Woolmer Forest Heritage Society

Open events from the Woolmer Forest Heritage Society


The Battle of Britain in Wessex
Story of the RAF From 10th July until 31st October 1940

You are invited to attend this evening presentation by John Smith
On the 4th of May 2022 between 7:30pm and 9:00pm

This is an open event. No bookings are required.

Battle of Britian

The story of the RAF and The Battle of Britain
that took place over our area of Wessex

The Battle of Britain, also known as the Air Battle for England, was a military campaign of the Second World War, in which the Royal Air Force and the Fleet Air Arm, of the Royal Navy, defended the United Kingdom against large-scale attacks by Nazi Germany's air force, the Luftwaffe.

The Air Battle between the UK and Nazi Germany, ran between 10th July until 31st October 1940 and has been described as the first major military campaign fought entirely by air forces. This time frame also overlaps the period of large-scale night attacks known as the Blitz, that lasted from 7th September 1940 to 11th May 1941.

During this period of our local history, a number of Bombs were dropped over Bordon. Some of these recently made the local news when they were exposed during the redevelopment of Bordon and had to be destroyed by Army Bomb Disposal, on site, in a controlled detonation.

Portsmouth's History
A Presentation by Andrew Negus
On the 6th of April 2022 between 7:30pm and 9:00pm
This event is open to members and non members alike

Historic Portsmouth

Eight random historical facts about "Portsmouth"

501 AD - Anglo-Saxon Chronicals

States that, "Port and his two sons Beida and Maegla came to Britain with two ships in the place which is called Portes mutha, and killed a young British man, a very noble man." This is the first known appearance of the name Portsmouth in a written source.

1360 AD - Oldest Map

The oldest surviving route map of Great Britain, the "Gough" Map, which dates from about 1360, shows 600 towns and cities. Portsmouth is labelled "Portis Mouth" and is represented by a single red-roofed building.

1759 AD - Lead up to Victory

Approximately 6,000 trees were used in the construction of HMS Victory. The oak used in the underwater planking came from Poland and East Prussia and is two feet thick at the waterline

1787 AD - Lead up to Mutiny

HMS Bounty set sail from Portsmouth for Tahiti under the command of Captain Bligh on the first breadfruit voyage. Bligh's mission was to pick up breadfruit plants and transport them to the West Indies to become a cheap source of food for slaves.

1796 AD - Start of the CO-OP

The first co-operative society in Britain was set up by dockyard workers fed up with being ripped off by tradesmen. The aim was to offer an alternative by organising and controlling the production and distribution of goods and services under a system operated by and for the people.

1846 AD - Prelude to epidemic

A doctor, lamenting the lack of sewers, warned that 'the island of Portsea is one large cesspool'. Two years later an outbreak of cholera killed 152 residents, many of them children, and the following year a further 800 died.

1801 AD - Working Girls

In this census year it estimates that the number of prostitutes working in the port and garrison town at the end of the 18th century was up to 20,000

1917 AD - Free Medical Treatment

Portsmouth was the first town in the country to open clinics for the free treatment of venereal disease.

What facts of Portsmouths history will you learn on the night?

The English Civil War
A Presentation by Sean White
On the 2nd of March 2022 between 7:30pm and 9:00pm
This event is open to all

The English Civil War of 1642 to 1651


The English Civil War (1642-1651) was a series of civil wars and political machinations between Parliamentarians ("Roundheads") and Royalists ("Cavaliers"), mainly over the manner of England's governance and issues of religious freedom.

Each side had a geographical stronghold. The Royalist areas included the countryside, the shires, the cathedral city of Oxford, and the less economically developed areas of northern and western England.

Parliament's strengths spanned the industrial centres, ports, and economically advanced regions of southern and eastern England, including the remaining cathedral cities (except York, Chester, Worcester)
(Learn more on the night)