East Boldre Oral History and memories of the New Forest

Lots to talk about - and listen to!

East Boldre Oral History is a fabulous project to enable us to listen to the memories of residents of the parish who were born and brought up in this fascinating New Forest village - once a squatters' settlement

Listening station at the Turfcutters ArmsEast Boldre Oral History (EBOH) has gathered and collated fascinating reflections which are spoken aloud by living residents of East Boldre who were born and brought up in the village, whose memories stretch back to encompass a social history which thanks to the pace of change seems to speak from long, long ago!  

This exciting project explores how the village has changed, from its origin as a squatter’s settlement to the present day.

Listen at various listening stations see below - including in comfort over a pint and home cooked meal at the Turfcutters Arms

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East Boldre oral history projectListen to the stories through the listening stations at the Turfcutters Arms, in the village and at Hatchet Pond 

EBOH has recorded and transcribed memories from residents and now the stories can be heard through listening stations which have been installed in the village.

The Turfcutters Arms houses a listening station where the public can hear stories about East Boldre Characters and childhood memories (this is accessible during pub opening hours)

Three further listening stations are installed in East Boldre Village Hall and School Fields Trust Hall (these are accessible by appointment).

Oral history interpretation is also sited in the adopted BT kiosk at Hatchet Pond village - this includes a QR codes which link to a sound cloud where audio recordings are available:


East Boldre oral history project - Turfcutters Arms panelsThe aims of the project which as you can imagine has taken some time in the making were to:

• Record memories and tales of an East Boldre as it was.
• Install a sense of community and pride – giving a voice to the families who have lived in the village for generations and who are aware of the fast-changing community.
• Capture memories before they are lost.
• Help people who live in or visit East Boldre recognise its history and character.
• Encourage people to share time together to talk about heritage.
• Celebrate gypsy traveller and commoning heritage.
• Work with local schools to help children understand the village history. We have run workshops at South Baddesley, William Gilpin and will also work with Beaulieu School; taking contributors to the schools to discuss their memories.

Support and funding from a number of sources

This fascinating project has had support and funding from: New Forest National Park Authority, East Boldre Parish Council, Hampshire County Council, Beaufort Trust, East Boldre Village Hall Trust, East Boldre School Fields Trust, NF Heritage Centre and New Forest District Council.

Celebrations once Covid restrictions are finally lifted...

Sadly Covid 19 has temporarily scuppered plans for a big official opening of the listening stations but we there are plans to celebrate when restrictions are lifted. This has been a hugely successful project which celebrates heritage and pride in belonging to an amazing community!

We plan through the coming weeks to showcase some of the individual stories and give everybody a little taste of life in the not so long ago past yet some of which feels as though it took place very long ago indeed, such is the pace of change!


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