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Welcome to the Friends of Sir Harry website

 

The Friends of Sir Harry celebrate the life and times of Admiral Sir Harry Burrard Neale. You can read more about his life and work here. 

 

History of the Burrard Neale Project to date.

In 2014, with the support of the Lymington Society and the Lymington and Pennington Town Council, a project called Burrard Neale 250 was started to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Admiral Sir Harry Burrard 

Neale in September 2015, as well as to plan for the restoration of the Burrard Neale Monument at at Walhampton and the rescue the overgrown site of the monument.

This project culminated in a concert on the 16th of September 2015 and  Lymington celebrated Sir Harry’s 250th birthday, and this once-forgotten local hero came to prominence once more. 

Full details of this project and the concert and other events leading to the anniversary celebrations can be see on the projects website at:

www.burrard-neale250.org.uk

Restoring the Burrard Neale Monument

Following this first stage of the project, the next stage was to raise fund from various quarters to enable the full restoration of the monument to go ahead. Thanks to the generosity of the Heritage Lottery Fund and other donors, we were able to start work on restoring Sir Harry’s historic monument which was completed with the installation of beautiful railings along the Monument Lane boundary of the site in March 2020.

 

Formation of the Friends of Sir Harry

With the successful award of the grant for the restoration from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Burrard Neale 250 project was completed and the Friends of Sir Harry were formed as a stand alone organisation with the auspices of the Lymington Society to take forward the project with the aim of helping to keep alive the memory of Sir Harry and to help maintain the monuments to Sir Harry in the town of Lymington.

 

We need your help to continue his legacy.  You can support us by joining as a Friend of Sir Harry – for just £10, you will help us continue our work on Sir Harry’s monument and other Burrard Neale sites in Lymington, and encouraging visits so that more people can learn about this important Lymington personality.  In return, we’ll keep in touch with regular newsletters and opportunities to attend our programme of events.  Click here to join today.  We also need volunteers to help us with work ranging from bulb-planting to marketing – if you can spare some time please let us know on your Friends joining form, or email us at contactus@friendsofsirharry.org  Thank you.

 

Our aims

The Friends of Sir Harry aims to:

  • Advance the education of the public in general about Admiral Sir Harry Burrard Neale, in particular but not exclusively by maintaining and preserving the Lymington monument to him and other Burrard Neale monuments and artefacts.This is not only an important heritage site in its own right, but also commemorates Sir Harry as a significant historical figure.

  • Promote good citizenship for the public benefit in Lymington and beyond by raising awareness of the life and deeds of Admiral Sir Harry Burrard Neale, an important parliamentarian and military figure.

  • Advance education for the public benefit in Lymington and beyond by encouraging a greater appreciation of the social history and heritage of Lymington and the surrounding area through the story of Admiral Sir Harry Burrard Neale and his contemporaries.

 

We would like to thank the following for their generous support of the Burrard Neale project:

 

  • The Heritage Lottery Fund

  • Lymington and Pennington Town Council

  • The Lymington Society

  • New Forest National Park Authority

 

The Friends of Sir Harry organisation is part of the Lymington Society.   

Please join us to remember Sir Harry, his life and his work.  An annual gift from you of just £10 would help us continue restoring the monument and other Burrard Neale sites in Lymington, increasing access to them, and raising awareness of Sir Harry and his achievements.  In return, you’ll discover more about Sir Harry...

September 2015 saw the 250th anniversary of the birth, in 1765, of Admiral Sir Harry Burrard Neale Bt. GCB GCMG, 2nd Baronet of Walhampton,whose lifetime achievements – both naval and civic – were so great that, on his death in 1840, it was agreed to erect a magnificent obelisk in his memory, by public subscription – and 2,000 people attended the laying of its foundation stone! ...