Our newest book about the history of Steep has just been published in April 2023:

‘The Dodd Family and The Harrow Inn Steep’ by Fran Box published by Steep History Publications:

Our latest Steep History book

The unique atmosphere of the Harrow Inn, Steep, has long been regarded fondly, by both locals and those from far and wide.
This book attempts to tell some of its background and in particular the story of the Dodd family and their ancestors. It goes back to a time long before they came to Steep and extends to the present. Some of their story has much in common with a tale from Dickens. The history and activities of the pub are traced through more than ninety years of continuous occupation by this one remarkable family.

A5 paperback 218 pages long with many pictures.

Available directly from franboxsteep@yahoo.co.uk £10 plus £2.60 postage. Email for payment details.
Also available from The Harrow Inn and from One Tree Books Petersfield.


Books about the Village of Steep, its History and those who have lived in Steep

  • Buildings, Gardens and Monuments in Steep updated 2018 by Tony Struthers, Fran Box, Hugh Routh & Celia Storey pub 2018 available £10 plus postage from franboxsteep@yahoo.co.uk Originally a book published as part of the Steep Parish Plan 2012 Details & pictures of many of the houses and buildings
  • The Remarkable Ifould Family of Steep by Fran Box pub 2021. £10 plus postage from franboxsteep@yahoo.co.uk
  • The Kneelers of Steep Church by Fran Box pub 2019 available £10 from franboxsteep@yahoo.co.uk
  • Steep Roll of Honour 1914 – 1918 by David Erskine-Hill pub 2017 research into the backgrounds of all the names on the Steep War Memorials available from davidjehill@gmail.com
  • The Edward Thomas Country by W.M. Whiteman pub. Paul Cave Publications Ltd. Feb 1978
  • The Origins of Steep (Petersfield Papers no. 4) by W.M. Whiteman pub. Petersfield Area Historical Society ISSN 0308-9266 – ‘A fuller treatment of parts of a talk given to the society in 1976’
  • The Reputed Manor of Ashford (Petersfield Paper no. 8) by William Whiteman pub by Petersfield Area Historical Society 1987 ISSN 0308-9266
  • The Village of Steep and the Parish of All Saints by Roy Montgomery pub 2008 by Hampshire Genealogical Society Village Series No. 10 – Also available to download from their website for a charge
  • Steep A Village History by G. Timmins produced 2006 by the author

There are a number of other books/publications specifically on aspects of Bedales School such as:

  • Bedales School – The First Hundred Years by Roy Wake and Pennie Denton pub 1993 by The Haggerston Press      ISBN 1 869812 10 7l
  • Irregularly Bold by James Henderson pub Andre Deutsch 1978
  • Girls and Boys edited by Avril Hardie pub Bedales School 1998


  • The artist Francis Bacon is mentioned as living in Steep in the book: ‘In Camera’ by Martin Harrison pub Thames and Hudson
  • A Positively Final Appearance: A Journal 1996-98 by actor Alec Guinness mentions his life in Steep
  • The Little Genius by Mervyn Horder pub Gerald Duckworth pub 1966 is a biography of his father Lord Tommy Horder and the family’s life at Ashford Chace, Steep
  • The Adventures and Inventions of Stewart Blacker by Barnaby Blacker pub Pen and Sword Books 2006 – mentions his earlier life but also his time living at Coldhayes in Steep Marsh
  • Song of Love – The Letters of Rupert Brooke and Noel Olivier by Pippa Harris, published Bloomsbury 1991 gives details of Rupert Brooke’s friendship with Noel Olivier and visiting her at Bedales School in Steep.

There are a number of books about poet Edward Thomas, some of which mention his time in Steep:

  • As it Was and World Without End by Helen Thomas
  • The Last Four Years – Eleanor Farjeon
  • All Roads Lead to France by Matthew Hollis pub Faber and Haber 2011
  • From Adlestrop to Arras by jean Moorcroft Wilson pub 2015 Bloomsbury


  • A Journey in My Head by Geoffrey Crump an autobiography of his time teaching and living in Steep with information about the Steep Shakespeare Players
  • Gardens for Small Country Houses by Gertrude Jekyll and Laurence Weaver – mentions the gardens of several houses in Steep originally pub by Country Life 1912, since republished 1985
  • Island History by Peter Baillon printed c 2004 – gives the history of the Island estate
  • Hospitals of the Petersfield Union 1914 – 1919 pub Petersfield Museum gives details of Coldhayes and Adhurst St Mary’s as WWI Auxiliary hospitals
  • Hampshire Treasures Vol 6 East Hampshire pub Hampshire County Council 1982
  • Victoria County History Vol 3 pub 1908 also available online
  • The Buildings of England: Winchester and the North by Michael Bullen, John Crook, Rodney Hubbuck, Nikolaus Pevsner pub Yale University Press 2010
  • Petersfield in 1945 by David Jeffery and others pub. Petersfield Area Historical Society 2020. This book gives information about Petersfield and the surrounding villages on VE Day in 1945 and in the following period. There is a section on Steep, as well as Stroud, Sheet and Buriton, with memories of people who lived in Petersfield. Copies available £3 by emailing:  jeffery493@btinternet.com