Believe it or not, Horndean is jam packed full of Grade II Listed Buildings. Listed Buildings have special protection assigned to them, and this special protection ensures that the owner of the historic building of special significance does not make changes to the building which changes the character of the structure.
Here is a quick quiz, there are three photographs of structures in Horndean, just one of the structures is registered as a Grade II Listed Building. Can you correctly guess which structure is the Grade II listed building?
Photograph 1: This is The Colonial Bar Horndean, is it a Grade II Listed Building?
Photograph 2: This is the former site of Gales Ales Brewery Horndean, is it a Grade II Listed Building?
Photograph 3: This is a milestone on the A3 in Horndean, is it is a Grade II Listed Building?
The Colonial Bar is not a listed building though many folks think that it should be protected. The former Gales Brewery wasn’t not listed, hence why most of it was knocked down to make way for housing. If you said that photograph 3, the milestone, is a Grade II Listed Building, then give yourself a pat on the back as you were absolutely spot on.
Give the choice between the Gales Brewery and the milestone, I’d have preferred the former to have received the status and protection, but hey that’s life and the Gales Brewery was a working building. The milestone was granted listed status in 1988 and as a small child I was always fascinated by the milestone – why didn’t those that used the road just consult their AA Roadmap?
In comparison to Waterlooville, Horndean has many buildings that are protected by Listed Building status; Waterlooville has 5 listed buildings, these include a couple of buildings at St Michaels Convent, a couple of buildings near to Oaklands, and one building on Stakes Hill Road.
Getting a building as a listed status is an onerous task, and the building must have historical significance; certainly Waterlooville needs to add it’s remaining historic buildings to the register before what little is left of it’s history is bulldozed for flats. Does anyone want to take this on?