Monday, 1 February 2021

Walk along the East End

 

 This week I'm taking you for a walk in Cholsey's East End and telling you a little bit about it

This is where I'm starting looking down The Wallingford Road, white the building by the road you see on the Right was the Chequers Pub which was the oldest on in the village till it  closed, it is now an Indian Restaurant  
You head past the Red Lion which is one of Two pubs left in the Village though at the moment closed due to the pandemic
This is Red Lion Bend and leads onto the Wallingford Road straight. Over behind the fence is a house that originally faced the road which joined the bend. I'll go into that a bit later 
This looks back towards the house I mentioned, the old road most likely went through around where the entrance is
This is the Wallingford Road which is around a mile long an built around 1840 when the railway came through the village. In 1993 it became around a quarter of a mile shorter when the Wallingford by Pass went across it. I have walked this road many times in the past
If you look over to the right you can see a red brick house set back of the road 
It has a long drive leading to the house, believe it of not that is the back of the house as the front faced the old road so their drive runs through the back garden. The houses either side in the foreground are were built more recently 
There are few houses along the road like this, my favourite is this one Red Cow Cottage which I thought was an old Beer House. I used to live in a house that I could see this place across the field and have a photo somewhere showing it. That was when I realised some of the houses along the Wallingford Road were back to front
This is Caps Lane this part dates from the 1840s when it joined the old road to the new one.The caps lane area dates back to the Domesday book
The road takes you to Blackhalls Farm which is as far as I will take you today. Back after WWI a Danish Farmer bought the place and grew root crops to feed the hundred odd pigs he kept he had a processing factory in the next village which became the beginnings of the Danish Bacon Company. Well will be going on up this track next week.
The Caps lane turns left where I took the photo of the farm and runs this way towards the Reading Road. We will be going along there another time.
The Lane turns left around the bend in the distance. I cannot say if this is part of the original caps lane but it may well be part that just lead to the back of the farm and some barns as the houses around this part are more recent
This old barn is over to the left of the road and was part of the farm but many years ago sold and made into a house. Next week I will show you where the old Caps lane went and carry on back to the village.

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24 comments:

  1. There's some nice houses there, looks like a nice neighbourhood, like that long driveway.

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    1. I did not show all of them only the older ones in the area

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  2. What a nice long walk through the village there. It's interesting that some of the houses are back to front along the road. Thank you for sharing your long walk with us.

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  3. A nice walk in your area and your knowledge of the building's history.

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  4. What a lovely village! I enjoyed seeing the architecture - marvelous.
    Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2021/02/black-and-white.html

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    1. The older building are more interesting than the more modern ones

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  5. Thanks for taking us along on your walk. I love the old pub buildings!

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    1. I use to love going to them once but now very rarely visit one. It's a shame they are in decline

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  6. You have some deep history in your village. Down to one pub!! Hope you have nearby alternatives.

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    1. Sad that considering there used to be seven but put that down to changing times and greedy breweries

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  7. Wandering round the home area in less-than-perfect weather has been the fate of many recently, though I doubt that many are as aware of the history of where they travel. I live in a back-to-front house myself and rather like it that way - the kitchen and the room I use as an "office" face out to where people come and go, while the sitting room and main bedroom face the quieter side.

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    1. It must have been strange for them when it first happened, one day people walked past the front of your house the next no one

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  8. Thanks for the tour around this pretty village!

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  9. What a nice village to walk in. Thanks for the tour, it was wonderful.

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  10. Much history and beauty to be found on this village walk - thanks for taking us along!

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  11. It was nice of you to take us along on your walk and telling us some of the history! I enjoyed it a lot :)

    Thank you for being a part of 'My Corner of the World' this week!

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