Stroll Through the Parish
Monk Sherborne Parish, which includes part of Charter Alley, has just under
300 households made up of a variety of dwellings, some old and some new, all
contributing to the pleasing appearance of the villages.
Much of Monk
Sherborne lies within a Conservation Area and as such is, to a large extent,
protected. There are nine listed buildings within Monk Sherborne Conservation
Area which includes All Saints Church, which is listed Grade1, and the old style
red telephone box.
There are several roads leading to Monk Sherborne. Let’s make a journey down
one of these and note the places of interest as we travel. We turn off the
Kingsclere Road (A339) and journey down a narrow winding road until we approach
the edge of the village and notice on our right, All Saints church, which dates
back to Norman times.
We now come to a small junction where
the War Memorial is situated and note the new railings with gold finials,
reminding us of the Jubilee in 2002.
Continuing on through the village we arrive at the Village Hall on the right
hand side. The plaque on the front of the Hall tells us that the community was
recorded in the Domesday Book. The Hall is the centre of much activity and is
the venue for various meetings and organisations. Attached to the Hall is the
fenced Play Area - recently refurbished and cared for by the Parish Council.
Ahead of us we see the village public house, 'The Mole' on the corner of the
road leading to Charter Alley, at the junction of Ramsdell Road and Salter's
To the right of The Mole is Salters Heath Road where a lovely
avenue of oak trees has been planted to commemorate the Millennium. Continuing
onwards along the road we come to a little pond on our right hand side – home to
one or two ducks and much wildlife.
We shall now turn left and look out for The Priory School, set in woodland,
on our right. Continuing on,
we see a path to the right leading to the Priory. Let’s retrace our steps to
the school and opposite we see the signpost directing us to the
village of Charter
Alley. We journey down yet another winding country
road, passing much farming land, until we reach the village. A cluster of houses, both old and new, form
this little community. Just before the junction we note, on our left,
the Parish Notice Board, and here we turn left. Near the telephone box and bus
shelter we again turn left and travel back to Monk Sherborne. Nearing the
village we notice Kiln
Laneon our right. At the end of this lane was the
kiln where bricks were made – some of which were used in the building of some
houses in the village. Continuing onward, we find ourselves back at The Mole,
so completing our journey through the parish.