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History Society



In 2011, the History Society's of Botley & Curdridge and Durley amalgamated to form the Botley, Curdridge and Durley History Society.
For history relating to Durley, see web page Durley Village Web Site
For Durley News Letters Click on Durley News Letters


The History Society meets monthly from September until April at 8.00pm at the Diamond Jubilee Hall, Botley Centre, Botley (See programme below)

See Botley's history displayed in 'Botley Past & Present a DVD History of the village' by Derek Cole & Dennis Stokes 

Read about 'Botley and Curdridge - 'A History of Two Hampshire Villages' by Dennis Stokes - Price £12-50 (Obtainable from 

Dennis Stokes at or from The Penny Farthing Gallery, The Square, Botley)

See the 'Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in Botley' in a DVD by Derek Cole

The programme of meetings with talks for 2020 are as follows:
                                              All meetings are held at the Diamond Jubilee Hall, Botley Centre, Botley at 8-00pm
24th January  -  '1940s Helpful Home Front Tips'
28th February  -  'The Women of Tudor Southampton'
27th March  -  'Flying Boats of Southampton'
24th April  -  'The Pilgrim Fathers - 400th anniversary of the Mayflower'
                                 Summer Break
25th September  -  'Bygone Bitterne'
30th October  -  'Medieval Southampton'

27th November  -  'Mid Hants Railway - Watercress Line'                                                                                                                                              11th December  -  'Christmas Party'




Botley Parish Registers 1679-1837 - by Mick Cooper (opens in New Window)


Baptisms in Botley  There are over 6000 entries covering the period from 1679 to November 1975

Click on Baptisms Database to view and search.


For some old Botley Photos Click on image below to see larger picture

  • Biggs-SaddlersBiggs-Saddlers
  • Botley_Aerial-View_looking_WestBotley_Aerial-View_looking_West
  • Brewery-Bar The Brewery Bar
  • BrockShopBrock's shop
  • Church-looking-South-EastChurch looking from the South East
  • High-St-Looking-West-Railings-on-LEFTSHigh street looking West
  • HighStOldCottage Old cottages in High Street
  • Lewry-ShopLewry-Shop
  • Market_Hall_1Market_Hall_1
  • Winchester_Street_c.1910View of Winchester Street


'Botley -Past & Present'  A  DVD showing the history of the village from Roman times to the present day.
 Cost £5-00 plus postage & packing (£1-20UK) from Derek Cole ( ) or Dennis Stokes ( )

Botley and Curdridge - A History of Two Hampshire Villages.   Book published in 2007 by the Botley and Curdridge Local History Society is now available at The Penny Farthing Gallery, High Street, Botley (Price £12.50)

The River Hamble - A History by David Chun  Published in 2009. From the source at Bishop's Waltham to the Solent, this detailed history is particularly relevant to Botley and Curdridge.   Available from good bookshops & Bishop's Waltham Post Office. 


Botley Celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
A DVD by Derek Cole shows the village events of this joyous event. Available now at The Penny Farthing Gallery, The Square, Botley.(Price £5-00)



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