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Memories of Petersfield

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This starts in 1938 when I was taken by my mother and ended up having tea with Bill Hogarth - Chinese tea, horrid. That September I started in Form One to be loudly proclaimed by Bill 'a dunderhead' as I could not understand Latin and most of the class had come through the prep school where it was taught. The result a hatred of languages since then. Held back in Form One I went with my mother and sister to Malta where Dad served in the Navy. We were evacuated from Malta two weeks before Italy declared war but could not get back into our own home, so for the remainder of that school year I was at Loughborough College. Returning to Churcher's for the start of the 1940 - 41 year I stayed there till 1946. Emanuel School had been evacuated from London and used the classrooms in the afternoon while we had them in the morning. They played sport or had Cadet Corp in the morning whilst we... Read more

Churchers Cadet Corps

Thinking of my time in the aforesaid Cadet corps I clearly remember an exercise on the Heath when we were playing soldiers. To make things realistic we were using thunderflashes. Unfortunately the weather was hot and dry with the result that the "bangers" set fire to the gorse and bracken and the exercise had to be abandoned. Red faces among the staff, great amusement among the cadets.

Churcher's College - Petersfield

I was a at school as a boarder at Churcher's College from 1945 to 1951. The immediate post war years in England were a time of great hardship and rationing. I remember vividly the bad winter of 1947, when Heath Pond froze over and we all went ice skating on it. I remember the hilarious scenes of ducks trying to land on the ice and skidding out of control. The following are a portion of my memoirs of life at Churcher's during that period.

School Years - Churcher’s College -  1945 - 1951

In September of 1945 mother and I travelled down to Petersfield so she could enroll me in school. Churcher’s College was founded in 1722 by the will of a Richard Churcher who made his fortune in the East India Company and left money to educate a number of boys in the Village of Petersfield. His very specific intentions were expressed in his Will. The College was to provide free board and lodging... Read more

Hampshire memories

Home of Gt.Grandparents

Convalescent Home 1898, Sheet
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This is May Cottages and the home of my gt.grandparents James and Jane Childs.  James was a shepherd on the Adhust Estate for John Bonham Carter and Jane looked after the sick and the poor here for 36 years.  She also raised 6 of her own children including my grandfather William Childs.

Family Connections to Steep Going Back to 1708

Having researched my family history I was expecting that most of my family were from Bepton and Midhurst, however whilst several family members were laid to rest in Bepton churchyard, I have found that in fact we have long standing family links with Steep from the 1920s going back to Abraham PIERSON in 1708. Virtually all our family have been PIERSONS though some married local girls so there are of course links to other families. Dan PIERSON married in 1913 and then joined HMS Bulwark when the First World War broke out. It seems that in 1914 whilst loading ammunition at Sheerness in Kent the whole ship exploded and there was a terrible loss of life. I am keen to find out more about Steep, where the streets and houses were and of course the PIERSON family who have been there for more than 200 years. If anybody has any old photos of the village in Victorian times or perhaps knew somebody called Pierson I would be very glad to... Read more


I lived at Bowyers in Steep Marsh for five years and ran Country Riding Stables with my parents. We had 20 horses and ponies and I taught so many children to ride. They were really happy days and even now I regret giving it all up and moving on. I tried to find SteepMarsh on my way home from Portsmouth last year and it has all changed so much I did not recognised it. I just could not find the village at all. i loved to ride up over the hill at the back of Mrs Blackers Farm. We used the broiler houses opposite Bowyers to house the horses in the winter. We also rented a small field called venables on the other side of the village. i would love to know if any of this still remains after all these years. Does anyone remember Country Riding Stable???


Hello Mellissa How lovely to receive your message and memories of Country Riding stables. It would just be amazing to meet up with people who rode with us. I too have been back to visit the property and it broke my heart when I could not find it. I think it is now under the new dual carriage way to Bordan. I have a lovely photo album of most of the ponies we had and so many fantastic memories. unfortunately I do not remember many of the people I taught there as I have not kept the booking diary. I really wish I had. My life has taken me in lots of different directions since Country Riding Stables. I opened another riding school in Suffolk called Swiss Farm Equitation Centre where I brought up my three children. I achieved my BHSI in 1976 and spent some time teaching in London. I am now retired and live in Bedfordshire and am enjoying using some of my time supporting a home tutored student... Read more

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