A Grand Spell of Sunshine - The Life and Legacy of Francis FrithA Grand Spell of Sunshine - The Life and Legacy of Francis Frith

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Founded in 1239 by the monks of Beaulieu Abbey, Netley Abbey occupies a pretty, wooded setting close to Southampton Water. The abbey was dissolved in 1536 and later became a private mansion. In the 18th century it passed to a Southampton builder who was killed by falling tracery as he began to demolish the site.

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My dear late Dad was born and grew up in Netley Abbey in 1941. His real name Patrick Perry but was known as 'Slim Jim', his mother was Lily Bundy. Would love to hear from anyone who knew my dad or the family.

In 1955 I was 4 years old - I grew up in this street No. 50 Victoria Rd - that house is not in shot but further down the road toward Station Rd & The Prince Consort. I went to Netley Infants school on the corner of Victoria Rd & Station Rd. I rode my trike around the block doing wheelies around the corner of New Rd & Victoria Rd - once knocking a poor old lady off her feet - what a terror!

I remember playing for Netley Boys Club - the team was run by Ernie Chambers and Lou Jones, RIP both of you. They were amazing and we had a good team; Chris Queen in goal, he had trials with Newcastle United, his big brother Bob, George Jones, Lou's son, was Captain, Kevin Crotty, Arthur Chambers, Roy Kinge who married my sister in law, Chippy Woods. Our resident photographer Ken Skinner (still best friends). We ...see more

I remember the person who broke his leg that day was Bernie Lowe as I was playing for the team Hound United against Netley FC on that pitch. I also remember your father as I played for them for a season with I think your brother Arthur. I played also for Netley Sports for a number of years and still come back now to the village. I have very fond memories of the village when to me it was the best place to live then. I ...see more

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