Category: Buildings

February 18, 2023|Buildings | Local People | Personal memories

A Farming Life – Memories of farming at Great Fontley Farm

Great Fontley Farm, Titchfield Lane, Wickham  – a Grade II listed building dating back to the 16th century Jenny Mallett has lived at Great Fontley Farm, on Titchfield Lane, most of her life – these are some of her memories of her family’s time farming and living there. “My parents (Commander Harold  & Betty Dickson)were…

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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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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 19, 2020|Buildings | Businesses | Commerce | Local People

W. Wheatley and Son – New Premises in 1977

Very shortly, the new premises at Wheatleys will be complete.  The main contractors, Prince of Southampton, began work in September 1975, and once the forecourts has been completed, including some landscape gardening, a modern lean-to cover attached to the early 19″` c. wall, a relic of the original Malthouse, the considerable operation will be over….

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June 19, 2020|Buildings

Quob Farm

“Quob” is one of Wickham’s hidden gems, an old farmhouse tucked away at the end of a track off Titchfield Lane. Between 2017-19 a small group of Wickham History Society volunteers, led by Geoff Phillpotts and Jim Coleman, took on the translation of Latin documents about Wickham held at the Hampshire Record Office and in…

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January 23, 2019|Buildings | History

Wickham National School – Extracts from the Log Book

We are fortunate to have access to the logbooks of Wickham National School from c1864-1900. Below is an extract taken from a logbook for a few days in a chilly February. February 1864 Feb 19th 10.30am Finished hearing children repeat their Hymns, which time with 2 hours on Monday morning spent in learning them makes…

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