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Andover, EN SP116LA
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The present day Rooksbury Mill is dated back from the late years of the 16th Century or the early years of the 17th Century. However, this ancient watermill may just be one of the old eleven mills that have existed in this neighborhood since 1089, as per Domesday Book records. Grade II listed Rooksbury Mill stopped producing flour in the early years of the 20th Century. Post this, it was used for various uses, including a theater. Its new owners carried out restoration in 2003 and have rebuilt much of Rooksbury Mill's original structure.
Erected in the year 1825, Dead Man's Plack was commissioned by Lt. Col. William Iremonger. This historic stone cross rests on a small pedestal featuring incomplete details. Grade II listed Dead Man's Plack is dedicated to Wherwell's Earl Athelwold who was apparently murdered near the monument's site. King Edgar, popularly known as 'Edgar the Peaceful', Earl Athelwold's alleged enemy in love, killed him in the year 963. An inscription seen on the monument's north side narrates the events of the Earl's death. Athelwold was killed for advising the king against tying the knot with the charming Elfrida.
Witness birds of prey like hawks, falcons and eagles getting trained by traditional methods and flying free at regular intervals every day, at this conservancy. Demonstrations include the opportunity to hold one of the birds. The Hawk Conservancy is licensed to care for and rehabilitate injured birds of prey, while breeding birds such as owls and kestrels are housed in aviaries, with the intention of future release. For further details, please check the website.
The ideal place to reside when in Hampshire, the ancient house called Abbess Grange today serves as a charming country club and is a mix of both classic architecture and modern facilities. Built around 1901, the house has been renovated over the years and well maintained. The house is simply built and consists of a two-storey main block with attic and a projecting single-storey billiards hall on the left. Its hilltop location makes it a good vantage point for the nearby scenery.
Tucked away amidst Chute Forest, St Mary's Church is a beautiful piece of architecture in Wiltshire, England. The church was built over a span of just about a year between 1870 and 1871 to the designs of architect John Loughborough Pearson. The interiors of the church boasts of stained glass by Clayton and Bell which is quite admirable. At present the church is Grade II listed building, noted for its architectural value.
The hill fort of Danebury lies in the county of Hampshire, England. This Iron Age hill fort was excavated by Barry Cunliffe in the 1970s. Being one of the most intensively excavated and studied hill forts, this site is of great significance. At the time when hill forts were booming in Wessex, the Danebury was constructed in the BCE6. Having been remodeled many times, adding several elements and features that developed this site into a hill fort, it was used for about 500 years. It is now listed as a Scheduled Ancient Monument and protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Built on the River Test nearly 200 years ago, this mill has been weaving silk since the 1820s. It is now a fully operational working museum producing high quality silk using Victorian machinery. The mill stands on an island where you can watch trout swimming or feed the ducks. The grounds also contain a shop, together with scenic gardens. There is wheelchair access to the ground floor. For further details, please check the website.
A sprawling estate, Redenham Park houses the magnificent Redenham House. Grade II listed Redenham House is a Classical palace dating back to the early years of the 19th Century. Its facade done with beautiful Bath stone, the house stands on two floors and is fitted with sash windows and slate roof. Symmetrical Ionic columns and central porch also grace this beautiful house. The gardens and house inside Redenham Park were created in 1784 and have often been labelled as an ideal setting for a Jane Austen story. The Good Gardens Guide also once carried a feature on Redenham Park's lush gardens.
Biddesden House is an Arabian horse stud farm located near Andover. It is Grade I listed building stands proudly overlooking the extensive farms. It is currently resided by Bryan Guinness family.
The simple exterior of St Nicholas' Church does not prepare you for the beauty contained within its walls. The existing structure was built in the 13th Century. However, due to extensive remodelling in 1703, most of the interior of the church reflects the style prevalent at time. Although redundant, the church does not exude an atmosphere of abandonment as it has been carefully maintained. On the walls of the church you will find paintings dating back to the 15th and 17th Centuries, along with 15th Century windows, and a detailed, carved memorial effigy of Sir Richard Powlette. Apart from these, many more interesting sights lie in wait at St Nicholas' Church.
Crux Easton wind engine is located in Hampshire and can be dated back to 1891. Though it was not in working order, it has been restored recently. Established by Earl of Carnarvon, it pumped water from a deep well, measuring up to 410 feet (125 meters) in depth. The wind power is believed to have been last used in the 1920s. It was then restored in 2002 and the wind engine has been open to public from thereon. The wind engine is open every second Sunday from 11a to 4p in the months of April to August, for public visit.
The small town of Ludgershall has a past of historical significance and is home to a number of places of interest. The Ludgershall castle was used as a hunting lodge by Henry III and had many distinguished occupants. A preaching cross was re-erected in the town center in the 19th Century and is considered to be a site of historical importance. Another point of interest is the Church of St. James which contains the exquisite Tudor tomb of Sir Richard Brydges and his wife Lady Jane. Although a small town, it offers visitors plentiful options for entertainment, food and accommodation.