Gallery is shown as the first and most prominent topic on the Home Page. It is intended to provide a colourful initial impression of Rowlands Castle. The photographs encompass the local countryside, community, people, buildings and their history – a fifth dimension. The photographs have been provided by local residents including members of the former Photography Group, and the editor of the local RCA Magazine. The paintings, with annotations, were by Charles Cotton, an artist from the 19th century who lived at the now demolished Stansted College, an alms house.
We hope the photographs will encourage you learn more about our community in its many facets. Please read on and enjoy!”
Within ‘Gallery’, the sections include Collages, composite photos showing the various features of the area; ‘Take a Walk’, a slider sequence taking you for a stroll up the Valley; Paintings of Rowlands Castle by Charles Rogers Cotton who captured scenes in and around Rowlands Castle in the late 19th century; Aerial Photos looking down and showing our predominantly green and rural setting; Calendars for years 2014 – 2020 reflecting the best of what residents see around them; ‘Snapshot 1991’ of photos taken thirty years ago; and finally, Residents’ Photographs offered by villagers, including some from a Village Fair competition in 2017; Audio Interviews by Sonya Teale, which in her words, has been a humbling experience to learn of quiet, courageous lives contributing to the village. Sonya greatly enjoyed making the recordings. It pleases Sonya greatly that the Rowlands Castle Heritage Centre is making a transcription of the tapes available for others to read. Here are Sonya’s audio interviews.
The Contents of ‘Gallery’ can be accessed directly from the tiles or via the hyperlinks.
Editorial: A presentation of early twentieth century post cards of Rowlands Castle can be viewed on the website of The Spring Museum, Havant