Ockbrook - Part 07 - Flood Street, The Ridings & Church Street
w/e 27 June 2004

For our final part of this series, we resume on Flood Street near the Ockbrook Garden Shoppe where we left off in Part 6.
Boys' School

Directly opposite the shop is the former Boys' School which was built in 1848. Replacing an earlier school that was situated in the adjacent Bare Lane, the building is now put to good use as a playschool for the village's younger children.
Ockbrook House 
Between the old Boys' School building and Bare Lane is Ockbrook House. This was added to in the middle of the nineteenth century and more alterations were made in the twentieth century. The original building, probably best seen in the inset, dates from about 1790 and despite the additions and alterations the graduated slate roof is noted as a typical Georgian feature.
Lodge House 
To return to our starting place near the White Swan, we now need to turn right into Bare lane and right again into Church Lane but a short detour to the left will take us into The Ridings to view three more old properties. We'll start at the furthest one which is now number 84. Previously this was the Lodge House to Hopwell Hall which lies a little to the east and was the home of the Pares family. You may remember a mention of Mr Pares who paid for a new village hall in Part 1 of this series.
70 The Ridings

Heading back towards Church Street the next property of interest is number 70 The Ridings. The middle part of this building is a timber framed farmhouse standing on a stone plinth dating from the 1600s. Extensions at each end were added in the eighteenth century.
Corrugated Roof

The third building worthy of note in The Ridings is number 38. This too stands on a stone plinth and has a steeply pitched corrugated iron roof covering the remains of thatch. On one gable end (inset) a Guardian fire insurance plaque can be seen but weathering has made it virtually unreadable.
 Ockbrook Lodge

And so back into Church Street where we find this property called Ockbrook Lodge. Here are two views of the building from each end and over the garden wall between the porch and the small window in the image on the left is an old pump. Beneath the ivy now growing over the pump it is still possible to see the initials "RMD" dated 1775. The initials referred to Robert and Mary Dowman; one of their grandsons was the village vet and blacksmith in the 1820s. But now in 2004, this image brings to an end the series on Ockbrook. From here it is but a short walk back to where we started at the White Swan Public House - perhaps a good spot to sit and ponder where to go next. Join me again soon to find out.

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