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  Monday 21st July 2008
~~~~~ Wickham to Droxford ~~~~~

Wickham is well known for its large medieval square thought to have been laid out to accommodate a market and fair after the village received its charter in 1268. The market didn't survive but the fair still prospers to the present day. The village was also the birth place of William of Wykeham, the founder of Winchester College and New College, Oxford, who became Bishop of Winchester in 1367 and twice Lord Chancellor of England.


The Old House Hotel and Restaurant in the Square dates from the 18th century...


...another 18th century building, the Kings Head.


Off the northern end of the Square is Bridge Street which is lined by old houses as it drops down to the River Meon and Chesapeake Mill. At the bottom of Bridge Street (Above) are a number of timber-framed cottages known as The Barracks.


On the left hand cottage hangs this warning to wrongdoers.


The Barracks.




The Chesapeake Mill in Bridge Street sits astride the River Meon and is a reminder of the 1812 war with America. The timbers of the mill were taken from the American man-of-war Chesapeake captured by H.M.S Shannon during a battle off Boston in June 1813. The mill today houses an assortment of shops, an art gallery and Tea Rooms.


Next to Chesapeake Mill is the Dip Hole.



The home of Bruce Tappenden (1930 - 2002) the last Miller of Wickham and local historian.

 Back in the Square.                                                                                                                                                           

Lunchtime and time for some light refreshment.

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