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The Willis Fleming Historical Trust has acquired an important collection of Victorian photographs of Chilworth and North Stoneham, taken over a short period between 1869-72. We believe the images are by, or associated with, the artist Richard Cockle Lucas of Chilworth. This wonderful collection is a window into a vanished world of 140 years ago, with many of the photographs populated by a cast of local characters. Here are a selected few  from the collection:

The Belvedere at North Stoneham Park. This is the first photograph of this landmark that we have seen. It was demolished around 1900.

North Stoneham House looms over Park Pond.

Working horses at Chilworth. Note the toy horse on the bench.

This fine fellow, a gardener or labourer, appears in many of the photographs.

The earliest photograph of North Stoneham Church that we know of.

Miss Mary Lewis lays a foundation stone at Chilworth Tower on 16th May 1872.

The Hursley Hunt meet at the Clump Inn, Chilworth.

Dogs at Chilworth Tower.
A crowd seen from the top of Chilworth Tower.

A garden seat.
Chilworth Conservation Ltd is a charity formed to restore and maintain the Chilworth Conservation Area at Chilworth Manor, and retain the Area's educational and recreational functions with minimal disturbance to the ecology. As part of the restoration of the woodland, a programme of tree-planting is currently underway. The charity has recently launched a new website, with information about the history and ecology, and with wonderful photo galleries. Find out more at chilworthconservation.co.uk