Mortimer Heritage Trail - walk 1

A walk highlighting historic parts of Stratfield Mortimer, the original part of the village

Mortimer Heritage Trail - walk 1

Mortimer, England RG7 3RD, United Kingdom

Created By: Birchwood

Tour Information

The walk of about three kilometres starts and ends at the Community Centre car park, at the edge of the Mortimer Common Fairground, a centrally located historic open space amenity. Once used for horse fairs it became designated as a fairground in 1802.


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What You'll See on the Tour

1
Community centre car park

The walk is about 3km (2 miles) and starts at the Community Centre car park, at the edge of the Mortimer Common Fairground, a centrally located historic open space amenity. Once used for horse fairs it became designated as a fairground in 1... Read more
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Pond

At the junction with Hammonds Heath, the pond contains two small brick walls. From one, a culvert leads eventually down to Foudry Brook, near the railway station.  
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Chestnuts

Chestnuts was built around 1805 as two cottages by the Hunter family for their employees. They were some of the first houses to be built adjacent to the newly-enclosed common. For the next stop, rather than continuing along the road, procee... Read more
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Entering the woods

Go through the kissing gate and take the footpath through the woods in an easterly direction.
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Leaving the woods

At the far edge of the woods bear slightly right onto the path that has a fence to its right and a hedge to its left.
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kissing gate

Pass through the kissing gate and the two that follow it
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Kissing gate

Continue straight ahead at this third gate but note the path to the left as you will go on it later
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Abbeycroft

To your right through a gap in the hedge you can see Abbeycroft, built as a vicarage at the start of the 18th century to replace Saddlers which is further down the hill. In the 19th century Abbeycroft became a preparatory school for Eton Co... Read more
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Gate

Go through the wooden gate, bearing right through Wheats Farm, between buildings
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view of Wokefield Park

You’ll see Wokefield Park in the distance to your left. Formerly an approved school (borstal) for the London Borough of Brent, it is now a hotel, golf and conference centre.
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Wern Cottage

you will see Wern Cottage on the left, originally a pair of cottages owned by Eton College until sold with the rest of the Rectorial Glebe (church land that provides an income to the vicar) in 1879. Its records go back to 1612.   ...
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Saddlers

Saddlers  was the vicarage in the 17th century and beside it stood the tithe barn. Later it was the home of Walter Long who was a famous harness maker and saddler.
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Pumping Station

To your left is the white Pumping Station that supplies Mortimer’s drinking water from a borehole that goes down to the chalk 250 metres below.
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great barn

If you look across the fields behind the pumping station, you may be able to just make out the roof of the Great Barn at Great Park Farm. This was a stud farm for the breeding of heavy horses during the Wars of the Roses. It was part of the... Read more
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Mortimer station

This is the last known surviving example of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s design for a small station. The Duke of Wellington, when given the Stratfield Saye Estate, that lies next to Mortimer, by a grateful nation, decided he didn’t want th... Read more
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post office

This was built in the 19th century and for many years housed the village post office.  It has been extended in 2012. 
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post box

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The Cinnamon Tree

The Cinnamon Tree is the oldest pub in the village living through many names in its long life from The Horne to the Railway Hotel, when the railway arrived, to The Fox and Horne and is now an Indian restaurant. At the rear, the village bowl... Read more
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Harris House

Harris House, formerly Mr Harris’ bakery, is where the culvert, fed from the pond at Hammonds Heath, exploded in 2007 creating a flood. This was one of the principal shops when village life was in this part of the village. ...
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Foudry House

Foudry House is an imposing large pink Grade 2 listed property.
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St Mary the Virgin Church Yard

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Foudry Brook

Foudry Brook which runs over the remains of a hydraulic ram, which used to pump water up to the Manor House (Church Farmhouse) that is visible beside the church gate.
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LadyField

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Manor House (Church Farmhouse)

A hydraulic ram used to pump water up to the Manor House (Church Farmhouse) that is visible beside the church gate.
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‘pill box’ strong point

On the corner of Mortimer Lane in the field is a ‘pill box’ strong point (guard post), now overgrown, installed in the Second World War. Lime Cottage, on the other side of the lane was a dame (private preparatory) school before nationa... Read more
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St Marys School

St Mary’s School was started in the 1860s by applying liberal coats of lime wash to the walls of the old poor house to address the bug population. This was soon knocked down and a proper schoolroom and house for the headmaster was built ... Read more
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Old Police House

On the right side of The Old Police House you can see the cell where villains were kept until they were transported to Reading on the train. One tried to be difficult by overnight systematically destroying all his clothes. But he was outwit... Read more
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Fire Station

at the school children crossing sign is a building on your left, which was the Fire Station (18) built when the Brigade first obtained a fire engine. The building behind was used for many years as the postal sorting office. ...
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Mortimer Hall

On you left is the drive to Mortimer Hall. It’s had many uses including a home for the blind, a school, a dormitory. It now comprises apartments. Across the road is the drive to Abbeycroft. Immediately to it's right was Thorp's shop known... Read more
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Birchwood

Birchwood was built in 1922. Mortimer's Dr Anderson Hill and his wife Davina moved here from Glenapp Grange (see walk 2) in 1954.  In 1959 they passed the house on to their son Dr Ian Hill ("young" doctor Hill) where he lived until 1970... Read more
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War memorial

Mortimer's war memorial was dedicated in 1921 to those who lost their lives in the great war of 1914 to 1918. It was rededicated in 2000 to those who gave their lives in World War 2 between 1939 and 1945. In 2004 Major John F Kemp MBE, pre... Read more

 

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