Can you help to unravel this Hampshire picture mystery posed by an HGS member?
The picture is of Middle Park Farm by local Havant artist, William Grant and was one of five or possibly six painted for my family between 1910 and WWI. The whereabouts of three are known, can anyone help with the others?
The farm buildings were situated on the north side of the present Middle Park Way on the Warren Estate, which is on the northern outskirts of Havant. The farm was demolished in the early 1960s to make way for the housing development. My great grandfather Frank Budden was the tenant farmer of Middle Park Farm from 1907 until he retired to Emsworth in 1919.
I think that the artist originally painted a picture of Middle Park Farm for each of the five sons of Frank & Ellen Budden and possibly another for a sister.
The family history is as follows:
- Frank Budden was born at Moyles Court just to the north of Ringwood in 1857 to James & Prudence (nee Oxford) Budden.
- 1861 James and his family were at Wick Farm, Christchurch, which was Frank’s given place of residence when he married Ellen Eliza Court at her home town of Chichester in 1878.
- Their first son, Frank (my grandfather), was born 1878, at Worplesdon in Surrey
- In the 1881 census, the family, along with a second son Wilmer (b. 1880), were at Grove Farm on the banks of the Stour near Christchurch.
- By the 1891 census Frank & Ellen were at Maize Coppice Farm just south of Rowlands Castle in the triangle between the railway line and the road to Emsworth. At this time they had three further children, Wilfred (1882), Lillie (1884) and Bertie (1889). Subsequently Stanley was born later in 1891 and Horace in 1893.
- Much later Wilmer and Wilfred took up the tenancy of Maize Coppice Farm and ran it until around 1950.
- The family line descends from a Robert Budden whose son Robert was born at Canford Magna in 1687 and died there in 1734. Later generations moved to Holdenhurst.
As well as my picture, which came from my grandfather, there is another in the possession of a grandson of Wilfred Budden and also one on display at the Havant Museum. Wilmer, Bertie (aka Jack) and Stanley all died without issue, so the version in the Havant Museum had presumably belonged to one of them. I have no knowledge of the whereabouts of any others, so it would be interesting to hear if anybody has one or has seen one on display elsewhere.
Tony Budden – HGS Member
Wield MI Correction
As with all data that gets indexed or transcribed there is always the possibility that information can be misread due to bad handwriting or general aging. Whilst preparing information for the forthcoming village booklet on Wield I have found a prime example of this.
Our Amazing Volunteers
A big, big thank you to the Bookstall volunteers who made Family Tree Live such a success. We were kept very busy for both days of the event helping people in the search of their Hampshire ancestors. And of course welcoming our many new members. L-R Angela Winteridge, Margaret Bowman, Chris Pavey, Fiona Ranger, Geoff […]
We’re at Family Tree Live – are you?
Come and see us Friday 25th and Saturday 26th April at Family Tree Live at the Alexandra Palace, London. We are on Stands 37-38a where we will have a wide selection of HGS Publications, Maps, Genealogy Source Guides as well as Local History books and information for the whole of Hampshire.
New Winchester Group
UPDATE ON THE NEW WINCHESTER GROUP!!! The inaugural meeting of the new Winchester Group will take place at Littleton Memorial Hall on Thursday 16th May 2019. Door open at 7.15 for 7.30 start. And it’s a packed agenda for the first meeting!!! * Members of the Executive Committee will give an update on the […]
Empshott village booklet now available
Empshott, (VB102) is a small, sparsely populated parish 6 miles north of Petersfield and 2 miles south-east of Selborne with the B3006 running through the parish from Greatham north-west to Selborne.