Droxford Railway Station

Droxford (Drocensford) Railway Station – a Saxon cemetery and lot’s more history

A photograph taken at the site of the cemetery around 1900 and published in ‘Memorials of Old Hampshire’ by George Edward Jeans.

A photograph taken at the site of the cemetery around 1900 and published in ‘Memorials of Old Hampshire’ by George Edward Jeans.

The photographs and images in this article are taken largely from an exhibition that was staged in 1983 by the villagers of Droxford and covering the history of the village from 1723. The originals of the exhibition and associated items are deposited in, and available to view at, the Hampshire Archives, Local Studies & Record Office in Winchester. The collection can also be accessed online at  “Droxford exhibition boards, photographs and miscellanea”

The description in the 1983 exhibition of the Meon Valley Railway Line

The description in the 1983 exhibition of the Meon Valley Railway Line

The Hampshire Record website describes the content as: “Exhibition boards mounted with photographs and copies of documents for the ‘Droxford Past’ exhibition. Subjects covered include: Droxford residents, Midlington House, link with the Falkland Islands, Droxford Mill and the Meon River, Meon Valley Railway, Hambledon Hunt, World War two, excavations at an Anglo-Saxon cemetery, the parish church and its incumbents, Droxford schools, businesses in Droxford, fire brigade, the Workhouse, celebrations and festivities, Hambledon races, British legion, girl guides, scouts, VAD, etc. Also, copies of photographs used in ‘Droxford in the Meon Valley, A Hampshire Village Album’ by Kenneth Ward; papers relating to Canon John Vaughan; photographs of Meonstoke, Exton, Corhampton, Netley Abbey, Portchester, Soberton, Warnford; notes re bell-ringing at Droxford

The exhibition includes amongst is very interesting range of material, a photographic and written history of the Meon Valley Railway Line being laid down at Droxford, the Droxford railway station (including its iconic World War II significance) and the discovery and excavation of the Saxon or Jutish cemetery.

The following are the images taken from the Droxford exhibition capturing the discovery and excavation of the cemetery. Below are photographs from the exhibition relating to the building and history of Droxford station and the Meon Valley railway line.

Some of the Droxford cemetery artefacts were deposited at the British Museum, to be exibited alongside the iconic Sutton Hoo Ship Burial exibition.

Some artifacts from Droxford were deposited at the British Museum (as was the Roman building façade from Meonstoke). The Saxon gallery at the British Museum is in 2013 undergoing refurbishment and is due to re-open (hopefully including Droxford artefacts) in 2014.

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A Saxon/Jutish jar discovered at Droxford Cemetery on display in the British Museum

The History of Droxford Station

The following are the images from the Droxford exhibition relating to the building and history of Droxford station and the Meon Valley railway line.

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Prime Minister Winston Churchill with the other allied leaders meet at Droxford Station in June 1944 in Preparation for D-Day which was planned at the nearby Southwick House (HMS Dryad)

 

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Excavation of the Droxford Saxon cemetery in the 1970s by an archaeology team led by Fred Aldswoth