Book Launch – I Remember Hill Lodge

Freshwater & Totland Archive Group Book Launch for ‘I Remember Hill Lodge, Freshwater’ on Saturday July 15th 2017 at Freshwater Library.

Despite the damp start to the morning and plans to display the new publication outside on the Library lawn thwarted, the event proved to be very successful. There was a steady stream of people looking at and buying the book. Amongst those attending were the current owners of ‘Hill Lodge’, Richard and Ali Palmer. It was particularly interesting to talk to them and discover that many of the original features were still in place.


Also present during the morning was Gill Kennett, Chairman of Freshwater Parish Council. She made the following comment, “We are so fortunate in having Freshwater and Totland Archive Group ensuring that our local history is documented and preserved. The Archive Group enables so many people to find memories and trace information about Freshwater and Totland.  The latest publication ‘I Remember Hill Lodge, Freshwater’ is yet another fascinating insight into the history of the area.”

I Remember Hill Lodge

The book is based on the journals of Ellen Victoria Jane Stevenson (1892–1992), who spent most of her childhood at Hill Lodge with her two brothers and two sisters. She recalls life at Freshwater School and St Joseph’s Collegiate in Totland. She also writes about other members of her family including her father who was barrack warden at Fort Victoria and Golden Hill.

Published by Beachy Books, it is now available to purchase from The Cabin, F.R.Frise, The co-operative funeralcare & Dimbola (all in Freshwater) at £7.50.

The next public display and special Archive Quiz Trail is being organised for Isle of Wight Day 23rd September.