Botley is the most delightful village in the world, it has everything in a village that I love, and none of the things I hate.’ Thus wrote William Cobbett, author of Rural Rides, who farmed here for 13 years from 1805. The village is situated a few miles east of Southampton.
Vice Admiral Phillip Howard Colomb, who is buried in Botley churchyard, was not so well known. He introduced an important new worldwide system of signals and tactics upon the advent of steamships in the Navy in 1858. His work merits an entry in the Encyclopedia Britannica.
About 200 years ago the square was an area of turf and the market was held there. After a period of disuse, the market was revived in 1830. On one occasion 1,280 sheep, 150 lambs, 250 cattle and 200 pigs were sold; each owner selling his own beasts. By tradition at the end of the market farmers sat down to a meal that always included Botley Plum Pudding.
The village grew around the square and it is said that there were 13 public houses, so it is not difficult to imagine a grain of truth in the story that a man was hanged without a judge or jury in the Catherine Wheel public house. This was later made a Temperance house and is now a bakery that still uses flour from Botley mill. During alterations, the old wall revealed wattle and daub, which has been glassed over and is still on display.
Artefacts in the Manor Farm area show occupation from the Stone Age to Roman times on both sides of the river Hamble. This area is now the Upper Hamble Country Park, a Hampshire Recreational Centre, with a working farm, farmhouse, old barns, wheelwrights and forge.
All Saints’ church is only 150 years old but the early Norman font which was dug up at Fairthorne was removed from the old church in 1835, as was the recumbent figure of John de Botteley.
The village information above is taken from The Hampshire Village Book, written by members of Hampshire Federation of Women’s Institutes and published by Countryside Books.
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