Quarley Hill

Village History

Quarley lies north of the neighbouring parish of Grateley.  Grateley derives its name from the "great lea", Quarley derives its name from a quarter of the lea.  The Manor of Quarley was held by Earl Harold before the Norman Conquest, but in the Domesday Book Quarley Manor was assigned to William the Conqueror.   The parish church, St. Michael & All Angels dates from Saxon times.  A feature of St Michael's are the three church bells housed in a frame, with a roof over it, in the churchyard.  The village hall was rebuilt and opened in 1987, due mainly to fund raising efforts by the villagers.  The school, was originally built in 1817 for 36 pupils, it is now a private house.  The village used to have a public house, but this was destroyed by fire in the late 1920s.  The Marquis of Winchester, who then owned virtually the whole village, gave the villagers a choice of a new pub or a water supply for the village. The villagers chose the water supply, and an artesian well was dug, with a water tower.  The villagers who wanted something stronger had to walk across the fields to the Plough Inn at Grateley.


Quarley War Memorial

Click on the link to read 'The Men Behind The Names' written by Philip Burrell.

Quarley Hill Fort


Quarley Hill is the site of an Iron Age Hill Fort commanding beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.

The Fort is surrounded by a Site of Special Scientific Interest, on private land.  There is a footpath around the Hill Fort, however, there is no longer access to the trigg point at the top.






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