Ropley

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Ropley
View Down Church Street - Ropley - geograph.org.uk - 1219704.jpg
View Down Church Street
St Peters Church Ropley - geograph.org.uk - 1138577.jpg
St Peter's Church (pre-fire)
Ropley is located in Hampshire
Ropley
Ropley
 Ropley shown within Hampshire
Population 1,526 [1]
OS grid reference SU646319
Civil parish Ropley
District East Hampshire
Shire county Hampshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district SO24
Dialling code 01962
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament East Hampshire
List of places
UK
England
Hampshire

Coordinates: 51°04′59″N 1°04′43″W / 51.08305°N 1.07855°W / 51.08305; -1.07855

Ropley is a village and large civil parish in the East Hampshire district of Hampshire, England. It has an acreage of 4,684 acres (18.96 km2), situated 4 miles (6.4 km) east from Alresford, with Ropley Dean served by a station just over 1 mile (1.6 km) from the village shops. It is 6.7 miles (10.8 km) southwest of Alton, just off the A31 road. It lies within the diocese of Winchester.

The ancient Pilgrims' Way from Winchester to Canterbury passes through the village. It is distinguished by its general absence of pavements in favour of boundary walls, hedges and mature trees.[2]

History[edit]

In the Domesday Book Ropley was part of the "Hundred of Bishops Sutton" (or "Ashley").[3] Ropley is noted as having provided the honey for William the Conqueror's mead.[4]

By the 13th century the land was owned by the Gervase family who gave some land to William of Wykeham in the 14th century, who was a Bishop of Winchester and the founder of Winchester College; he later gave land in Ropley to the College. In the 15th century some of the land in Ropley was acquired by Magdalen College, Oxford

[2]

There are numerous old buildings in the village:

Name Grade Century of oldest part
St Peter's Church of England Church Grade II[5] 11th or 12th
The Forge Grade II[6] 15th with

Later extended flemish bond red brick walls

The Old Manor House Grade II[7] 16th
Town Street Farmhouse Grade II[8] 16th
Dover Cottage Grade II[9] 16th
Fordes Grade II[10] 17th
Cromwell Cottage Grade II[11] 17th
Laurel And Pondside Cottages Grade II[12] 17th
Ropelia Cottage Grade II[13] 17th
Gardeners Cottage Grade II[14] 17th
Fieldview Grade II[15] 17th
Fairways Grade II[16] 17th
Sparrow Thatch Grade II[17] 17th
The Old Farm House Grade II[18] 17th
The Old Parsonage Grade II[19] 17th
Ropley House Grade II*[20] 18th features ionic columns

flemish bond red brick walls and architectural ornamentation

The Post House Grade II[21] 18th
Bounty House Grade II[22] 18th
North Street Farmhouse Grade II[23] 18th (1730)
Exeter House Grade II[24] 18th
Archbishop's Cottage Grade II[25] 18th
Hall Place Grade II[26] 18th (1790)
Ropley Grove Grade II[27] 18th flemish bond red brick walls
Carpenters Grade II[28] 18th
Little Barton Grade II[29] 18th
Stables 10 Metres East Of Hall Place Grade II[30] 18th
Yew Tree Cottage Grade II[31] 18th
Ropley Lodge Grade II[32] 18th
Ropley Manor Grade II[33] early 19th
Stable Block 20 metres South-East

of The Post House

Grade II[34] early 19th

The post office was opened in 1851 when the population was 818.[35] In 1870, the population was 796[36]

St Peter's Church of England church lies in the village. Its World War I memorial lists 40 people who died whilst the World War II tablet lists a further 10 people.[37] The Grade-II listed church was severely damaged by a major fire on 19 June 2014 which gutted the building and destroyed the roof.

Present day[edit]

Ropley holds an annual Boxing Day walk. Ropley pram race on the last bank holiday in May.

In June 2014 Ropley Church was completely destroyed in an electrical fire.[38]

Education[edit]

The village contains one primary school, Ropley C of E Primary School. The school was founded in 1826 and moved to its present site in 1829.[39]

Governance[edit]

Ropley in elections every four years elects one representative to Hampshire County Council, this is currently:

Election Member[40] ward
2009 Mark Kemp-Gee Alton Rural

Ropley elects one representative to East Hampshire District Council, this is currently:

Election Member[41] Ward
2011 Chris Graham, Vice-Chairman of the Council Ropley and Tisted

Station[edit]

Ropley railway station

Ropley has its own restored railway station on the Mid Hants Railway running between Alton and New Alresford with 100-year established garden topiary by the station house side. Here a village industry is carried on: maintaining the locomotives. The Locomotive Shed and engineering works are by the station, tours can be booked.[42] Trains from here run May excluding first week-September excluding last week, Tues-Thurs at 11:08, 13:08, 15:08 connecting with the nearest national rail station 6.7 miles (10.7 km) to the northeast, at Alton: with three extra interspersed services and a 15:51 final service on Standard Service 2 days including all weekends May–October; with Fridays also served on this timetable typically one day in June and throughout July and August. Monday coverage as at 2012 is not common save August. Westbound services run 6 minutes later than the hourly service and 28 minutes later than the interspersed services so the last service is 16:19 to Alresford. Christmas and special late year services also run.[42]

There is a fixed price of £14 per day per adult, £7 per child or a discount family fare.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Census
  2. ^ a b http://www.easthants.gov.uk/ehdc/formsfordownload.nsf/0/623C0676D01E5A3C8025719C004FCCBA/$File/Ropley_Conservation_Area.pdf Conservation Area Booklet - divided into Church Street and South Street parts.
  3. ^ Ropley history
  4. ^ Hampshire County Council
  5. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1339053)". National Heritage List for England. 
  6. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1179655)". National Heritage List for England. 
  7. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1339020)". National Heritage List for England. 
  8. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1093933)". National Heritage List for England. 
  9. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1339055)". National Heritage List for England. 
  10. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1093929)". National Heritage List for England. 
  11. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1093930)". National Heritage List for England. 
  12. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1093932)". National Heritage List for England. 
  13. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1093936)". National Heritage List for England. 
  14. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1339058)". National Heritage List for England. 
  15. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1093939)". National Heritage List for England. 
  16. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1157350)". National Heritage List for England. 
  17. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1179719)". National Heritage List for England. 
  18. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1179855)". National Heritage List for England. 
  19. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1339032)". National Heritage List for England. 
  20. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1157351)". National Heritage List for England. 
  21. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1093928)". National Heritage List for England. 
  22. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1093934)". National Heritage List for England. 
  23. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1093935)". National Heritage List for England. 
  24. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1093931)". National Heritage List for England. 
  25. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1179845)". National Heritage List for England. 
  26. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1179958)". National Heritage List for England. 
  27. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1301730)". National Heritage List for England. 
  28. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1301760)". National Heritage List for England. 
  29. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1093937)". National Heritage List for England. 
  30. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1093938)". National Heritage List for England. 
  31. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1093940)". National Heritage List for England. 
  32. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1093941)". National Heritage List for England. 
  33. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1157300)". National Heritage List for England. 
  34. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1339056)". National Heritage List for England. 
  35. ^ Timeline of Hampshire
  36. ^ Vision of Britain
  37. ^ Roll of Honour Ropley
  38. ^ "Ropley church gutted by blaze". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  39. ^ "School Brochure". Ropley CofE Primary School. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  40. ^ Retrieved 2012-05-14
  41. ^ Retrieved 2012-05-14
  42. ^ a b "Overview to stations". Mid Hampshire Railway. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 

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