Woolmer Forest Heritage Society

The early history of the Whitehill Village (Parish) in Hampshire

Early Days in Whitehill

First birth in Whitehill

In 1861 a baby was born at Whitehill cottage on the corner of Forest Road and she was named Alice Whitehill Lemon to emphasise that she was the first. She lived in the village all her life and married to become Mrs Finch. The Lemon family owned a timber yard

Mrs Finch

(Mrs Finch)

Timber Yard

(the Timber Yard)

Prince of Wales Public House (now The Roadmaker PH)

The original part of this building opened in 1861 (left half in the photo) licensed to sell beer and ale. In 1903 Mr JF Compline (owner) produced plans to double the size, as he argued that the population of the area would increase because the public house was situated half way between the two new camps at Bordon and Longmoor. The landlord was William Port seen here in the doorway of the new extension in 1905.

(Prince Of Wales)

Whitehill Police Station and Court House

The first Police Station was established when an army hut, being moved from Longmoor to Bordon, fell off the rails at Whitehill and was abandoned.

(Old Police Station)

In 1904 it was converted to house Sgt Clarke and 10 police constables and a stable block was built behind.

(New Police Station)

A court house was needed and rooms were provided in the house at the bottom of Lemon Grove.

New police Station

(Old Court House)

In 1932 the wooden hut police station was replaced with a new brick building and a new Court House was built behind the station.

(New Court House)

Trials were later moved to Alton and the building was used as a gym by the police officers until the station was closed in 2014 and moved to the Eco Station (old Fire Station). The buildings were demolished in 2016

Whitehill Village Hall

The first village Hall was situated on the side of the A325 and was an army hut. It was demolished in the 1940s and not replaced until 1974/5 further back from the road behind the tumulus. As the population grew with development of land south of Conde Way, a larger hall was needed and this was completed in 1988.

(Old Village Hall)

(New Village Hall)

Home of the Good Shepherd

This house in Forest Road was built and owned by the Church of England and was described as "a haven of rest for many souls tempted, weary and distressed". It was intended to help the many women camp followers that came with the army. It was later sold as a residence and in 1927 was occupied by Lt Col Middleton and called Redholme. It became Redholme Retirement Home in 1987; and with a few additions looks very much as it was when it was built.

picture of redholme