In 1908 one of the heaviest snowstorms in memory visited the
valley on April 25th.It
snowed all day till the snow was a foot deep and snow drifts blocked the roads up
the slopes in all directions. Although a thaw set in after a few days, snow patches
still lay on the ground on May 1st.
In spring 1928, the Bourne was exceptionally full, and the main
road through the village was flooded from opposite Spring Hill to the bridge, planks
being necessary to reach the almshouses and other cottage doors. Alterations in
the main bridge were made to allow of a better run-away in future.
In the winter of 1939-40 in January a sharp frost following
rain encased every blade of grass, twig and bough with ice, which was so heavy that
many big branches broke under the strain, and sturdy trees fell. A rapid surface
thaw followed and before the ground softened rivers of swiftly flowing water poured
down the valley along Egbury road, flooding the council houses, and down the hollow
behind Upper Link House, pouring through the house on its way to the road across
which it flooded to the bed of the stream. (Kathleen Innes)
Nothing that has been written since conveys a more comprehensive
impression of the topography of the district, and the character of the soils of
the more elevated parts of north Hampshire than that which was penned by Mr. William
Cobbet fifty years ago. He writes of it as a nice country of continual hill and
dell, with now and then a chain of hills higher than the rest, and these are woods
or downs. The undulations are endless, and the variety in the height, breadth, length,
and form of the little hills has a very delightful effect. The soil, which look
on it appears to be more than half flint-stones, is very good in quality, and
in general better on the tops of the lesser hills than in the valleys. It has great
tenacity, and does not wash away like sand or light loam. It is a stiff tenacious
loam, mixed with flint stones; bears saintfoin well, and all sorts of grass, which
make the fields on the hills as green as meadows, even at this season (November),
and the grass does not burn up in summer.
In a country so full of hills one would expect endless runs
of water and springs; but there are none. No water-furrow is ever made in the land; no ditches round the
fields; and even in the deep valleys, such as that in which this village (Hurstbourne
Tarrant) is situated, though it winds round for ten miles, there is no run of water
even now. The grass is fine and excellent in quality in the long narrow valleys such
as this. The soil is much shallower in the vales than on the hills. In the vales
it is a sort of hazel-mould on a bed of something approaching to gravel; but on the
hills it is a stiff loam, with apparently half flints, on a bed of something like
clay first (reddish, not yellow), and then comes the chalk. Sometimes in spring and
thunder showers the rain runs down the hills in torrents, but is gone directly. The
woods, which consist chiefly of oak, thinly intermixed with ash, and well set with
Underwood of ash and hazel, but mostly the latter, are very beautiful. They sometimes
stretch along the top and sides of hills for miles together, and as there edges or
outsides joining the fields and the downs go winding and twisting about, and as the
fields and downs are naked of trees, the sight altogether is very pretty. The trees
in the deep and long valleys, especially the elm and the ash, are very fine and lofty;
and from distance to distance the rooks have made them their habitation. This sort
of country, which in shape is irregular and of great extent, has many advantages.
It is dry under foot, and has good roads, in winter as well as summer, and with very
little expense. Saintfoin flourishes; fences cost little; wood hurdles and hedging-stuff are
cheap. There is no shade in wet harvests, and the water in the wells is excellent. (Dr. Joseph Stevens)
The Salisbury and Winchester Journal Monday
February 8th. 1830.
The Hedge Hog – As Mr. Hugh Munday of
Eastontown near Andover, was one day passing by his orchard, he observed a hedge-hog
go through the hedge to an apple tree, where, finding several apples on the ground,
it trundled them up into a heap with its nose, then rolled on them, wriggling itself
about, to stick its bristles into them; it then marched off with several apples
on its back to an adjoining bank, where Mr. Munday found its nest with four young
The Salisbury and Winchester Journal Monday
December 17th. 1827
A hawk drowned in a well one day last week as one of the labourers
at Mr. Bakers farm, called Picked Twenty, near Andover, was drawing a bucket of
water at a well there, a hawk pursuing a small bird, flew down between his legs,
and precipitated itself into the well: after having wetted its feathers it could
not rise again perpendicularly, the well being deep. It was flapping its wings on
the surface of the water about a quarter of an hour, and several labourers, who
were witnesses of the fact, endeavoured to get it out, but it remains there still.
The Salisbury and Winchester Journal Monday December 24th. 1827.
The hawk which was drowned in the well, mentioned in our journal
of last week, was pursuing a Lark, which was drowned also and was drawn up on Thursday
last. The hawk is in the well now.
The Salisbury and Winchester Journal November
In a fish pond at Marlborough a large pike was lately caught,
and upon opening it, a smaller one was found, containing two rats. still.
The Salisbury and Winchester Journal February
Isle of Man....
Army and Navy....
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The Salisbury and Winchester Journal May
Stolen or strayed, from Binley, in the parish of St. Mary Bourne,
Hants, an Iron grey gelding about 13 hands high, with a cut tail, a burnt mark on
the near hip, and a notch in the off ear.
Whoever will bring or give intelligence so that he may be had
again, to Thomas Dowlings, of Binley aforesaid, shall be paid all reasonable charges,
and a handsome reward. .
The Salisbury and Winchester Journal July
TOOK up, on Monday, June 24, a Brown MARE, of the nag kind,
with a cut tail, marked in the fore hoofs with I.A. Whoever owns her may have her
again, by applying to Anthony Brown, St.Mary Bourne, and paying the expenses.
The Salisbury and Winchester Journal Sept.
Last week two men employed in turning a dung heap at Longparish,
killed 461 snakes.