Pictures of Buildings from Bygone Days

Many of the buildings shown here are still standing and occupied. Although modifications may have been carried out over the years, in many cases the original structures are still clearly identifiable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aerial view showing Charlton Church, the Old Schoolroom, the old Vicarage and the old Bakery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aerial view of the village green around 1964. Note lack of trees and also absence of the housing developments along Canada Bank and also "The Dovecote" later built on the site of the old manor house

 

 

 

 

Charlton Manor House in its prime, the former home of the Dingley family, who 

lived in Charlton for around 400 years. The architectural style is "William and Mary", which probably dates the original construction to the 17th century, although substantial modifications and improvements had been made when this photo was taken in the 1920s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The main hall showing the carved oak staircase and the stained glass window on the half landing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Drawing Room of the Manor House with walls covered with elegant William and Mary wood panelling. There is also a solid oak floor and black marble fireplace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The old stable block, probably constructed in the 17th century in the same architectural style as the Manor House

 

 

 

 

 

 

The extensive landscaped gardens of the Manor House in its heyday. Not shown are the tennis and croquet lawns, rose garden, walled kitchen garden and orchard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlton Manor House now derelict, prior to demolition in the 1970s

The development known as "The Dovecote" was later built on the site

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rutters Farm Cottage on The Bight, showing the old black and white cottage to the right. The adjacent land was sympathetically developed in the 1980s comprising houses and flats arranged around a small courtyard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Black and White cottage that used to stand on The Bight. Picture probably taking some time in the 1920s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The same cottage on fire during 1960s. Unfortunately it was almost completely destroyed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garden Cottage in the late 1960s, showing the now ruined manor house in the centre background

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Derelict dovecote from Charlton Manor estate. The building was restored when the housing development known as "The Dovecote" was built on the old manor house land in the 1970s. It is now a lsited bulding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Old Vicarage c.1950's, demolished in the 1990s to make way for new houses, including sheltered accomodation for the elderly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yew Tree Cottage in its original form,

once part of a complex including barns

and a rickyard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The church of St John the Evangelist in Ryden Lane. The bellcote which is clearly visible at the far end was removed during restoration works in 1988 to prevent the weight forcing the supporting walls apart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interior of St John The Evangelist church

in 1877

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The old ford on Brook Lane.

"Stocky Brook" is now known as

"Merry Brook"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old houses on The Strand

 

 

 

 

 

 

Building which later became the village Post Office (and regular source of sweets for children getting on and off the various school buses). Now converted to two dwellings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old barn at Whitehouse farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Church cottages in Ryden Lane c.1920s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gardeners Arms c.1900

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Milk being delivered to the Gardeners Arms by horse drawn cart c.1920s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Brook in flood and flower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cottages on The Green

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bridge over Merry Brook and Canada Bank

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