Solved Mystery Photos
Romsey Local History Society has a large collection of photographs, more than 30,000, mostly of Romsey and the surrounding area. We spend a lot of time cataloguing them and arranging them into groups so that we can find them when they are needed.
Some pictures that we cannot identify go into a group called 'Not Known' which makes them more-or-less unusable. We have decided to post some of these 'orphans' now and then in the hopes that you can help us identify them.
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SOLVED - Not Tesco as most of us think of it. Where was this warehouse? The picture was taken in 1984. Jackie Barnes identified this as being in Budd's Lane, Romsey
Where are these houses, new in 1984? SOLVED Rod Briggs has identified these houses as being in Hoe Lane, North Baddesley.
More new housing from 1984, probably Romsey but not necessarily so. SOLVED - these properties were traced to St. Barbe Close on the Tadburn Estate.
Where is this building - was it a public building or perhaps a school? SOLVED - Rod Briggs has identified this as being the Performing Arts Block at Romsey School - keys being handed to headmaster, Dr Richard Skinner, circa 1996.
SOLVED - Where is this Lodge Gate house? Jackie Barnes identified this as being at the entrance to Bossington House.
68853 - SOLVED
Where is this? SOLVED by Alec Morley - Ower roundabout before McDonald's was built.
64484 - SOLVED
School crossing assistant (Lollipop Lady) with decorations. 1983 Which school? SOLVED - Rod Briggs says this is on Rownhams Road, North Baddesley, opposite the Chemist with Sally Masters in uniform with Simon and Claire Harris-Evans on her right. Edwina Close is off to the left and Baddesley Arms is in the background.
61542 - SOLVED
Early 1978. Overturned lorry. Is it at the junction of Rownhams Road and Botley Rd, North Baddesley? SOLVED - Rod Briggs confirmed that this was a Romsey Fire Brigade Landrover that had skidded on oil and overturned at the above mentioned junction.
62455 - SOLVED
Which church and what occasion? Spring 1980 SOLVED - Rod Briggs says it is St. Peters Church East Tytherley - Yvonne Goodridge has identified the people :- "Left to right" - Len Collier; Rev. Alec Maclehouse; Rev. John Page (who succeeded Mr. M); Mrs Jarvis; Beryl West; Mr Jarvis (church treasurer at Lockerley); Mrs Vida Heap; Mrs Betsy Maclehouse; Mr Heap. Photo possibly taken when Lockerley and East Dean merged with East and West Tytherley to form the United Benefice.
M E Hurst - Who are these?
SOLVED - Andrew Hurst says that this is Mr Andrew Hurst & Mr Alan Dibden
Hurst Van - Who is This?
SOLVED - Andrew Hurst says this is Mr Graham Hurst
Hurst Yard - Who is this?
SOLVED - Andrew Hurst says that this is not at the yard but is not sure where it was taken but it is of his father Mr Desmond Hurst.
Hurst Office - Who are these?
SOLVED - Andrew Hurst says that this is Mr Brian Hurst & Mrs Diane Buckell. (nee Hurst)
Mystery Property Photo 9971
SOLVED - A substantial house that may have been extended from time to time - any suggestions as to where it might be? Jackie Barnes identified this as The Old Station in Mottisfont Lane
Mystery Cottage 15829
Posted July 2016: SOLVED - Roger Bunney had thought that this scene depicted a fire in Woodley Lane taken at its junction with Richmond Lane where Pritchards Coal Yard was sited. He said that a thatched cottage there, was demolished by the fire to make way for the Jane’s estate in the 1960's. However Rod Briggs has now shown it to be in Woodley Lane opposite Brook Way (east exit then being built). There were actually 3 cottages and the site was then redeveloped by 3 bungalows.
Mystery School 17987
for September 2013 - SOLVED....Chris Levy has identified this picture behind Plaza Parade,circa 1942. Children were taken to the nearby Plaza Cinema when the air raid siren sounded The benefit of that building was it had no windows: therefore no danger of flying glass hurting anyone.
Mystery Cemetery 9239
for June 2013 - SOLVED....... This rural entrance to a cemetery has been identified by Charles Burnett as the gate into the cemetery of the Montfort Fathers. This Catholic order established a seminary in Botley Road in 1911 and for many years had farm lands surrounding their college. They also had their own burial ground, which is still marked out by a laurel hedge standing on the north side of the open ground beside Benedict Close.
Have you got an Old Local Photo Mystery?
If you have an old photo that you think may be of a local scene or contains local people that you cannot identify then why not email us at 'email@example.com' with your digital image or bring us your original and we will scan it.
If we cannot identify it and think that it is relevant to the local history of this area then we may feature it on this page to see if someone else can recognise the place or people in it.