From Racquets

Over many years the former manorial sports venue known as the racquets court has slowly been converted into very fine living accommodation. This means that scaffolding has appeared alongside the walls of the building many times and that scaffolding has proved a grand vantage point for views of the village.

This one dates from 1972.

A view from the Racquets Court in 1972

A view from the Racquets Court in 1972

In the immediate foreground we have the roof of the old barn on Parsonage Lane and then we have a view in a generally south westerly direction.

The tower of the church just makes it into the extreme left of the photo, beyond what was the garden of The Old House.

Much of the open field area is now occupied with the Grove Farm housing estate. Grove Road itself now curves around from the right to exit onto The Spring beyond the church.

Beyond the fields we can make out houses on The Spring and Park Road – once known as the Alban Estate and we can also see Lavington School.

The Alban Estate and Lavington School

The Alban Estate and Lavington School

Beyond there we look into West Lavington and the downs beyond.

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