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A Weekend in Hampshire
The annual SLHA Study Tour

The annual SLHA study tour, led by Ken Hollamby and arranged by TravelWright of Newark, took place over the weekend 2-6 September. Accommodation was provided at the University of Winchester. (This tour was to have taken place in July 2020 but was postponed because of the Coronavirus pandemic.)
 
The long coach journey down to Hampshire was broken by a guided tour at the Bombay Sapphire gin distillery in Whitchurch.
 
The first full day was spent in Winchester where group members explored local heritage attractions such as the Cathedral, Wolvesey Castle, City Mill, Hospital of St Cross, Winchester College and the City's museums. After the evening meal David Ashby of the University of Winchester gave a stimulating talk about Stanford in the Vale (Oxfordshire) where a wide range of archaeological techniques have revealed remarkable detail about a small settlement.
 
Nearby Southampton was the destination for Saturday morning; Glyn Coppack, retired English Heritage officer, was the guide. A walking tour took in several medieval structures in the lower town - a surprising number - and included an exclusive visit to the restored medieval merchant's house in French Street (English Heritage). After lunch a visit was made under Glyn's leadership to Netley Abbey, a Cistercian foundation, which has many surviving structures, as well as elements of the Tudor brick mansion created from the abbey after its dissolution.
 
Sunday's programme was devoted to the Historic Dockyard at Portsmouth. A guided tour of the Mary Rose in the morning was followed by a choice of other fine nautical attractions (HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, harbour tours and several museums). The evening was enlivened by a stimulating talk from Dr Scott Anderson on the history of luxury liners sailing from Southampton, especially those before the Second World War.
 
The return journey to Lincolnshire on Monday was broken by a visit to Butser Ancient Farm, near Petersfield. In hot sunshine the group were introduced to a range of buildings - Iron Age to Saxon -  constructed speculatively from detailed archaeological evidence on sites elsewhere in the region.
 
Photos: Top right - Winchester Cathedral; above right - Medieval Merchant's House, French Street, Southampton; below left - Netley Abbey; below centre - Mary Rose, Portsmouth; below right - Butser Ancient Farm 
 
  

 

September 2021

Louth's Built Heritage
A short walking tour

Dr Richard Gurnham led a morning's tour of some of Louth's notable buildings on Saturday 3 July. The event was organised by SLHA's Building Recording Group (RUBL).

The tour began with a brief introduction to the early history of the town and the inspection of the Saxon cross displayed in the parish church.

Buildings of interest were noted and described by our guide as the tour proceeded slowly along Upgate, Mercer Row, Cornmarket and Little Eastgate.

The time allotted for the visit overran, so the intended walk along Westgate had to be omitted after a brief look at the Tudor-Gothic Vicarage of 1832.

Photograph: A view of the Vicarage 


July 2021