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The Somborne & District Society is principally a local history society although we do cover other subjects and interests. We hold regular lectures on the fourth Wednesday each month at 8 p.m. in the village hall as well as visits to historic houses and other places of interest. For more information our Secretary, Chris Kirby, may be contacted on 01794 389034.

Our social programme is also very active and we publish a Newsletter three times a year. Full details of all our events can be found either in the Gauntlet, on this website diary page or by contacting one of the Committee. Membership of the Society is £8 a year.  (For overseas members membership is £11 a year).

The Somborne & District Society has produced 3 CD's which are now available for sale at £6 each plus postage;

1. Marriages in Kings Somborne 1700-1971.

2. Christenings in Kings Somborne 1700-1951.

3. Burials in Kings Somborne  1700-1952. 

If you are interested in buying any of these discs please contact Gordon Pearson (01794 388662) or Terry Mackintosh (01794 388248)

Alternatively, you can search the data online, click the links for MarriagesChristenings and Burials.


“A History of Up Somborne and Rookley”

Up Somborne and Rookley: The History of a Small, Rural Hampshire Community

By Gordon Pearson

This ancient settlement dates from the Bronze Age and Gordon’s book covers all aspects of its history including the manor and its farms, listed buildings, Church and chapels, school, public house, beerhouses, village people and families, Up Somborne Down and Forest Extra. One chapter illustrates life in the isolated community in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Gordon’s book is a comprehensive A4 sized 220 page softback which includes 40 photographs and 30 drawings and will be sold at its cost price of only £16 per copy with free local delivery. Orders by post cost £4.50 extra. ISBN 978-0- 9515110-9-1

Further details may be found by following this link: Archive 2016: A History of Up Somborne and Rookley



"Celebrating Somborne"

The reprint of the book charting the history and evolving environment of the Sombornes is now available. 222 pages, numerous illustrations, bound in hardback and with a glossy cover depicting the Sombornes section of the Test Valley tapestry - it is all a tribute to the scholarship and enthusiasm of those who researched and wrote the book in 1989.

A "must-read" for all interested in our village.  Copies for sale at £6 plus postage (£2.00 UK) from 01794 389034.  

"Life in a Hampshire Village: The History of Ashley" - Kate Gilbert - Copies for sale at £4 plus postage

Our other publications include: Two Walks round King's Somborne; King's Somborne Farmers Club; The Folks who lived on the Hill (Marshcourt & Herbert Johnson); The History of the Crown Inn, Pigskin & Silk (the story of the Stockbridge Races), and King's Somborne Working Men's Club (Revised Oct 2015).  Our latest publication 'Somborne Memories: The Sixth Bell and other stories now available to purchase at Society meetings or via Chairman.  

Please note: at one time the Society used the CommuniGate website to record information about the Society including lectures.  The CommuniGate website is no longer active and the Society is unable to edit information on the CommuniGate website.  It is still possible to view information, such as past lectures, on the CommuniGate website and a link is provided from this website. 



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