Memories of Alverstoke
I have a few illustrations of Bury Hall (I'll have to dig them out!). I'm descended from the Purvises. You can contact me by email, my address is genealogy at dunning dot plus dot com.
I was there from 1963 -1965. I remember the day we wandered off to the church, Anne , Tracy and I. Tracy fell in the fish pond. It was a very scary/funny memory for me, I was about 4 I think. Also Sister Ivy Bell married my father David Peacock at this church in July, 1965.. Lorrell Peacock.
I have just started researching my family history. My great grandfather was Jacob Abraham and was gardener for John Brett Purvis and then Richard Purvis at Bury Hall. I would love to see a picture of Bury Hall and or Bury Hall Lodge. Does it still exist? My father Isaac Abraham worked at the Royal Laboratory at the age of 12!
This little church was called St Francis' and was linked with St Mary's Alverstoke (where I used to go in the 1960s and 1970s). St Francis' was attached to the Children's Home, where Oliver McFarlane who worked on the BBC programme "Blue Peter" had been a resident. There used to be a little fountain in the middle of the pond outside St Francis, with a statue of that saint.