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Manor Farm Country Park

Bursledon, Hampshire

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The country park covers an area of 400 acres, a mix of woodland, riverside and open space. A network of trails allows  exploration of this varied part of the Hampshire countryside. An informative park map, including walking trails and points of interest, is included in the Visitor Guide brochure, on sale in the farm reception. Cycling and horse riding is allowed in parts.

Manor farm is a historical farm based in the Victorian age.  Found at the end of the Country Park along a winding country lane. Chickens and ducks roam free around the picturesque farmyard, while a cast of real life historical characters, including Victorian farmer's wife, Mrs Earwicker, can be found going about their daily chores. You get to see farm animals, while anyone old enough to remember the washboard and mangle is sure to recall many a childhood memory in the charming Victorian farmhouse. Explore the Victorian schoolroom, wheelwright's shop, blacksmith's forge and the 13th century church.

Activities through the day includes milking at 10:30am and 3:30pm, farmyard walks at 11:30am, meet the animals at 2:15pm, and school lessons running throughout the day, (whenever the school bell rings).

The history of this farm dates back a long time, the farm pond is mentioned in the doomsday book, the farmhouse started over 500 years ago, and had grown over the years. You can still see the blackened roof timbers, evidence of the domestic fires used for heating and cooking in the original 15th century open hall.

The various barns and outbuildings that surround the farmyard are all of historical significance, the oldest dating from the 16th century. A number of buildings, including the wheelwrights' shop, blacksmith's forge and the Longstock staddle barn, were moved from their original locations around Hampshire and re-erected at Manor Farm.

Manor farm was originally at the centre of the village of Botley, with the pond overlooking the parish church, but with the development of the main road a mile to the north in the 1800's the village has grown up around the road,  leaving Manor Farm now isolated. Nearby is the chancel of the 13th century church overlooking the pond.

Modern parts like tin roofs and the like have been removed, the farm you see today accurately reflects the development of Hampshire farming over the past five hundred years, but remaining now positioned in the Victorian age.

There are a small number of event days, click here to see the list.

 Working Horses    

Victorian bedroom 

Location:    Manor Farm Country Park, Burlesdon, Hants

Grid Reference: SU494111 Ceremonial County: Hampshire

Map Link: multimap (best)  

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Aerial photo: multimap

Getting there: The park entrance is mile from junction 8 of the M27 between Portsmouth and Southampton. The park entrance is situated in Pylands Lane, Bursledon, approximately mile from junction 8 of the M27, midway between Portsmouth and Southampton. Follow the brown and white wagon signs.

River Bus: Operates between the Country Park and Hamble-le-Rice during summer. It stops at the country park pontoon about 1 miles from the farm and mile from the picnic/BBQ and children's play areas of Barnfield and Toplands.

Access: The farm itself is a five minute drive from the park entrance through the country park.  There are speed humps along the route.
Website:  Own
Other Useful Websites:  Conservation volunteers with more background
Email: areasouth.countryside@hants.gov.uk
Address: Pylands Lane, Bursledon, Near Southampton
Postcode: SO31 1BH Telephone:  01489 787055 (answerphone out of hours)

Opening Times: Country Park open all year in daylight hours, locked at dusk. Closing time displayed at park entrance.

Manor Farm: Daily 16 March to 2 November 10am-5pm (last admission 4pm). Sundays and February half term week only, 3 November to Easter 10am-4pm (last admission 3pm).

Charges: Farm  Adult 5.80; 60+ 5.25; Child 4.20; Family (2 + 3) 19

Country Park Car parking - 1 Apr-31 Oct, weekdays 1.50 Weekends/Bank Holidays 2 Refunded when paying admission to farm on presentation of ticket.

Nearby Locations: Burlesdon Windmill

Other Location Pages:

Living History Section

List of Living History Museums

Living history museums introduction



CIN Page Ref: manor_farm_CP

Classification: Living History

Date Updated: 07/2008

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