If a Basingstoke resident why not Join us? - We need your support
Help us by joining the Basingstoke Heritage Society today.
Annual subscription - £5.00 per person, or £6 per household
(Students and under 18’s FREE)
Occasional free talks, walks and visits to places of local interest
Opportunity to attend the Society’s monthly Business Meetings & make views known
Opportunity to contribute to submissions on issues of concern
Support the protection of your locality from inappropriate development
To download an application form go to the ‘contact us’ page.
Picture quiz answers. From left
1. Where are these houses? Burgess Road, possibly the second houses built in South View
2. Where is this taken? The Vyne Road bridge
3. What is being demolished here? Percy Fisher factory in Kingsclere Road
4. Which side of Winchester Street are these premises? South side – see above.
Cathy Williams and Debbie Reavell were kept busy after Debbie posted on our Facebook page offering to identify the origins of road names. We managed most queries although some names are just bizarre. We were defeated as usual by Castle Field in Fairfields for which there is no reasonable explanation. It is clear that many people during lockdown are discovering the town and we have tried to post links to the Town Trail, Jane Austen leaflet. Public Art and the South View cemetery leaflets. Your secretary, walking every day in the old cemetery, is frustrated by not being easily able to approach people to tell them what they might see there. There is also a page called Basingstoke History, run by Ian Richards who writes a good number of the Flashback pages for the Gazette. This site is often very nostalgic but some interesting photos are turning up all the time.
The Gazette would like up to 300 words on lockdown and if from a heritage point of view, your walks have taken you to rarely visited parts of the town, then do send them in . email@example.com Or by post to Gazette House Pelton Road Basingstoke RG21 6YD.
All our other work is slowed to a virtual standstill. We continue to look at planning applications and noted that the Inspector had upheld the council’s decision about unauthorised changes to windows at 62-64 New Road.
During lockdown, your secretary has been reading Hilary Mantel’s final book about Thomas Cromwell. After his execution, his son, Gregory and wife, Elizabeth were not penalised. Gregory died in 1551 and his widow then married John Paulet , 2nd Marquess of Winchester and she is buried in St Mary’s, Old Basing.