Steep Timeline

2019

History of Steep website created

2012

Steep History Group started

2010

Afghanistan War

1977

Steep Parish Council purchased Steep Common for the good of the village

Although designated ‘recreation ground’ on the 1841 Tithe Map & at the Enclosures, Steep Common had previously been owned by various landlords
1968

Kneelers of Steep church made

The kneelers were created between 1968 and 1980
1945

World War II ended

1945

World War II Memorial in Steep Church

1940

Collyers House became a WWII maternity home

The house was a maternity home for evacuated mothers from the Portsmouth area and used by some locals too
1940

Steep House became a rest home for the Free French

1939

World War II outbreak

1937

Poet’s Stone erected

1922

Steep War Memorial Village Hall built

1921

Bedales Memorial Library was built

1920

World War I Memorial Steep Church

1918

World War I memorial erected Mill Lane

1918

End of World War I

1917

Edward Thomas poet died

1917

Adhurst St Mary became a Red Cross WWI auxilliary hospital

1914

Coldhayes became Red Cross auxiliary hospital

1914

Outbreak of World War I

1913

Mains Water Supply came to Steep

Mains water came to Bedales School around 1913 and possibly to the rest of Steep after that. Initially only an outside standpipe was provided. Previously houses relied on wells and streams. Mains drainage of sewage did not come until after 1945.
1906

Poet Edward Thomas came to live at Berryfield Cottage, Steep

Edward and Helen Thomas lived at three different houses in this area during their time here 1906 – 1916.
1900

Bedales School Moves to Steep

1890

Steep Children’s Home founded

1890

The Brickyard, Steep Marsh built

1882

Eames Almshouses built

1875

Steep Victorian School built

1861

Royal Oak public house listed in census

It was on the north side of what we now know as Ridge Common Lane – then only a stretch of common land with a track across it. Henry Hounsome 65 yrs was licensed victualler.
1859

The Railway line came to Petersfield

Godalming to Havant section was constructed by Thomas Brassey for £325,000
1858

The Cricketers Inn appears

1843

1843 Steep National School founded

The school was situated next to Steep church on the south side of Church Road. It was demolished when the Steep Victorian School was built in 1875. The National School was situated in what is now (2019) the front garden of a house named The Tithe Barn. The National School…
1839

1839-41 Steep Tithe Map

1744

The Harrow Inn first appears in the Steep Rates List

The Harrow possibly dates from much earlier. English Heritage thinks C17
1665

Hearth Tax taken in Steep

1642

The English Civil War

The English Civil war took place 1642 – 1651
1610

All Saints’ church registers began

1534

Act of Supremacy

Henry VIII declares himself head of the church in England, breaking away from the Catholic church and the Pope. The English Reformation begins. Before this, Steep church would have been a Catholic church
1140

All Saints’ Church Steep

All Saints Church Steep was built in the year 1140 in the late Norman period
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