Little Woodham, also known as "The Living History Village of Little Woodham" or "The Seventeenth Century Village", is a living museum dedicated to recreating life in a rural village in the mid-17th century. It is situated in ancient woodland in Rowner, on the Gosport peninsula, Hampshire. The hamlet of Little Woodham was initially created in 1984 as a temporary reenactment of village life on the eve of the English Civil War by members of The English Civil War Society as part of their enactment of the fictional Battle Of Stokes Bay. Following this, Society volunteers continued the exhibition during the summers of 1984 and 1985. The villagers are volunteers who dress in costume and act as if it is the summer of 1642. They talk about Charles I and the impending war between the King and Parliament as well as village life and their character's day-to-day existence. Visitors can also participate in period activities including wood crafts, lace-making, wool carding and spinning, cooking, medicine preparation and butter making.
Within the parish of Rowner, surrounded by woodland, lies the 17th century village of Little Woodham. A visit here will allow you to step inside the pages of history books; to open the doors of real homes and immerse yourself in everyday life in a small village. You may meet the seamstress embroidering elaborate decorations on clothing for the wealthy members of the parish, or she may simply be repairing her husband’s britches! You may find the weavers busily spinning wool or weaving beautiful cloths. There’s also the potter at his wheel throwing pots or firing up his kiln. You’ll often hear the chopping of wood at the sawyers, or the rhythmic banging of metal at the blacksmith’s forge, or you might just hear a mother telling tales of faeries to her children. You can learn the art of quill making or see how wheels are made and fitted. Find out how wool is dyed using some surprising ingredients to produce a dazzling array of colours or how buttons were made and the many different designs that were employed.
Little Woodham and its volunteers have been providing a unique educational experience for schools, groups and the public, as well as being used as a film location and backdrop to many documentaries and dramas by numerous national and international film and TV companies for over 30 years. You can learn about the different trades and crafts, the responsibilities people have within the village community, as well as seeing demonstrations of the different crafts and the accurate recreation of artefacts of the time, using the same methods, materials and tools that were used 370 years ago. You will also be entertained with stories, folklore, fears and beliefs as well as historical events of the period in order to provide you with the best experience and insight of what life would have been like in a small 17th Century English village.
There is easy access around the village and in the houses for wheelchair users and the convivial atmosphere and knowledgeable villagers make this an excellent place to visit. They are also dog friendly, but they do ask for your dog to be kept on a lead at all time please. Please also note that due to the fire risk they must ask you to refrain from smoking when in and around the village.
Location : Little Woodham Living History Village, Grange Farm, Little Woodham Ln, Howe Road, Gosport, Hampshire PO13 8AB
Transport : Fareham (National Rail) then bus (9, 9A). Bus Routes : 9 and 9A stop nearby
Opening Times : March to October, see calendar for specific dates 10:30 to 16:30
Tickets : Adults £5.00; Seniors £4.00; Children (3 and over) £4.00
Tel. : 023 8064 4691