This exciting new project aims to resurrect the memory of forgotten New Forest naval hero Admiral Sir Harry Burrard Neale, to mark the 250th anniversary of his birth. Sir Harry had a glittering naval career, rising through the ranks to become a Lord of the Admiralty and subsequently Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet. As Mayor and MP for Lymington over many years, he was widely respected and, on his death in 1840, a magnificent obelisk was erected, by public subscription, in his memory.
Over time, this Walhampton Monument has become overgrown and largely obscured – as has the memory of Sir Harry. The ‘Burrard Neale 250’ project aims to raise awareness of this forgotten hero and restore his neglected monuments.
The project is being led, on behalf of Lymington & Pennington Town Council, by the Lymington Society – the town’s civic society – supported by the Hampshire Gardens Trust. In addition, Hampshire County Council, New Forest District Council, the New Forest National Park Authority, St. Barbe Museum & Art Gallery and St. Thomas’ Church, Lymington are each involved with aspects of ‘Burrard Neale 250’.
The ‘Burrard Neale 250’ project has four distinct strands:
• Raising awareness of the project – especially through volunteers and communication with New Forest and Solent organisations.
• Restoring the Walhampton site and monument to their former glory. This will include introducing interpretation and seating – making it once again an attractive, interesting and popular place to visit. [For financial reasons, restoration of the monument may follow that of its surrounding site]
• Maintaining the attraction of the Walhampton site, via the on-going attention of ‘Friends of Sir Harry’ volunteers.
• Celebrating Sir Harry’s 250th Anniversary – by linking the Admiral with a series of community events, throughout 2015, of attraction to New Forest residents and visitors alike.
A copy of our brochure Burrard Neale 250: Awakening memories of a forgotten New Forest naval hero can be downloaded here.