Hampshire Treasures

Volume 9 ( Test Valley South)

Page 84 - Melchet Park and Plaitford

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Melchet Park. Originally built in 1863 for the second Lord Ashburton, it was damaged by fire and subsequently re-built in 1875-9. Further alterations and additions were made in 1912-14. The house is in Jacobean style built of brick with stone dressings, with square central entrance porch. Now a school. Ref: Buildings of England; Hampshire and I.O.W., (Pevsner and Lloyd), p.332.     SU 270 220
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Plaitford House. A tall building of 2 storeys and attic. Brick built with an old tile roof. Casement windows. Formerly the Rectory, but only used as such when Plaitford has its own rector from 1871 - 1917. Now an art gallery.     SU 283 204
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The Shoe. 2 storeys, timber-framed with white-painted infill. Hipped old tile roof, older rear part of building is thatched. Casement windows with small panes. Long tiled porch.     SU 274 196
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Group E - Street Patterns, Street Furniture and Open Spaces
Reads '11 miles to Salisbury, 11 miles to Southampton'.     SU 277 193
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Group F - Historical or Literary Associations
Inn (Site)
Plaitford Wood. An inn called The Green Man once stood here, where villagers could drink home brewed beer and cider.     SU 278 217
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The Shoe. Built on the site of the turn-pike, the last keeper J. Cocks, died in 1862, a tablet in Plaitford Church is dedicated to the memory of Mr. Cocks and his wife. The Shoe was also formerly a posting station for the mail coach.     SU 274 196
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Clay Pit
The walls of many small cottages in Plaitford were built of clay from this pit. The last time this clay was used was in the 1930's when a hard fire-proof floor for the smithy was laid down. Like many other cottages built by this method the smithy has now been demolished.     SU 279 199
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Plaitford Common. Part of the common is still known as 'The Racecourse', in June 1848 two flat races and one over hurdles were run there. Ref: Hampshire Magazine, March 1961 (Prior), p.27.     SU 277 192
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