Category Archive: Places of Interest

A treat at… The Trooper Inn

Tropper Inn, Froxfield, Nr Steep, Hampshire

While visiting the village of Steep and its surrounding walks and hills, we decided to stop for lunch at The Trooper Inn, at Froxfield. Reputedly over 400 years old, this quaint village pub used to be situated on the main route to London and at the beginning of the First World War was used as […]

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Steep War Memorial

War Memorial, Steep

The memorial at Steep is quiet and unobtrusive, set back from the road on a quiet turning. It consists of a stone built, roofed tower structure with a simple engraved plaque, containing the names of 54 men of Steep, including the poet Edward Thomas, who gave their lives during the First World War. Of these […]

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A visit to… Steep

View from Shoulder of Mutton Hill, Steep

Taking the Edward Thomas walk in the area immediately surrounding the village of Steep, near Petersfield in Hampshire, it is quite easy to see why the poet fell in love with this corner of England. He was renowned for temporarily absconding from the family home, in order to soak up the atmosphere in the countryside. […]

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A treat at… The Rose and Crown

The Rose and Crown, Burwash

As a welcome break during our visit to Burwash, on an extremely hot, late August Sunday, we stopped for a family lunch at the “Rose and Crown”, although the only part of the pub which can be seen from the main road is its sign. Undeterred, we walked down a side road, to find a […]

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Burwash War Memorial

War Memorial, Burwash

The village of Burwash may well date back to the 11th Century, and certainly the church which stands at its heart, The Church of St Bartholomew, was built in 1090. Over the ensuing centuries, this picturesque market town expanded, until by the mid-eighteenth century, it housed over fifty shops, which continued to thrive until the […]

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A visit to… Bateman’s – Splendid Isolation


In 1902, when Rudyard Kipling purchased Bateman’s for £9,300, he was buying himself a little piece of England, and the privacy which he and his family craved. Now, over a hundred years later, the property is maintained and managed by the National Trust and very little has changed since his widow, Carrie, bequeathed the house […]

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War Memorial at Esher

War Memorial at Esher, Surrey

The war memorial at Esher in Surrey, stands on the Green near to Christ Church, a Victorian Gothic building whose tall spire dominates the surroundings. It takes the form of a simple stone cross, mounted on an octagonal tapering column. This stands on an octagonal plinth, which bears the names and inscriptions of the local […]

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A treat at… The Wheatsheaf on the Green

The Wheatsheaf on the Green, Esher

During our visit to Esher, we decided to stop for lunch at the Wheatsheaf on the Green. Overlooking the green, on which the war memorial stands, this was a surprisingly quiet spot to enjoy lunch, away from the bustle of the High Street. We were lucky with the weather and it was warm enough to […]

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Mells War Memorial

Mells War Memorial designed by Edward Lutyens

This was reputedly copied from a statue in the chapel of Henry VII in Westminster Abbey. Beneath the column is a long curved seat, made from Portland stone and an integral stone wall, inscribed with the names of local men who died during the First World War, including Edward Horner and his brother-in-law, Raymond Asquith.

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The Talbot Inn

The Talbot Inn, Mells, Somerset

As part of our visit to Mells, we stopped for a family lunch at the Talbot Inn, a 15th Century coaching inn at the heart of the village. Here we found an old-fashioned English country pub, with a warm, hospitable welcome, excellent ales and a surprisingly diverse menu.

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