Local walks

Photos from walk on Thursday 7th March from Fawley Monument to California Farm

A dreek grey day with little photographic interest.


Brick wall. Probably kitchen gardens of Woolley House


Approaching Brightwalton


All Saints Church, Brightwalton (roof)


Round the back, a lawn roller


and some spare stones, including gravestones (I said there wasn’t a lot of interest today)


In 1861, Brightwalton’s little old Norman church (whose footings can be seen in the old churchyard) was in such a state of disrepair that the lord of the manor, Philip Wroughton pulled it down and paid for a new one to be built. The tower was so solid that it had to be blown up! Two years later the present building was completed by GE Street at a cost of £4,000. It is supposed to one of his best works. [source]


(Presume that’s one of the many Philip Wroughton’s of Woolley House)


Next door to the Church is the original School House, both were designed by the diocesan architect G.E. Street. At the T-junction stands the WWI Memorial and to the north of the churchyard is the Old Rectory. 400 metres north east of the present church is the site of the old church and church yard which are partly surrounded by an old moat. [source]


We passed through the old churchyard, saw the old gravestones, but missed the footings from the original Norman Church.


We did see The Granary (25m NW of Manor Farm House – A Grade II listed building ref 1117192). Listing details are: Granary. C18. Weatherboarding on timber frame; half hipped tiled roof. Rectangular plan on 3 x 4 staddle stones. One storey. Boarded door in east end.


Finally, a field where the footpath line had not been cleared. All good tortoise fodder.


We did this same walk two years ago, almost to the day, when it was a bit brighter. Follow the link also to find out more about Woolley House, and the family that own it.

Second from the end of the gallery (from two years ago) I’ve added a photo of the short-eared owl that Nigel introduced us to.

One reply on “Photos from walk on Thursday 7th March from Fawley Monument to California Farm”

Excellent David. Given your options. Which of us doesn’t appreciate an old roller? I tugged ours up and down whilst still at primary school. At home, of course.

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