Titchfield Spirit

Titchfield Spirit - A local history project in two parts with the support of the Heritage Lottery and Titchfield History Society.

The Stage Play

The Play brought to life the much-loved Titchfield Tapestries - six sewn panels detailing 1300 years of Titchfield history that live in the Parish Room. Three village theatre groups, Titchfield school and an informal group of friends (70 actors in total) played 200 characters including 7 monarchs. William Shakespeare and Jane Austin also had cameo roles! There were three performances over midsummer 2014 and it played to full houses.

Village Voices

The book of the oral history project which was completed in 2015. Stories and pictures were collected for the 50 year period 1914 -1964 which saw great changes and upheaval. Titchfield lost fifty-one men in the First World War and many of these were remembered in the names of the boys born to their families after the War. 

In the period between the first and second World Wars Titchfield was the rural centre with many more shops then than now. The influx of new people to the village 'made the gene pool better'.  In the Second World War Titchfield people were able to supplement their rations with food grown or caught locally. They had a grandstand seat for the aerial combat and attacks on Portsmouth and Southampton, but the area only suffered minor damage from stray bombs and downed aircraft. In the run up to D Day the village was at the centre of preparations with anti-aircraft emplacements, billeted commandos, and tanks chipping the kerb stones as they roared through the village.


After the War Titchfield people picked themselves up and carried on. The 1946 Carnival showed the community spirit and determination to re-establish traditions. and brought new ideas and freedoms. Young people with wages in their pockets /purses wanted to go out and enjoy themselves. The newly-formed National Health Service, took away worries about the cost of doctor visits and medicines.  The need to increase food production in the War, accelerated the mechanisation of the farming industry and this continued post War. The strawberry industry, that had been so strong in the area, began to decline as growers found they could make a profit on the sale the land for development. Car ownership became more attainable for families, people had a bigger choice of shops in Fareham Portsmouth or Southampton, the village shops could not compete and so many began to disappear. 

Village Voices covers Titchfield's evolution during this period through the eyes of people who lived through these changes. It was launched on 31 October 2015 at St Peter's Church and is available through Amazon priced £10 plus p&p. Proceeds go to St Peter''s Church.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Village-Voices-1914-Peoples-stories/dp/0950813184/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1454152500&sr=8-1&keywords=village+voices+1914+-+1964  or click on the following,

Buy Village Voices, 1914 - 1964: People's stories in their own words by Mr Ross Underwood, Mrs Ann Wheal (ISBN: 9780950813189) from Amazon's Book Store. Free UK delivery on eligible orders.


Much of the material assemble for the Play and Book are available through the website of the project. This includes the contributor's stories uncut, the School Pack and the script of the Play. It also has other items of interest: The Titchfield Tapestries, Titchfield Bus Stops, 1932 Telephone Directory and Bellfield Road revisited.

http://titchfieldspirit.btck.co.uk/     or click on the following,

Titchfield Spirit Titchfield Spirit is a community history project in two parts. Part I was a stage play dramatising the Titchfield Tapestries which are six panels ...

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