View from car park opposite the Black Horse. Click the thumbnail for a larger image (118,642 bytes)
The hill drops away sharply after the foreground field. The distant Cotswold Hills are on the horizon, with the Thames valley in between.
| The present church, St. Andrews, shown in the top three photographs , is located in Upper Wanborough and is just visible nowadays from the M4 motorway on the hills to the east of Swindon. As the photos clearly show, it is unusual in having a tower at one end and a spire at the other. There are two similar churches in Britain, one just a few miles away on the other side of Swindon, in the village of Purton and the other at Ormskirk in Lancashire, although the Ormskirk one has a different design, with both tower and spire side by side at the same end of the building. It would be interesting to know if the idea was copied from one when building the other in north Wiltshire, and which was the first.
The church, with a spire, is thought to have been built in the first half of the 14th century - certainly there is an inventory of church goods dated 1370, so it must have existed before then. The tower was added in 1435 and the spire was rebuilt and possibly enlarged in 1735.
The east window depicts the ascension of Jesus, with angels in the top lights. In the second picture in the lower row, looking along the nave from under the tower, the vicar can be seen approaching the altar. The final picture shows a carving over the north door. In each case click on the thumbnail to see a larger image.
The Harrow, on the east side of the High Street in Lower Wanborough, is thought to be the oldest inn in the village, dating back to at least 1720.
The Plough is another thatched inn, just up the road from The Harrow. It dates from before 1848.
The Brewer's Arms was originally a brewery and beerhouse, and had opened for business by 1861. My uncle was the landlord for some years in the mid-twentieth century.
The Black Horse is a little away from the main village at the cross-roads half way up Callas Hill, with wonderful views north across the Thames valley to the Cotswolds. It opened as a beerhouse in 1862.
The New Calley Arms stands on the corner of Ham Road and Church Road in Upper Wanborough. The original Calley Arms was on the opposite side of the road. It was in operation by 1841, and the New Calley Arms was in business by 1874. The old pub continued in business for some time after the new one opened!
The Cross Keys is on the north side of Burycroft. It was originally a combined beerhouse and shop, and was sold as such in 1854. In 1930 it was demolished and the present building was erected behind the site of the old one.
Junction of Ham Road (to the right) and Church Road, Wanborough, from the New Calley Arms.
Junction of Church Road (foreground) and Kite Hill (going off to right), Wanborough.
Cottage at junction of Church Road (foreground) and Kite Hill (right), Wanborough.
This view of the High Street, once called Lower Town, is looking roughly north from outside The Plough. The Harrow can be seen in the distance (on the extreme left of the photo), but not The Brewer's Arms, which is a similar distance beyond The Harrow.
Wanborough Village Hall. It is close to the post office, nearly opposite The Harrow.
Wanborough village store and post office. It is located opposite The Harrow.
This house was the blacksmith's forge where my ancestors worked in the 19th century. It is located close to the Brewer's Arms, right opposite the junction of the High Street with Rotten Row (A junction referred to in one census as "Fisher's Corner"). The house is now called "Forge Cottage".
The Old Maltings, Wanborough. It is now a private house, but when in use for making malt was conveniently adjacent to the village brewery. It also at one time incorporated a beerhouse called The Yew Tree.
This thatched house, called "Thatcher", is almost opposite The Plough.
Children's play area at one end of the recreation ground behind Wanborough Village Hall.
Rotten Row, Wanborough, looking towards High Street from outside Slate Farm.
Rotten Row, Wanborough, looking away from High Street from outside Slate Farm.
Rotten Row, Wanborough from Kite Hill Cottages, looking away from Kite Hill with Warneage Wood at left.
Slate Farm, Rotten Row, Wanborough. Part of the roof is made of stone tiles, while theother half is thatched. The original purpose of the thatch was to keep at an even temperature the cheese lofts, so that the cheeses there ripened evenly.
Magdelen Cottage, Rotten Row, Wanborough.
Hooper's Field recreation ground, Rotten Row, Wanborough - the bowling green.
Hooper's Field recreation ground, Rotten Row, Wanborough - looking across cricket field towards tennis courts (left) and bowling green (right). Rotten Row itself is behind the trees along most of the background.
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