The first section Is the short length of the west boundary with New Alresford. The length of the boundary between BIshops Sutton and New Alresford Parishes is only three quarters of a mile.
The perambulation starts on what is now the B3047 just the Alresford side of the Railway bridge at what was called Bowling Close Gate, and headed south with Bowling Close on the Sutton side and Marrow Ditch on the Alresford side.(Bowling close being subsequently cut through when the railway was built 120 years later). Sweatly Row is the hedge row on the west of the solar farm. The Cump would have been in the corner where the old section of White hill Lane is, when it was cut of by the A31 bypass. The boundary then runs west just north of the old section of White Hill lane, then turns south again to cross the old White Hill Lane at its junction with Appledown lane. Appledown Gate would have been about there.
Credit: Garry Allam, Bishop's Sutton Heritage; curated by Mark Allen
1881 Map showing route of North Street
The name comes from its' location rather than its direction, being north of the main settlement of Bishops Sutton. Today it connects Bassets Farm (for a while called North Street farm) and Bighton Lane with Hobbs Close, formerly Hobbs Yard and Cottages (a small farm located near the present Hobbs close). As it is now, it was probably connected to Water Lane.
However, it looks like at its western end where it terminates at the junction with Bighton lane, that it once continued across Bighton lane along the track that runs along the north edge of North court. The route carried on west running north of the river connecting with Sutton Mill and then Western Court. Further back between the connecting track to the mill and North court a spur ran north giving access to the fields north of where the railway line now runs.
Remnant of roadway running to the north of North Court. Looking from Bighton lane westward 2011
North Street Cottage from the south circa 1910
The Cottage that used to stand in the field south of North Street. Archie Norris lived there as a boy and he told me that although it looked picturesque in fact it was very dilapidated with dirt floors and when he laid in bed at night he could see the stars through the thatched roof.
The place was demolished about 1939 and the family were moved into a new council house at Hobbs close. In 1839 it was described as a cottage, garden, orchard and yard.
North Street Cottage: Map 1909 showing site with modern places in red
View of where North Street Cottage would have stood 2011 from Water Lane
The Granary at Bassetts Farm in North Street
The Granary dates from the 1700’s. It has a timber frame weather boarded and double doors in the side and it sits on 9 Staddle stones. It was used mainly for the storage of grain, which was protected from vermin and the damp by the staddle stones.
As a boy, we used to gain access underneath via some loose boards - I seem to remember it was partitioned but that was close to half a century ago now.