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   Reminiscences and Articles
   written by or told by Verwood Residents   
    both past and present.   

The intention of this page is to index as many general "Reminiscences" about Verwood and the surrounding area as possible. Some reminiscences cover a wider area and give more background information about our history. This will probably be ever expanding  as more information is gathered.

 

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HORTON HEATH FOOTPATHS TO VERWOOD

As well as this footpath this article mentioned Barrow Brothers, Harry Brewer's Brickworks (Gotham?) & Carnival. 
(Written by Mr S. Morgan, this article was one of several supporting statements sent to the D.O.E. when local residents were campaigning to keep these rights of way open. Their appeal was successful but sadly Mr S. Morgan, who wrote the item, has passed away. Peggy Westman providing this item for inclusion in the Verwood Viewpoint magazine in May 1988.)

THE LONGEST SURVIVING SHOP IN VERWOOD

Anyone around in 1924 may remember the corner newsagents shop being taken over in that year by Nelly Hopkins. The present owner Julian King, is a great nephew of Nelly's so not only is it the longest surviving shop but has also been, since 1924, owned by the same family. It finally closed in late in 2005.

THE OLD RESTYNGE HOUSE

The Restynge House - was built by the first Vicar of Verwood, the Rev. Claude Brown around the turn of the century.............
BUTCHERS
CLOSES
Retirement of Dan and Joyce Andrews in 1988  and closure of their shop.     
(They were the owners of Ringwood Road, Butchers.) 
AS IT WAS IN THE PAST Notes written by  (Mrs Mamie Clifton nee Fraser) who was born in Accrington Lancashire and found when clearing her house on her death in Verwood in 1999. It appears to have been written when she was in her 70's (mid 1970's probably.)

 

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WAR YEARS.

VILLAGE WAR YEARS by Ray Reeks
Talk of village life in war years, evokes memories and stories of local heroism and humour galore....................... 
WAR YEARS REMEMBERED Letter from Mr S Morgan to Mr Webster in April 2005   
with his reminiscences from the war Years.
ELSIE'S STORY
LONDON EVACUEE
Extract from Childhood: Elsie's Story September 1939:   
Evacuated from London to Bath and then Verwood. 
RESERVED OCCUPATION When World War (II) started I was 16 years old and living in the then Village of Verwood in Dorset . I remember the blackout when no lights were allowed and all windows had to be blacked out......
V. E. DAY By the spring of 1945 German outer defences had been broken and it was quite clear that, within a very short time, Hitler's forces would be totally defeated........
SOLDIERS OF
THE KING 
A selection of stories, paraphrased from 'Verwood at War' presented by members of the Verwood Evening Womens' Institute in 1984.
DAD'S ARMY  A further selection of stories, paraphrased from 'Verwood at War' presented by members of the Verwood Evening Womens' Institute in 1984 concerning the Local Defence Volunteers or 'Home Guard'.
NAAFI &
BLITZ
"Naafi Days" by Lucy Miles & "Southampton Blitz" by Audrey Thorne.
 

 
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