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“A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world.” 

quotation Louis Pasteur


To the north of Stoke Charity lies a pre-historic hill fort called Norsebury Ring.   This site has nothing to do with Norsemen – the name has its origins in the Old English ‘ness’ meaning a prominent nose of land and ‘burh’ meaning a defensive feature.  

A mile or so to the east lies Weston Colley in the lee of the railway embankment.  The name indicates that it was a farmstead to the west of Micheldever.   No-one quite knows what Colley signifies.   Perhaps it comes from the Old English ‘col-leah’ meaning a charcoal clearing in a wood.

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