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Village Green
The Village Green

 

In feudal times, Headley belonged to the Manor of Bishop’s Sutton, near Alresford, and this piece of land was part of the Waste of the Manor.  It is now registered as a village green, and is the responsibility of the Parish Council. 

The Bargate Stone at the far end came from a quarry at Standford, and commemorates the Jubilee of King George V in 1935.  It was unveiled by six-year-old Dennis Chiverton, who was chosen because his birthday was nearest to the celebratory date of May 6th.  The plaque from the top of the stone was vandalised many years ago, and so has been mounted on the wall of the Village Hall foyer.

Perhaps the most momentous event ever to take place here was the gathering of more than a thousand rioters (estimates vary) preparing to sack the Workhouse (now Headley Grange) in Liphook Road on November 23rd, 1830.  The ringleaders were transported to Australia.  The story is told in a booklet From Paupers to Pop, compiled in 1984 by Arford WI, and by John Owen Smith in his later book One Monday in November.