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Friday 14th March 2003 10:12

What is the history of the Pepperbox of Pepperbox Hill (South of Alderbury)

The Pepperbox is on the brow of Brickworth Down giving wide views to the east and west. It is an octagonal brick tower with a pyramid roof and two floors and was built in 1606 by Gyles Eyre, a local landowner. It can be counted as a folly but may have been used a lookout so that ladies could follow the progress of the hunt, away from the rain and mud. Its name comes from its resemblance to a pepper box or pepper pot, which would have been in use in the 17th and 18th centuries.

In the late 18th and early 19th century it was a haunt of highwaymen, who waited there to rob coaches after they had climbed the hill and the horses were tired. In the Second World War it was used as a lookout post for the local Home Guard. It is in Whiteparish but is more associated with Alderbury, which it overlooks.

Alderbury and Whaddon: a Millennium Mosaic of People, Places and Progress, by Alderbury and Whaddon Local History Research Group, 2000, 0 9538004 0 7.



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