Explore Denmead’s Past
Denmead began as an isolated Saxon settlement in the Forest of Bere. It was originally called Denu Mead, meaning in small valley or meadow.
Some building date from the 15th century along with a few timber framed homes from the 17th.
Local place names such as Worlds End, Anmore, Kidmore, Furzeley Corner, Anthill and Barn Green hasten back to the days when they were tiny hamlets before joining up to become more of a village.
By 19th century the village was growing and included a windmill.
Please take a dander down Denmead way via our slideshow below and see how stunning our village is.
Thank you to everyone who supported us at the Village Show yesterday. It was great to chat with you all.
Also a very big thank you to the volunteers who manned the stall, sold merchandise and encouraged new members to join, too.
A gorgeous photo of just two of our many helpers.
Discover Our Village …
Pompey sailors encouraged the cockfighting for which Denmead was famous, but it was later disbanded due to local disapproval, although it was suspected that some carried on in secret locations.
The Old School building now hosts the Community Centre and Parish Council Offices. All Saints Church cost £2000 to build in 1880.
After the war, particularly in the 1960s, Denmead witnessed rapid growth and many homes were built.
By 1973 a new school was opened to educate the local children as demand exceeded that available at School Lane.
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Creech Woods had a POW camp for Germans captured in Normandy during WWII. Please check out our book below!
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Since the 1970s many housing estates and small developments have expanded Denmead.
Over the years concern grew about retaining the village’s identity and there was a need to restrict too much development allowing Denmead to ‘grow’ into Waterlooville.
The Denmead Village Association was therefore established in 1973 to represent the villagers’ interest in planning, architecture, preservation of green and built up areas in the parish of Denmead. Also to liaise with appropriate statutory authorities in order to maintain Denmead’s village identity; and to defend the “Denmead Gap”.
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Many thanks to Tony Jones and Graham May for the use of their village photographs.
OUR NEXT OPEN EVENT TO BE HELD ON FRIDAY 21st January 2022 at 7.30pm HAS BEEN CANCELLED due to increasing COVID infections.