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Talk: “The Real Sir Harry: The Man, The Myth and The Monument” 

The Lymington Centre' Friday 13th of March 6.00 for 6.30 pm


The Friends of Sir Harry is pleased to announce an important lecture which may well throw new light on the reasons for the erection of the Burrard Neale Monument at Walhampton, which was erected between 1840 and 1842 following the death of Sir Harry Burrard Neale in 1840. Research by eminent local historian Barry Jolly has uncovered fascinating new perspectives on the motives of those involved in building the monument.

Tickets can be purchased online here or on the door. Click thumbnail to see the larger poster.

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A large and excited audience of 180 people filled the Fuller-McLellan Hall at the Lymington Centre on Friday night to hear about the Lymington Society and Friends of Sir Harry’s project to restore the Burrard Neale Monument and an eagerly anticipated talk by TV personality and historian Dan Snow, entitled “Sir Harry Burrard Neale’s Navy – The Superpower of the Age”

Don Mackenzie, Chair of the Friends, opened the evening with a brief resume of how the Lymington Society had worked with the Town Council to raise the necessary funds from local donors and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)  to restore the Walhampton Monument to Sir Admiral Harry Burrard Neale, in a project mostly completed by late Summer this year.

Following this, the Society has now set up the Friends to take forward the HLF requirement to have an organisation in place to help maintain the monument and the surrounding site, and to ensure that the life and times and the achievements of this naval hero are kept in the public eye.

Dan Snow was then invited to talk, and he soon set about his task with gusto. In his opening remarks Dan thanked people for attending and supporting the Friends and he urged people to join the Lymington Society. He said what a pleasure it was to live in a community where the heritage of the area was supported by such volunteer activity.

He then went on to describe how the period from the Glorious Revolution in 1688 to the final defeat of Napoleon in 1815, sometimes known as the “Long 18th Century”, saw the British and the French fight repeated wars over many continents, until Britain finally emerged as the undisputed world superpower. The implications of this are to be seen to this day with English as the main global language and British ideas of democracy and economics spreading worldwide.

Key to this was the strength and power of the British Navy, which was supported by the main political parties of this period, namely the Whigs and Tories, who both undertook to build the largest and most powerful navy in the world - whatever the cost.  During this period the navy grew from about 100 ships to over 600 and influenced every aspect of national life, driving industrialisation of the country with its huge demand for the vast amount of manufactured items needed to build and support such a huge enterprise, which at times consumed as much as a third of the GDP of the country.

A video of the evening is available on YouTube. Click here

Dan then described how the newly developed techniques of supplying a blockading force of ships enabled the British navy to keep French navy ships in ports such as Brest for years. This led to undisputed British naval superiority, leading to the capture of many French possessions and colonies worldwide.

Following a question and answers session, a vote of thanks was proposed, and a presentation was made to Dan of a framed engraving of the Burrard Neale Monument from 1855 as a token of thanks from the Friends and the Lymington Society.

Speaking after the event, Don Mackenzie said:

“The Friends of Sir Harry and the Lymington Society are extremely grateful to Dan for so kindly giving up his Friday evening to give such a fantastic and riveting talk about the period from 1688 – 1815, when Britain finally emerged as the undisputed world superpower, due in no small measure to the strength and professionalism of the British Navy.

We are also grateful for the support he gave to the Friends and the thanks he gave to the Lymington Society and other local volunteers who do so much to help look after the heritage of the local area.

We were fascinated to hear from Dan how the naval mutinies of 1779 were turning points where the future of the country was truly seen to be on a knife edge, with mutineers blockading London and expressing revolutionary ideas.

As Dan described, Sir Harry Burrard Neale rose to national prominence at this time due to the actions of him and his crew in sailing away under fire from the mutineers which then caused the mutiny to collapse.

The Friends are very grateful that so many people attended the talk and we hope they enjoyed the “tour de force” that Dan gave in his thrilling presentation of the events of the so-called Long Century.

We also hope that they will now wish to join the Friends and attend our future events, including the tour of the gardens of Walhampton House, home to the Burrard Family and Sir Harry which takes place in May next year.

Major Lecture Organised by The Friends of Sir Harry and St Barbe Museum Announced

Sir Harry Burrard Neale and the Nore Mutiny - Hero or Villain??

By Dr Ann Coats


The Historic Naval Mutinies of 1797. The Role of Sir Harry Burrard Neale of Walhampton. 

Lymington Baptist Church – New Street - Lymington –

Friday June 28th at 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm


Come and hear all about Admiral Sir Harry Burrard Neale’s part in the infamous naval mutinies of 1797 which shook the country, and which many thought could herald the horrors of the French Revolution coming to Britain

Starting in the Solent at Spithead, the naval mutinies spread to the important naval anchorage at the Nore at Sheerness and then to the British naval fleets in the Mediterranean, the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans.

Admiral Sir Harry Burrard Neale from Walhampton was widely credited, at the time, with helping to break the main, and most revolutionary mutiny at the Nore anchorage and was nationally renowned for his exploits – as a result of which he became close friends with the royal family.

Dan Snow lecture 'Admiral Sir Harry Burrard Neale's Navy - The Superpower of the Age'

Lymington Centre - 7pm on 8th November 2019

In the talk, Dan Snow will describe the way the British Navy rose to become the undisputed naval force at the time and how this strength helped shape the growing influence of Britain to become the world's first superpower.

Doors open at 6.30pm for refreshments before the talk which starts at 7pm.

Tickets £10 (£5 for FoSH Members). £5 entry for new members joining on the night.

Tickets online from Eventbrite


The Nore Drum, presented to Sir Harry by a grateful nation, is Lymington’s most precious artefact and is on permanent loan to the National Maritime Museum. But some have suggested that Sir Harry was responsible for brutally suppressing the mutiny with cruel consequences for some of the sailors that took part.

Dr Ann Coats, from Portsmouth University, has co-authored the definitive account of these monumentally important times in our national history, when the very future of the country was thought to be in the balance. Her book,  The Naval Mutinies of 1797: Unity and Perseverance, examines the huge impact of these crucial events and Dr Coats is widely seen as the most authoritative scholar on these events.

The Friends of Sir Harry – part of the Lymington Society – is organising jointly, with St Barbe Museum and Gallery, an important lecture by Dr Coats on this fascinating time in our nation’s history to coincide with St Barbe’s major exhibition “the Command of the Sea - The Navy and the New Forest against Napoleon” which starts on the 8th of June. Amongst many fascinating images and artifice on display will be the Nore Drum presented to  Sir Harry after the mutiny was over.

Organised by St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery in partnership with the Milford on Sea Historic Records Society and the National Park Authority, this major exhibition will explore some of the key naval battles in the run up to the decisive victory at Trafalgar in 1805, as well as what life was like in the navy at the time. It will focus on the important contributions of three local admirals, Cornwallis, Peyton and Mann, all of whom are buried at Milford churchyard.


Tickets for the Lecture are £5.00 to include refreshments and can be purchased

at St Barbe Museum or on the door on the night.

Admission free to new members of the Friends of Sir Harry joining on the night.

You can buy tickets online at Eventbright

The formal launch of Friends of Sir Harry at St Barbe Museum


The Friends of Sir Harry was launched at St Barbe Museum at a reception on Friday 15th February 2019. 


Friends formed for Local Naval Hero

Public Launch at St Barbe Museum Lymington for ‘Friends of Sir Harry’
6.00 pm – Friday 15th of February 2019

The Lymington Society is pleased to announce the launch of the ‘Friends of Sir Harry’ following the completion of the restoration work on the Burrard Neale Monument at Walhampton.

The Friends will aim to ensure that the Monument and other related memorials in the town are looked after, and that the achievements of Admiral Sir Harry Burrard Neale continue to be appreciated in the years ahead. Anyone wishing to join the Friends or interested in finding out more is welcome to come along. Lord Montagu, Patron of the Friends, as well as Sir Desmond Swayne MP TD and Mayor Anne Corbridge will be attending to support the Launch.

Please join us for a Drinks Reception followed by a programme of
information about the Friends, the life and times of Sir Harry and
the history of the Monument. Read full press release here.


Past News and Events

Pennington Infant School Workshops

Over 60 young people from Pennington Infant School took part in a week of workshops and visits to the Monument.  They learnt all about the life and times of Sir Harry, built monuments to their own heros, handled objects from the period and even took part in some marching and saluting of Captain Hardy on the final day.  The young people will be showcasing their monument models at the Family Picnic Day on 20th July at the school.

Monument Visits

Infant School students became investigators for the day on a trip to the monument.  They were given tasks sheets to find out all about Sir Harry and the monument as a start to a more extensive project back at their school.

Family Fun Day

Friday 20th July from 1pm at Pennington Infants School, Lymington

The school will be hosting an end-of-term family picnic and Friends of Sir Harry will be joining them to celebrate the start of the Burrard Neale HLF restoration project. there will be stands and displays from many local museums and organisations as well as work on display created by young people from the school.  This will be a fun filled afternoon and an opportunity to meet some of the people behind the Burrard Neale project.

Heritage Lottery Funding Secured!

Details to follow...

Burrard Neale 250 Celebrations

Details to follow...

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