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History Section - East Boldre Oral History Project

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EBOH has gathered and collated memories and social history from residents of the parish of East Boldre, who were born and brought up in the village. This research explores how the village has changed, from its origin as a squatter’s settlement to the present day.

EBOH has recorded and transcribed memories from residents and now the stories can be heard through listening stations which have been installed in the village. The Turfcutters Arms houses a listening station where the public can hear stories about East Boldre Characters and childhood memories (this is accessible during pub opening hours). Three further listening stations are installed in East Boldre Village Hall and School Fields Trust Hall (these are accessible by appointment). Oral history interpretation is also sited in the adopted BT kiosk at Hatchet Pond - this includes a QR codes which link to a sound cloud where audio recordings are available:

Project aims:

This project has support and funding from: New Forest National Park Authority, East Boldre Parish Council, Hampshire County Council, Beaufort Trust, East Boldre Village Hall Trust, East Boldre School Fields Trust, NF Heritage Centre and New Forest District Council.

Sadly Covid 19 has temporarily scuppered our plans for a big official opening of the listening stations but we do plan to celebrate when restrictions are lifted. This has been a hugely successful project which celebrates heritage and pride in belonging to an amazing community!


Alwyn Abraham
and Mary Abraham

8 Sound bites

Barry Lowe

8 Sound bites

Cliff Harvey

8 Sound bites

Elizabeth Searle

6 Sound bites

Freda Smith

13 Sound bites

Ivor Lovell

2 Sound bites

Jan Saunders

6 Sound bites

Josie House

4 Sound bites

Justin Keen

Kevin House

3 Sound bites

Larry Abraham

9 Sound bites

Mary Abraham

Mary and Alwyn were interviewed together. Go to Alwyn's page for Mary's soundbites.

Mike Morris

8 Sound bites

Peter Jordan

10 Sound bites

Silvia Baker

12 Sound bites

Sylvie Lovell

6 Sound bites

Val Lomax

1 Sound bite

Valerie Panks

10 Sound bites

Wendy Harvey

4 Sound bites

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Village Sports

The Turfcutters

The Changing Village

The Village Shops

Wartime Memories

School Days

Making Ends Meet

Childhood Memories


Local Characters

The Gypsy Compound

The Natural Forest

Images of the EBOH Project in East Boldre Village Hall

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Contributors Cliff and Wendy Harvey listening to stories for the first time

Cllr Bev Hawker viewing photos of contributors - then and now

Cllr Bev Hawker using the listening station

Nicola Curzon (Project curator)

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