Friday, 4 August 2017

Five on Friday in Yateley

Hello

Thanks for visiting as we link up with Tricky for Five on Friday.  Always a pleasure to have your company.

Today I'm taking you for a walk round the village of Yateley in Hampshire.  'Yate' comes from the Middle English word for a gate as this was the gateway to Windsor Forest, although there is a leafy feel to the place, nowadays it's a busy village/town with shops, pubs and recreational facilities.

One - First stop the Church

St Peters dates back to Saxon times when a smaller church was on the site but it burnt down in 750. Sadly the subsequent church was burnt again, by an arsonist, in 1979, leaving only the outer walls, charred tower and cracked bells and was rebuilt providing a modern, open space within the old walls.




The church also has a new cafe which has been offering tasty snacks for six months, run by volunteers, a delightful airy space just right for a scone or two.  Shall we pop in for a cuppa?




Two - The Village Green

Just in front of the church is the charming old Village Green.  There's an annual May Fayre with the Yateley Morris Dancers taking part but on a larger green a little bit further on.


Three - Walking around the Village

Although there are some modern shops and a busy road, let's just enjoy the old buildings.  From pubs . . .




. . . to the War Memorial ...

. . . to the businesses within the  pretty houses.



Four - Notable People

Most places seem to have their famous people and in Yateley, we go from a curate turned highwayman named Parson Darby who, legend has it, patrolled the Reading Road and was hanged at nearby Darby Green- he's spookily celebrated by the Yateley Morris Men, who have a wooden horse wearing a highwayman's disguise - to Flora Thompson who wrote Lark Rise to Candleford who worked in the Post Office in 1901.  The charity worker Sean Devereux who was assassinated in Somalia, has a park named after him.

Five - Lakes

The area has a number of restored gravel pits which have been made over to watersport activities, fishing and nature conservation giving people from the area plenty of opportunities to enjoy a pleasant walk.  The lake was busy with school holiday excitement with all sorts going on.







I hope you have enjoyed a peek at this area, like always it's best to leave the car and just walk around to see what you can discover.

Have a great week.

Cheerio


24 comments:

  1. It looks such a beautiful area and you've taken some lovely photographs. I wouldn't mind a cup of tea in that cafe. X

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    1. They heated up my scone as well, delicious. x

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  2. A beautiful area, thank you for taking me on your walk round Yateley. I was born in Hampshire and grew up around the Portsmouth area. Leigh Park, Cowplain & Purbook particular before leaving Hampshire for good with my husband to move to Kent. I'd never visited Yateley, so nice to visit through your blog. Cathy x

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it Cathy, there are some lovely little villages about, I always leave out the bad bits! Kent has all those wonderful oasthouse, so pretty. We are so lucky. x

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    1. I usually just drive through, good to stop and stretch your legs sometimes. 😊

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  4. I really enjoyed the tour with you through the area. I like small old villages that tell stories.
    I wish you a nice weekend!
    Loretta

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    1. Thanks Loretta, glad to have your company. 😊

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  5. What a lovely place with lots to see. I wonder if Flora Thompson based any of her characters on the customers who came into the post office.

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    1. You never know, there may have been a few characters in Yateley in those days!

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  6. what a beautiful tour you gave us! sad about the church being burnt down...i just don't understand why people start fires like that :(

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    1. Dreadful isn't it, a shame they can't see the beauty that's there for everyone.

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  7. Such a pretty and interesting village. I love the wood and herring bone patterned red bricks on the church wall:)

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    1. I couldn't get inside the church as the door was locked, it would have been interesting to see how they modernised it.

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  8. A lovely little village - love the pretty architecture and the village green. Churches do seem to be often targets in this way, sadly. Glad that it is being used once again to make people happy. xx Karen

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    1. The church seems to be making the most of its buildings to bring the community together. Thanks for calling in. x

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  9. What a charming area. - The church was lovely and how neat they have that little cafe there.

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    1. It is very pretty despite being on a main road, the café is a great idea isn't it.

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  10. What a nice area, I really enjoyed the tour. I can't decide if I'd rather sit in that cafe or by the lake all day.

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    1. It would have to be the café today as its pouring with rain!

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  11. Looks like a wonderful English village. Another one for me to explore one day :). B x

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  12. Hello oh trust me to arrive in time for tea - did I miss the walk? Oh well, it looked a charming place - yes please I'd love a cuppa!
    Wren x

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