Notable Buildings in Fordingbridge

The following pictures show some of the notable buildings in the town. They have been kindly provided by our members, but please read and conform to the copyright notice at the foot of this page.

The capital letters (A-L) in red in the text below refer to location markers on the map at the bottom of this page.

There are around 80 Listed Buildings on the English Heritage Listing system in or near to Fordingbridge, mainly Grade II. The Great Bridge (below) is the only Scheduled Monument. Most of them are between St Mary's Church, the Great Bridge, and the sharp bend at the east end of Salisbury Street.

Great Bridge

A: the seven arch Medieval Great Bridge. A Scheduled Monument, also Listed Grade II*. Over the years it has been widened and more recently a footway was added on the far (upstream) side.

B: the Parish Church - St Mary's - is the only Grade I Listed Building. It dates partly from C12, when it replaced the earlier Saxon church. In the churchyard there is the grave of Captain James Alexander Seton, the last man killed in a duel in England.

St Marys 2018
Quadrant Almshouses

C: Quadrant Almshouses, built in 1909, were "presented By Reginald Hannen to the Parish Council in June 1919 as Almshouses in Memory of John Hannen, and the Glorious Peace of 1919". They still provide 8 flats for local beneficiaries. 

D: the Methodist Church in West Street was built in 1836 and enlarged in 1882.

Methodist Church
National School

E: the former National School, now Avonway Community Centre. It was built as a school in stages from 1838. The railings are thought to be original.

F: the Town Hall, a Listed Grade II Building, was built in 1877 in the Gothic Revival Style by the Loyal New Forest Lodge of the Ancient Order of Oddfellows, as their meeting place. After a short time it became the Town Hall and was passed to the Parish Council in 1931.

Town Hall
Workhouse

G: the former Workhouse, now residential, is Listed Grade II. Workhouse buildings have existed in Fordingbridge since C17; these were built in 1883. Find out more in the FHS publication "A Place of Last Resort" - see the Publications page.

H: Fordingbridge Museum is housed in the former town granary. It provides an opportunity to explore the rich history of Fordingbridge.

Museum
United Reformed Church

I: the United Reformed Church and former Manse of 1823 in Salisbury Street replaced an earlier independent Chapel on the site, founded about 1665.

J: statue of Augustus John, a former resident. Listed Grade II. John, one of the UK's most prominent modern artists, lived and worked in Fordingbrige from 1927 to 1961.

Augustus John
War Memorial Gates

K: the War Memorial Gates are Grade II Listed and lead to the Recreation Ground and Memorial Gardens. The gateposts are inscribed to commemorate the fallen in both World Wars.

L: the Old Manor House is currently a private residence, but was formerly the Manorial Court. It was built in C17 and is Listed Grade II*.

Old Manor House

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Location Map

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Map data from OpenStreetMaps, downloaded 13 Sept 2023. Location markers from Icons8.