Compton & Shawford Local History Society
Date: Thursday 2 May 2019
Place: Compton & Shawford Sports Pavilion
What for: Open meeting for anyone with an interest in our local history.
We particularly welcome people with an interest in a particular area of local history who would like to help with research.
The Society doesn’t charge a subscription but we ask you to contribute £1 towards costs of using the room.
Come and hear about “The Quiet Parish”, a booklet written about Compton & Shawford by Barbara Clegg in 1963.
In answer to many requests, I have compiled a short history of this parish from early times to the present day. Of course, this sketch in no way takes the place of Mr. Drew’s more detailed and scholarly history, but is merely an attempt to provide an answer to one often repeated query : “ Can you tell me something about this place?” ….
It is hoped to issue the history as a booklet, the profits (if any) on its sales to go to the general funds of the church.
Barbara lent her typescript to Austin Whitaker while he was working on his 1985 booklet, but her own very readable booklet was never published. With the approval of her family, we hope to publish it now. Barbara also wrote and produced the historical pageant that was performed in 1955 as part of the celebrations for the octocentenary of Compton Church. Details of the celebrations were sealed in a time capsule that was opened in 2005.
Notes of previous meeting
There was a good attendance at the meeting on 8 November 2018, generously hosted by Bill Robinson.
At that meeting, Peter Neyroud spoke eloquently and in detail about the history of Compton Manor Farm House in Place Lane.
He also shared with us the renovation and reinstallation of the original kitchen end of the house at the Goldfinch Cottage.
We look forward to featuring his written account on the LHS website https:/lhs.comptonshawford.uk/
This 12-page booklet is a greatly revised and expanded version of the old black and white booklet, now professionally printed in colour with high-quality photos. It is now available on request or in church for a minimum donation of £1 a copy.
Since the last meeting the following articles have appeared in the Parish Magazine and/or this website:-
- November 2018: Lt General Sir Brian Horrocks and his links with the village.
- January 2019: A Short History of the Itchen Navigation in the village.
- Monthly in 2019: Compton Clergy of Long Ago (reprints of Drew’s series of article from the Parish Magazine 1934)
- February 2019: Train Derailment at Shawford. July 1952.
- March 2019: Even Stones Tell Stories. The history of the Font and sarsen stones at All Saints Church. An extended version is available on this website.
- April 2019: The Wayside Cross – 101 this month
- Website: Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves – review of the 1952 Shawford panto
John Wilkinson, OBE.
Convenor Compton & Shawford Local History Society.