Aerial Photos of Rowlands Castle


In its periodical Magazine, the RCA aptly calls Rowlands Castle: ‘Village and Valley’. This describes the two dominant characteristics of the area. The aerial photos of Rowlands Castle offer a perspective of both Village and Valley which not only highlights some of its local characteristics – buildings, open spaces and woodlands – but also allows it to be viewed in a wider context in relation to the foothills of the South Downs in the north, and to Portsmouth, The Solent and Isle of Wight to the south.

This display commences from the The Green– a listed ‘Conservation Area’ and centre of Village. It then looks southwards, before moving northwards up the Lavant valley.

One striking aspect is the surprisingly green and wooded character of the area, including among the houses themselves. This relates both to the ancient Forest of Bere – on clays and gravels – which once extended westward almost a far as Winchester (a sort of hunting forest for Portsmouth, as the New Forest remains for Southampton). On the chalklands to the north, there are arable fields, usually laced with flints, with low valleys of the East and West Lavants, passing through gently rolling hills. The topographical and geographical nature of the area is described in more detail in the Rowlands Castle Local Landscape Character Assessment published in 2012.

Editorial: The photos were taken by Kelvin Schaffli, who is the editor of the RCA Magazine. Kelvin designed the ‘Valley & Village’ logo used on the cover of the Magazine. He took the photos from a drone flying between 20 and 80 metres above the ground. Drones are not permitted above 120 metres or 400 feet, and use a barometer for measuring the drone’s height.

Editorial: Click to scroll through all the images and enlarge them. June 2020

The Green with occasional balloons

The Green a ‘Conservation Area’

Railway Station – built in 1865

The Green with Lavant Valley to east

The Recreation Ground looking west

The Recreation Ground looking south, across The Green, towards Stansted

The Recreation Ground, looking westward across to the Golf Course

Sunrise from over The Recreation Ground, looking east

Looking across Glendale and railway to brickworks site with building work started on ‘The Glade’. Trees on part of the castle mound to right

Lavant flooding downstream, south below Glendale

Looking north along the valley of The Lavant, straightened into a ditch, towards Dean Lane End Parallel with Finchdean Road and the railway

Looking north up valley, Lavant flowing

Sunrise looking east along the Main Avenue towards Stansted House

Looking south over Village, along the Sussex Border path, over Wellswood Farm with the Solent and Isle of Wight in the distance

Dean Lane End (West Sussex) from the west, built for workers for Canning’s Iron Foundry

The hamlet of Finchdean from the west, note chimney of the former Iron Foundry and industrial area

St Hubert’s Saxon Chapel, Old Idsworth, up the East Lavant from Finchdean

St Hubert’s Chapel in the winter

East Lavant flowing below St Hubert’s

Further up the valley into the Downs, east from near Chalton railway bridge

Top of the East Lavant valley looking east, with defunct chalk quarry (scraped for agricultural chalk)

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