1986 Historical Sites

 CRICHEL LAKE: was the site of a former
 settlement, which was relocated at    
 Newtown due to a landscaping programme
 in Crichel House grounds which        
 involved flooding the settlement to   
 make a lake. There is only one of the 
 original buildings remaining.         
 POUND HILL: this commerates an ancient
 pound for impounding stray animals -  
 the actual pound was located to the   
 rear of the old bakehouse.            
 WATERMILLS: there are the sites of two
 former grist mills on the River Allen 
 mentioned in the Domesday book. They  
 were on land belonging to Queen       
 Matilda wife of William I. They are   
 currently occupied at Newtown by a    
 paper mill and at Witchampton by Flour
 Mill House which was used to grind    
 corn until the mid 1930's. The last   
 miller being Mr Hopkins whose nephew  
 owns and runs the local garage.       

Map of the area

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In 1986 the BBC launched an ambitious project to record a snapshot of everyday life across the UK for future generations. A million volunteers took part…  read more here

In 2011 the BBC published the survey online and for six months invited updates to the photographs and text to celebrate the 25th anniversary.

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