Rowlands Castle and District in old picture postcards

Rowlands Castle and District in old picture postcards

:   Peter Rogers and Paul Marshman
:   Hampshire
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-1131-7
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69 Woodcroft, never more than a farm, a farm house and a gate house for Ditcham Park, a large brick-built Victorian mansion (nowa school). With the arrival of the railway, Woodcroft Farm was effectively cut in two, leaving the farm on one side and the farm house on the other side of the railway

track. This footbridge was then provided and, during the last war, a small halt was constructed when Ditcham Park became a temporary naval establishment. The rail halt has been long removed and the trestle bridge replaced with a modern concrete structure that still retains the unusual, unbalanced approach ways.

70 The ancient settlement of Idsworth fails to receive attention in the Domesday Survey of 1086, although the Church of St. Hubert pictured here dates from 1053. Standing isolated on its hillside it was, nevertheless, not always so remote from any habitation. Archaeological field walks continue to yield fragments of pottery and flint from an associated Saxon settlement which had been established in the surrounding fields and aerial photographs taken when there are no crops under cu1tivation, reveal evidence of early building features. Occasional, seasonal risings of the Lavant water courses flood the lower levels of the fields, making church

attendance almost impossible, hence the little bridge which affords dry access when necessary.

71 The stores at Forestside also served as a local Post office. The postcard is dated 1912. The premises ceased trading in the 1960's.

72 The Robin Hood Inn at Forestside stood at the sharp bend on the raad to West Marden. It was following the closure of the pub in the late 1960's that the Railway Hotel in Rowlands Castle was allowed to change its name, under new management, to the Robin Hood. The Forestside Cricket Eleven played home games in the field behind the inn.

73 Forestside Church was built in 1856 and the school in 1857, both for the newlycreated Parish of Stansted and Forestside. The church is typical mid- Victorian and constructed mostly from local flint. By the time that this view was recorded, the school could support 125 pupils, although in 191 0, the date of this postcard, average attendance was only 85.

74 The tirle is somewhat misleading as well as being misspelt (this from a photographer who was alocal resident!).The building is Stansted Chapel. Parts, at least, date from the 15th century but there is more than enough evidence to suggest that the principal features are from the early 19th century only. It is for certain that a service of consecration took placeon 25thJanuary 1820, although it had been a private estate chapel since 1772.



75 It is not possible to experience this view today, trees and hedges all but shielding the houses from the road. The picture was taken in the 1930's soon after the properties were built. We are looking towards Bowes Hill; the house in the centre is Tower Cottage, sa called because it was close to an old water tower mentioned elsewhere in this baak. Links Lane is revealed on early maps as Dirty Lane, when it supported a farm and the tower. The suggestion is that it was renamed Links Lane because of its proximity to the golf course, or that it was the Link Raad built by Clarke Jervoise for the benefit of horsedrawn carriages tra velling from the station to his house,

76 Remote as Rowlands Castle was in the early days of day trippers and holiday makers, the village did not escape the attentions of the producers of comic postcards.

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