Church Street was once made up of the present Church Street and what is now known as Pinner’s Lane.
If you were church-bound from Acol [Ackholt] then the first buildings you encountered as you walked along Church Street were the old Poor House Cottages on your left. The row of six cottages built in the early 1820’s with the rear of the cottages facing onto the road, and the front of the cottages overlooking their gardens. The boy on the left of the picture is believed to be Frank Harrison, whose family lived in Church Street. Beyond the cottages is Church Street Row and beyond the Row is the old main Poor House building.
A front view of the old Poor House main building which once housed eight families. The young girl is Bessie Causer, the photo was taken in 1926.
A side view of the old main Poor House building, now Yew Tree Cottage
A view of Church Street looking back towards the old Poor House building and cottages.
Nonington School pupils on Empire Day in the early 1900’s. The photo was taken from the head-master house which was demolished in the early 1960’s and is now part of the school car park.
Nonington School in the early 1960’s. The first National school, so called because they were founded by the National Society for Promoting Religious Education to provided elementary education in accordance with the teaching of the Church of England to the children of the poor, was built in 1830 and was replaced by the present building in 1861. The centenary of the school was celebrated in 1961, which was in fact the centenary of the construction of the present building and not the founding of the school.
Mid-19th century sketch of the end of the Parsonage Field tithe barn. On the east side of Church Street at its junction with Church Hill in what was known as the Parsonage Field was an ancient tithe barn which probably dated from the early 17th century. The barn was demolished at some time in the late 19th century but the pond that also occupied the site remained until the present bungalows were built. The present Toll Cottage is in the left back ground, and Church Cottage and the site of the later Alms Houses are off to the left. St. Mary’s Church is in the centre background.
A Church Army wagon in 1911. It is believed to be parked on the corner of Church Street and Church Hill, the present Vicarage Lane, on the site of the old tithe barn. This land in now occupied by bungalows.
Before the sale of the St. Alban’s estate in 1938 the Toll Cottages was the name used in census records and farm leases for the house on the junction of Cherry Garden Lane and the Sandwich Road. In the estate sale catalogue for some now unknown reason the name Toll Cottage was given to the house at the junction of Church Street and Church Hill. The tithe barn site was behind the fence in the left background. The Alms Houses and Church Cottage are off to the left.
The Alms Houses on the north side of Church Hill built in the late 1800’s by W.O. Hammond of St Alban’s Court, which became known as Threeways.
Church Cottage, once a yeoman’s farm house.
Nonington Forge in what was then called Church Street [now Pinner’s Lane], late 1920’s, St Mary’s Church is in the background, Church House is off to the right.
Church House, once The White Horse alehouse. In the 1830’s it became the home of the Morgan family who were blacksmiths and vets. In the 1930’s it became the village dairy owned by Abbot Bros.