The Twine family of Old Alresford

The Curtis Museum in Alton advise that they have been given a sales ledger from the village shop in Old Alresford, which existed in Kiln Lane around 100 years ago. This shop was run by the Twine family for many years, and was quoted as a grocery and brewery, plus also a Post Office. The website AlresfordHeritage.co.uk has two photos relevant, one showing the prosperous looking Twine family in their garden in 1908.

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The Twine family in 1908 (picture courtesy of Alresfordheritage.co.uk)

The ledger shows all the transactions, in terms of the items sold to the local inhabitants of OA, their names, the products sold, and the amount invoiced – it apparently covers several years of transactions. The Museum intends to donate the original ledger to the Hampshire Record Office for safe-keeping, but meanwhile the Alresford Museum is keen to find any descendants of the Twine family. Hopefully they might have other memories, photos or souvenirs from the shop and its activities.

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Kiln Lane, and the shop, circa 1925. Photo shown by permission from AlresfordHeritage.co.uk

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West Street Shops and House Residents, in 1946

This is Part 3 of a residents list in Alresford houses and dwellings, plus shops, as recorded in 1946 by Clinton Sherriff, a member of the Alresford Chamber of Commerce at the time. It was probably to enable him to canvas for donations towards a town building project, which was the Outdoor Swimming pool in the War Memorial Garden.

The attached map uses his numbering system for the houses in the streets, which does not correspond to the modern numbering system. Plus obviously there are gaps where the houses and even some mews entrances that we see today, had not been constructed.

The original of the survey is in the Hampshire Record Office, but a copy exists in the Alresford Museum (D1037). If you want to see his map of a particular street, I will email it to you, as this also gives a clue as to the development state at the time.

West Street

Shops and people’s names living in West Street in 1946 are listed below, with the house or business names as quoted at the time, against Clinton’s numbering system.

The list starts on the South side, at the entrance to the Churchyard, where the Clinton numbering system commences

Ref:    Business/House name:            Occupants:

27/1     Royle Outfitters                          Royle H

27/2     Jupe                                              Alexander                        

27/3     Town Hall                                   Hazelgrove F

27/4     Lloyds Bank

27/5     Swan Hotel                                Mrs DM Neat, Symonds

Here is Station Road

27/6     Turner Cycle Depot

27/7     Post Office

27/8                                                        McCutcheon J

27/9     Alresford Gas Co

27/10  Maison Stanley                       Cope

27/11                                                     Walbancks WH                          

27/12  The Cottage

27/13  Olderne

27/14   –

27/15  Wymering – Army

27/16   Volunteer Arms Pub             Wigg GCS

27/17  Mid-Southern Electric Co

27/18   West House

27/19   Co-operative Stores

27/20  The Alders                               Mrs IS Hankin, King

27/21  Hankin’s Garage                                                     

27/22  Dedman’s Dairy                     Dedman, Ernest

Here is Jacklyn’s Lane and The Dean   

27/23  Army

27/24                                                      Whiticar HJ

27/25  Westdale                                   Hobbs G, Mrs J Moss

27/26                                                     Ellingham, Whiticar HJ, Whitley FG

27/27                                                     Mrs Edwards

27/28                                                     Lewis FT

27/29                                                     Fairhead FC

27/30  The Old House                        Robins RJ

27/31  Peploe

27/32   Westholme                             Doidge F, Jupe B

27/33  Harris                                       Miss Curtis, Harris FH

Here is Bay Tree Yard  

…………….27/34  Raleigh                      Mrs E Priscott

…………….27/35  Abbotsdean               Small GW

…………….27/36   Baytree Cottage       French

27/37  Bay Tree House                       Mrs FE Gregory, Lawson R

27/38  Bossincy House                       Miss R Hallett, Morgan G

27/39                                                     Miss M Jenks

27/40                                                     Hunt C

27/41                                                    Miss Spary             

27/42                                                    Hasted A&S

27/43                                                    Sweetland FG

27/44  Bell Hotel                                Terry CTF

27/45  Electric House                        Jackman, Lewis F

27/46   Batchelor & Turner (Restaurant)   Batchelor FC, Turner FC

…………. also Eureka Fish Co

27/47                                                   Loveridge JM

 

South Road residents in 1946

This is Part 2 of a residents list in Alresford houses and dwellings, as recorded in 1946 by Clinton Sherriff, a member of the Alresford Chamber of Commerce at the time. It was probably to enable him to canvas for donations towards a town building project, which was the Outdoor Swimming pool in the War Memorial Garden.

The attached map uses his numbering system for the houses in the streets, which does not correspond to the modern numbering system. Plus obviously there are gaps where the houses and even some streets – such as South Close and Meryon Road – that we see today, had not been constructed.

Scan south road

The original of the survey is in the Hampshire Record Office, but a copy exists in the Alresford Museum (D1037). If you want to see his map of a particular street, I will email it to you, as this also gives a clue as to the development state at the time.

People’s names living in South Road in 1946 are listed below, with the house names as quoted at the time, against Clinton’s numbering system.

20/1    Bend of McKay(?)  Mrs Peters

20/2    BuenaVista             W Blakemar

20/3    Taplins                    J A Monck

20/4    Sunspan                 EA Cozens

20/5    The Cottage            GH Preston

20/6    Ciarasia                  Miss Beasley, Miss Price, Mr Monday

20/7    (No name)              (not known)

20/8    Wingreen                J Hall

20/9    The Firs                  HF Rose

Resident list -1946: Streets A to G

This is planned to be Part 1 of a residents list in Alresford houses and dwellings, as recorded in 1946 by Clinton Sherriff, a member of the Alresford Chamber of Commerce at the time. It was probably to enable him to canvas for donations towards a town building project, which was the Outdoor Swimming pool in the War Memorial Garden.

This survey is sorted by road name, and Part 1, shown in the attached, covers the roads starting with the letters A through to G at the time. This means Ashburton Place, as it was known then, thru to Grange Road. The attached uses his numbering system for the houses in the streets, which does not correspond to the modern numbering system. Plus obviously there are gaps where the houses and even some streets we see today had not been constructed.

The original of the survey is in the Hampshire Record Office, but a copy exists in the Alresford Museum. If you want to see his map of a particular street, I will email it to you, as this also gives a clue as to the development state at the time.

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The maps here show examples of how Sherriff drew out the roads at the time, and numbered the houses – all by hand.  Above is Ashburton Place – there is no Ashburton Road as yet. Opposite is Grange Road, with large gaps between the houses. The maps are not necessarily to scale.

 

LIST OF RESIDENTS IN 1946
Number       Street + House name (if exists) Resident names
      Ashburton Place
1 Campbell/ Southwood
2 Strong
3 Lister
4 Benham Chamberlain
5-16 listed as Grange Road
17 Keel F / Nicholson
18 Crockford D
19 Hurst
20 Coombs
21
22
23
24 Pay
25 Watts
1′
2′
Brandy Mount
1 Astridge
2 Sherwood
3
4 Roadnight
5 Ray
6
7 Hunt
8 Hammond
9
10 Kent
11 Cook Mrs E
12
Bridge Road
1 Opp Nicholson Place Merritt
2 Kitcher
3 Underwood
4 Merritt Mrs
5 Newell T
6 Hall
7 Duffin
8 Gross / Stent
9 Joyce
10 Peckham WH
11 Barker C /Wilcocks /Williams
12 Page
13 Vatener
14 Corner Grange Rd Monday
Broad Street
Broad St West side
1 ….
2 Army Love AF
3 Livingstone & Sons Livingstone & Sons
4 Major FJ
5 Mismere? Hazelgrove /Wigmore G
6 Barker EO
7 Armsworth Dairy
8 Harris Mrs
9 Barns Bros
10 Chapman Miss
11 Nelson Barr Miss/Nelson HV
12 Baker Miss
13 The Lawn Tape
14 Inge P/Gregory Mrs
15 small Neville Mrs HJ
16 Andrews M
17 Leishman HR/Winchester
18 Warburton
19 Cranley Hall Miss/ Strong & Sons
19′ small
20 Oaklands Palmer WH
21 Batchelor FC
22 Rosemary Cottage Shield GER / Winter Mrs D
22′ Deeside Hunt
22” Riverside Radford Miss M
Broad St East side
numbered from bottom up
23 Old Fire Sta ARP HQ
24 Chown R
25 Army
26 Westover Meryon CE
27 The Forge Love
28 Forge Cottages Booth
29 Hooper
30 Dorking House Oakley E
31 Honeybourne Stores Jones Mrs
32 Broadway Garage Osborne Mrs
33 Chaffy (deleted) Chaffy (deleted)
34 Smee A
35 Eddolls Eddolls RE
36 George Flats Boyd
37 George Flats Hackney LC
38 George Flats Sherriff FC
39 George Flats Boyle JE/ Way CE
39” Smith +Crockford
40 Biggs G
41 Curtis Mrs
42 Harris DA/Holmes
43 Isham T & Son Isham CF
44 Woodward GH
45 Horse& Groom Gray HJ
46 Lawrences
Cheriton Road
Cheriton Road (East side) now Jacklyn’s Lane
from Salisbury Rd to Cricketers
1 Sarnia Ing / Neville
2 Oaks Lister Miss
3 Chesterholm Lowe
4 Hillside Dawkes / Seacombe WE
5 Ingleby Hastie Dave, and his wife (Scottish)

who had a milk delivery business.

6 Ivanhoe Brown EC
7 Raffier Withers AE
8 Glendore Davies / Wright F
9 Rosemary Martin CA
10 West View Dymond H
11 Orchard Dene Fairburn H. Opposite Oban.

Demolished 1970s and then

re-built by Mr Fairburn,

–  who had an eye-patch. In the 60s

it was bought by the Winter-Taylors

Demolished in the 70s, to make

way for more houses.

12 Cricketers Arms Boniface (Mrs Charlotte), widow

of the AGC golf professional Bill

Boniface. Later married George

Banks, and ran the pub till

the mid 1980s: even your editor

remembers the corner entrance

as opening into the “Off-sales”

little cubicle, rather like a

confessional.

Cheriton Road (West side) now Jacklyn’s Lane
Space
13 Birnbeck Hartland PG: Mr Hartland was a partner in

Hartland and Orton, a local building firm.

This house is semi-detached with Oban.

14 Oban House Livingstone D: Mr Livingstone built

the house in 1933. Oban was bought

by Bob and Brenda Hedges in 1955.

15 Kemble Cove
16 Cornerways Hasted A, probably Alec, the local butcher.
17 Haggarty/Clement
18 …. Jeffery E
19 Clovelly Hunt LJ
Space
20 Ty-Gwyn Margate / White WE
21 Montello Loveridge M
Rosebery Rd
Space
22 The Hill Pemberton JP
Salisbury Road
Churchyard Cottages
1 Newman CDE /Wright
2 Trimmer F
3 Holliday
4 Marks
5 Henning JW/Lewer
6 Benham
7 Gilding J
8 Hockley
9 Butcher
The Dean West side
1 Methodist Hall
2
3
4
5
Space
6
7
8 Piper G
9
10 White Mrs A
11
12 Alresford Gas Co Platt O
Space
13 Hut
Space
14
15
16 Smith
The Dean East side
17 Faccombe Cottage Curtis W
18 Fairlight Villas 5
19 Fairlight Villas 4
20 Fairlight Villas 3
21 Fairlight Villas 2 Smith KB
22 Fairlight Villas 1 Vickers AW
23 Western Villa Dorey J
24 Alms Cottage Childs HJ
25 Stanley Cotts 7
26 Stanley Cotts  6
27 Stanley Cotts 5
28 Stanley Cotts 4
29 Stanley Cotts 3
30 Stanley Cotts 2 Joyce
31 Stanley Cotts 1
47′ (Cottages behind)
48′ (Cottages behind)
49′ (Cottages behind) Sinclair
50′ (Cottages behind)
51′ (Cottages behind)
52′ (Cottages behind)
32 Bugg AJ
33
34 Tremee L
35 Dean Arms Springer AE
36 Dean School Jesty E
37
38
39
40
45′
46′
41
42
43 PortLaurel Shaw
Space
44 Army
East street
East Street North side
1 Lawrence Lawrence M
2 Phair Phair HJ
3 Alresford Water Co Shield +Son
4 Natl Prov Bank Banks WE/ Wigmore G
5 The Blue Café Mike Hedges remembers this as

“The Blue Venture Cafe”, operating till

the 1970s. Other reports about the

cafe have been more colourful….

6 Peaceful Home Lowe H / Sutherland. Famous for

the sign outside advertising

“Urs beer”. The inquisitive traveller

should never have asked the

landlord “Whats Urs?”

7 Sunnyside Boyce / Newell
8 Eastridge Hillary WH
9 World Stores Blake E
10 Corren
11 Smith Mrs E/ Osborne H
12 Rose Cottage
13 Updale 2 Leaman
14 Updale Lane SC
15 Cardew McNalty / Rippingale AE
East Street South side
15′ Langtons
16 Sun Inn Black GC
17 Deacombe Crockford A
18 The Manse
19 St John’s Robinson
20
21
22
23
24 Andrews AH
25 Moore
26 Langridge
Brandy Mount opening
27 Eastholme Blake AE
28 Easeway Bye Mrs A / Richards AK
29 Lane FN
30 Hunt Miss
31 Childs CH
32 Sparrow YW
33 White W
34 Torbett
35 Deacon Deacon HH
36 London Central Meat Co Trickey A
37 Epps Epps Mrs HE
38 Hillbro Eddolls CB
39 The Lindens Hodgson H
40 Peploe Miss
41 Min of Labour Wigmore P
42 Simmonds Simmonds/Edwards
Grange Road South side
1 Windyridge Bascomb FA
Space + Salisbury Rd
2 Holmlea Hallett
3 Redlands
4 Wynhill Fisher / Nicholas
Space 
5 White W
6 Cox
7 Dawes RG
8
9 Marks / Page / White
10 Brown/Hillary
11 McMahon Mrs/ Mason
12 Hillier / Richardson Mrs
13 Biggs
14 Hibberd
15 Andrews AA/Digweed/
/Merritt/Warwick
16 Andrews AA/Etherington/
/Smith R/Smith Mrs E
Grange Road North side
16′ South View Hazelgrove
17 Dalkeith – P.O. Morley Mrs
18 St Ronans Curtis H
19 Elgin Villa Livingstone A
20 Claranest Graham/Meadows WC
21 The Nook Benham Mrs K / Young A/
22 Harley Cottage /Consterdine/ Strong / Tait
23 Silvermere Edwards AD
24 Braemar McCutcheon J
25 Glenroy White T
Space
26 Highclere Chivers NC
27 Treetops Allan / Savage CH
Space
28 Royston
29 Wearville Hearring WJ
30 ..
31 Dorlie
32 The Ridge Ing G
33 Hazeldene Hacney Mrs/Lindley Miss
34 Hillcrest Picken A
Space
35 Sunnycroft Karn AB / Walker
36 Hillcat Crew T

Where there are gaps, no information was recorded.

The tabulation has gone wrong on one entry, that for 21 and 22 Grange Road. “Harley Cottage” has no known residents, the three quoted (Consterdine, Strong and Tait) were resident in “The Nook”

Wartime Memorabilia – an ashtray!

The Old Fire Station in Broad Street has various examples of the equipment used in Alresford over the last 100 years, and some examples of the results of their fire-fighting work. One exhibit looks like a rather heavy metal ashtray – but it is slightly more interesting than that!

Back in the Battle of Britain in WW2, to be exact on 15 August 1940, Flight Lieutenant C R Davis of 601 Squadron intercepted a Junkers Ju88A of the Luftwaffe trying to attack Worthy Down. As a result of his attacks the JU88A crashed and exploded by Ashen Wood, near The Jumps, at West Tisted, at 6.05pm in the evening. The aircraft was totally destroyed in the fire that followed the crash, and the crew were all reported as missing, believed killed: they were FF Fw Herbert Pauck, BO Uffz Kurt Glitzner, BF Fw Dieter Rogge and BS Uffz Erich Woldt.

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A Revell model of the Ju88A

Excavation in 1972

Some years later, in November 1972, the Southern Area Wartime Aircraft Preservation Society examined the crash site to collect any remaining identifiable bits. In fact they removed the remains of both engines, the propeller blades, and the undercarriage, plus a gravity knife and scraps of uniform. Plus an unexploded bomb!

Hampshire Fire Service received a request to attend the UXB with a water tender, during the operation by the Bomb Disposal Unit (BDU) to make the bomb safe, and dispose of the contents. Alresford were asked to undertake this duty, and despatched a water tender and crew, with Mick Atterton in charge. After the successful operation the Officer in charge of the BDU gave Mick Atterton the large screwed cover from the bomb fuse container, as a memento.

For many years Mick used the cover as an ashtray, but now he has put it on display in the Old Fire Station, as an unusual example of the Alresford fire service activities!

The History of the Alresford Community Centre

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A drawing by A E Wade dated 1958. Reproduced from the Alresford Museum archives with permission.

The building now normally referred to as the Alresford Community Centre has a long history in the town: working backwards, it has been previously known as the Alresford Town Hall, the Alresford Market House, and the “Rose and Crown” Inn. In fact the ‘Rose and Crown’ days were in the period just before 1865, when the present building was constructed. The earliest reference found to a dwelling on this site is in 1685, when on 27th November, Abigail Bath, the owner, sold the property to Thomas and Joane Standen, on a 500 year lease of one peppercorn per annum. [In those days spices were more valuable than ordinary money, and becoming more popular (and therefore expensive) by the year]

26th July 1865

The ‘Rose and Crown’ at this time was owned by Edward Hunt, a well-known name in Alresford, who owned the brewery in West Street. In July he sold the deeds to the ‘Alresford Market House Company’ for £550. The property at this time comprised two parts. The main part, on the West side, later to become the Community Centre, (now 7 West Street) was occupied by a Joseph Anderson (possibly the ex-landlord). The ‘messuage’ on the east side (now 5 West Street) was occupied by William Spary. This messuage on the east is the small dwelling that later became the Portman Building Society offices, and is now occupied by the Nationwide Bank.

It is assumed here that it was the Alresford Market House Company that built the imposing new building, with the large front room, presumably for the market, and a meeting room upstairs. This is also suggested by the coat of arms at the top of the front fascia, which has the Alresford crest with the letters AMHCL written above the shield, and the date of 1865 below. AMHCL = Alresford Market House Company Ltd.

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The Market House in 1906. Photo published from www.Alresfordheritage.co.uk with permission

29th August 1924

In 1924, the main building had become known as the “Town Hall”: earlier tenants had been a John Simms, and a Thomas Burly – most recently it was a Stephen Hoffe. But on 29th August the Market House Company went into voluntary liquidation – after 59 years of operating the building. Arthur Whale, an accountant, was the liquidator, and  the property was sold to Miss Mary Matilda Baker, of Mitford House, Broad Street, for the sum of £800. Alresford Memories readers will have read about Kingsley Baker in another story on this website, and how after WW1 the Baker family financed the building of houses for returning soldiers, in New Farm Road. Presumably Miss Baker was part of this family.

The final deal with the accountant included the house at 5 West Street, then occupied by William James Adams. It also included a weigh bridge in West Street. The accountant also tidied up the peppercorn lease, enlarging it into a “fee simple” – presumably buying out the freehold and ending the lease.

Miss Baker’s tenants 1924-1942

There were many tenants in this period! The Meryon Hall (downstairs – note the reference to Dr Meryon’s name) was let to Hazelgrove and Son as a butchers shop for £44-4-0 a year.

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The Hazelgrove shop in the downstairs room (The Meryon Hall) in the 1920s.  Photo by permission from Alresfordheritage.co.uk

H Royle had the use of the large room on Sundays for £5 pa, and the small room for one hour on Thursdays for 2s 6d a week. But the Forresters and the Oddfellows each took the small room on alternate Tuesdays for £4-4-0 pa each. (Nowadays Tuesdays are taken up with the Giles Group coffee morning – they have obviously taken the place of either the Forresters or the Oddfellows!)

The Medical Officer of Health (Dr Cronk) had the use of the main room and two small rooms for one day a week, for the Child Welfare clinic (10 shillings) and the Ante-Natal clinic (7s 6d).

In the 1930s, the upper room was used as a Magistrates Court for the Petty Sessional Division of Alresford. In 1935, Miss Baker upgraded their facilities by creating a retiring room for the Magistrates (cost to her was £62-5-0) and the rent for the two rooms was increased from the previous £25 pa to £29-10-0 pa. This was in a five year lease starting 29 August 1935.

15th September 1942

Miss Baker now sold the two properties to Henry Joseph Phair Esq, the stationer, who later occupied the corner shop and newsagents at the top of Broad Street on the East side. The sum involved was £1100. The sale agreement included the house at #5, then occupied by Mr Jupe, but did not mention the weighbridge. It also stipulated that no intoxicating liquor should be sold from the premises.

In 1946 Mr Phair updated the lease of the upper room and the retiring room for thew use of the County Council as a Magistrates Court, at £60 a year, and in January 1953 the lower hall was let for £10 a year for sittings of the Juvenile Court, with an added fee of £3 for the rent and use of an electric fire.

1st February 1958

Mr Phair now sold the Town Hall to a Trust, formed by local business men and gentry. They paid the £2000 cost via a mortgage with Mr Phair, at 6% interest. The nominated Trustees were Charles Evelyn Meryon (Doctor), Hugh Robertson Leishman (Doctor), Geoffrey Brian Gush (Company Director), and Henry Cleeve Mills (Farmer).

5th October 1964

After 7 years, the Trustees were directed by resolution to “Hold the Trust Property for and on behalf of the Alresford and District Community Association”. The ADCA Trust deed giving the constitution of the ADCA is written around this resolution, and gives the Council of the Association “Management and Control of the Trust property, but not ownership”. The ADCA has continued this responsibility to the present day.

Events in the 1970s

Between 1970 and 75 the original Trustees either died or resigned, and new Trustees were appointed, like Major Covill, Mr R E Witchard, John Arlott and Gordon Scrase. On 29th March 1977 the cottage at 5 West Street was sold to Morris Dibben, for £9500.

The ADCA in 2018

The ADCA is a Registered Charity, and continues to manage the Community Centre on behalf of the townspeople of Alresford. Current Trustees are Mick Atterton and Gareth Rees, but there is wide community representation on the management committee. Main contacts there are Brian Clark for bookings of the rooms, Ian Wilcox as Treasurer, Moyra MacRae as chair of the fundraising committee, and Jackie Earthy as ADCA Secretary.

The photo below shows the Albert Wade drawing of the Community Centre in 1958, almost 100 years after it was first built. This drawing is perhaps in its finished form with some colour – this is published with permission from Gog Andrews – see his website on www.alresfordheritage.co.uk for this and other historical local pictures.

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Jane Loe of Bishops Sutton

Back in the 1960s while at Churchill College in Cambridge, one of the new friends I made was a fellow student called Bob Loe. In a recent reunion to celebrate the Golden Wedding of another college friend, I discovered Bob was a descendant of the Loe family of Selborne, that later were farmers in Bishops Sutton, in the 1800s.

Bob’s great great grandparents were Johnson and Jane Loe, and the 1851 census shows them as a farmer of 700+ acres in Bishops Sutton, employing 20 people. Johnson Loe died in 1855, and so Jane inherited the farm, and continued to run it – she was quite a wealthy widow.

Returning to current times, yesterday saw the opening of the Old Fire Station in Alresford, which now houses a horse-drawn Merryweather Fire Engine from Tichborne Park, very similar to the new engine bought by public subscription for Alresford in 1893. A similar purchase in 1858 was of a new manual fire pump, which was purchased to improve fire safety and fire fighting in the town. Cost, with 160 feet of hose to be used on the suction side, was £138.00. This fire pump was planned to be housed in the Swan Inn, at least until the building known as the “Old Fire Station” was completed in 1881. But notable amongst the list of subscribers for this pump was Mrs Loe, of Bishops Sutton: her name can be seen on the document now on display in the Old Fire Station.

fire-engineAt first I thought this could have been the old manual pump purchased in 1858, but apparently this was a model of the original manual fire pump that was housed at one time in the porch of the West entrance to St John’s in Alresford, earlier in the C19th. The model was built by George Watson in the 1970s, and is pictured here outside the (new) Alresford Fire Station.

In 1859 Mrs Loe remarried – her new husband was Edward Parsons. Possibly fairly advanced for the time was a post-nuptial agreement dated 1859 that specified that her wealth was reserved for her children, and not for Edward Parsons. Considering that she had 11 children, possibly some of the farm was split later into several smaller units. In the 1871 census, Jane was living at New House, and an associated farm: she died in 1882. Bob tells me that there is a long memorial stone to her in the outer north vestry wall of the Bishops Sutton church.

Maybe I will be able to get some photos of this stone later – and add any comments from other descendants of Mrs Loe, or Bishops Sutton farmers! First there is the picture of the manual fire pump donor list, which started this story!

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A notable name on this list is that of Mr J (John) Covey, of Alresford. Later, in 1881, it would be John Covey’s widow, Susanna Eliza Covey, who bought the (run-down) dwellings and land at the bottom of Broad Street, and donated this land to the Bailiff and Burgesses of the town – for them to build what we now know as the “Old Fire Station”.  We believe that the fire pump was housed prior to 1881 in the entrance to the Swan Inn, in the centre of town. Possibly it looked like the picture below, which is of the Victorian “Huntley and Palmer” factory based horse-drawn fire pump.

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