“The Walk was a lime tree and horse chestnut lined path from All Saints Manor Farm bridge to Webster’s farm yard.”
So said the late Ernie George, who, thanks to his habit of recording his memories in words and drawings, preserved many old Chitterne names and customs for us. I am turning to his words now to start a new series of blogs on the old names of paths, tracks and features in the village. I think it’s a shame that new Chitternites are often unaware of these old names because they have fallen out of use or been forgotten.
‘The Walk’ is the first old name. It’s a footpath, number 8 on the Rights of Way map, still in use and probably the easiest for me to start with. As Ernie says above, it stretches from Manor Farm bridge, along the bank of the Cut on the opposite side to the road, between a line of lime trees and Manor Farm wall. It crosses Coach House bridge, Sportsfield footbridge and hugs the Sportsfield wall, eventually ending at the old grass covered St Mary’s Close bridge. This latter bridge was the bridge to the Clump Farm Pig Unit back in Farmer Webster’s time, before 1937, hence Ernie’s reference above to Webster’s farm yard.