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The Walkfo guide to things to do & explore in Funtley

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Funtley – from the Anglo-Saxon, “Funtaleg”, “spring field (clearing)” is a hamlet or exurb north of Fareham, Hampshire. It forms a projection towards the South Downs National Park. The village grew from the development of a clay quarry, the clay used to make chimney pots and bricks. When you visit Funtley, Walkfo brings Funtley places to life as you travel by foot, bike, bus or car with a mobile phone & headphones.


Funtley Places Overview: History, Culture & Facts about Funtley

Visit Funtley – Walkfo’s stats for the places to visit

With 29 audio plaques & Funtley places for you to explore in the Funtley area, Walkfo is the world’s largest heritage & history digital plaque provider. The AI continually learns & refines facts about the best Funtley places to visit from travel & tourism authorities (like Wikipedia), converting history into an interactive audio experience.

Funtley history

Funtley Village Society

Funtley won “best small village for the year” 2018 at the Hampshire Association of Local Councils award along with 3 other awards. The villages very own secret Neighbourhood Watch Alliance championing “bonum commune communitatis”

Fontley Iron Mills

Fontley House in Iron Mill Lane was home to Samuel Jellicoe from about 1784 until his death in 1812. He was the partner of Henry Cort of Fontley Iron Mills, adjacent. Cort was the inventor of the rolling mill and the puddling furnace, important for the production of iron during the Napoleonic Wars. Some of Cort’s inventions were tried out at these mills. Cort’s innovation was a new process for “fining” iron. This became essential once blast furnaces were used to extract iron from its ore. The “pig” iron produced was too impure for forging (though it could be cast): fining removed the impurities. The previous method of fining used a finery hearth fuelled with charcoal. By Cort’s time wood for making charcoal had long become too scarce to enable the iron industry to expand: already many blast furnaces were using coke instead of charcoal. What Cort did was to burn coal in the furnace then “puddle” his impure iron, i.e. stir it with a long rod in the hot gas of the flames. The purified iron came out as spongy mass, and had to be consolidated (shingling). Another of Cort’s innovations was to use grooved rolls in a rolling mill rather than a hammer to draw the iron out into a bar. This enabled the iron to be rolled into bars with a variety of cross-sections (square, circular, etc.). These two brilliant innovations were the most important ones for the iron industry in the Industrial Revolution. The former ruins of this industrial revolution iron mill with smelter’s yard showed where the ore was also smelted, local ironstone being used. The place is the remnant piece of two manors in the hundred of Titchfield, Great Funtley and Little Funtley (or Funtley Parva/Pageham). The manors first appear in the Domesday Book. The wider hundred was mostly Titchfield parish. It was locally a mixture of forest and relatively short farming leases that belonged to the crown. Accordingly, in 1279 John of Brittany withdrew his suit (of court) (claim to outright or continued ownership) in respect of his manors of Crofton, Lee Markes, and Funtley, and as he did not appear the sheriff was ordered to distrain (in favour of the King) upon his land. It was among a handful of manors in Titchfield’s parish, the church of which dates to 680 AD, and contributed to the early founding of Titchfield Abbey. The other manor vested in the Arundel family from 1241 to 1615, but who long-let it, successively to the de Hoyvilles, Uvedales, others, Sir Richard Corbett and then Rashleighs whose 19th century holders had it much divided (sold off in pieces). Some of the area of the former manors has contributed to modern-day Knowle, a hill-top, compact village. Henry Feast began selling beer in Funtley in 1839. He was in court, held in the “Red Lion”, Fareham, charged with keeping a disorderly beer house on 18 December 1839; he was convicted and paid a fine and costs totalling 40 shillings. Feast bought the property that became “The Miners’ Arms” from Robert James, a merchant of Fareham, with a £100 mortgage on 5 March 1840. The first time the name “The Miners’ Arms” appears is on the 1841 Census return, where Feast is described as a labourer, probably working on the construction of the railway during the day, leaving the beer house and shop to be run by his wife and children. The Register of Licensees for beer shops and public houses starts in 1872 (previous records do not survive), and shows Feast as the owner and licensee in 1872 and 1873. Feast died 28 September 1874 aged 76; the previous year he conveyed everything to his eldest son George, who is recorded as the owner and licensee from 28 September 1874. George retained the property until 29 February 1892 when he sold it to Henry William Saunders. James Feast, son of George, became the licensee after the sale, and remained such until December 1913, when George Robert James Oakes succeeded him. After Saunders died, his wife Annie Elizabeth is described as the owner and mortgagee on the licence until 8 February 1905, when it shows his two sons Herbert Henry and Richard John Saunders as owners; presumably the mortgage had been settled. In 1921, the wall separating the bar and refreshment room was taken down to give the licensee supervision over both. Herbert Henry and Richard John, whose Wallington Brewery, had to sell everything on 31 March 1944. The reason is stated in “Fareham Past and Present”. The buyer, Charles Hamilton and Co. Ltd, held the pub for 26 years until its sale to Bass Charrington on 1 July 1970. It came into the possession of George Gale and Co. Ltd in July 1991 and passed by the 2010s to Fullers Brewery.

Why visit Funtley with Walkfo Travel Guide App?

Visit Funtley PlacesYou can visit Funtley places with Walkfo Funtley to hear history at Funtley’s places whilst walking around using the free digital tour app. Walkfo Funtley has 29 places to visit in our interactive Funtley map, with amazing history, culture & travel facts you can explore the same way you would at a museum or art gallery with information audio headset. With Walkfo, you can travel by foot, bike or bus throughout Funtley, being in the moment, without digital distraction or limits to a specific walking route. Our historic audio walks, National Trust interactive audio experiences, digital tour guides for English Heritage locations are available at Funtley places, with a AI tour guide to help you get the best from a visit to Funtley & the surrounding areas.

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29 tourist, history, culture & geography spots


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Walkfo Funtley tourism map key: places to see & visit like National Trust sites, Blue Plaques, English Heritage locations & top tourist destinations in Funtley


Best Funtley places to visit

Funtley has places to explore by foot, bike or bus. Below are a selection of the varied Funtley’s destinations you can visit with additional content available at the Walkfo Funtley’s information audio spots:

Funtley photo Fareham Shopping Centre
Fareham Shopping Centre is at the heart of the centre of the medium-sized Hampshire town of Fareham . Built in two phases between 1975 and 1981, the centre contains many well known retailers .
Funtley photo Fort Fareham
Fort Fareham is one of the Palmerston Forts, in Fareham, England . It acted as a hinge between the forts on Portsdown Hill and those of the Gosport Advanced Line, filling the gap at Fareham . It has been a Grade II Listed Building since 1976 .
Funtley photo Segensworth
Segensworth is a business park near Whiteley and Fareham in Hampshire. At the 2011 Census the business park was included in the Park Gate Ward of Fareham Council.

Visit Funtley plaques

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Funtley has 1 physical plaques in tourist plaque schemes for you to explore via Walkfo Funtley plaques audio map when visiting. Plaques like National Heritage’s “Blue Plaques” provide visual geo-markers to highlight points-of-interest at the places where they happened – and Walkfo’s AI has researched additional, deeper content when you visit Funtley using the app. Experience the history of a location when Walkfo local tourist guide app triggers audio close to each Funtley plaque. Explore Plaques & History has a complete list of Hartlepool’s plaques & Hartlepool history plaque map.