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'The Wight at War', 3 May 2014

April 10, 2014 5:48 PM

Harry Willis Fleming will be presenting a paper at this year's Isle of Wight Family History Society annual conference, held on Saturday 3rd May 2014 at Northwood House, Cowes, Isle of Wight.

An excellent review of the recent Tudor Revels study day by the Come Step Back in Time blog, with some wonderful images and insights:

"A truly inspirational day for historians and anyone who loves Tudor history. I went home stimulated and inspired to revisit this important historical period. The obvious popularity of the event is proof that history really is enjoying a surge in popularity and long may it continue."
Event: "Money, Class & Wealth: Rescuing Forgotten Lives"
Tudor Revels Study Day, Sunday 10 June 2012, 11am-4pm The Dolphin Hotel, High Street, Southampton

Using original archive material: written documents, material remains and portraiture, we discuss the practical ways of constructing biographies for the people of Tudor Southampton. Case studies include Nicholas Fuller, scholar and lawyer whose portrait hangs in Tudor House; The Flemyngs who for centuries played a leading role in civic and mercantile life in and around Southampton, rising to the ranks of the landed gentry during the 1500s; and the Dyperes who left just one will and 10,000 descendants.

Harry Willis Fleming will explore the broad range of evidence from which to piece together a fresh genealogy of the Fleming family in the Tudor period and earlier. He will discuss the surviving paper trail of records such wills, property deeds, and court records; Herald's Visitations and published pedigrees; the role of one-name studies and DNA testing; and also draw some preliminary conclusions from the People Project database.

Hosted by The Dolphin hotel - owned in 1570 by Edward Wilmot, merchant and innkeeper, who left a complete inventory of all the furnishings in The Dolphin - this study day will be an introduction to the Tudor People Project, using archives for genealogical research and will look at the challenges of finding out the stories of those who lived five hundred years ago. The event is FREE but booking is essential, lunch is provided at a cost of #6.95 and needs to be pre-booked.

For further details, see: Tudor Revels - Events.
Harry will be talking on 'Sir Thomas Fleming (1544-1613)' for the Southampton City Museum's Archaeological Society's 'Stuart Southampton: AD 1603-1714' Study Day on Saturday 10th March. Other speakers include: Dr Andy Russel on changing attitudes to the defence of Southampton; Ben Jervis & Duncan Brown on 'Pottery in Stuart Southampton and beyond...'; Rosalind Johnson on 'Quakers in Stuart Southampton', and Stan Roberts on Isaac Watts. Tickets #10.

For more information contact Anna on 0781 285 1095 or archaeoanna@yahoo.co.uk
Colin Davison, author of a new Ursula Moray Williams biography, will speak about her links with Hampshire, including her years spent at North Stoneham Park, which inspired such books as Bogwoppit and Grandpapa's Folly and the Woodworm-Bookworm. Harry Willis Fleming will set this in the context of the story of North Stoneham House, built for his family in the first half of the 19th century.

Wednesday 11 May, 7-9pm
#7.50 per person, booking essential
Hampshire Record Office, Sussex Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8TH

The Annual Picnic 2009

September 30, 2009 11:18 AM
The Willis Fleming Historical Trust held its Annual Picnic on Saturday 26 September 2009, at Chilworth Manor in Hampshire. Upwards of forty members and friends of the Trust assembled in the Field Tent, pitched in the old meadow that lies west of the Manor House.


Chilworth Manor was acquired by John Barton Willis Fleming in 1825; it was sold by his grandson in 1946. Originally an ornamental lodge, the house was greatly enlarged around 1900. The Manor was later acquired by the University of Southampton, and is now a hotel. The grounds are of particular note.

Inside the Field Tent there was an interesting display of ephemera, together with some miniature memory shrines created as part of the Trust's present project to restore the Stoneham War Shrine. We noticed shrines made by Mr Cox, Mrs Verdon, Mrs Hunt, Mrs Bennett, and Mr and Mrs Furlong.

After lunch, Harry Willis Fleming made some announcements, and Jane Wildgoose presented the 'Thomas Hopper Memorial Cup' to Mr and Mrs John Furlong, in honour of the latter's help and support during the preceding year. The picnickers were then met by Sarah Kiss, who led a walk through the Conservation Area.

Clearing of invasive species (bracken, rhododendron, birch and sycamore) is well underway on the south side of the lake, and this area is now open and light.


Passing through the Azalea Walk we entered the Deer Ring. This unusual feature, seen at its best in the late afternoon sunshine, is a circle of conifers planted in the mid-1890s on part of the site of a deer park known to be there in the 16th and 17th centuries. The overgrown area in the centre of the Ring is to be cleared.

Skirting around the edge of the Arboretum, originally planted in the 19th century and which is soon to be extended, we entered the Ancient Woodland, a darker area criss-crossed by streams. This woodland will be managed sensitively by clearing encroaching growth around individual specimen trees such as yews to create a lighter environment. One of the older yew trees will become a focal point in the new scheme.

The walk continued through the woodland on the northern edge of the Conservation Area. We returned via the Ecology Meadow, established in the early 1990s - ending back at the Field Tent for a welcome cup of tea.