Manor Farm Country Park

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The ancient duckpond at Manor Farm

Manor Farm Country Park, formerly Upper Hamble Country Park, runs along the west bank of the River Hamble between the villages of Botley and Bursledon in Hampshire at grid reference SU496111. It is a Local Nature Reserve.[1][2]

The park first opened in 1979. In 1984, the Manor Farm museum was opened. The museum site was once at the heart of the village of Botley.[3] The ancient duckpond in Manor Farm and the neighbouring St Batholomew's Church are mentioned in the Domesday book.[3] There is evidence of a Roman road running through the site,[4] which would have been the route between the Roman settlements of Clausentum (Bitterne Manor) and Portus Adurni (Portchester).[5]

This park is on the site of the former Royal Navy shore establishment named HMS Cricket.

Once decommissioned in 1946, the buildings that were left behind by the Royal Navy were used to house citizens of Southampton who were displaced by bombing during World War II. The site was then known as "The Cricket Camp", until 1952 when it was no longer required for that purpose.[6]

Most of the wartime buildings have been demolished, but Manor Farm Country Park retains a much smaller "Cricket Camp" which is used by Scouts. It is also home to the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Activities Centre.

Manor Farm was the location for the historical documentary TV series Wartime Farm, broadcast by the BBC in 2012.[7]


  1. ^ "Manor Farm". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Map of Manor Farm". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Hampshire County Council
  4. ^ Ordnance Survey
  5. ^ Blyth, Joyce B. The Changing Face of Hedge End.
  6. ^ Local Heritage Initiative website
  7. ^ Wartime Farm official website

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Coordinates: 50°53′56″N 1°17′20″W / 50.899°N 1.289°W / 50.899; -1.289