Farther Common

Farther Common

Farther Common is a geograpical region of East Hampshire in the Parish of Liss, Hampshire, England. It is characterised by greensand topography, woodland and heath, which was a common on the Money-Coutts estate centred at Stodham House, Liss.

The Money Coutts family were part of the famous Banking family, owners of Coutts & Co, London.

Stodham House was used as a headquarters of the Special Operations Executive during the World War II, the centre of British Intelligence Operations in Nazi Occupied Europe.

The plots of development land were sold off in parcels in the early part of the last century, served by two lanes which remain in use. Some of the plots are on steep parts of the greensand ridge. The original houses on both the north and south lanes of the Common were cedar houses, often now much altered. Other plots were sold off in parcels of an acre of more from the earlier plots and houses have been built in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Farther Common is bounded to the East by Bones Bottom, to the West by Gravel Pit Bottom to the North by Stodham Lane and to the South by the North track. The former Woodley House, (the gardeners cottage of Grey Walls House) and West Gables, the former servants quarters of the same property are not properly part of the Common, although now separated from their master house.

The Far house on the South Lane is a modernist, 1960's wooden house built by writer Selwyn Jepson while Ponticum on the North Lane is a remarkable 1960's modernist house looking out over the Chalk Hangars.

Some of the other houses built at a later time are built on smaller plots derived from the earlier larger ones. For instance, Fernhill from the 1970s. The site has previously been used for caravan accommodation for the staff of Hill Brow Nursing Home, now itself gone.

There is a bronze age [http://www.hants.gov.uk/hampshiretreasures/vol06/page218.html ring barrow] at Peacewood.

Some of those that came to build and live on the common have been notable.

*Monica Storrs, Gods Galloping Girl of Peace Wood.
*Henryk Zygalski. Mathematician and World War 2 Code master who lived with his partner, Mrs. B. Blofield in Greenwood, Farther Common.
*Selwyn Jepson of the Far House, well known author and intelligence officer in World War 2.

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