Traditional English village

The pond at Buriton in 1898
The pond at Buriton in 1898

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These two photographs of the village of Buriton, south of Petersfield, were taken in 1898.

Edward Gibbon, the historian who wrote The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, lived at the Manor House as a child.

Buriton village in 1898

Buriton village in 1898

According to some sources, it was a visit to the ruins of ancient Rome that inspired him to produce one of the classics of English literature.

Located at the western extremity of the South Downs, Buriton captures the essence of the traditional English village.

Overlooking the pond, at the eastern end of the settlement, is the village’s tree-shaded Norman church, built of ironstone.