On our walk this year we learnt about the history of Wickham, starting from Neolithic times but mostly spotting Georgian houses, or older ones with new facades added in that period. We learnt to spot early examples because of the windows flush with the brickwork and ‘catslide’ roofs which covered extensions to the back of houses. Apparently the layout of the square was originally defined in 1269 when the royal charter was granted to run a market and the annual fair. There are still signs of the burgage plots around the square, being a plot of land enough to feed a family with vegetables for a year and a pig! A fascinating tour by Mike Hollis of the Wickham History Society.
We then enjoyed a hearty dinner at the Square Cow.