Old charm in Titchfield
PUBLISHED: 16:37 25 March 2010 | UPDATED: 16:57 20 February 2013
With a farm shop, nature reserve and romantic Abbey on its doorstep, Titchfield is a fascinating place to explore
To the west of Fareham is the pretty village of Titchfield, famed for its Abbey and a lengthy history which goes back to the 6th century. In medieval times the village had its own port and market.
Most noted for...
Titchfield Abbey was founded for the white canons by Peter des Roches in 1231. Henry VIII dissolved the Abbey in the 16th century, handing it over to Thomas Wriothesley who turned it into Palace House and took the title of Earl of Southampton. The house passed to his heirs and then the Delme family who lived there for 40 years until, in 1781, they decided to abandon the mansion. The buildings were then demolished to create a romantic ruin. The remains are now in the hands of English Heritage.
While youre here...
Visit Garsons Garden Centre and Farm Shop. This family business began back in 1871 and all the current directors are descendants of the man who founded Garsons, George Henry. Today, visitors can enjoy browsing the huge array of plants and indoor and outdoor furniture in the garden centre, then stock up at the farm shop on local produce including apple juice, preserves and bread before heading to the Terrace Restaurant to sample a spot of home cooking. Find them on Fontley Road, Titchfield PO15 6QX.
But try not to...
Miss a trip to the nearby Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve. A winter refuge for geese, ducks and wading birds and a summer breeding ground for the rare Avocet. After a morning in the hides, enjoy a cuppa at the harbour-side tea rooms.
A quick coffee in the most unlikely of places Hallmark Jewellers on South Street. They also serve breakfasts and lunches plus a plethora of homemade treats. If the suns out you can take a break in their pretty gardens.
Eat at: The Queens Head,
Chef Marilyn serves up good ol British pub food using only fresh and local ingredients. The atmosphere is cosy with low ceilings, beams
and log fire.
Drink at: Titchfield Mill,
Why? Located just out of the village, this pub and restaurant has a lovely beer garden and offers some good Hampshire ales.
Stay at: Bembridge House,
Why? A contemporary-styled guest house in the heart of Farehams conservation area.
Did you know?
St Peters Church in the village is one of the oldest churches in England, dating back to 680.
The closeby Titchfield Canal is believed to be the second oldest in England.
Titchfields market hall was bought by the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum in 1970. It was dismantled and moved to Singleton where it now stands proudly restored.