09 August 2009

Booklet on Peter Symonds

I visited the Hamshire Record Office in Winchester recently and was surprised to see that they were selling (for £1) a nice booklet (A4 size 28 pages) titled "Peter Symonds: Merchant, Almshouse, School and College".  The booklet was produced to commemorate the reopening of the  Northbrook building on 18th January 2008.  It is not clear who published it, but it appears to be written by Dr John Hare who is on the staff of the college and David Rymill of the Hampshire Record Office.

As its title suggests, the booklet starts by describing Peter Symonds himself and the almshouses.  There then is a lot of material on the history of the school, together with a fair number of photographs that I have never seen before.

Has anyone else seen this booklet?  If there is some interest, I will scan some of the illustrations and put them on this site.  


  1. Hi John Lankester ...

    What an interesting find ... I am sure we would all like to see whatever you can scan and post ... I am happy to help, where I can, if needed ...

    Look forward to your next posting ...

    Doug from WOZ

  2. Hi

    It sounds like the A4 booklet that we sell which was produced by Peter Symonds. We have advertised it in our newsletters as for sale and the cost is £1 plus 50p P&P. If anyone would like a copy then please contact me at casamelara@aol.com Mike Conlan, www.oldsymondianssociety.co.uk, 21 Borough Fields, Wootton Bassett. SN4 7AX Tel: 01793 849050 cheques payable to Old Symondians Society

  3. I would be pleased to see some of the illustrations and will try to get hold of a copy of the booklet.
    Gordon Edwards

  4. Are there any old photos of Wyke Lodge? There was a retired General from the Indian Army Engineers who lived in Wyke Lodge Winchester in first decade of 20th century. Do you think this would be the same house? I am doing some research for a museum in New Zealand that have some Dumbleton photograph albums and would like a scanned photo if possible to see if I can match it with other house photos.

  5. I am also researching this Dumbleton family and would love to make contact with you! steve.pip@xtra.co.nz


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