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News for Members no 106
A very Happy New Year to you all.
Your renewal form will be with you soon. It is really helpful if you renew promptly. Many thanks.
Last year was a very busy one – the end of the Old Common campaign; producing the Jane Austen leaflet; signs for the Haymarket/Corn Exchange; signs for the Top of Town and revising the Town Trail. We need your support.
It is with great pleasure that we can now show the maquette for the sculpture which
will go into Market Place in July. Adam Roud is the very talented sculptor -
We took our wares to the Local and Family History Day 1 October 2016 held in the Discovery Centre. Although we didn’t get so many visitors as on previous occasions, those who did find us were really interested and interesting … … particularly in the Jane Austen connection and the DVD we purchased last year from the National Film Board of Canada, which some of you saw at our AGM in 2016..
‘Sitting with Jane’ is a public art trail made up of 25 ‘BookBenches’ in and around Basingstoke, each uniquely designed and painted by a professional artist with their personal interpretation of a Jane Austen theme. The trail will link together locations – all with free public access. It will be in place between June and September 2017, and will be accompanied by a free to download app and a trail guide. Each bench will be sponsored. After, the benches will all be auctioned in aid of the , to leave a valuable lasting legacy in the region.
‘Sitting with Jane’ is part of the Hampshire Cultural Trust’s celebration of Jane Austen’s life in Hampshire.
The Peace Garden. An update on this project – the Rooksdown Club will donate a bust
in bronze of Sir Harold Gillies, whose work in Basingstoke during WW2 repairing the
physical damage done by war, through ground-
Sculptor Julia Beer working on the Gillies’ bust.
The Lamb pub, Hackwood Road. Members on email were updated on 8th December with the news that The Lamb is now subject to a planning application to demolish this landmark building and replace with houses and flats. We were aware of the risk to the building and had nominated it for the Local List. However, the council has not done work on updating the Local List for some time, and this didn’t happen. (See left, proposed Hackwood Road elevation). There have been objections to the proposal including the council’s Conservation Team. We would like this case to be heard in committee, but it needs more objections so please, if you are bothered about the loss of this landmark, then object without delay. If it goes to committee, then we can speak there. Refce: 17/04288 on the planning page. Or email quoting the reference.
New Signage, Top of the Town. These are the boards we worked on with the council last year. There are 4. We hope you like them.
18th Century Goldings and Francis Russell. A lucky search produced some interesting histo rical detail about Francis Russell, one of the earliest occupiers of Goldings. He was solicitor to the Duchy of Lancaster and then Solicitor to the Board of Commissioners for the Affairs of India. He died in 1795 and his will refers to ‘my mansion house and place called Goldings or Goldsplot in Basingstoke, my present country residence.’ His wife Anne survived him – dances in Goldings are mentioned in Anne Lefroy’s letters and also in Eliza Chute’s pocket books. George Austen visited here. And then Debbie found 2 images of him – a painting in the British Library and an engraving in the National Portrait Gallery, both with scant or incorrect information, which we have been able to add to.
Francis Russell, by Joseph Collyer the Younger, after S. Smart stipple engraving, published 1796
NPG D5854 © National Portrait Gallery, London
Downsland Parade. You would think that while sign-
Prisoner of War camps in Basingstoke. Geoff Palmer of Hampshire Genealogical Society is giving a talk on this topic and on the German graves in Worting Road cemetery. This will be on 26th April at 7.30 in Church Cottage.
Hampshire Houses. Edward Roberts, an acknowledged authority on Hampshire's wonderful
The Bolton Arch. This was an entrance to Hackwood Park before the M3 was built and
is now an entrance to Crabtree. It used to look like this and the arch was added
to Hackwood by architect Lewis Wyatt around 1819-
If you came to last year’s AGM, you will have seen the National Film Board of Canada 1974 study of New Towns, one of which was Basingstoke (the other Runcorn). We are well aware that having paid for the film and the right to show it, we have not done anything with it. If you are a member of a group who would be interested in seeing this, then please contact us
The Town Trail. We have updated this, amending and making clearer some of it. The council are generously printing it and it will be available soon. It’s easy to download too.
Planning issues: A large conversion in Wote Street (Pure Bar) to make flats similar to what is being done to Sun Alliance House next door.
Trees. We are having some difficulties with objecting to tree removal – the council seems keen to fell trees which require regular maintenance. 2 Scots Pine in Fairfields Road
(refce: 17/00095) are at risk – notable and fine trees near the Bowls and Tennis club.
OBJECT IF YOU CARE!