Griff Hundred

It is located on the east of the valley, below Carita Hundred and south of the Wensel. The centre of administration for the hundred being Erlham.

  • Bishop’s Palace – The seat of the Bishops of Bellhamcester. The grounds have formal gardens that are considered a classic garden of the Eighteenth Century. In the grounds there is a chapel. Parts of the palace and the grounds are open to the public for part of the year.
  • Camp – Camp acquired its name from the Blighty Camp that was established there during the First World War. The railway station was also built during the First World War. Between the wars a small village grew up to service the camp. During the Second World War there was a small military camp and a POW Camp there. After the war the POW Camp was sold off as a development site and the village grew to be a town. The camp is where the Bellham Light Infantry are based.
  • Erlhan – Established in the Norman Period. It once had a castle, but that is long gone, with its site only being marked by a fragment of wall and a plaque. It is the seat of the local council and a market town. Erlham stagnated after the railway was built. Much of the town dates to the Eighteenth Century or earlier.
  • Fenton’s Holt – The station from which the town gets its name was to Elisium Hall, where the Fenton family lived. Elysium Hall remained standing until about Eighteen Seventy when it was destroyed by what many thought was a fire started by an arsonist. This settlement started just after the railway line was laid down on land adjacent to the Elysium Hall estate. The Fenton family went from rich to very wealth thanks to the Bellham Union Canal, but was not part of the consortium that built the railways. The Fentons wealth declined after the middle of the Nineteenth Century.
  • Forton – This village has on its southern edge a site where there have been found the remains of Roman buildings. Though on the old road to London, it did not gain much advantage from it, being about ten miles out of Bellhamcester. It does though have some of the best soil in the county, being the location of many market gardens rather than farms.
  • Griff – This village has both Griff Manor, the seat of the Falcons, as well as Griff Mine, which was the source of the Falcon’s wealth. The village was larger at the start of the Twentieth Century, when the mine was at its peak. Several times when there were accidents, at Griff Mine, the victims were saved by some miraculous occurrence.
  • Tyrham – This village was the plundered by Colonel Coberg’s men during the Civil War. It did not have a church until a Methodist church was established there in the late Nineteenth Century. In the Nineteen-Twenties it acquired a pub, due to there being those who would visit the village, to see the birth place of Edgar Dial – who flourished as an artist in the late Nineteenth Century.
  • River Alphar – A small non-navigable river that runs down from Griff and joins the Wensel at Erlham.

[Gazetteer]

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