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Ashlett creek

By esoxlucius
What remains of an old Jetty at Ashlett Creek.
A little history of my local beauty spot.
Hopefully interesting not boring.
This attractive hamlet of historic buildings dominated by the imposing 19th century tide mill is a small and intact example of an old Waterside settlement. It is a reminder of what small settlements along Southampton Water coast must have looked like last century. Ashlett is sandwiched between the power station and the refinery but still manages to retain this sense of history - quite literally a backwater. Of the handful of buildings in this hamlet, three are listed as being of special architectural or historic interest. Recently an environmental improvement project has restored its landscape character.
The name 'Ashlett' may be derived from the Viking custom of planting an ash stave in the ground where their ships first landed and 'flete' from a creek or stretch of salt water. The hard provided a good spot for launching small boats and in days when road transport was difficult this was a good place for landing and loading supplies, grain and salt to and from Southampton and other towns. Salt production was important here from Saxon times until the 19th century when corn milling became Ashlett's principal industry. Flat bottomed sailing barges working the tides handled by perhaps only two men and a boy could negotiate the creek with relative ease; the last one came in 1932. The Hollies, now a private house, was at one time the coastguard house. Today the creek is a haven for small sailing craft.
Key features in the conservation area are:

The tide mill (Grade II) built of red brick in English bond is the last in a series of mills here. Research suggests that there were two mills side by side. Eva de Clinton, the widow of a Norman knight bequeathed "Cadland Mill" to the Abbots and Canons of St Mary, Titchfield in 1241. Records show that rates were paid for a tide mill in the 17th century. TB on the date stone probably refers to Thomas Barney of Beaulieu who owned the mill at the beginning of the 19th century.

The Jolly Sailor public house was originally a beer house in the days when anyone who paid the poor rate and the two pound excise fee could sell beer. The Martin family were landlords for several generations.

Ashlett House (Grade II) is an unspoilt example of an early 19th century farmhouse built of yellow Beaulieu brick in Flemish bond under an overhanging hipped slate roof. Contemporary timber and brick farm buildings remain to the west side of a small yard.

Victoria Quay was built in 1887 to celebrate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee and to provide a more efficient way of loading and unloading the barges which came into Ashlett Creek.

Tags: Water Seascape Sunrise Sea Solent Fawley Landscape and travel New forest national park Hampshire England Ashlett creek

Voters: RonDM, johnsd, doverpic and 27 more



smut01 Plus
7 148 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2021 8:32AM
Wonderfully framed shot. Love the colours too!
cooky Plus
19 6 9 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2021 10:01AM
Thank you so much for your detailed history of this special place, I love your images from here but this was the one I was waiting for!

KingArthur 16 8 1 Malta
17 Apr 2021 10:36AM
Lovely composition

Joe Smile
johnsd Plus
16 4 2 Scotland
17 Apr 2021 10:46AM
A lovely capture of this historical place. Found your information to be very interesting ,certainly quite a history to it.
Lovely image and the information was very interesting


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