Category: Knowle

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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May 7, 2020|Knowle

Murder most foul – The Crocker Hill tragedy

Ever looked at the Brazilian Steakhouse at Crocker Hill, halfway between Wickham and Fareham, and wondered about the history of this building? Some may remember it as a Thai restaurant, before that, Krakatoa, a shop specialising in furniture from the Far East, but it was originally built as the ‘new’ Old Vine public house in…

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January 1, 2020|Knowle

Knowle and the Railway

Although there was already a railway line from London to Portsmouth, consent was given to build the Meon Valley Railway (MVR) by an Act of Parliament in 1897. In 1898 the London and South West Railway (LSWR) purchased 7 acres of land from Knowle.  The following year, Wickham landowners were paid £7,500 for 23 acres…

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December 30, 2019|Knowle

Knowle War Memorial

At the beginning of the last century, Knowle Hospital was home to about 1000 patients and staff and was a self contained ‘village’ with gardeners, carpenters, upholsterers, blacksmiths as well as those who undertook various duties caring for the hospital patients. As with many villages, members of the staff and estate residents answered the call…

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December 26, 2019|Knowle

Knowle – A Casualty of the Great War

ERNEST EDWARD PHAROAH Gunner Ernest Edward Pharoah was one of the fourteen children of George, a local farmer, and his wife Mary. Ernest worked as a cowman on his father’s farm at Whiteley Pastures before becoming an attendant at Knowle Hospital. Enlisting at Brockhurst, Gosport in November 1915, Ernest became a gunner in the Royal…

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