A virtual walk around the Bartonsham Meadows: swim in the Bassom, learn the latest Meadows news and discover some hidden histories from fishing and milling to planes and trains.
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Bartonsham History group has supported plans to expand Broad Street Museum and Art Gallery to house all the county collections. To do so, the City Library is to be relocated to a new learning centre in Maylord Orchards.
For more information, and details about forthcoming exhibitions read the newsletter here.
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We will extend the deadline to the end of February, maybe you will get to win our cup!
More details on the previous News Blog post.
This quiz is not a quiz in the usual sense, but rather just requires a bit of historical research
( if you don’t already know the answer) on each subject.
Then by pooling all the answers, with your considerable research expertise, we will all be much the wiser.
Do as many or as few as you like.
QUIZ FILE: Open the pdf file here to see the questions, or download and print off to take with you on your research walk.
The deadline is mid February.
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Answers will then be collated and results posted on the Bartonsham history Website.
The person who provides the most comprehensive answers gets the Bartonsham Cup,
plus a highly valuable munitions mug!
Rumours that a private firm is offering £600,000 for St James’ flagship community building, the Riverside Centre, have dismayed the local community.
The Centre’s owners, the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS), have been accused of running Riverside down and ignoring community wishes for its future. If Riverside is sold to the private sector, the RVS will benefit from what they describe as the “£1m refurbishment” in public funds, which was spent on converting the former parish vicarage into a state-of-the-art community centre.
The parish lost its original community centre, the parish hall off Eign Road, in the early 1990s, when it was sold for development by St James Church. In 2000 the RVS launched an ambitious plan to provide a purpose-built focus for adult and community learning. Herefordshire Primary Care Trust, Herefordshire Council Social Services and Bartonsham and St James' Community Association all played their part in the visionary new plan.
In 2005 RVS reported the completion of their “£1 million refurbishment of the former Vicarage as our Riverside Community Learning Centre, part-funded by the local Learning and Skills Council. New facilities include a community café, meeting rooms and day-care services.”
Now that’s all gone and the building stands empty and forlorn and rumours that the RVS are keen on selling to a private sector firm have angered residents.
The RVS website continues to advertise the Riverside Centre opening hours, but don’t try their telephone number - unless you’ve got upwards of £600,000 to spend.
Find out more about the history of the old Vicarage building.
: On the 21st January Friends of Bartonsham Meadows are doing an online presentation of their grass-roots project in collaboration with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust. You are invited to attend. Find details here on the News page, and book your place at: www.herefordshirewt.org>Events> Hereford City Branch Talk
Faith Ford has updated her research on the parish church war memorials for both the Second and First World Wars, to reveal more stories behind the names. She has also included details of the workers at Rotherwas Munitions Factory and the Women's Land Army.
Go to the War Memorial section under our Topics Tab, to access her detailed pdf document
Our new History of the Meadows feature was compiled in support of the newly formed Friends of Bartonsham Meadows. Their convenor, Ruth Westoby, explains what they are about:
We are inviting support for a transition to socially regenerative and ecologically focused land-management at Bartonsham Farm. In the last few months we have set up a Friends of Bartonsham Meadows group which you can check out here www.friendsofbartonshammeadows.org. Our primary objectives are to promote environmental and social welfare benefits through the restoration of these historically important flood-plain meadows to environmentally sustainable management.
We have opened a dialogue with the land-owners and managers about their plans for the land and asked to be involved in discussions they are currently holding. We are cautiously optimistic about these communications. We have received much appreciated support from key expert organisations - such as the Bartonsham and St James Community Association, the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, and the Bartonsham History Group who have produced a fabulous history of the meadows.
This Friends Group is a focal point for contributing to important discussions on ecology, biodiversity, natural flood-defences, local social engagement and social regeneration opportunities. All of this has a place in the wider debates around climate change and active social engagement in our communities.
Whilst we have quickly made promising progress we have few resources to support our big vision. Please help us.
All the best
Ruth and the Working Group Team
In addition to our already posted Meadows History, here is a bit of research
from History Group member Naomi Bell
Although both the Oxford and Cambridge books of English Place Names give the definition of “Barton” as Barley Farm, I am not satisfied that this is the only definition. On consulting the West Somerset Word Book of 1888, I find the following:-
“That part of the farm premises which is specially enclosed for cattle . . . because it is here that large quantities of straw are strewed about to be eaten and turned into manure . . .The term ‘Barton’ is also applied to the entire farm and homestead, but in this case it is only to the more important farms; very often it is the principal farm in the parish, whether occupied by the owner or not – generally not.”
Also see Thomas Hardy’s poem “The Oxen” which contains the lines
“Come, see the oxen kneel in the lonely barton in yonder combe”
I realise that Bartonsham is in Herefordshire, not Somerset or Dorset but vocabulary doesn’t necessarily change at county boundaries. It would be good to find out if a Herefordshire word book would give a similar definition for “barton”.
Having looked into the meaning of the place name element “Barton” and discovered that it can also be defined as above, I the looked into the meaning of “Ham”, using the Oxford dictionary of Place Names. It is true that “Ham” often means “homestead” but it also has other meanings, including “Land hemmed in by water or higher ground, or land in a river bend”, all from OE Hamm. E.g. Evesham -“Land in a river bend belonging to a man called Eof.” Bodenham – “Homestead or river-bend land of a man called Boda”. See also Twickenham, Keynsham etc.
So we could now define “Bartonsham” as “large farm and homestead in a river bend” which I believe gives us a much more accurate definition of this place name.
A large part of the 1843 Tithe Map fields have subsequently been built on. Middle Piece and Lower Piece, and Orchard containing the alms-houses and vicarage etc are all marked as arable and all escaped the record-breaking floods of early 2020. The only portion of the large meadow behind Park Street, marked as arable is at the east end is the half of Eign Meadow adjacent to the Row Ditch. It is very likely that barley among other crops was grown on these fields – it was much in demand for brewing and fodder.
The remaining fields with the exception of Old Hopyard and half of Meadow Below Fold (both orchards) are marked M&P, (meadow and pasture]. COED defines “meadow” as piece of grassland, esp. one used for hay; low well-watered ground, esp. near river. Chambers definition is similar – a tract of grassland, esp used for hay; a rich pasture-ground, esp beside a stream. Within Hereford both Merton Meadow (pre car park!) and Lugg Meadows also fit this definition.
So it would seem that the fields we know as Bartonsham Meadows have provided grazing for cattle for around 180 years and probably far longer.
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