Church Lane

Last Updated: 01/02/2017

Church Lane runs southwards from the top of the Causeway opposite the church to join up with the southern end of Brook Street at Rectory Farm.  It was previously known as Workhouse Lane (named in the 1886 ordnance survey) as the village workhouse (now Low Farm) was situated at the southern end of  it.  There were cottages along the lane mostly on the higher eastern side of it but few of these now remain.
In the 20th century two bungalows were built by a farmer called Schofield along the eastern side, one of which later became a farmhouse owned by the Bishop family who farmed land around the village.  Both of these bungalows were demolished in the 1980s and replaced with new houses.



Souther End Church Lane

Southern end of Church Lane showing the old footbridge and the barn at Low Farm, now demolished.
Some cottages on the eastern side are visible, with one surviving today.

Church Lane fron the north

Church Lane from about half way down looking south, showing a pair of cottages on the western side now demolished and a cottage on the eastern side that remains.

South end of Church Lane

The south end of Church Lane around 1900.  At this time Church Lane is barely more than a track. The cottage in the centre of the picture was occupied by the Murdens at the time.

Rectory Cootage in the 1920s

View from the junction between Church Lane and the top of the Causeway showing Rectory Cottage in the 1920s.

Rectory Cottage

Rectory Cottage on the corner of Church Lane and the Causeway in the 1950s.

Rectory Cottage in the early 1950s

The front of Rectory Cottage, possibly in the early 1950s.

View from the top of Church Lane

The view from the corner of Church Lane and the Causeway showing the bakery and old farmyard.  The bakery and farmyard were demolished in the 1960s and 1970s.

Rectory Cottage in the 1950s

The front of Rectory Cottage showing the thatched outbuilding on the side.  This was destroyed by a fire in 1972.

View across Church Lane

The view across Church Lane looking south from Rectory Cottage in the 1950s showing number 3.  The farmhouse belonging to Harold Bishop is visible in the background.

View of numbers 1 and 3 Church Lane in the 1950s

The view across Church Lane from Rectory Cottage showing numbers 1 and 3 in the 1950s.  Both are still there today, but with some modifications.

Rectory Cottage from the south in the 1950s

Rectory Cottage from the south in the 1950s showing the small gable window which was the only window in the second bedroom.  The back door then opened on to a galley kitchen.

Original Cottage at South

Cottage at the southern end of Church Lane in the 1970s looking northwards.

Building work in Church Lane

Cottage at the southern end of Church Lane in the 1980s with a newly built house visible behind it.

Corner of Church Lane in 1988

The view of Rectory Cottage on the corner of Church Lane in 1988.

View of the Causeway from Church Lane around 2000

The view from the corner of Church Lane and the Causeway around 2000.

Number 3 Church Lane in the 1990s

Number three Church Lane probably in the 1990s during winter.  The house was originally three houses converted into a single house in the 1970s.  The house backs on to the churchyard.

Rectory Cottage around 2000

Rectory Cottage around the year 2000 showing the new build from 1972.  The cottage had recently been rethatched.

Rectory Cottage in the 1980s

Rectory Cottage on the corner of Church Lane and the Causeway in the late 1980s.  The post office can beb seen in the background.

Ashcombe in the 1990s

Ashcombe on Church Lane in the 1990s.  This house was built on the garden of the small farmhouse (now demolished) that stood on the crest of the valley above the lane.

Number 24 in the 1990s

This house (number 24) was built in the top half of the former paddock behind Low Farm.  Two bungalows were built in the lower half of the paddock.

Beech House in the 1990s

Beech House at the end of Church Lane in the 1990s.  Previously a cottage stood on the plot higher up the slope, long since demolished.


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