Talks 2019-20

Talks are held in the Rowlands Castle Parish Hall (Small Hall). Entrance is free for society members and £4.00 for non-members.

Talks start at 7:30pm

Thursday 10th October 2019

AGM followed by a talk on The Roman History of Rowlands Castle

To be given by local historian Richard Milton followed by drinks and refreshments

Thursday 14th November 2019

The Castle in the Park

Terry Carlisle of the Chichester Local History Society and the Friends of Priory Park presents the history of the Motte & Bailey castle in Priory Park Chichester

Thursday 12th December 2019

Smuggling in Rowlands Castle

Historical Society Chairman Tim Cowin reveals the role that Rowlands Castle played in smuggling in the 18th & 19th centuries, including the downfall of the notorious Hawkhurst Gang.

Thursday 9th January 2020

The History of Leigh Park.

Local historian Steve Jones describes the early history of Leigh Park when it was a grand country estate in Hampshire.

Thursday 13th February 2020

Queen Elizabeth in Hampshire.

Dr Caroline Adams professional archivist and historian returns to describe the progress of Queen Elizabeth I through Hampshire, including her stay in Stansted Park

Thursday 12th March 2020

The Mary Rose.

Nigel Linger from the Royal Dockyard Historical Trust traces the history of the Mary Rose from her construction , her conversion into the flagship of Henry VIII’s navy through to her loss and recovery.

Thursday 16th April 2020 – CANCELLED

Long Distance Trails

Mike Driver reveals the history of the long distance trails which run through the village, including the South Downs Way, the Monarch’s Way and the Shipwright’s Way.,

Thursday 8th October 2020

AGM followed by a talk on D-Day and Rowlands Castle

Andrew Whitmarsh – Curator of the D-Day Story Museum describes the vital role played by the village during the D-Day period. To be followed by drinks and refreshments.

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