Haxton & Fittleton

We hope you enjoy, looking through our rich and varied history

Haxton and Fittleton's Past

General history of Fittleton and Haxton

Fittleton is set in downland, mostly to the east of the village, from where there are magnificent views over to the dominating hillfort of Sidbury Hill.

Please click on the image to read more about the history of both Fittleton and Haxton………

History of Fittleton Church

Both Fittleton and Netheravon churches are dedicated to “All Saints”, as are half the churches in the Avon Deanery.

Fittleton church, first mentioned in records of 1291, is built of flint and rubble, mostly rendered, and has chancel, aisled nave and south porch

 

Please click on the image of the church to read more about the history of Fittleton Church……………..

Fittleton Farms

A large proportion of the parish of Fittleton  is down land and from medieval times it was dominated by the keeping of  sheep.  It is not surprising that Sheppard or Shepherd is a common  name in the  area. By the early C18th down land was  being converted to arable  within the system of common  fields.

Please click on the image opposite to read more about the farms of Fittleton.

History of Fittleton School

Charitable bequests for education in Fittleton were made in the early 18th century. Henry Clark (d. 1712) directed that from the annual rent of £12 charged by his will upon his farm at Haxton, £5 should be spent on teaching ten poor children to read and writeCharitable bequests for education in Fittleton were made in the early 18th century. Henry Clark (d. 1712) directed that from the annual rent of £12 charged by his will upon his farm at Haxton, £5 should be spent on teaching ten poor children to read and write………….

 

Please click on the image of the Old School House to read more about the history of Fittleton School.

HMS Fittleton

Please click on the stain glassed image of HMS Fittleton to find out more……………

Interviews conducted by Eileen Power and Tony Mills in the mid 80's

In 1984 and 1985 Eileen Power and Tony Mills interviewed a number of the residents of Haxton, Fittleton and Netheravon to record and capture their memories and life experiences.  

The tapes have been reformatted digitally to be able to share their memories with you.

We hope you enjoy listening to them.

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Interview with Mrs ‘Ivy’ Punter in 1984 (Above)

2nd Interview with Mrs ‘Ivy’ Punter in 1985 (Below)

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Thank you Liz Lester for providing these cuttings of Mrs ‘Dora’ Blake.

I don’t think anything else needs to be said the cuttings say it all.

 

We hope you have enjoyed listening to the experiences of all the interviewees.

As a group we are so glad the Jubilee Committee agreed to fund the digitisation of the cassettes and for Tunnel Rat Studios for doing such as fantastic job to remove the background noise and to make them so easy to listen to. Thank you.

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