|Village Visit to UPAVON
on 3rd & 10th February 2005
|When we visited on the 10th the
weather was overcast and windy, This made for chilly conditions
even though the temperature was 8 or 9 deg C. We met in the Antelope Inn for coffee and then with
Pat, our guide, we went to St Mary's Church. This struck one as
colder inside than outside. The church was full of interest as
can be seen from the accompanying gallery.
Click here to see them all.
|We then went around the village
starting with the Old School built
1854 for 50 children. Boys left when 9 whilst girls left at
12. It is hard to believe that in that small school there was
room for three teachers and 70 children. A new school was built
A little further is the playing field which was the site of a Priory. An ideal place for Time Team.
|We progressed through the
churchyard past a Master Thatcher
and over Upavon bridge to the Old Bakery
now a Pottery with a diversion to the Old
|Back tracking we observed the Reading Room and Triangle House. At this
point Pat told us about a hero of hers Henry Hunt a colourful character
involved with the Peterloo Massacre and having several wives and
mistresses. He was born nearby and later owned Widdington
Farm. Died in 1835 and buried in Alresford Hampshire.
|On to the Graveyard where there
are many graves to airmen from the earliest days of flying for it was
here that the RFC was founded. There was also a fascinating memorial to women who fought
during two world wars.
|Town End is the oldest area of
Upavon and here there are many thatched cottages especially along Jarvis Street.
|After Jarvis Street we turned
right into the High Street.
Here again there are many listed buildings some of which are
thatched. And so back to the Antelope
Inn to thaw out and have a well deserved drink and a meal. A
thoroughly worthwhile morning. Our thanks to John Hawkins for
organizing this trip.