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Reason for inclusion: Identified by David Hammer and Peter Horrocks as “The Copper Beeches”
Accessibility: Elderfield House is not accessible by foot unless you wish to have a five mile walk from Winchester. The majority of the buses that run to Southampton do stop at Otterbourne. You will need to alight at the bus stop opposite “The White Horse” public house. The best position to view Elderfield House is to cross the road and walk towards the roundabout and stop at Cranbourne Drive. Across the road to your right is Elderfield House.
Please be aware that Elderfield House is home to Pathways to Change – an innovative rehabilitative community programme run by Kainos Community and as such is not open to the public.
Description: Elderfield House was built in the eighteenth century and was altered during the nineteenth and twentieth
Comments: Peter Horrocks, who identified the property in “The Tri-Metallic Question” for the visit to Winchester of The Sherlock Holmes Society of London used the following criteria from Watson to decide that Elderfield House was Copper Beeches . It was:
(a) In a pleasant rural setting.
(b) Five miles on the far side of Winchester.
(c) An old country house.
(d) “……not beautiful in itself….a large square block of a house, whitewashed but all stained and streaked with damp and bad weather.”
(e) Surrounded by grounds, with woods on three sides (which belonged to the state of Lord Southerton), and on the fourth a field which sloped down to the Southampton Road, which curved past. There was a lawn at the front
(f) the drawing room ran the full length of the house
(g) although there were no Copper Beeches there was a copper beech hedge