Upper Pennington stretches between the Avon River to the west, a stream running through Yaldhurst Farm to the east, Sway Road to the north, and an imaginary line for the southern border just north of Pennington Recreation Ground. Land use is mostly agricultural and residential. Key sights of interest include Gordleton Industrial Park, The Wheel Inn, Ramley House (including in its walled gardens the vineyards of Charlie Herring), Our Lady and St Joseph Catholic School, and Yaldhurst Farm. More details for each can be found below.
As set out in the Future & Planning section, substantial residential development is proposed for Upper Pennington, which would include almost all of the land east of Ramley Road (see map below).
Upper (New Mill) Common
Upper Pennington Common is designated a SSSI by Natural England who note it for its rare baserich bogs. This is an area of dry heath and dry acid grassland managed by grazing (see link to Natural England designation site, ref 197).
The area is enclosed but is common land, and there are gates for access. In older maps the area is called New Mill Common on account of the Mill just across Avon Water that was part of the Wainsford Estate.
Gordleton Industrial Estate
Gordleton Industrial Estate is, according to public records, currently managed by companies directed by local entrepreneur Leon Crouch, and owned by Gordleton Family Trust (Leon Crouch is also founder of Lymington Precision Engineering).
There are a number of successful local employers benefiting from the site (listed below), which is set to be expanded following planning approval given in February 2014 (See link to Business Dorset, See L&P TC minutes relating to the proposal).
Businesses operating out of Gordleton (as of August 2016) are listed below. We have only listed those with active websites. If you would like us to add a listing of your Gordleton business, please contact us.
Redmayne Engineering Limited:
Specialising in the production of fine limit components for the aerospace and allied industries, Redmayne have been operating in Hampshire since 1963, employ 97 people, and turns over approximately GBP 8.7m per annum (based on FY15 public financials). The Gordleton site was opened as a result of the previous site in Brockenhurst being too small. Redmayne’s Gordleton site is 30,000 sqft. They also have a 12,000 sqft site nearby in Romsey.
The UK’s number one picture framing wholesaler, Wessex has its warehouse main main national showroom at Gordleton. Wessex’s main operating company, A.L. Younger Limited, has been operating for over 30 years, has 122 employees, and turns over approximately GBP 11.1m per annum (based on FY15 public financials).
Fischer Instrumentation (GB) Ltd:
A member of the HELMUT FISCHER GROUP (Germany) and producing a broad spectrum of measuring and analysis instruments for the most diverse applications and industries, Fischer was formed in 1968. In 1986 it relocated to a purpose built facility at Gordleton, with options for further expansion. From Gordleton, Fischer covers the whole of Great Britain and Ireland.
A technology-based company that designs hardware, firmware and software systems.
Established in April 2000 Ohmex is primarily a manufacturer of equipment involved in Environmental Science applications such as Land and Hydrographic surveying systems also Environmental Data collection. Product names manufactured and distributed under license from Lymtech LLC (above) include EDAS, HydroLite, SonarLite, TidaLite, SonarM8, TideM8, TideMet and SonarMite.
Vibrant Forest Brewery:
Vibrant Forest is a small microbrewery with a passion to develop, experiment and brew richly flavoured beer full of exceptional character.At the brewery shop and small bar, you can sample and purchase Vibrant’s beer for drinking at the brewery or to take home and enjoy later.
New Forest Doors & Glazing:
New Forest Doors & Glazing are a family run company based in Gordleton. They have 25 years’ experience in the industry & have secured a reputation for quality, innovation & design in their tailor made door and window solutions.
The Wheel Inn
The Wheel Inn is set in a triangle between Sway Road and Ramley Road. According to the website, it is a former blacksmith’s workshop but has been a country pub since the 1800s. The Wheel Inn is in the uppermost part of Pennington in the locality of residents of lower Sway. Once the new housing estates are built on Yaldhurst Farm as set out in NFDC’s development plan, the number of nearby residents will increase substantially.
Ramley House was originally constructed around 1805 and has been used as a family home and nursing home (and is now again a family home) over the years. The house has been remodelled several times, and has been left unoccupied for several years. The Ramley House website provides a more detailed history.
The walled gardens of the house are now a vineyard of wine maker Charlie Herring, who produces wine from Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc vines. Charlie maintains a blog and website.
Our Lady and St Joseph Catholic School
The original school was built in 1859, to the rear of the church of Our Lady of Mercy and St Joseph in the High Street, Lymington by Sir Joseph Weld. In the 1880s the original building was replaced and further extensions and temporary buildings followed, but the site was too small for the needs of the school, which relocated to new buildings on the present site on 8 December 2003. Our Lady and St Joseph is the only Catholic school in the New Forest.
Click here to see the age groups taken by all schools in Pennington, including Our Lady and St Joseph.