Introducing The Mount

Bishopstoke Park's stunning centrepiece; The Mount, was originally built in 1844 and has been redeveloped over the years by a number of wealthy owners. Our painstaking refurbishment is the latest evolution of this much-loved building.

It is rumoured that the Rector and Dean of Winchester, Dr Thomas Garnier, who previously owned the Mount estate, was a keen botanist whose enthusiasm we have to thank for the stunning variety of trees around Bishopstoke Park.

Richard Gilman, another notable former resident of the Bishopstoke Mount, was involved in The Great Tea Race of 1866, where clippers laden with tea raced each other from China to London. This momentous event captured the public's fascination, and the now infamous race was eventually won by Gilman's ship; Taeping.

Thanks to Chris Humby of the Bishopstoke History Society, we are able to share with you the history of The Mount.

The Mount - 1844 and beyond

Bishopstoke Park is being developed on the site of what was a large Victoria estate known simply, for many years, as The Mount. The first house was built on the site in 1844 by Walter Twynam and the property was originally called “Stoke Hill Cottage”.

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1870-80’s - Social gatherings at The Mount

The gardens of The Mount had been the centre for many social gatherings in the village in the 1860s. Thomas Hargreaves continued to host events for various societies throughout the 1870s and 1880s, including a celebration for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887.

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1874 - Thomas Hargreaves fined

Thomas Hargreaves, when in residence at The Mount, was a keen fisherman. In 1874 he was fined after defending what he considered long-standing public rights to fish along the towpath of the Itchen Navigation.

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The Mount - the centre of social gatherings once again

After the arrival of the Cottons and their alteration of the house, The Mount once again became the centre for social gatherings in the village. There were many fetes and events held over the years and the marking of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee was something special.

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