The Burrard Neale 250 Project, organised and coordinated by the Lymington Society, is proud to announce the plans for the Celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the birth of Admiral Sir Harry Burrard Neale – Lymington’s most illustrious and celebrated resident whose life and achievements were celebrated by the erection in 1841 of the magnificent 76 foot granite obelisk known as the Walhampton Monument which overlooks the town from the East.
The Burrard-Neale 250 Project Team is pleased to announce an exciting concert of military music and popular tunes presented by the HMS Nelson Royal Naval Volunteer Band, directed by Colour Sgt Nigel Jones.
The event will take place on Wednesday 16th September at St Thomas Church and will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Admiral Sir Harry Burrard-Neale (1765-1840). Sir Harry is Lymington’s most eminent and distinguished son and famous naval hero from the time of Nelson. He achieved national acclaim by helping to prevent a mutiny which could have sparked a national revolution along the lines of the French Revolution. He was both Mayor of Lymington and the town’s MP for many years.
This special concert, organised by the Burrard-Neale Committee, will also be a pre-festival event to the third Solent Music Festival, which will run from Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th September at St Thomas Church.
Tickets are £10 each (free admission for those under 18) and available online via Brown Paper Tickets, from The Solent Cellar in St Thomas Street and on the door on the night.
The evening will start at 7:30pm with a short commemoration event followed by the main concert at 8pm. Drinks will be served at the interval.”
Following the stunning restoration of the ‘Gas Lamp Monument’, adjacent to the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, a second memorial to Sir Harry Burrard Neale has been restored – that adjacent to the High Altar in St. Thomas’ Church, where he is buried.
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF SIR HARRY BURRARD NEALE, BARONET, OF WALHAMPTON, ADMIRAL OF THE WHITE, KNIGHT GRAND CROSS OF THE BATH, AND OF THE ORDER OF ST. MICHAEL AND ST. GEORGE. HE REPRESENTED THE BOROUGH OF LYMINGTON IN PARLIAMENT FOR THE SPACE OF 40 YEARS, AND DIED AT BRIGHTON ON THE 7TH DAY OF FEBRUARY, 1840, IN THE 75TH YEAR OF HIS AGE. WHOSE MORTAL REMAINS REST BLESSEDLY, NEAR THIS MARBLE. UNDER THE SURE AND CERTAIN PROMISE OF THE RESTORATION TO ETERNAL LIFE, THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, WHO SHALL CHANGE OUR VILE BODY, THAT IT MAY BE LIKE UNTO HIS GLORIOUS BODY, ACCORDING TO THE MIGHTY WORKING, WHEREBY HE IS ABLE TO SUBDUE ALL THINGS TO HIMSELF.
It is probable that Sir Harry was the last person to be buried inside the Church, prior to a change in burial regulations in the mid-1840s.
It is pleasing that the conservators noted ‘… the carving of the monument was of the highest quality. The skill of the work provided to the monument easily indicated the importance of the person whose remains were buried …’
The restoration of the memorial was funded by a grant from the Fulford & Burrard Trust, a donation from ‘The 1805 Club’ and the proceeds from the Lymington Society Concert in May.
With two Burrard memorials restored, it only remains to tackle the restoration of the 76ft Walhampton Monument!
An audience of 150, including Cllr. Michael White, Town Mayor of Lymington, enjoyed lively singing of a high standard by the Salisbury Chamber Chorus, under its Director Simon McEnery and ‘a good time was had by all’.
The Lymington Society and the ‘Burrard Neale 250′ team are pleased to announce an exciting concert, to raise funds for the restoration of two magnificent Burrard and Burrard Neale memorial plaques in St Thomas Church, Lymington.
The concert, at 7.00pm on Saturday 16th May, will feature the excellent Salisbury Chamber Chorus, who will present a thrilling and dramatic concert of some well-known operatic choruses from Wagner, including ‘The Flying Dutchman’.
This concert is part of the successful ‘Burrard Neale 250′ project, to re-awaken memories of forgotten Walhampton naval hero Admiral Sir Harry Burrard Neale – a colleague of Nelson – and to restore the 76ft Walhampton Monument, erected in his honour, and its surrounding grounds.
This project has so far completed the reinstatement of the Solent Way path, through the Walhampton Monument site and cleared decades of overgrown laurel and scrub, which have been replaced with 1,200 newly planted trees, all of which are of native species. The recent magnificent restoration of the ‘Gas Lamp Monument’, just outside the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, is another achievement of the ‘Burrard Neale 250′ project.
This concert aims to build on a generous donation of £1,000 from the Fulford and Burrard Trust towards the cost of the restoration of the Burrard Memorials in St Thomas and to try and raise the remaining £3,000 needed to complete the restoration in time for the 250th Anniversary Celebrations of Sir Harry’s birth on the 16th September this year.
Sir Harry is believed to have been the last person to be buried inside St Thomas Church, when he died in 1840 – 175 years ago.
Concert tickets cost £12 and can purchased in advance from the Church Office (mornings only) or from Solent House Dental Centre in Cannon Street – or on the door.
Speaking at the announcement of the Fundraising Concert, ‘Burrard Neale 250′ Chairman Don Mackenzie said:
“Admiral Sir Harry Burrard Neale is almost certainly the most eminent person ever to come from the Lymington area and it is only right that we should help remember this amazing man and his achievements, as well as restore and cherish the town’s monuments to his life.
The memorials to Sir Harry and an earlier member of the Burrard family in St Thomas Church are now sadly almost illegible and in great need of restoration.
Thanks to the help of National Park Archaeologist Frank Green, we have now completed the complex ecclesiastical formalities and have received official church permission to undertake this painstaking work.
It would be wonderful if we could get the memorials restored in time for Sir Harry’s 250th Anniversary in September, when we hope to organise another musical tribute in the church and we are very pleased to be able to announce this exciting Fundraising Concert to help us raise the remainder of the funds required.
We look forward to hearing this thrilling operatic concert by the excellent Salisbury Chamber Chorus and hope that local people will turn out in large numbers to support this worthwhile project.”
When you’ve just planted some 1,200 hedging whips – dormant, bare-rooted plants, 2 – 3 feet tall, of a range of native varieties -the last thing you want is a virtual March / April drought! But that’s been the situation at Walhampton so, by mid-April, alarm bells were ringing. Fortunately, neighbours of the Monument site rallied round, feeding hose-pipes through their fences – although seemingly endless fetching and carrying of watering cans was still required!
Our special thanks to local farmer Brian Goodall, who received our plea for help late one evening and, by early next morning, had delivered a bowser full of water to the top of the site, which needed it most
There’s no doubt that awareness of Sir Harry is on the increase .
A year ago few had heard of him and, partly due to the impassable state of the ‘Solent Way’, far fewer had visited the Walhampton Monument.
Now, this is all changing, as proved on Sunday 12th April . In addition to a steady trickle of walkers, the morning saw a visit by a Stag Party from London, whilst the afternoon saw a party of retired Trinity House Engineers and their partners, mostly from the Isle of Wight, deliberately climb up to the Monument on their way back to the Ferry Terminal after an enjoyable lunch at the Waggon & Horses