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June 28, 2021|Knowle

Knowle Hospital Farm

Knowle Estate When Knowle Hospital opened on 13 December 1852 the estate was 105 acres of land stretching from near Wickham to Funtley on both sides of the River Meon.  The land included woodland, meadow, grazing and pasture. In 1898 the London and South West Railway (LSWR) purchased 7 acres of land from Knowle for…

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June 28, 2021|Buildings | History

Wickham National School, 1883-1916 – Events & Absences

There is much evidence in the school log-books emphasising the rural community around the town. Absenteeism is brought about by children following rural pursuits. December 23rd 1908. `Many children rendered themselves late for afternoon school by following the hounds in the near neighbourhood’.  Children were often away fruit picking, hop picking, gathering acorns and fallen…

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June 28, 2021|Buildings | History

Wickham National School, 1883-1916 – Facilities

The school log books record a lot of information on school facilities and equipment. Perhaps reflecting headmaster William Langford’s recent arrival in Wickham, there is quite a lot of detail on supplies and suppliers in 1883.  A tin of disinfecting powder was received from Mr Snowdon, chemist (June 12th); a new dustpan for school use…

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November 25, 2020|People | Personal memories

Helen Talbot – Growing up in Hundred Acres in the 40s and 50s

I lived in Hundred Acres from 1944 till 1964 when I left to study in Edinburgh.  My parents were born in Portsmouth and spent most of the war years in the New Forest while my father taught the children from his school who were evacuated from Portsmouth.  Later, he was moved to the Spitfire factory…

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August 22, 2020|Buildings

The story of The Upper House and The Lower House

The Upper and The Lower Houses are two fine but very differently presented Georgian fronted houses on Winchester Road, Wickham.  The Upper House, opposite the Buddens Road junction, is now part of Upper House Court, while The Lower House is located just below the road entrance to Upper House Court. The history of the two…

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July 22, 2020|Local People | Personal memories | Second World War | Wartime Wickham

Joan Dennis – Living in Wickham, working in Portsmouth

My grandfather, Mr Bailey, was headmaster of Wickham School before the first World War – he died in 1921. However by the time the Second War started, I was in my last year at school, having been at school in Wickham, then Fareham, and Hilsea.  The whole school at Hilsea was evacuated to Leigh Park…

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July 20, 2020|Notable people | People

Arthur Hamilton Lee, 1st Viscount Lee of Fareham

Arthur Hamilton Lee, who was elevated to the peerage in 1918, was the tenant of Rookesbury Park from about 1900 to 1912.  A soldier, politician, diplomat, patron of the arts and philanthropist, Arthur Lee served as Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, and First Lord of the Admiralty following the Great War.  He donated his country…

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July 19, 2020|Local People | Personal memories | Second World War

Yvonne Case – Business as usual at the Bakery

Throughout 1940, strenuous efforts were made to keep all normal services running as usual — the local buses stopped briefly only during air raids, and postmen climbed over rubble to deliver the mail. Cases Bakery Vans c.1950   During the worst period, one night the two main bakeries in Portsmouth were put out of action….

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July 19, 2020|Local People | Second World War | Wartime Wickham

Joan Bramley – Finding happiness during the War

Joan was 13 when war broke out and living with her parents in School Road and her grandmother lived in the same road. She was attending Fareham Girls School, but remembers Miss Warren, headmistress of the Primary School, telling her that the autumn term for the younger children would be delayed until air raid shelters…

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July 19, 2020|Local People | Personal memories | Second World War

Carol and Susan Robbins – Two Sisters’ Memories

My sister (Carol Hazard) and I were born and brought up on the Winchester Road, just opposite Begs the Vets. Our maternal Grandmother, Mrs Lizzie Isaac May lived in the little black and white cottage in the square which is now the wine bar. In those days it was a beautiful cobbled village. She lived…

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