Milford on Sea Famous Residents

Past & Present:

A brief history of famous people who have lived in Milford on Sea.

Famous faces from Milford on Sea

Frances Fisher is an American stage, television and film actress, born in Milford-on-Sea on 11th May 1952. She has played leads in 30 plays and has 102 film and television credits to date,(, including Oscar-winners Unforgiven and Titanic (Best Ensemble Nomination). She played her idol Lucille Ball in the 1991 television-movie Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter. Ms. Fisher has eight films to be released in 2013; most anticipated is Stephenie Meyers'The Host. Ms. Fisher won The Drama-League Best Ensemble Award for Caryl Churhill's Three More Sleepless Nights, and recently the AC Cinefest Best Actress Award for Pandora's Box.

Favourite collaborations: Arthur Miller, Elia Kazan, Norman Mailer, James Cameron, Paul Schrader, Paul Haggis, Christopher Guest and Katherine Hardwicke
Frances has a daughter, Francesca, with actor Clint Eastwood, and when she is not working, is actively lending her name and support to numerous political and humanitarian causes such as Peace Over Violence, The Creative Coalition, and the Pink Party for Cancer Research. She served 10 years on the National Board of the Screen Actors Guild, and is a board member of The Environmental Media Association, and a member of Amnesty International, The Actors Studio and Women in Film.

David Peach is a resident of Milford on Sea. David is a former professional footballer, who played at left back for Southampton F.C. in the FA Cup Final 1976. He was Lawrie McMenemy’s first signing for Southampton in January 1974, for a reported fee of £50,000. He played several times for the England under-21 and ‘B’ teams, and was in the England squad on their tour of South America in June 1977. On 18 August 1979, he became the highest scoring full-back in the history of the Football League when he scored a penalty against Manchester United. On retiring from football we understand that he became a director of a local building business.

Anthony Inglis is a iconic British classical music conductor. He was born into a renowned Royal Air Force family and went to school at Hordle House in Milford on Sea. His music scholarship was at Marlborough College in Wiltshire, before he learned his craft, by conducting West End Shows. During his time in The West End he also worked on a number of films, until in the 1980s he made a conscious decision to leave the West End and concentrate on his classical career. Anthony gained an international reputation with his work later gaining a Grammy nomination. Known as one of the most dynamic of conductors, between the beginning of October and end of December 2006 he had 60 concerts in the UK, Australia and Japan. During the early 2000’s he must be one of the few conductors to regularly conduct every major British regional independent orchestra (CBSO, Halle, BSO, RSNO, Ulster, RLPO) each year. He has also performed more times at London’s Royal Albert Hall more than anyone else in the building’s history.

Giusseppe Lund an Architectural Metalsmith, Master Ironsmith and Sculptor lived at 2 Hurst Road, Milford on Sea. (Now demolished & replaced with high class apartments). In 2009 he was operating from his studio in Ottawa, Canada & also has studios in London, and near Bremen in Germany. In the 1980's he encouraged the Victoria & Albert Museum in London to have an international exhibition of forged ironwork, "Towards a New Iron Age" and he was an advisor to the Crafts Council of Great Britain when the International Conferences of Blacksmiths were held at Hereford.

His works can be found across the world, with pieces such as the Viking longboat ship at Largs in Scotland, and in London in the Victoria Plaza at Victoria Station, Westferry Circus at Canary Wharf, and most prestigiously the Queen Elizabeth Gate at Hyde Park. The Queen Elizabeth Gates are a celebration of the life of The Queen Mother, & when built they were her first national monument. Giusseppe designed and made the patinated stainless steel gates, railings, bollards and gas lights on the pillars, together his assistants; David Waight and Ryan Barber who were both local New Forest lads. The central screen is by David Wynne. The Queen Elizabeth Gates were opened by the Queen in 1993.

Mrs Winifred Lucy May Cheyney MBE

A stalwart member of the Milford on Sea community was awarded the MBE for services to the community in the New Years Honours in January 2002. (Locally known as Freda Cheyney) Freda was recognised for more than 60 years of service to the Milford on Sea community as a Branch, County and Central Committee member of the Women’s Section of the Royal British Legion, & also for her support for the Guide Dogs for the Blind, Girl Guides and the parish church.

Freda’s MBE was presented by Queen Elizabeth 2 at an Investiture at Buckingham Palace.

Ivor Slaney was a prolific musical composer and conductor, notable for his work in film, television and radio., He was educated at the Royal College of Music, and married pianist Dolores Ventura. His best known work was probably "Top Dog", which was used as the theme music for the BBC radio comedy series The Men from the Ministry. The songs he was known for were less than 5 seconds long and were used as stock sounds for cues to depict situations in cartoons and shows for comic effect, such as Ren and Stimpy and Bill Nye. Ivor Slaney also composed hundreds of mood music pieces, fanfares and "stings". Born on the 27th May 1921 in West Bromwich, he lived his later life in Milford on Sea until he passed away in March 1988.

Frank Wootton OBE was born in Milford on Sea in 1911. He has been called "probably the finest aviation artist of all time" for his depiction of the Royal Air Force in the Battle of Britain and beyond. He painted RAF subjects from England to France and Belgium before travelling to South East Asia at the end of WWII. He was also the official R.A.F. artist for the period 1944-46. He is renowned for his masterful technique, beauty of line and composition, and powerful use of color, whether painting aircraft or landscape or horses. Anyone interested in aviation art, worldwide, is acquainted with his exceptional work and several books have been published featuring his paintings.

In 1971 the British Guild of Aviation Artists was founded with Frank Wootton as President. He has artwork in pretty much every aviation museum and has had exhibitions at the Nation Air & Space Museum as well as exhibits all over the world from Canada to Canberra. He passed away in 1998 aged 87.

Sammy Miller MBE is a resident of Milford on Sea and his life has always been dedicated to motorcycles. He competed and won his first race in 1953 & he was still competing and winning races in 2009. Over the years Sammy competed in Motocross, Trial Racing & Sand Racing, becoming 11 times successive British Champion, Twice European Champion, winner of over 1482 Trials events and also winning numerous other championships. In addition to racing, Sammy also designed racing motor cycles, including designing the winning world championship trials bike in 1970. During all this he still found the time to restore many rare and exotic machines to concours condition and perfect working order, these he kept as a private collection until 1980 when he opened up a Museum. In 1996 he took over the run down premises of an old farm in New Milton and converted the barns into a new Sammy Miller Museum. The museum houses 400 exhibits in one of the finest collections of rare & fully restored motorcycles in the World, including factory racers and exotic prototypes. Sammy Miller was awarded an MBE for Services to Motorcycle Heritage in the 2009 New Years Honours List.

Sammy Miller Museum

Colonel Richard Carver OBE, also known as Dick Carver, was born on 26th May 1914. He lived in Milford on Sea for 28 years of his later life and died in the village on the 24th July 2007 at the age of 93.

Richard was a stepson of Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery of Alamein. When Montgomery was appointed to command the 8th Army in the Western Desert in 1942, Richard joined him as one of his forward liaison officers at HQ. A fasinating story ensues whereby Richard is captured and held a prisioner of war for 14 months in italy.

After escaping he made he way to meet up with Monty's army. When reunited with his stepfather, the great man simply asked: "Where the hell have you been?".

His son, Tom Carver, has written a book carrying the title in Montgomery's welcome, which documents Richard's full life and many adventures.

Mark Shinn is the former 2002 Professional Kiteboard Riders' Association world champion and the 2002 Kiteboard Pro World Tour champion. He was a former pupil of Milford Primary and Arnewood Schools. Today he is a partner in Nobile Kiteboards and has his own kite centre on Tenerife, where he now lives.