22, Meeting House Lane, Ringwood, Hampshire, BH24 1EY

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Many of Ringwood's families have a long history locally, prominent among them being the Seymour's, with their records going back as far as 1066 and all that followed. In 2015, on the first day of Sammy Sunshine's exhibition our archivist, John Hawkins, first learned of his 1940s naval links with both Sammy Rowe and Pat Seymour. In July Pat and John attended a tour of their old "alma mater", HMS Dryad at Southwick House, and planned a private visit later. Sadly, Pat suffered a heart attack and died on 30th September. John met many members of his extended family at his funeral.

A detailed Seymour family tree, the surname itself derived from the village of St.Maur in France, has long been available within the archives. Pat's passing prompted the decision to stage an exhibition at the Meeting House, dedicated to his memory, based on this and other local family's records on file in various forms.

Henry VIII's Queen Jane Seymour naturally appears, but the more recent Seymour's appear at two brickyards in the 19th century, at both Crow and Poulner. Other names that sprang to mind included the Lawford railwaymen; the gardeners and nurserymen named Guy; the Goulding farmers; the land-owning Lords of the Manor, Lord Arundell and the Morants; the Earls of Malmesbury and Normanton; plus Admiral Egerton of Manor House fame. A number of interesting old wills should provide some added information.

During January, the opportunity to copy, photograph, or scan any additional memorabilia and photographs that may be available out there, to enhance the bare "bones" of the actual listings, would be much appreciated.

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