So where's the snow?

Muddling through in Austria; God, life and a small black dog

102,Christchurch Road, Winchester, Hants, UK

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This is the house where I was born and when I am worried and something plays on my mind, I dream I am there.   I don’t dream of it so much now, because it probably wasn’t the safe place I thought.  But very often when my brothers and I are together, it gets mentioned.  Their memories are different from mine, they are almost a different generation. The porch has been demolished since the 1970s, and my childhood bedroom is behind the curtains,maybe I’m there inside, I wonder why it was knocked down?  I used to be woken as a child by the Screech owls but found the light from the lamppost just outside this picture a huge comfort.  One night I awoke with a moth on my arm, never forgotten that, I wonder how old I was?

The bow window of the bedroom where I was born

To anyone looking at this, it seems just a brick and flint house, but to me it seems so much more.  I wish I had a photo of the stable block at the back, all the fittings had been ripped out but the cobbled floor remained.  I reckoned that one side was a loose box and a stall, the other was the carriage house.  It was so much in my imagination to see it as it was.  The yard used to be cobbled and the old, brick walled muck heap was still there, along with a loo, no doubt for the servants that never worked.  At the back was a large garden and orchard, all very typical Victorian, and the remains of a demolished greenhouse.  A yew hedge divided the working garden from the formal garden.  I used to play for hours at being a rich girl with loads of horses to ride in her stable!  Above the stable was what must have once been a hay and feed store as there was an opening for a hoist, and maybe another room for accommodation. Its been long converted into a house, but I wonder if the ghost is still there?  My brothers said they had a séance there once and one corner of the room felt ice-cold and they ran.  One day, when playing alone, I knew I was being watched, and it scared me so much, I rarely went up there alone again. 

I could write out a guided tour of the house, but it means most to me, and sometimes when sleep escapes me, I go around the house in my head. My deepest place in my heart and I know I’m repeating myself here, is of the Cherry tree in the garden and its abundant pink snow in spring.  It would be really great if someone who lives now in the house, which is flats, would pick up my blog!

Author: annarashbrook

English Ex-pat living in Austria, Christian, blogger (of course) writer, photographer, dog owner!

5 thoughts on “102,Christchurch Road, Winchester, Hants, UK

  1. Hello Anna! Great to hear from you. In case you were interested in 102 it looks like it’s been split into flats (very common in Christchurch Road now). The pictures on https://www.zoopla.co.uk/property/102c-christchurch-road/st-cross/winchester/so23-9tg/22234959 probably have memories for you?

    Been very distracted from work by the Winchester Ancient and Modern Fb group which is full of gems isn’t it 🙂

    We’re renting the cottage by the railway bridge which leads through to Stanmore, https://www.zoopla.co.uk/property/110-christchurch-road/st-cross/winchester/so23-9tg/22234951

    Kind regards
    Jon

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    • HI! It was altered into student accommodation when we sold it in 1971 and later it was converted into four flats. We only ever lived in half of it. My main love was the stable block at the back which is now a house, is that it showing in the Zoopla pictures? But I guess its the wrong direction. We used to go under the railway bridge and to the recreation ground at Stanmore. Children used to cross over the railway line into our garden too in the 60s!I remember the house opposite you being built in the late 60s, I used to play with two girls who lived there. The plot, I believe was sold off by Lady Twiss, who has the next big house to us. Her son was a famous test pilot. She was a dragon and was always cross if one of my brother’s balls went into her garden. There is a huge cherry tree in the garden. If you want may more yarns, just ask!

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    • I can also give you the history of the flat in the zoopla pictures…

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  2. Hi Jon, thanks so much for your comment. The house numbers have changed so much over the years, I’m not sure where you are! I only have pictures of my house I’m afraid, I don’t know if they would be interesting for you! Are you on Facebook? If so, check out the groups, Winchester pics and Winchester Ancient and Modern. People are usually very helpful there. Maybe send me a piccy of your place in case I have memories of it. a.rashbrook@aon.at Best wishes, Anna

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  3. Hi Anna – I loved reading your memories of number 102. I live just around the corner at 110. Just wondering if you have any other pictures of Christchurch Rd as it used to be?
    Warm regards
    Jon

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