The Diaper Heritage Association
Fisherman, Ferryman, Sailor, Spy - the Diapers of Itchen Ferry
The museum contains a permanent display of the town’s maritime history and many of the artefacts have connections with the Diapers. Use this trail to take you around the museum, it will finish at the ‘Fisherman, Ferryman, Sailor, Spy – The Diapers of Itchen Ferry’ exhibit.

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Although the Diapers are particularly associated with Itchen Ferry Village, some did wander further afield to Hythe, the Channel Isles and Hamble. We also know they settled in London and in East Anglia and Gloucestershire and we hope to add information on these areas in due course.


We know that one Thomas Diaper had made his home in the village of Hamble le Rice in the 18 th century and by his death in 1796 was innkeeper of the Bulls Head as well as the owner of a fishing vessel called the Kitty. He and his wife Catherine had eight children with the two boys Thomas and James having the profession of mariner. Thomas also served as a Sea Fencible in 1805. George Diaper, who perished in the High Street fire, was the younger son of Thomas the mariner from his marriage to Sarah Lohen. The sister who identified his body was Rosetta born in 1813 and at the time of the fire she was probably living with one William White, tailor in Chandos Street in Southampton by whom she had a child, William Alfred. This branch of the family certainly flourished in Hamble for three generations, with Thomas, the grandson of Thomas the Innkeeper was living in 1839 in a house that still survivies on the left hand corner of Hamble Square and Hamble High Street as you face the square looking down the High Street. However from the mid nineteenth century the family seem to disappear from the Hamble records.