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Wickham, Hampshire

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Notes in italics from Hampshire and the Isle of Wight by Nikolaus Pevsner and David Lloyd (1967)
Yale University Press, New Haven and London.


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Wickham is the finest village in Hampshire ... It is built round a great rectangular 'square' broken only by an island block of buildings at its N end ... (Pity about the obtrusive modern eyesore of a mass of parked cars.) ... The whole range, almost as far as the island block, is of two storeys, humble in pretension, with many shopfronts and upper storeys anything from Georgian to C20 in date.
The village was the birthplace of William of Wykeham in 1324.


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On the west range of the square ... two houses form a semi-detached pair of Early Georgian urban character, in grey and red brick, with segment-headed windows  and string courses, and fine doorcases.
Eastwood House
(middle picture), the last house on the W of the square ... is a charming composition of two storeys, in grey and red brick, with a single canted bay on the upper storey, resting on four free-standing piers.
The east range (last picture) is ended northwards by two Georgian houses which more than any other individual buildings help to make the townscape of Wickham so memorable: the first is of three storeys, Early Georgian, of moderate urban scale; the second is also of three storeys, but to an altogether larger scale. Both are in local grey and red brick. The smaller house has a massive doorcase with segmental pediment, large entablature, and fluted Tuscan columns; the larger house has a simpler doorcase with broken pediment.


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On Bridge Street ... the most intriguing house in Wickham, Queen Lodge. It is of brick and must date from the later C17. Formerly five bays, the middle bay with giant brick pilasters ending in Ionic capitals and supporting an entablature, all in brickwork and rising nearly to the top. Within this frame there is a small pediment to the main door of the house, also in brick. All the rest of the facade has been altered; the windows had raised brick surrounds with scrolly ears. ...


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From Hampshire Treasures: C.18, Buddens Farm, Mill Lane. Timber-framed with red brick infilling in north wall. Refronted with red brick and grey headers in alternate course. Half-hipped tiled roof. Main structure probably older.


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Rooksbury. 1835 by C.H. Tatham in an extensive park; now a girls' school. Square stuccoed two-storey block with big-scale details. Wide plain pilasters at the angles and intermediately, widely spaced windows with simple surrounds, those of the lower storey taller and with moulded hoods. Bold segmental bay in the centre of the SE front, rising the whole height of the building with triple windows on each floor; thin but strongly projecting cornice, boldly moulded with a slight frieze. Grand tetrastyle Ionic portico, with cornice and pediment similarly detailed, boldly projecting from the SW facade, with tall, hooded, square-headed doorway underneath. ...

 

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