Saturday 13 August - 10.50 for an 11 am start
Meet @ Car Park opposite The Vyne, Broadway, Knaphill
The meeting point is in close proximity to the site of the old Farm Bailiff’s house, Almond Villa and North Lodge, which was the Fireman’s cottage. The car park itself once formed part of the hospital’s pig farm, which housed pigs of the Middle-White breed; these were favoured by the hospital bursar for their fine pork. Bacon from the pigs was used to make the famous Knaphill Pie (Bacon, Leek, Cheese, and Garlic with a mash topping).
Proceeding along Redding Way to the former hospital chapel and mortuary, we’ll pass the site of the old water tower. We’ll then pause for a photo opportunity at Florence House and its iconic clock tower.
We’ll then proceed along a footpath and down a gully, through the woods towards the Basingstoke Canal, following the course which originally pumped water from the canal. Later, after the water tower was built, it took sewerage down to the canal, where it was dispersed. Part of the pump station by the canal remains.
We’ll then walk along the Basingstoke Canal towpath until we reach the original hospital pond, often referred to back in the day as the Grey Lady Lake. Three new purpose-built ponds were excavated in the 1990s to take water from the tower, which was later demolished amid angry local protests.
The walk will finish at the Nags Head Inn, its history is well documented in Knaphill (All in One Place), and the pub is featured in my novel, The Asylum Soul. The pub is also a key location in my latest book, Fluke’s Cradle.
Here, the option is to pop in for a well-deserved drink or return immediately to the starting point.
Note: I will not have any books on the day, but please check out my website at www.malfoster.co.uk All novels are available in paperback and Kindle formats, with Fluke’s Cradle also available in hardcover.