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Main Road (Central)

Main Road (Central)

Cloisters (on the right) the home of William Dollery grand national winning Jockey. In the distance Cobbs Farm.

Main Road (Central)

Main Road (Central)

Main Road (Central)

Main Road (Central)

These two Grade II Listed cottages are early 18th century; there is a brick inscribed with the date 1714.

In 1839 the building is described as a single cottage - then occupied by Henry Long and others, the owner being Michael Rivers esquire (the farmer who lived in the neighbouring New House Farm House). Maps suggest the property was divided in two between 1896 and 1909. In 1939 it seems to have been called Twins cottage probably no 1 and 2. Presumably because they looked the same.

School Lane

School Lane

The Post House or Office was not in the early times a dedicated building, but simply the house where the Sub Post Master or Mistress lived and where the post would be delivered to. In Bishop's Sutton’s Case this would have been from from New Alresford - who in turn received it from Winchester. For example in 1885 most of the local post would have been collected in Alresford and further away would arrive at Winchester by train in the early hours to be dispatched to Alresford, sorted to arrive at Bishop's Sutton by 6.45am and again by 1.30pm (delivered around the village at 11.40am and again at 7.30pm). Each time letters would be taken back from Bishop's Sutton to Alresford for sorting and delivering.

It seems that the post office moved across the road to the old shop by the 1890’s and was for a short time in the 1940’s at the Mill lane end of the village before returning to the shop where it stayed until the 1970’s when the shop closed. The Old Post House was a tied cottage to Bishop's Sutton Manor Farm until it was sold and is now a private dwelling.

Main Road (Central)

Main Road (Central)

Ship Hill

Ship Hill

The row of Cottages that stood between the Ship Inn and Ship Hill Cottages after a fire in the 1930's - after which they were demolished. They would have been parallel to the road in what is now The Ship Inn Car park.

Main Road (Central)

Main Road (Central)

he buildings now called Bishop's Court Lodge, the Binding House and the Stables were originally numbers 1 and 2 Bishop's Court Cottages. They were built around 1900 and the north end stables and a loft extended to the road shortly after. In the 1950’s and 60’s what is now Bishops Court lodge was Garry's childhood home for his first 10 years; it comprised of a sitting room, dinning room, kitchen and upstairs were two bedrooms and a bathroom through which a door gave access to the loft over the top of the stables and on to a door at the end that looked out over the road (now a window).

Main Road (Central)

Main Road (Central)

The two cottages were tied cottages for the Head and Under Gardeners at Bishops Court. The driveway that ran past the front doors of the cottages in the 1940’s to 1960’s was one of the drives that led up to Bishop's court (the other drive came out between the ship and the shop). This was all owned by Mr and Mrs Steel who kept their cars, a huge Bentley and a Morris Oxford (the Morris Oxford was for running around Alresford and Winchester etc.) in the garage of the 2nd cottage. Opposite the garage was another building in which the Lawn mowers etc were kept: this included a large Denis mower, and this is partly where Stable Cottage is now (The Stables). The rest of the ground between the driveway and Park View Cottages was vegetable gardens for the two cottages. On the other side of the cottages were large vegetable beds where all the veg for Bishop's Court was grown.

Ship Hill

Ship Hill

The Ship Inn dates from the late 18th century, possibly earlier; the Old Ship Cottages date from the 16th century.

It has been said that the Old Ship Cottages were the original Ship Inn, although as of yet there is not any documentary evidence for this, even though it is a much older building. As to the reason why the Inn is so named it could be one of many. A lot Ship public houses contain old ship timbers; many before the Dissolution of the Monasteries were owned by religious houses and often called the Ark and it was common to change the name so as to try to show no allegiance to anything Catholic.
The word Ship is often a corruption of Sheep as can be seen in some local field names.

Main Road (Central)

Main Road (Central)

It is not sure where these buildings were, though there is a pretty good chance they stood on the junction with Water Lane and the B3047 on an angle with New House Cottages (Grove Cottage). They appear on the 1873 map but have gone after that.