Redlynch & District Local History Society

Princes Hill c.1900

The Society was founded in 1996 by Pat Millington to promote interest in local history in Redlynch and its surrounding villages.  It has monthly meetings with speakers on a wide variety of topics. These meetings are held 7.30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at Morgan’s Vale and Woodfalls village hall.  New members and visitors are always welcome. Subscriptions are £9 for yearly membership and £3 for guests per meeting.  The Society also arranges a local visit for its June meeting.  In addition the Society undertakes a variety of local projects. The most recent involved recording the gravestones in St Mary’s churchyard (see below).   Also the Society holds an Annual Exhibition when its resources are put on display and made available to anyone interested in our local history.  In 2019 the theme for our Annual Exhibition was ‘Our Village School and its Place in the Community’ which celebrated the 150th anniversary of Morgans Vale and Woodfalls Village School.

General Elections in the 1920s: Who Nominated the Candidates? by Jane Howells This was a thought-provoking talk about the series of general elections that occurred in the decade after the First World War, with a particular emphasis on the campaigns in the constituency including those neighbouring Salisbury. It was a period of dramatic political and social change for British society, with many women over thirty gaining the right to vote in 1918. By 1929 both men and women could vote on equal terms over the age of twenty-one. MORE
Bob Inns Secretary April 10th, 2022

New Forest Commoning, Past, Present and Future by Dr Gale Pettifer
Over 60 members and guests enjoyed a first-rate talk by Dr Gale Pettifer an active Commoner. Her knowledge of the subject and the thoughtful, illustrated presentation was well appreciated and brought out a lot of questions. The first part was devoted to the history of commoning from earliest days, through the Roman Period, and the impact that William the Conqueror had in imposing Forest Laws. It is mainly this process of leaving the Forest open for hunting that has left it for us to enjoy today. The Commoners, unable to fence land for agriculture, had to make use of the area as woodland pasture, which included heath and mires, to survive. They with their stock, mostly ponies, cattle, pigs and donkeys, maintain the landscape through a natural process. MORE
Bob Inns Secretary March 8th, 2022

Secret Marriage: The Riddle of the Hamptworth Morrisons
Allowing for the uncertainties of the current situation Redlynch and District Historical Society had a talk in a different format. Georgina Babey and Peter Roberts based their talk – Secret Marriage – on research following their delving into the private archives held by the Andersons of the Hamptworth Estate. The life of George Morrison and his wife was shown in a video presentation. Inheriting a fortune at 21 he bought the 2,000 acre estate and proceeded to add more than another 1,000 acres before his early death in 1884 at the age of just 44. Eight years earlier he had secretly married the divorced Jane Barbara Bastable in Dublin. MORE
Bob Inns Secretary January 11, 2022

Myths and Legends of Stonehenge by Matt Pike
Matt has been employed at Stonehenge for the past 14 years and is English Heritage’s first official “Writer in Residence”. Before Covid Stonehenge was hosting 1.6 million visitors a year and on a record day, 11,000 visitors. The archaeology supports construction of the 1st Stonehenge around 3100BC comprising a ditch enclosing a bank on which the 50 or so blue stones stood in a ring, with the Heale stone outside. Further arrangements of the stones relating to solstice events occurred with incorporation of the large Sarsen stones with their horizontal capping stones held in place by mortice and tenon joints up to 2500BC. MORE
Bob Inns Secretary December 13, 2021

Woodfalls to Rangoon….The Story of Gunner David Green. A Talk by Sonia Aarons-Green:
Like many veterans, the Speaker`s father-in-law did not talk very much about the years he spent fighting in the Far East. He had never even collected the medals he had earned. The Speaker and her husband Anthony decided to find out more. Research led them to the war diaries of David Green’s regiment, the 139th Field Regiment of the Royal Artillery, and other accounts of the Burma Campaign. MORE

Bob Inns Secretary November 13, 2021

Please visit The News Forest Remembers website. The Society has been closely involved and produced one of the panels which depicts Redlynch during World War I and some of the men who served or died. Finally the Society actively supports other local organisations, such as its two churches and two halls, by mounting exhibitions and displays.  Click the image on the left to view the Society’s Redlynch Trail. For more information about the Society visit its own website:


The Society’s Graveyard Records project has been completed and will be updated as and when necessary. The records can be seen by making an appointment with the Secretary to meet at Morgan’s Vale & Woodfalls Village Hall


Peter Roberts (Vice-Ch), Annette Jack (Vice-Ch),
Bob Inns (Secretary), Kate Crouch (Treasurer),
Georgina Babey, Jenny Bowman, Simon Lewis, Michael Peace, Steve Western.