|The Itchen in autumn - with St Catherine's Hill behind|
Sunday, 27 November 2011
Friday, 25 November 2011
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Next to Rippon is an iconic Italian deli, Gastronomia Italia (pictured above) where one can find every shape of Italian delicacy. I go there principally for their gorgeous crispy and salty cheese biscuits (Barilla Sfoglia di Grano) - and a quick macchiato. Then on to Delicias de Portugal in Warwick Way where one can select a famous and delectable cheese (Terra Nostra - like an Edam, in a red wax sleeve) and some other unusual delicacies, like very finely cut smoked pork loin. There are tables outside where one can nibble a piece of Portugese cake with a cup of their delicious milky coffee.
Service is of course from people from the region who know their stock and are happy to talk and advise. Everything here is authentic and things are always offered in slivers to try first. One doubts that even 1% could be found in a supermarket.
Friday, 18 November 2011
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Much of 18C Balham was owned by the Duke of Bedford, including 150 acres of prime farmland known as 'Charringtons'. A century later, with farming in decline, the Bedford family sold the land to Richardson Borradaile, a wealthily merchant and MP, who built Bedford Hill House - a beautiful ivy-clad mansion situated where Veronica Road is now, roughly between Nos 12 and 18.
1i 1843 the house and its estate were sold to William Cubitt, brother of the builder Thomas Cubitt. Together they improved the house and grounds, adding an ornamental lake which lay by Elmbourne Road - between Manville and Huron. The family enjoyed uninterrupted views towards Balham until 1855 when a railway embankment was built along Balham High Road and Bedford Hill. A year later Balham Station opened and landowners were put under pressurev to release land for much-needed homes.
Alfred Heaver was an ambitious and visionary house builder when he acquired the now empty house and parkland. Ritherdon Road was the first to be laid out in 1888 and was to be the main access to the estate. That same year Heaver applied to construct Streathbourne, Drakefield and Louisville Roads across the grounds of Elms Farm and the nearby mansion Streatham Elms, and by the time they were completed in 1892, he was already building more roads running north off Ritherdon Road. With around twelve different styles of property, the Heaver Estate had now reached the neglected gardens around Bedford Hill House and when Veronica Road was built in 1897, it was demolished.
On 4th August 1901, at the age of 60, Alfred Heaver was shot in the back and head as he walked to church with his wife in the village of Wescott near Dorking. The assailant, who turned the gun on himself, was his sisters's husband James Young. The inquest stated that had had a grudge against his brother-in-law for many years and had even filed down the ends of the bullets to cause him maximum injury.
Although Heaver did not live to see the completion of his estate, it is considered to be one of the finest examples of 19C suburban development and was made a conservation area in 1978.
Wednesday, 2 November 2011
|Ham Lloyd at home|
A very dear friend, Hamilton 'Ham' Lloyd, the vicar of Litchfield, died on 29th October 2011, aged 92. Ham was finest of men, noble, erudite and open-hearted. A fine cricketer and raconteur and a man of deep faith as well as love of country, he treated everyone the same - from the bishop and the squire to parishioners of every rank - and was equally loved by all.
This short obituary has appeared in the Whitchurch and Litchfield Parish Magazine:
The Reverend Hamilton Lloyd
9th July 1919 – 29th October 2011
in memoriamHamilton Lloyd, “Ham” died on 29th October 2011. His life spanned 92 years. He was born just after the end of the First World War in Birchgrove, Swansea and was educated at Cardiff High School before going up to Oxford to read history. He was the only child of William and Hilda Lloyd.
Whilst at Oxford the Second World War broke out and he joined the University Air Squadron and thence the Royal Air Force. He flew spitfires and hurricanes.
Owing to the development of an eyesight problem he could not continue to fly for the duration of the War and decided to train for ordination in the Church of England. He attended Ripon Hall Theological College, Oxford in 1942 and married Suzanne Moon. It was to be wonderfully happy marriage that lasted for over 65 years. They had one son, Christopher.
Hamilton was ordained in 1944 and served as curate at St. Charles the Martyr, Falmouth, Cornwall. In 1947 he became Rector of St. Gerrans with St. Anthony in Roseland. After four years he left the Diocese of Truro and joined the Diocese of Winchester. The family moved to Bournemouth where Hamilton oversaw the building of a new church, Holy Epiphany.
The move from Holy Epiphany to All Hallows, Whitchurch came in 1960. At that time the united benefice was made up of Whitchurch and Tufton. During his tenure Litchfield was added. After many happy years, including many games of cricket, Hamilton and Suzanne moved to the parish of St. Michael and All Angels, Lyndhurst and stayed there until he reached the retirement age of 65.
But retirement was not for him and he gladly accepted the invitation to look after the little church of St. James the Less at Litchfield. This he continued to do until he died – some 28 years. The last service he took was Harvest Festival on 2nd October this year.
His second wife, Cecilia, survives him as does his son, Christopher, four grandsons and five great grandchildren.
He will be sadly missed - as will his monthly musings from Litchfield which he penned for the parish magazine.