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The book begins with an account of the last days of Beaulieu Abbey leading to the Dissolution and continues with the lives of the four Earls of Southampton. The second part of the book is concerned with the topography of the Estate and the lives of all who lived there -- the tenant farmers and farmworkers, the clergymen, the shopkeepers and tradesmen. The social history of the times is brought vividly to life using original letters, court and parish documents, wills and inventories; all the result of Bartlett’s research in the Palace House, Winchester and National Archives.

Alan Bartlett was a retired civil servant and historian who in 1968 bought the old chapel on Park Farm and converted it into a house.  His interest in its history led him to the Palace House archive and he was invited to catalogue and reorganise the whole collection by the late Lord Montagu.

The text in typescript form was stored in the Palace House archive and the Lyndhurst Library and has for a long time been used as a valuable resource by anyone studying local history. The Beaulieu History Society was given permission by Lord Montagu to publish it in 2017.

If you would like to buy a copy of the book please send a cheque, made out to Beaulieu History Society, for £20 plus £3.50 P&P to: Gillian Strathcarron, Secretary, Beaulieu History Society, Otterwood House, Beaulieu S042 7YS. Alternatively, please transfer £23.50 to Beaulieu History Society, sort code 20-53-53, account number 90157031, putting BTST in the reference box and notify This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.of the address to which the book(s) should be sent.

Review by Tudor Times

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"I love this book – if you want to get under the skin of England in the period in question, then I can assure you that there is a new fact or insight on every page, that will illuminate your understanding. For those who don’t want to read every intimate detail, the work is an excellent reference for dipping in and out of – helped by the comprehensive index and bibliography. Family and local historians would also find it a great resource."

Tudor Times 11-Jan-2019

Purchase The Book

If you would like to buy a copy of the book please send a cheque, made out to Beaulieu History Society, for £20 plus £3.50 P&P to: Gillian Strathcarron, Secretary, Beaulieu History Society, Otterwood House, Beaulieu S042 7YS. Alternatively, please transfer £23.50 to Beaulieu History Society, sort code 20-53-53, account number 90157031, putting BTST in the reference box and notify gillian.s@mac.com of the address to which the book(s) should be sent.

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