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The Heritage Group

The Abbots Leigh Heritage Group, working under the auspices of the Civic Society, aims to uncover, document, record and store information about the village past. Activities undertaken have included the preparation of a history of Abbots Pool and the dwellings around it, mapping of the graves of the Upper and Lower Churchyard, celebration of the centenary of the sale of the Abbots Leigh Estate, and management of a new Centennial Record. The Group has assembled and maintains The Village Archive, an extensive collection of material relating to the buildings, people and activities of Abbots Leigh over the past two hundred years.

The Group's Summer meeting was held on 8 June at the Penny Brohn Centre in Ham Green. Over 60 people attended including many visitors from Pill and Ham Green. After a walk around the magnificent gardens the evening’s presentation included a history of Ham Green, The Croft, The Anchor Inn and Chapel Pill Farm with the primary focus on Ham Green House. It had seen the occupancy of the Meyer, Bright and Miles families before the establishment of Ham Green Hospital in 1899. Several of those present had worked at the hospital and in discussion we heard many insightful and amusing contributions about their work and how much they enjoyed it.

The evening concluded with a collection for Penny Brohn UK in thanks for hosting the event.

Read the most recent of the Group's Minutes. See more information at Our History and Heritage.

Email Steve Livings & Murray Stewart for more information