over a thousand current or former brickworks across the country, brick-work has been influenced by changing needs, by improved technology and by passing fashions.
Have you ever thought why a brick is like it is? Its size is mainly determined by what a brickie can pick up in one hand, and keep on doing so for several hours. Over the centuries the size of bricks has changed. Until a few decades ago, bricks in different parts of the country tended to be of different sizes and proportions. That harks back to the 18th century brick tax, which made it more economical to use very large bricks like the monster 'Jumbies' bricks instead of smaller ones.
In his talk, John will tell us how bricks are made, and show us how with simple observation of brickwork, you can read the stories that are written in the buildings all around us, including our own villages. John Harrison is a chartered engineer whose interest in bricks was sparked while he was at Cambridge, after a friend explained the differences between various brick bonds.
There will be tea, coffee and a cash bar as usual. Visitors are most welcome to join us (£3.00).
About the Historical Society
The programme of events for 2018 - 19 is now available and you can view it here. All meetings will be held on the second Monday of the month at the Hurstbourne Tarrant Community Centre. Volunteer members will be on hand to provide, at a modest charge, tea, coffee, soft drinks and beer and wine.
"Hurstbourne Tarrant at War" - this 106 page document contains records of all who served in the first and second world wars, local reporting from the time and colour and black and white photographs. If you would like a copy, priced £5, please contact Andy Watson - details below. All profits will go to St Peter's Church, Hurstbourne Tarrant.
Chairman: Andy Watson e-mail: EMail Telephone No.: 01264 736459
Secretary: Bryn Evans e-mail: EMail Telephone No.: 01264 736361
The Hurstbourne Tarrant Historical Society is a group of people who are interested in the history of the village and surrounding area. The society was formally constituted in May 2010 and meets monthly with the exception of August, December and January. All meetings, except for outside visits, take place at Hurstbourne Tarrant Community Centre (SP11 0AX) . Please see the programme of events for full details of what is happening.
The society aims to look into various aspects of history whether local, social, family or archaeological. Society meetings will cover various subjects and ideas for new subjects or studies are most welcome from members. The constitution defines the full list of the aims of the society.
The committee is made up of five members who are listed below along with a brief introduction to who they are and what projects they are currently working on.
Andy Watson, Chairman – I moved to the village in 1989 and my main interest is industrial archaeology. I have also been involved in Iron Age experimental archaeology as well as digging at a Roman metal smelting site on a cold and wet Welsh hilltop.
Bryn Evans, Secretary – I have lived in the village for more than 40 years and have recorded photographically many aspects of village life and activities over that period. I am currently converting the complete census records of the Parish from 1841 to 1911 into digital format. The Society holds a large archive covering village life, burial records, people, buildings, historical information, activities and events as well as an extensive photographic collection and would welcome any further contributions to add to the archive. Our aim is to hold as much information as possible in a digital format so that it can be more easily accessed and disseminated.
Mike Nash, Programme Officer – I’ve lived in the village almost 18 years and interested in everything! At the moment am looking at the "ritual marks" in our church and hope to publish shortly, I will then be starting work with Kim Vella on past village pubs.
Sarah Gould, Membership Officer & Treasurer – I’ve lived in the village since 1989 and have studied field archaeology. I work as a volunteer in the archives section of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust. I’m currently writing blog entries on archaeological work for the Hampshire Cultural Trust at Chilcomb.
Michael Bateman, Publicity Officer
Margaret Jensen, Committee Member
The full list of current projects that the committee and other society members are involved in is below, along with who are working on them.
The ritual marks in the local church (Mike Nash)
Pubs & Malthouses (Mike Nash & Kim Vella)
The early 20th century memoirs of Percy Ball, a local gardener (Margaret Jensen)
If you would like more information on the society, anything it is working on or would like to join please see the contact details at the top of the page.
New members are always welcome. Also if you can contribute to the society archives in any way that would be much appreciated; we would love to hear from anyone who could loan or send us photographs, documents etc that are associated with the villages of Hurstbourne Tarrant, Upton and the Hamlet of Ibthorpe.