Barkham Report : May 2015

Ten people gathered at Barkham Church – (thankfully on a dry day in contrast to the previous occasion!). We visited the church and walked past the nearby moated site into the fields of rural Barkham. Much of the land round here was owned by John Walter III of Bearwood in the 19th century and he altered the line of Edney’s Hill lane and planted a fine avenue of lime trees. He was also a significant benefactor for Wokingham. Our route then took us into the Coombes. This area had once been heath land called Bare Wood. Having passed the Old Rectory, built by John Walter for the parish, our walk continued along the edge of Barkham Manor grounds. Here, as well as some splendid veteran trees in the copse, we saw a fine Wellingtonia and a 250 year old Oriental Plane in the garden. The present house dates from the late 18th century and is now divided into apartments. The walk concluded along Barkham Street back to the church.