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The Monkey Hut?

The Monkey Hut, in Alresford, was an unofficial name given to the Parish or Church Hall that was situated at the edge of the St John’s Churchyard in Station Road, alongside the footpath that is at an angle to Station Road, emerging close to the current Doctor’s surgery. It has already been mentioned in some Alresford Memories stories – see those from Pat Bentley and Gladys Ashe.

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The Monkey hut photographed from across Station Road, near the Surgery.

The hall was a wooden construction, but small, at the most 12 feet wide, shoe-horned in to a space at the top end of Station Road. It was demolished in 1981, and even older residents suggest it was built before their time, maybe in the 1920s: there is a 1930 aerial picture of Alresford town centre, where it is clearly visible. The roof was of corrugated iron, and the outside wooden walls were painted yellow (originally). It occupied a ‘waste’ patch of land between two footpaths that gave access to the Churchyard. One of these paths is still in use today, the ‘diagonal’ path, described above. The other was a path perpendicular to Station Road, which started from the same corner of the churchyard as the diagonal path. Both paths had a brick and flint wall defining the outer edge. The area covered by the waste ground between them can be seen as the red and green shaded areas on the 1980s aerial picture below, kindly supplied and marked up by Godfrey Andrews, at Alresfordheritage.co.uk. The original two paths are marked with the grey areas.

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As is indicated by these pictures, after the Monkey Hut was demolished, the land was subsequently used as a car park for the Swan Hotel, and has more recently been built on, to create Warwick Court. The Monkey Hut would have occupied the current vehicle entrance to Warwick Court.  Since the land was a triangular shape, the building itself was narrower at the churchyard end. The main entrance was on the South side, onto the diagonal footpath, through the narrowest end of a small patch of vegetation, as indicated by the green on the plan. But the opposite end of the building had to be much narrower, so that wall is angled inwards, making the whole floor-plan rather non-symmetrical.

The photo below was taken in 1968, by Simon Newman. This is taken from the churchyard, through the two pillars which frame the entrance to both of the paths: the triangle is finished off to a point by the posts and metal rails around some vegetation. The high window at the sharp end of the building was blacked out inside, at least in the 1950-60s: the hut was only a single storey.

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The Monkey hut in 1968. Picture by courtesy of Simon Newman

What was it used for?

Throughout the life of the hall, it served many purposes: Sunday Schools, Town Library, Brownies Meetings, Jumble Sales, Wedding Receptions, Dances, Parties, Whist Drives, Film Shows and Annual Dinners – many of the things a Community centre might provide. Pat Bentley remembered holding ‘Rock & Roll’ sessions for the younger townspeople there in the 1950s. Pat ‘borrowed’ the speakers for these sessions from the Cinema, located across the road, where he helped out. The Cinema building was almost opposite the Monkey Hut, on the other side of Station Road – the site is now occupied by parts of Alders Court. Both these old buildings, with their tin roofs, were very noisy when the rain or hail came down, inside it was rather like being inside a drum! Other people remember expeditions to the Monkey Hut from their primary school to attend ‘Religious Instruction’ lessons from the Vicar, in particular.

How did it get that name?

No-one actually knows the answer to this question, unless someone now tells us! But maybe the sight of all the primary school children filing into the building for RI, or the emergence of all the Brownies, in their uniforms, conjured up the image of a troop of monkeys emerging from the hut. The real ‘Monkey business’ probably was a phrase more relevant to the teenagers, who occasionally enjoyed dances and parties in there!

Please write a comment if you know anything about the origins of the name!

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1950 Aerial photo of Windsor Road

Margaret Russell has kindly provided a copy of an aerial photograph taken over Alresford in around 1950, when the houses in Windsor Road were being built.

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1950 view of part of Alresford, Jesty Road on the left, Meryon Road at the bottom

The photo also clearly shows Jesty Road, Mitford Road and Meryon Road, plus Bridge Road and Ashburton Road: Covey Way, Ashburton Close, South Close and DeLucy Avenue are not yet built. Plus there are very few cars around! More interesting are the prefabs (chalet style bungalows) between Windsor Road and Ashburton Road.

It is possible that this picture was published by the Hampshire Chronicle more recently than 1950, and that this is a photocopy of that newspaper publication. Many thanks to them for finding this old pic in their archives!

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

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.

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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!