Throapham street scenes: Above Street on new housing estate (Hunters Chase). These houses were built on the site of Throapham Hall, a manorial house demolished and replaced with the new estate, although boundary walls still seem evident today. K Champion (nee Bell) emailed me: 'When I was a young girl living in the village of Dinnington in the late fifties, i [Thropham Hall] was still lived in by the people that ran the farm. I left Dinnington high comp in April 1966 and it was in 1964 that I last had a lesson in what we called the 'Skinners' [a school building in the grounds of the old hall] then. There was also a pets graveyard in the grounds.' The hall once presumably housed the Athorpe family who were the first resident lords of the manor in 1678, and their descendants. The Athorpes family crest was echoed in the name of the Falcon pub in Dinnington (now a Thai restauraunt with no link to the past), and the family are also recorded as one time residents of Thorpe Hall.
Below: Nearby Oldcotes Road with its old stone houses and farm buildings.