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1903: The Limes was occupied by Henry Honnor Holliday
(a sheep and cattle dealer, previously of Catisfield
Farm (1901 census), and Furze Hall Farm (1881))
and Mrs Hester Holliday (Kelly's Directory).
1907: Mrs Edney was parlourmaid to the Limes from 1907 to 1914
owned by Mrs Holliday (Kelly's Directory)
1915: Mrs Holliday (Kelly's Directory)
Mrs Holliday (Kelly's Directory)
RG.Mortimer (Kelly's Directory) (Hester
Holliday died 11/2/1929 at Grove Road Fareham - she
Samuel Mortimer gave land to build the Catisfield
Memorial Hall. He had lost a son killed in W.W.2.
Catisfield Country Club opened by Dickie Downes (at
Catisfield Country Club becomes the Limes Hotel. And
in due course became called just a freehouse pub called
"The Limes at Catisfield".
re: The Limes:
a press article transcribed from the Evening News, Thursday
August 9 1962
The quiet charm of
a country public house
sir, there is nothing which has yet been contrived by
man, by which so much happiness is produced, as by a good
tavern or inn." - Dr. Samuel Johnson
Overlooking historic Titchfield Abbey, the Limes Hotel
at Catisfield is a gay, lively public house set in a quiet,
A setting, by the way, that is better than any tranquillizer.
Instead of dust and fumes, there is a fresh, invigorating
breeze. Instead of screaming brakes, there are the gentle
sounds of the countryside.
In this charming Hampshire district, the Limes itself
preserves an air or irregularity and charm as if created
of paint and canvas and not stone and mortar.
Inside the comfortable and pleasing furnishings charm
the eye. The interior has a quiet, country quality and
the restaurant and bars are well laid out.
The lawn-framed building with its twelve bedrooms was
once a private residence and more recently, a country
Now, as a "free house", the Limes Hotel begins
an exciting new career. Hospitality is in the capable
hands of the owner, Mr. Charles Henry Downes.
As an ex-Londoner, at ease in casual clothes, Mr. Downes
has been in the licensed trade at Fareham since 1937.
But is was his additional interest in growing tomatoes
that took him to Catisfield seven years ago.
"I even bought this house without looking inside,"
recounts Mr. Downes. "I wanted the grounds for my
60,000 square feet of greenhouses.
"When I discovered how big this house really is,
I decided to turn it into a club. As the Catisfield Country
Club, it just grew and grew until we had about 2,500 members.
Now we have made it a pub".
Mr. Downes is proud of the "free house" status
of the Limes. "We have all the leading brands of
keg beers," he says, "and a wide range of wines
Food, tastefully and quickly prepared, plays a n important
role, too. "We serve excellent meals at all times,"
says Mr. Downes. "Scampi, chicken, steaks
"In fact, we have a motto in our restaurant
'If You Are Not Satisfied - Don't Pay'."
This puts the cooking to a severe test, but so far, says
Mr. Downes, there have been no refusals to pay.
Playing terrain built for Catisfield's first sports
team (Limesdowne Pétanque Club, which played there
very successfully until 2013 and is now elsewhere
as Fareham Pétanque Club) go to Petanque Club main page..
the space of the Function Room on the south end of
The Limes, the pub was quite a major community facility
for Catisfield and the area. For one-off events and
for many different groups that met there regularly
- eg: Fareham Chess Club; Bridge Club twice a week;
The Fareham Lions, a chess club, Austin 7 owners club,
vintage motorcycle club, folk club, etc etc
Over many years The Limes served many excellent 'real
ales' (often six at any one time) and was regularly
recognised in the national annual publication "The
Good Beer Guide"
2013: The Limes closes for the last time. After nearly
30 years of attempts to get planning permission for
the redevelopment of the adjoining 'Hinton' site,
it was achieved - with the inclusion this time of
the Limes itself too.
2014 - The Limes is demolished....
(for most images you can click on it
to see enlargement)
of 1810 and 1830; 1964 map showing The Limes
(with a drive round it)
aerial view date unknown; Another showing The Limes and
the Wine Stores site c. 1971 (note no Hinton Hotel)
Images: 1962 newspaper article about
The Limes;   Ms Darryl Downes - sometime
Pétanque Club Secretary and player - and for all the life
of the club the landlady and provider of good beer, sarnies
and food; A popular day playing on the terrains
at the rear of The Limes;
The Limes from different angles:
The Limes at Catisfield
from across Catisfield Lane 2004; The Limes regularly was recognised in the Good Beer Guide (eg 2011 entry);
The Limes boarded up 11/2013; Demolition starts 02/2014