About Fyfield

Fyfield is situated 5 miles west of Andover, in Hampshire near the Wiltshire border. It is a picturesque village in a rural community, with several old cottages.

The Rank
Built of flint, brick and partly plastered. 2 storeys. Six plain casements. Thatched roofs. Rose Lane Cottages as they are called now, are the oldest in the village, these were destroyed by fire a few years ago, They have since been rebuilt, using modern fire saftey materials.

Fyfield Arms
The village pub was once called Fyfield Arms, and was renamed Highland Wedding after local trainer Toby Balding, won the Grand National with a horse called "Highland Wedding". It is now a private dwelling and has undergone many changes.

Highland Wedding

Private House

Fyfield House
Fyfield House was once the home of Toby's racing stables. The house still remains, the stables have now been demolished to make way for new homes. Where the Racing stables were it is now called Saddlers Mews.

Houses in Saddlers Mews

St Nicholas Church
The Church of St Nicholas is a 12th century Church and was rebuilt in 1851.
The Rectory was once home to the Reverends of St Nicholas's Church. The Rev White was the longest serving Reverend and at one time he used the Rectory as a Academy for Young Gentlemen.

St Nicholas Church (Today)

Fyfield Grange
Fyfield Grange was built for Rev Whites growing family, while he was using the Rectory as the academy.

Stable Grange
The Stable Grange was once the stables for the Rectory and Fyfield Grange. North of Fyfield Grange. Thatched stable block with plain plastered walls abutting road.

Manor Farm
Manor Farm has a large house and is still run as a farm today.

Bell Cottage
The School house is now a private dwelling, the proceeds from the sale of the school was placed in trust for the young of the village. This enabled the villagers to have a day at the seaside, (this was in the days before everyone had a car). It has helped apprentices buy tools for their trade, something many could not afford to do till they had worked for many years.

Grange and Lilac Cottages
Grange Cottage and Lilac Cottage. Originally three cottages. 2 storeys with thatched eaves. Partly timber-framed with limewashed brick infilling. Ridge thatched roof with modern tiled addition to rear.

Grange and Lilac Cottages

Duncans Close
Here is the story of how Duncans Close got its name. News headline dated 3rd of February 1961.

"Naming a New Estate - Letter from an Ambassador"

Andover District Council’s Housing Committee in seeking a name for a new group of houses being built on an old hutted camp site at Fyfield decided upon the name “Yorke Scarlett Close”.
The Yorke Scarletts were an old and distinguished Fyfield family and once owned the land on the present building site.
The Committee decided to write to Sir Peter Yorke Scarlett, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Holy See in Rome for permission to use the family name.

At Fridays meeting of the Council Sir Peter’s reply was read.
He wrote I have not been to Fyfield for some years and if as I guess the new estate has replaced the hutted camp on the triangular plot on the right hand side of the village as one comes from Whitey House , then I have a more romantic suggestion to make for its name.

“This is the story when my parents returned to Fyfield in 1918 after selling their Scottish home (the Island of Gigha Argyll) they were accompanied by an islander Duncan Graham who had entered my Grandfathers service at the age of 14 and whose whole life save for the duration of WW1 was spent with us . He died at Fyfield in his seventies.
At the time the three cornered plot and a few acres besides was owned and worked after a fashion by a Scottish recluse MacDonald who lived in a shack at the top corner. Duncan determined to get to know MacDonald. It took him several years to get within shouting distance. His initial advances were driven off with sticks, stone and curses. However in the end he won through.
It was Duncan who eventually persuaded MacDonald to sell his plot to my father on the understanding that he was allowed full enjoyment for his lifetime. It was Duncan, a few years later who found this old man dying in squalor and called the doctor.
Duncan was a well known figure in the village for 20 years, he as far as I know the only person with whom MacDonald ever spoke. But for him I doubt if we would have acquired the land and so if the new houses are on it I should like to see it named “Duncans Close” in memory of a lifetime of loyal friendship. I have no doubt that this would be my father’s preference”.
After hearing this letter read by the Clerk Mr H O Wood , the council agreed with the Chairman Mr JD Threadgill that the new estate at Fyfield should be called “Duncans Close”.

Duncans Close