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Our Next Monthly Talk

On the first Wednesday of each month at 10.30am we hold a historical talk in King John's House. These talks are given by different speakers on a wide variety of topics. 6 Wednesday 10.30am

6th March: Is King John’s House Romsey’s oldest stone built house? –

Following on from Roger Leeches talk on buildings archaeology, we will be looking in some detail through Frank’s talk specifically at King John’s house. He will provide a personal account of his nearly 40 years association with the building and its archaeology.

He will provide some fascinating insights into the buildings history and also provide rarely seen images in his illustrated talk. He will recount how quite literally he dug into its past history, rummaged and cleared cellars and attics in Romsey, London and other places to recover lost documents, photographs and ephemera.  How, when he  personally undertook repair works to the building on his own and with others; previously unknown details were discovered and recorded.

It is expected that he will recount some of the difficult and tricky negotiations with a former owner of the old gun shop and the land that now form the gardens around the house.

Frank Green worked in the Test Valley for 27 years as an archaeologist and also as a heritage officer. He served on the buildings committee of his professional Institute for many years and co-authored their professional Standard and Guidance on building recording. Locally he serves on the Winchester Diocesan Advisory Committee for the care of churches and is a Trustee of King John’s House.


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3 April 10.30am The Townswomen’s Guild— After the Vote A potted history of the Townswomen’s Guild from 1929 in this their 90 anniversary year, given by Margaret Parks Though women over the age of 30 were given the vote in 1918 it was not until 1928 that the age of suffrage was brought down to 21.  In the years that followed this, the education of women was seen as increasingly important, and this is why Townswomens’ Guilds were created. The Romsey Townswomen's Guild was the fourth Townswomen's Guild to be established in the country, with 26 others forming in the following years  

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 Some of our other 2019Monthly Talks are:.

  • 6th March: Is King John’s House Romsey’s oldest stone built house? - What was its origin, past use and history an illustrated talk by Frank Green
  • 3rd April: The Townswomen’s Guild— After the Vote - A potted history of the Townswomen’s Guild from 1929 in this their 90 anniversary year, given byMargaret Parks
  • 1st May: Drawing on Architecture- a talk on Architectural Illustration by Pete Jarvis
  • 5 June: How did they Build Stonehenge? - a talk by Mark Udall
  • 3 July: A View from the Castle - Scottish History from the tenth century to the present day by Gordon Massie
  • 7 August: The Armada by Commodore Adrian Munns
  • 4 September: Hitler and Me - a personal history of Southampton during the Second World War by Barbara Burbidge
  • 2 October
  • 6 November: Florence Nightingale
  • 4 December: The Medieval Farming Year - Mary Harris tells the story of medieval life through the village of Michelmersh
Below are links to small write-ups on some of the previous talks provided: The Long Bow and its Impact on the Battle of Agincourt, by Stephen Whelan. A Brief Introduction to Heraldry, by Malcolm Heathcote. The Battle of Waterloo, By Stephen Whelan. Behind the Scene at the Museum: A Glimpse of Artefacts in Store by Barbara Burbridge  Bare Necessities: A Talk on Victorian Ladies Underwear by Ruth King The Hundred – A Charles Burnett Film