|HCC Site ID:||1820||Parish:||Kings Worthy|
|Access:||No Public Access||Ownership:||Private Offices|
Location and Site
Kings Worthy Court is set back slightly on Worthy Lane, Kings Worthy, almost opposite the church. The village is approximately two miles north east of Winchester
Kings Worthy Court was built in the late 18th century and in the early 19th century was the home of Mr Bailey, a large-scale farmer whose family also owned Woodhams Farm. The house was one of the villas in Kingsworthy described by Pamela Johnson in The History of the Worthy villages as ‘….19th century villas built or refurbished by businessmen, gentlemen or affluent retired as the Worthys became a convenient and attractive place to live.’ The 3rd editon OS map, 1909, shows the large house approached from a pathway to the front and a driveway past a wooded area, from what is now Worthy Lane to stables at the back. The house stands in a considerable area of mini-parkland with what is likely to have been a kitchen garden along the walled length of Church Avenue. In the early 20th century, the owner remodelled the façade with rounded bay windows. A Mr Edwards bought the house in 1932 and renovated it just before World War II, when it was requisitioned by the Fire Brigade. The Edwards moved back in after the war and lived in the house until 1955. Since 1972, the house has been owned by commercial companies and a substantial extension was built to the side. Some of the outbuildings and land at the side were sold off, while part of the rear gardens were used for car parking.
The house continues to be used for office accommodation, the grounds are much reduced with the front laid to lawn and parking. The old perimeter walls along Church Lane are still standing.
Late villa-style18th century house and gardens; remodelled early 20th century; land sold off with perimeter walls surviving. Since 1972 the house used as offices.
Clegg & Neyroud, ‘KIngsworthy Court; in A History of the Worthy Villages, 1999
Johnston P, A history of Worthy Villages, 1999