Netley Marsh History Group

The group meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month, starting at 7.30 pm, at the Netley Marsh Community Hall, Woodlands Road, Netley Marsh.

The group started in February 2017 and we have had a discussion or talk on a different aspect of the history of the parish each month. We have gathered information and photos on all these topics, and we hope to have exhibitions and publications covering all these in the future. you can follow us on Facebook for current programme and activities.

Netley Marsh History Group Programme for 2020


January 28th –S.O.E. – The Special Operations  Executive training camp at Beaulieu during the Second World War, their activities and some of the people who were involved in this – Nick Saunders.

February 25th – New Forest authors – a selection of fact and fiction, writers and writings, with readings, inspired by the New Forest over the centuries – Georgina Babey.

March 24th – Commoners, commoning and the role of the Verderers’ court in the past and in the present – Peter Frost (former Verderer)

April 28th – Secret Southampton – Martin Brisland. Martin is a Southampton guide and has written a book called ‘Secret Southampton’ based on his knowledge of the city.

May 26th – The New Forest Knowledge website and the New Forest Heritage Centre – Dr. Katherine Walker, Project Officer, New Forest Heritage Centre.  As this month is the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Katherine will highlight some of the information and images of the Second World War in the New Forest that are on the website.

June 23rd – Florence Nightingale, her family, friends and her life in Hampshire – Angela Trend.

July 28th – The archaeology of the New Forest – Professor Tony King, Winchester University.     The New Forest has had settlements from the earliest times and evidence has been found of this from the Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman, Saxon and Mediaeval times. Tony has been leading excavations in the forest in recent years, and will give an overview of what has been found.

September 22nd. – A history of Totton and Eling – Gordon Lewis. Netley Marsh used to be a part of the ancient parish of Eling, in the Redbridge Hundred, until it became a separate parish in 1855. Gordon will give a talk with pictures of the parish.

October 27th – The New Forest and its murky past – Sylvia Crocker. Today the New Forest is a lovely, relatively peaceful place to live and work, but in the past it was often a risky and sometimes dangerous place to be, depending on who you were and what you were doing! My research has uncovered evidence of intrigues, plots, scapegoating, corruption, cruelty, punishments and murder, with many examples of what happened to real people who lived here.

November 24th – .AGM and social evening, with old films of the New Forest from the television series ‘Country Ways’, shown by Stuart Judd.

Netley Marsh History Group: Programme for 2018

January 23rd – AGM and discussion of past year and forthcoming year’s meetings and events.

February 27th – Film – ‘Netley Marsh – Past, Present and Future’ (Keith Godwin)

March 27th – The Netley Marsh pubs (Gill Southwell)

April 24th – The Netley Marsh Scouts and Guides (Ian Sims)

May 22nd – The Graveyard Survey (James Brown)

June 26th – The Netley Marsh Women’s Institute (Deanna Eldridge and Ros Stollery)

July 24th – The Southampton Docks Police (Ian Oliver)

August – outing to Eling Tide Mill (date to be arranged)

September 25th – Historic Routes and Past Pathways project (Gareth Owen)

October 23rd – Footpaths in the landscape (Malcolm Crocker)

November 27th – Armistice anniversary

December – Social evening (to be arranged)

Netley Marsh Parish History Group Programme 2019

Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Netley Marsh Community Hall, Woodlands Road SO40 7GE. Meetings start at 7.30pm and the entry fee of £3.00 includes refreshments.

Visitors and new members always welcome.


January 22ndAGM and social – slideshow by Keith Godwin.

February 26thThe Light Family’s pioneering emigration to America –  Gill Southwell.

March 26thListed buildings in Netley Marsh – Paul and Yvonne Hanvey.

April 23rdSquatters and Social Crime – encroachments in the New Forest in the 18th century –Sylvia Crocker

May 28th – DVD about Past life in the area around Southampton Water by June Tonkin

June 25thThe Gardening Club – Ros Stollery and Susanna Zardis. Also, D-Day Southampton – Helen Wallbridge.

July 23rdTools For Self- Reliance Jo Wright

September 24thThe real truth about Alice Liddell of Lyndhurst – Angela Trend.

October 22ndThe Netley Marsh Carnival – Ian Sims.

November 26th – informal discussion/social.

December – no meeting.