Crookham Village

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Crookham Village
Bus Crookham Village.jpg
A preserved 1960s Aldershot and District Traction Company bus (a Dennis Loline III) passes an old cottage in Crookham Village
Crookham Village is located in Hampshire
Crookham Village
Crookham Village
 Crookham Village shown within Hampshire
Population 3,648 [1](2001 Census)
OS grid reference SU792524
   – London  42 mi (68 km) 
Civil parish Crookham Village
District Hart
Shire county Hampshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town FLEET
Postcode district GU51, GU52
Dialling code 01252
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament North East Hampshire
Website Crookham Village Parish Council
List of places
UK
England
Hampshire

Coordinates: 51°16′27″N 0°51′40″W / 51.274052°N 0.861053°W / 51.274052; -0.861053

Crookham Village is located south-west of Fleet, in northeast Hampshire, England and lies within the Hart District.

History[edit]

Crookham (formerly Crokeham) dates back at least as far as the Domesday Book, although Crookham Village and Church Crookham did not become separate entities until the founding of the Christ Church in 1840.[2][3] It is this church for which Church Crookham is named. Whilst Church Crookham has become largely subsumed in the urban dormitory town of Fleet, Crookham Village lies across the Basingstoke Canal from its neighbour, in a more rural setting.

The village centre has evolved around scattered ancient cottages, many of which are timber-framed. Agriculture and horticulture are important industries, and hops were grown and kiln-dried in the parish until 1974. Crookham was formerly noted for brick making and potteries which produced coarse red ware of the flower-pot-type. A traditional Mummers play is performed outside two of the public houses and on the village green each Boxing Day.

Notes of Interest[edit]

The Basingstoke Canal passes through Crookham Village, and a wharf once existed at the historic former Chequers public house, now rebuilt and renamed The Exchequer. Here, timber was loaded and coal unloaded. A picnic area is now at the site, and the towpath provides is used by walkers. Another of the village pubs, the Fox and Hounds, was host to the Fleet Folk club from the 1960s until 2001 when redevelopment work at the pub removed the venue. The club was run independently of the pub management in a separate function room and gained a reputation [according to whom?] for featuring high quality musicians in the tiny room, often early appearances by artists later to become famous[citation needed]. The Black Horse is the village's third pub.

One of the old houses to the south-west of the village was formerly King Henry VIII's holiday home, where he stayed during the hunting season to hunt deer (the namesake of the district of Hart).

Twin towns[edit]

Crookham Village is twinned with Lévignen, France.[4][5][6] Groups of families from one town cross the Channel for weekend stays with families from the other, alternating between visiting and hosting each year.

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Rose, B. (2001). Family walks around Fleet, Crookham and Crondall. Fleet: Footmark. ISBN 0-9527363-7-3

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