OS Map 196, Grid Ref SZ333958
Client: The Lymington Society
The Walhampton Memorial was erected in 1842 in memory of Admiral Sir Harry Burrard Neale, just across the Lymington River at Walhampton so it could be seen from the town. Sir Harry had a glittering naval career, rising through the ranks to become a Lord of the Admiralty and Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet. Later in life he became MP and Mayor for Lymington and was widely respected. On his death in 1840 an obelisk was erected in his memory through public subscription.
Lymington will soon be celebrating the 250th anniversary of Sir Harry's birth in 1765 but the memorial and surrounding area has now become overgrown and rather derelict. To this end, Lymington Town Council and the Lymington Society have a plan, approved and funded by Hampshire County Council and the New Forest National Park to restore the Memorial and the surrounding area to its former glory. This will include improving the Solent Way footpath that passes through the site.
Now here's a funny thing, HCV doing some tree planting. Hundreds were planted with the help of the Lymington Society.
2 days were spent helping a group in Lymington to restore the area around the monument, with lots of cutting and burning.
We have been asked back in September to help maintain the site and the footpath.
Meet at 10am at the bottom of the memorial site of Undershore Road, we will instruct you where to park on arrival. Undershore Road is the road leading to the Isle of Wight Ferry and is well signposted, the entrance to the site is just before the Wagon and Horses PH on the left. Look out for the yellow HCV flags.