I live in Cornwall I am still Lymington Born and Bred.
My parents are buried in Lymington church yard in the cremation
plots up towards the Tins on the left, also my god father
and uncle Edward James Knight is buried there, my grand
parents on my fathers side are buried in the cemetery at
Highfield my grand mother was a Kemish and my mother was
a Rixon and both Kemish and Rixon’s started Beaulieu
Rails which you will know as East Boldre.
Do you know why the Tins got it’s name, well just in case, the fence of
the path on the cricket field side had corrugated tin with the top 2” cut
into spikes, hence the name the Tins, it was still like it when I was a kid.
I also went to the C of E school which is now the St Barb museum. One of the
teachers was Hoare and we knew him as Honky Hoare and he also taught my father.
We had sloping desks and his desk was a high one, the first thing he done when
he walked into the classroom was to take his teeth out and put them on the top
of the desk.
My father was born and brought up in Rose Cottage, Middle Road which Grand dad
Knight Built, Dennis Knight who had the builder’s merchants is my cousin
his father is Eddy Knight my god father. My mothers Parents are buried at Baddesley
The Light standard outside the Royal Lymington Yacht Club was the first Gaslight
in Lymington and it stood on the north side of the street just where the top
entrance to the churchyard is.
In one of the books for sale at the museum there is a postcard showing the flood
in Lymington and the card was from Polly Knight to her husband William Knight
who was re-leading the church roof at Copythorne near Cadnam, well that is my
Gran and Grand dad. Polly was her nick name and only her husband and her brothers
and sisters were allowed to call Polly, she was very tall and a formidable lady.
My great Uncle Alfred Kitcher’s job was to repair the seawall around the
marshes. When I was a kid the seaward side of the seawall was all marshland and
seagulls nested there, each year people with the right would go to a certain
marsh and pick seagull’s eggs, the following year it would be a different
marsh and so on. Now Hurst spit has changed the marshes have disappeared.
At the top of the town which is now Waitrose
stood the Lyric cinema and dad said when he was a kid in
the foyer of the cinema was painted a big penny on the
floor as that was the price to get in. My sister can name
every shop that was in Lymington when we were young she
can remember better than me as she is 8 yrs older.
On the quay there was a bottling plant for Mew & Langton
the brewers, if you go on to the quay with the Ship inn
on your right and then look to your left that is where
it was, the beer came from Newport I.O.W and was brought
from Yarmouth in huge barrels on a barge called the XXXX
the man who worked it alone never once hit another boat,
but it was said that if he was sober it would be a different
My ancestors had a shop on the south side of town hill
William & Hannah Knight. Her maiden name was Tricket
and came from Verwood her daughter looks like she murdered
her husbands as she was married 3 times and would be married
again within a month of the last one dieing. The funny
thing is the town Sergeant Hebberd lodged with William
and Hannah his touch stick was given to the town council
by my cousin Stan Knight who lives at Bowling Green and
is in a display case in the council offices.
There is so much I know about ‘my’ Lymington,
that is between Edward Kings time and the present day,
like the garage my Uncle Len owned Croucher’s Garage
and the old fire station on Southampton buildings near
the entrance to the cricket field and Mew & Langton’s
little yard and office on Southampton Buildings, these
are things from my time and people have forgotten. Woods
the coal merchant whose lorry we use to ride on. Dawson’s
Garage down the town North side, they sold Austin Morris
cars also petrol, the pavement there was wide so the pumps
were outside the garage and when you wanted petrol they
would swing out metal pipes with the nozzle on the end
and people on the pavement would just walk under the pipes.
is a picture of me sat on the grass down the banks, the
person who took the picture had their back to bath road
and facing the river, and behind me are the piles of soil
they used to make the promenade in the picture below, I
would have been about 6 in that photo, that makes the photo
taken c1957 and the promenade was not built then, all it
was at that time, was a bank like the sea wall which you
can make out between the piles of soil.
fishing boat in the middle right of the picture above was
painted grey and belonged to George Smith who at one time
owned Rope Walk Boatyard with his 2 sons Bill and Robert
Smith this was prior to Peter Webster buying the yard.
I done an apprenticeship at Peter Webster’s as a
Shipwright and worked under Rob Smith.
George and Bill
were riggers there as Peter Webster employed them when
he bought the yard, the photo that you have would have
been taken c1965 and behind the photographer would have
been Peter Webster’s pontoon and prior to the pontoon
being put there he had a Spritsail Barge called the Minadosa
which ended it’s days where Lymington Yacht Haven
is now. The mast and deck winch was used on the pontoon
as a crane to step the masts on the new yachts we launched
at the quay and towed to the pontoon.
Also what dates the
photo exactly is the white building in the distance which
is in fact still there and is the other side of the railway
line and is a clear span prefabricated building which they
did not have in the 50’s the building was erected
in 1965 and was an engineering workshop.