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Church Burial Vault Revealed


During recent work in the Parish Church to upgrade the heating system, the existence of a burial vault was revealed. The Parish Church was once the refectory of the monastic abbey, but following the dissolution of the monastery in 1538 became the church for the village. The vault is almost certainly post-dissolution and was discovered when floorboards in the Chancel were removed.

A drawing of 1834 suggests that access was gained via a trap-door and stairway beneath the present Chancel. It has been known that such a vault did exist as there is reference to one in burial plaques around the walls of the church.

The vault is situated in front of the ornate memorial to Mary (Moll) Do, who died in childbirth in 1651. She is most probably buried there. Likewise, Edward Kempe of Gins Farm whose death in 1605 is recorded by a brass plaque on the West Wall. His is the earliest memorial in the church.  The shipbuilder Henry Adams who died in 1805 is, with his wife Ann, also buried there. The latest was in 1839.

In 1840 major alterations to the church took place and the access was sealed, to be covered by the font. Further changes in 1875, when the Chancel was enlarged and tiled with those of a monastic design, and the font removed to the rear of the church, probably saw the vault and trapdoor revealed for the final time.

Article by Anthony Norris, photograph by Ralph Montagu

Adder Bites

Hythe and Dibden Parish Council are reporting 4 dogs bitten by Adders in the Forest.
Advice from Seadown Vets .... If your dog is bitten by an adder take it to the vet  immediately.
Seadown stresses adder bites are rarely fatal.
The NHS has advice what to do in the event of you being bitten by an adder ... information on this website. http/
Warmer weather is making the adders wake up.
Adders and flower Reptile Centre 70

Unholy mess!!

Posters by an unnamed pressure group are appearing around the Parish regarding the big influx of cyclists into the area over the week-end 12th/13th April. There are two further occasions this will happen this summer. The cyclist are probably not doing anything illegal but are annoying local residents and visitors because they are considered to be abusing the tranquillity and quiet enjoyment of the Forest. The cycle event is set to come through Beaulieu. Sunday is Palm Sunday and the Church traditionally assembles at the top of the High Street and parades with a donkey to the Church.( Start time 9.30 am) This year we are being joined by the Bishop of Southampton. Our only hope is that the cyclists do not arrive too early in Beaulieu otherwise we may have a very "unholy Mess !"


Beaulieu Residents Association

At the Beaulieu Residents Association's AGM on Friday March 28th Robert Gayner stepped down as Chairman and handed over to Adam Mills. Robert had completed two three year terms, during which time he attempted to increase the membership across the parish. Adam Mills, who was  co-opted on to the committee in April 2013 has been elected the Chair for an initial three year term. Adam lives at St Leonards Farmhouse with his wife, Patricia, they are both very active in local societies.
Contact details for Adam:
Address. St Leonards Farmhouse, Warren Lane, Beaulieu, Hampshire. SO42 7YF.
Tel: 01590 616329 
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Shocking News !!!!

At the Parish Council meeting last Wednesday 19th March, we were shocked to hear the electrifying news that the Beaulieu River is to be closed in July. We are informed that the big electricity cable at Lepe which carries power to the Isle of Wight is to be renewed. This will result in the river entrance being closed to shipping for one day. However you can find out more by attending a drop in session which is running at the Montagu Arms 10.00am to 2.00pm on Saturday 29th March 2014.

Mouth of River