LHS Meeting Thursday 26 April 2018 LHS Meeting Thursday 26 April 2018 - LHS Meeting Thursday 26 April 2018: report on activity since the meeting on 16 November 2017 - research into the Philpott, Heathcote and Kitchin families.
LHS Meeting Thursday 26 April 2018 LHS Meeting Thursday 16 November 2017 - Open meeting for anyone interested in local history, with an update on the website and the scouts' history project. Come along and help us choose which topics to focus on.

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Ray Wilmshurst

Ray Wilmshurst: George Beckett, Compton & Shawford Parish Council chairman, recalls Ray’s 57 years of contribution to the community.

Percy Cole

Percy Cole BEM

Percy Cole: postman, soldier, gardener and long serving Scout leader, remembered by rector William Prescott.

Arthur Malcolm Heathcote

** In preparation ** The Heathcote family The Heathcote family has  been connected to Compton for nearly three centuries, and possibly longer.   Arthur Malcolm Heathcote The inscription below the framed photo of Arthur Heathcote reads: Arthur Malcolm Heathcote, 1847 – 1934, in the character of Sir Peter Teazle. In affectionate and grateful remembrance of one […]

All Saints' Church, Compton East window by C.E.Kempe

All Saints Compton Stained Glass Windows

  In preparation   The Kempe East Window Saints shown, many with a local connection, are, reading from bottom to top: Left: St Alban and St Birinus, St Stephen and St Agnes, St Peter and St Paul Centre: St Augustine, St Edward the Confessor Right: St Benedict and St Swithin, St Mary Magdalene and St […]

Compton End

Two Local architects and their Dads

Two Local architects and their Dads Two local architects gave their services to the 1905 extension of Compton Church: Cathedral architect John Barnes Colson, and George Herbert Kitchin, who created the Grade II* listed Arts and Crafts garden at Compton End. Both architects had more eminent fathers. John Colson senior was architectural surveyor to Winchester […]

Detail of Philpot window in Winchester Cathedral

John Philpot, Compton’s Martyr

John Philpot Compton’s martyr, John Philpot, had a colourful career and crossed paths with many other characters with interesting and unusual stories, as we shall see. Sir John Philipot The Philpot Family Sir Richard Whittington to come Archdeacon John Philpot to come Bishop Stephen Gardiner to come Bishop John Ponet to come Diocesan Registrar John […]

Heathcote Players

Memories of the Heathcote Players

Memories of growing up in Shawford in the 1940s and 50s, the Heathcote Players, pantomimes, and Barbara Clegg’s prolific scriptwriting, by her children.

James Wedderburn

Rev. Dr. James Wedderburn

James Wedderburn, Rector of Compton 1626-1636, later Bishop of Dunblane, excommunicated for his part in the “too popish” Scottish Book of Common Prayer.

Evacuee children

An Evacuee in Shawford

Memories of life as a 7-year old wartime evacuee, sent on 1 September 1939 from a modest home in Portsmouth to a huge house in Southdown Road.

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