Lymington, Hampshire

Seal of the Borough of Lymington

The seal of the Borough of Lymington probably dates back to the original granting of Lymington's first Charter in 1150AD by Baldwin de Redvers, the 2nd Earl of Devon, one of the first in the Kingdom. The town is of Celtic origin, with the Saxon 'ton' being added at a later date.

According to the Official Souvenir Programme, produced for the 800th Anniversary of the granting of its first Charter in 1950, the first mention of the name occurs in Domesday Book where the town is recorded as 'Lentune,' although it is doubless very much older. The 2nd Charter was given by William de Redvers, the 6th Earl towards the end of the 12th Century, which extended the Borough as far as the Church, and this was confirmed by Baldwin (the 8th Earl) in 1251. No alteration to the Charter was ever made by the Crown and Lymington remains one of the "very few towns in England that received a Charter from its feudal lord and him alone" (Borough of Lymington Official Souvenir Brochure, 1950, page 6)

Lymington Town yacht basin 1953
The Quay, Lymington circa 1953,
from a postcard of the time

.Lymington River, above and below (Town Quay side) the railway bridge which connected Lymington Town Station with Lymington Pier, for the ferry to the Isle of Wight.

Former British Power Boat, Motor Torpedo Boat 451, renamed "Linnette" is the second boat beyond the Thames Spritsail Barge and RAF Air/Sea Rescue Launch 2512, above the bridge.

Lymington Slipway, November 1949

An aerial view of Lymington Slipway taken in November 1949 by Aerofilms Ltd., in association with Aerosurveys Ltd, of Boreham-Wood in Hertfordshire.

"Linnette" is shown bottom right, bows on to the bank, between the Dickinson's ASRL 2512, on the port side, and Andrew (Drew) Stewart's boat on the starboard side. Lymington Railway Station in the bottom left hand corner.

ex Air/Sea Rescue launch 2512 and Linnette
"Linnette" is shown at right, astern of
ASRL 2512 which was undergoing repairs,
circa 1952. Photo John Dickinson.

ASRL 2512 and Linnette (MTB451) in ice
"Linnette" is shown at right, astern of
ASRL 2512 in ice! Photo John Dickinson.

Berthon Boat Company, Lymington November 1949

An aerial view of the other, then, main boatyard in Lymington, The Berthon Boat Company which was situated below the bridge and opposite the Pier Station at top left. Just in the photograph is the traditional paddle steamer "Lymington", whilst other craft, moored to the access staging at Berthon, are shown without masts awaiting maintenance.
My Father was chandler at both companies in
1947-1951 and 1951-1953

Skylark Motors Coach
Skylark Coaches at Lymington, circa 1951

"Linnette" and my friend John Dickinson's parents Air Sea Rescue boat No 2512 were moored adjacent to the Skylark Garage, the sides of which flanked the river bank. The garage was originally a concrete making factory which had been sold and turned into a coach garage to a couple of 'luxury' coaches...not really luxury in the early 1950s. Copy of postcard supplied by John and used with his permission and my thanks.

Postcard of Quay Hill, Lymington
A view of Quay Hill from a postcard dated 1950

The bollards were placed at the top to stop the entry of vehicles down what would otherwise be a very dangerous stretch of road! The hill was paved with cobblestones.

In front of the house at the bottom there was a small access road, to the left, leading to the small 'U' shaped dock which, in those days, had its own steam driven crane for de-masting yachts and the removal and refitting of engines. The access road continues, at bottom right, giving access to the Town Quay.

Quay Hill Lymington, own photograph 1965
The same view of Quay Hill
from a photograph I took in 1965

The bollards had been replaced when I came to take this photograph in 1965 and most of the buildings had been repainted, otherwise
it remained the same.

. Car Ferries at Lymington Pier station 1965
Lymington Pier Station, 1965
taken from near the Royal Lymington Yacht Clu

This is a view of Lymington Pier where car ferries operated to and from Yarmouth, Isle of Wight. Pictured here "Farringford" and "Lymington", which today would be referred to as "roll-on, roll-off" ferries. When we first settled in Lymington there were two other paddle steamers "Lymington" and "Freshwater" both of which were the conventional paddlers, carrying passengers only. In summer months, during the time that I and my school friend John and I were there, all four vessels were used in order to meet the demand for the regular boat trains arriving at the pier station with up to a dozen carriages, all filled with passengers, these were the days before most people had cars of their own!

View of Upper Lymington River C1965
Upper Lymington River in 1965

This is a view of the upper Lymington River, I took in 1965 from near the railway bridge and looking towards Walhampton, across the river.

The 'boats' in the foreground were former open wooden barges that had drop down stern ramps. The Spritsail Barge "Swift" now minus her standing rigging, which was lying on her deck, still lies moored where she was in my time there, as does the wreck of the WW1 Motor Launch.

Upper Lymington River from Walhampton C1965
Upper Lymington River, 1965

This is a view of the upper Lymington River, which I also took in 1965 from the house in Walhampton that can be seen in the photograph at left. The concrete building (at right centre) is the former 'Skylark' garage adjacent to which "Linnette" and John Dickinson's boat were moored.

Steam can be seen (upper centre left) from the steam train, hauling two coaches, on it's way from Lymington Town Station to the Pier Station. This train ran regular services to and from Brockenhurst to connect with the through trains from Waterloo to Bournemouth.


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