Rowlands Castle Heritage Centre

03/07/2019

Rowlands Castle Heritage Centre will be supporting the Village Fair this Saturday by taking a stand in the Big Marquee.

Come and visit our stand and discuss the Heritage Centre and plans for our future.

We would welcome any personal or family photos, maps or descriptions of D-Day which you may wish to share on our website

We will also be happy to discuss the opportunities to volunteer, and take part in our future development (including the model railway), on an ad hoc or longer term basis at your own convenience.

03/07/2019

RCHC Fundraising Garden Party Committee would like to thank everyone who supported and helped to make our Cream Tea Garden Party on Saturday 29th June a success. The event raised £775 profit for Rowlands Castle Heritage Centre, much needed to develop our projects, including the online museum and future community hub.

Our special thanks to all those who offered generously to the Raffle, amongst them: our local H.E. Hall Rowlands Garage; Rowlands Castle Home Hardware store, The Style Studio Hairdresser, Stansted House and Stansted Park Farm House. Also, thank you to Londis store for helping us to sell the
tickets for the event.

It would not be possible to mention everyone individually here, so to all those who worked hard to prepare the event as well as all those who supported in any other way and attended the event, please accept our great thanks and appreciation for your effort and generosity.

Finally, a huge and very special thanks to our great local musicians, Driftwood and Froddy whose excellent singing and music playing made the event really attractive and enjoyable.

Garden Party date for your diary tickets available in June.
11/05/2019

Garden Party date for your diary tickets available in June.

Visit our website to see the new area of Timelines.   The Rowlands Castle timeline is from the Mesolithic period to 20th...
17/04/2019
Timelines

Visit our website to see the new area of Timelines. The Rowlands Castle timeline is from the Mesolithic period to 20th century. The Stansted Park timeline plots the development of the park until present day.
http://www.rowlandscastleheritagecentre.org.uk/timelines/

Stansted Park Timeline Rowlands Castle Timeline

Looking for something different to do in the school holidays? Visit the acclaimed working model railway set in Rowlands ...
02/04/2019

Looking for something different to do in the school holidays? Visit the acclaimed working model railway set in Rowlands Castle. This is a scale model of the village as it was in the days approaching D-Day in 1944 showing the troops, vehicles and trains as they were waiting for the signal for the landings. This working model is an excellent way for primary school children to learn about local aspects of WWII now it is in their curriculum.

Come and see the iconic model railway of Rowlands Castle in the run up to D-Day 1944 which is housed in Stansted House
31/03/2019

Come and see the iconic model railway of Rowlands Castle in the run up to D-Day 1944 which is housed in Stansted House

Rowlands Castle Snapshot 1991
06/02/2019

Rowlands Castle Snapshot 1991

Rowlands Castle Snapshot 1991
24/01/2019

Rowlands Castle Snapshot 1991

Rowlands Castle
24/01/2019

Rowlands Castle

Thank you to Alan Mackney for this great photo of the Rowlands Castle railway bridge.
I wonder if there is anyone who can remember the post office and butchers in this location?

Rowlands Castle, 1 January 2019. Happy New Year to all :-)
01/01/2019

Rowlands Castle, 1 January 2019. Happy New Year to all :-)

Do you remember the mobile butcher and fish  mongers?
09/12/2018

Do you remember the mobile butcher and fish mongers?

Heritage Centre enjoyed a very successful musical evening with Driftwood and Froddy in St John's Church Centre
03/12/2018

Heritage Centre enjoyed a very successful musical evening with Driftwood and Froddy in St John's Church Centre

Throwback Thursday - Milnes map of 1791. Stansted House was owned by Richard Barwell who developed the estate and Rowlan...
27/09/2018

Throwback Thursday - Milnes map of 1791. Stansted House was owned by Richard Barwell who developed the estate and Rowland’s Castle is depicted at the end of one of the avenues to the house. The major ‘road’ would seem to be a north-south track from Havant to Petersfield. Perhaps this is the impetus that encouraged the growth of the village. It is of interest to note that there was a site of a Brick Kiln as early as 1791.

Do you remember The Old Forge Pottery in Durrants Road which made a wide range of pottery in the studio and sold it in t...
20/08/2018

Do you remember The Old Forge Pottery in Durrants Road which made a wide range of pottery in the studio and sold it in their small shop. It closed in the 1990s when the owner retired. Do you still have the commemorative mug to celebrate the new school being open for 10 years?
See the website for more images of the items made and sold in the pottery.

Throwback Thursday - The demolition of a brickworks building in Rowlands Castle in 1971,the Hampshire Telegraph article ...
26/07/2018

Throwback Thursday - The demolition of a brickworks building in Rowlands Castle in 1971,the Hampshire Telegraph article shows the demise of the main chimney. Four smaller chimneys were demolished by hand, but the main chimney was demolished using gelignite charges by W.J. Hatt Ltd. of Reading. They had a 22 minute window to effect demolition between the 3.11 and 3.33 trains passing by.

Throwback Thursday - Rowlands Castle Brickworks, week 2.Although in its heyday there were as many as one hundred workers...
19/07/2018

Throwback Thursday - Rowlands Castle Brickworks, week 2.

Although in its heyday there were as many as one hundred workers, by the early 1960s there were
30 workers in the yard at Rowlands Castle Brickworks. Roughly 3 were in the pit, 6 in the mill. There was a foreman, a driver, 5 setters and 5 drawers.

Throwback Thursday - For the next three weeks we'll be sharing photos relating to the brickworks in Rowlands Castle. Row...
12/07/2018

Throwback Thursday - For the next three weeks we'll be sharing photos relating to the brickworks in Rowlands Castle. Rowlands Castle brick was originally widely used in the South of England. Locally it can be seen in a number of village houses, especially in Redhill Road, where there are a couple of gable ends with terracotta decoration and some terraced company houses where some of the workers at the yard would have lived. This photograph shows the bottle kilns, which were thought to be used to make the fancy terracotta ornamental bricks and tiles.

Throwback Thursday - recognise this building? The Staunton Arms is now called the Harvester. The "Twitten" was the name ...
21/06/2018

Throwback Thursday - recognise this building? The Staunton Arms is now called the Harvester. The "Twitten" was the name of the small wood of fir trees where the Garage now stands. Previously there was a warehouse there and it was in this building that the Portsmouth Evening News had an emergency printing press in case their premises in Stanhope Road Portsmouth were hit by the Blitz during WWII.

(The information in this post is taken from a booklet written by Mary Jane Lomer entitled ‘Round and About Rowlands Castle’ 2015, for which she retains the copyright.)

Throwback Thursday – The Castle Inn in Rowlands Castle.  The Castle Inn was built in 1853, just before the advent of t...
31/05/2018

Throwback Thursday – The Castle Inn in Rowlands Castle. The Castle Inn was built in 1853, just before the advent of the railway in 1859.

Throwback Thursday - An impression of the castle in Rowlands Castle as it would have been in the time of Henry II. Histo...
17/05/2018

Throwback Thursday - An impression of the castle in Rowlands Castle as it would have been in the time of Henry II. Historians tell us that Henry II stayed there in 1177, he loved hunting and would not have wanted to destroy the castle. Suggestion is made that an earthquake helped the castle’s demise and that it fell into disrepair around 1400.

Did you know that the brickworks in Rowlands Castle made beautiful terracotta tiles.  Check the website for more images ...
13/05/2018

Did you know that the brickworks in Rowlands Castle made beautiful terracotta tiles. Check the website for more images and information about the brickworks and the demonstration house of bricks.

Throwback Thursday - St John's School in the late 1970s when it was being used as a playgroup.  The 5 - 11 year old scho...
26/04/2018

Throwback Thursday - St John's School in the late 1970s when it was being used as a playgroup. The 5 - 11 year old school children had recently moved into the 'new' school which opened in 1975.

Rowlands Castle Heritage Centre
28/03/2018

Rowlands Castle Heritage Centre

Rowlands Castle Heritage Centre's cover photo
28/03/2018

Rowlands Castle Heritage Centre's cover photo

Rowlands Castle Heritage Centre is proud to offer everyone the opportunity to visit our working model railway. Please sh...
28/03/2018

Rowlands Castle Heritage Centre is proud to offer everyone the opportunity to visit our working model railway. Please share and like our page for more information.

Do you know how Stansted Close and College Close got their names?Stansted College (early 1850s to late 1930s, demolished...
07/03/2018
Stansted College by J Dolman | Rowlands Castle Heritage Centre

Do you know how Stansted Close and College Close got their names?
Stansted College (early 1850s to late 1930s, demolished 1971) was built in Redhill Road by the owner of nearby Stansted Park, Charles Dixon (a wealthy London wine merchant), as an almshouse for six ‘decayed merchants’. The street names are all that remain now.

Read more on this fascinating piece of our village’s history on the Rowlands Castle Heritage Centre website,
http://www.rowlandscastleheritagecentre.org.uk/stansted-college-jd/

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