Brimpton History: Hyde End Fisheries

Brimpton History: Hyde End Fisheries

Normally, when I begin to research a property for one of these posts, I like to make a visit to take an up-to-date “now” photo for comparison. Sadly that’s not possible with today’s subject, since all traces of it have been wiped off the face of the earth – or at least the visible earth. Who knows what still lies beneath…? The Fisheries at the bottom of Hyde End Lane seem to have been located on the site of what…

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Brimpton History: Tanner Stores

Brimpton History: Tanner Stores

For the first post of 2023, I wanted to take a look back at another of the village’s one-time retail establishments – something the village no longer lays claim to, sadly. Unlike the various Post Offices, pubs and village stores that Brimpton has seen over the years, this one was situated over on Hyde End Lane, in the Eastern-most part of the Parish. Originally opened in 1883 (pre-dating the Forge Stores by some years), the store in Hyde End Lane…

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Brimpton History: Famous Brimpton Residents

Brimpton History: Famous Brimpton Residents

After the recent revelation that Little Park House was once home to both the King of Norway and Princess Diana’s aunt, I got to wondering whether Brimpton had ever had any other famous residents. As luck would have it, my lovely neighbour Doris is the font of all knowledge when it comes to Brimpton history, and has brought me right up to speed. It turns out there have been a number of notable (or in one case, notorious!) Brimpton residents…

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Brimpton History: Little Park House

Brimpton History: Little Park House

Situated at the top of Hyde End Lane, in the western-most part of the Parish, Little Park House is a building with a colourful history. Built back in 1869 by the Shuter family, it sits on land that was originally a part of the massive Crookham Manor Estate. According to the Brimpton Story, it is an unremarkable house from an architectural point of view, built in a fairly common Victorian style. The house originally had its own farm and a…

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Brimpton History: The Village Hall

Brimpton History: The Village Hall

While it’s far from the oldest building in the village, having been built in 1909, the Brimpton Village Hall is still an important fixture of village life. It plays host to various events, classes, parties and more, and with the closure of all the pubs near the village it’s even more important today than it ever has been. At just 113 years old, there’s not a huge amount of history to share about the hall. We know that it was…

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Brimpton News: Carols & Crafts at the Wasing Estate

Brimpton News: Carols & Crafts at the Wasing Estate

The lovely folks over at the Wasing Estate have asked me to share the following information about their upcoming Christmas event: Wasing’s Christmas Carols and Craft Fair Wednesday 14th December | Doors open at 4.30pm Join us at Wasing Estate for an evening of festive cheer and get in the Christmas spirit alongside the local community. Father Christmas will arrive at 5.30 pm, bringing a special gift to all little ones on his Nice List. Sing along to your favourite Christmas…

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Brimpton History: St Leonard’s Chapel

Brimpton History: St Leonard’s Chapel

Undoubtedly one of the oldest and most historically-significant buildings in the parish, St Leonard’s Chapel dates back to at least the 12th century. According to Heritage Gateway, the chapel (both a Scheduled Monument and a Grade II* listed building) is constructed of coursed flint with stone dressings and has a tiled roof. There are differing accounts of it’s origin, but many historians believe it to be the church of Shalford Manor, as mentioned by the Domesday Survey – despite Shalford…

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Brimpton History: Hyde End House

Brimpton History: Hyde End House

One of the most prominent and impressive buildings along Hyde End Lane, Hyde End House was build in 1807 and has a long and chequered history. It has been a Grade II listed building since 1952, and was built by a builder from Newbury named Mr Edge. According to research collected by David Hyde (including from our own ‘Brimpton Story’), the existing building replaced an old one that was destroyed in a fire – though some original parts remain, including…

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Brimpton History: Horse and Jockey Pub

Brimpton History: Horse and Jockey Pub

While the recent closure of the Three Horseshoes pub might lead you to believe it was the only pub in Brimpton, there have actually been a number over the years. We’ve already covered the Pineapple in Brimpton Common, but over on Hyde End Lane they also used to have their own public house, in the shape of the Horse and Jockey. As the pub has now been converted to a residential home, it’s hard to find out much about its…

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Brimpton History: Forge Stores

Brimpton History: Forge Stores

Until as recently as 2016, Brimpton still had a village shop, occupying the building that now houses Georgina Hill hairdressing. We don’t have much information about the building itself, but the stores opened in around 1920, where they traded for almost 100 years. Before that, the main store for the village was Tanners in Hyde End Lane. There’s a wealth of information about the ownership and establishment of the Store in the ‘Brimpton Story’ book, but here’s a short run-down…

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