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House names

Although most of the buildings consist of private dwellings nowadays, this wasn’t always the case. During World War I, a downstairs room of Fovant Elm was used as a small shop and tea room, and over the years Fovant has seen many trades and businesses operated from houses or wooden huts in their grounds. Some of these trades live on in the names of current houses, for example: The Forge, Fovant Mill, Cobblers, Baker’s Cottage and The Malthouse.

House names change over the years as owners or circumstances change. We no longer have the names Toad’s Pond Cottages, Nadder Villa, Fern Cottage or Hart’s House. Ivy Cottage ceased to be a suitable name once the extensive ivy was removed from what is now October Cottage. Some buildings have changed their function and therefore their names. One example is Fovant House which was previously The Rectory or Parsonage.

Some house names are indicative of the house’s position in the village. For example, Crossing Gate is situated where the camp railway line used to cross Dinton Road. The ford near Ford Cottage in Brook Street has gone, but the name remains. Several homes are named after the brook running through the village, for example Brookside Cottage and Brook Cottage. Gunvilles and Home Close recall some of the old field names, while housing developments, such as Sling Orchard or Wyatt’s Orchard, might indicate how important cider was to the agricultural worker. The Steps, a bungalow at the lower end of Green Drove, is reached by steps which previously led to the wartime Garrison Cinema.

S.M.
November 2005

Content last updated
1 February 2006

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