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Smashed by a falling tree in the storm of April 2022. this was one of two built in 1880-84 as a sweetener to the owner of the lodge for the land purchase for railway construction by Alton Alresford and Winchester Railway. The second one still stands on the boundary between the Lodge garden and field.
Alton, Alresford and Winchester Railway started running on Monday 2nd October 1865 and after various legal shenanigans it was finally taken over by the London and Southampton Railway on 30th June 1884. LSR proposed from the start that all bridges were built for double tracking but eventually dropped this. They also initially proposed a line from Ropley to Meonstoke to meet up with a proposed line from Petersfield to Bishops Waltham but dropped this to allow the Alton, Alresford Winchester Railway.
James – many thanks for your comment on your Ropley ancestors. Would you have any other information about the family living in the village back then? If you have we would be very interested in talking to you about possibly adding it onto the website, if so please contact us on our gmail account – email@example.com and we will get back to you. Many thanks Carole (RHN&A Steering Group)