go to St Columba Church / 106 Club..
go to The Limes..
and in due course there will be a page
on the saga
Redevelopment of The Wine Stores Area..
Catisfield Superstores shop opened (with flatlets
Discount Wine Store opened in the Superstore (owned
by Dickie Downes, run by Daphne Downes (then aged
15). This was in the early days of
discounting of alcohol, before the supermarkets majored
on drink. People came from many miles around - Catisfield
was famous for the Wine Stores.
The new Catisfield Hotel building built, with the
Wine Stores forming the ground floor. The
hotel was aimed at the general and business traveller.
Its restaurant achieved recommendation by 'Les Routiers'.
The shop expanded, including a proper butcher and so
Wine Store closes
Shop (general stores) finally closes (building continued
to be used by variety of other businesses)
Shop (ground) floor converted into hotel annexe accommodation.
Hotel slowly becomes more and more of a 'hostel'.
Did 'The Hinton Hotel' Get Its Name?
it wasn't just coined as a mis-leading variation of the
well-known Hilton Hotels brand. In early 1994 the running
of the 'Catisfield Hotel', which opened in 1973, was taken
over by Clive Brandy. Clive was a semi-retired comedian,
friends with Jim Davidson, Des O'Connor, Freddie Starr
etc. and was once Norman Wisdom's manager. With a flamboyant
life-style - he was 22-stones with two ex-wives and a
liking for brandy (which is where he got his stage name).
Clive's girl-friend, who helped him run the hotel, was
a Mo Hinton…… (information source: Portsmouth
News 11 Oct 1994)
The '106' CLUB, CATISFIELD, 1963 -
- 1963: In May Mr Dicky Downes bought the deconsecrated
Tin Tabernacle, St Columba, built in 1891. Later that
year he opened the building as the 106 Country Club. Rather
than have two Country Clubs, he changed the Limes into
a hotel and pub. He gave the ownership of the 106 Club
to daughter Daphne and her brother, Richard. equally,
though Mr Downes continued to run the club.
- 1979:. The '106' Club closed. The running had been leased
to a Hugh Curtis. The standards of the club had deteriotated.
Richard and Daphne discussed stepping in to run it themselves
'under new management’, but they couldn’t agree, and as
they were equal partners, the club closed.
- 1992: The
Tabernacle was demolished
on most images to see enlarged version
aerial view showing The Limes and the Wine Stores site c.
1971 (note no Hinton Hotel)
'Catisfield Superstore' - in 1991 (note the
plants, etc., on sale, the customers, the opening hours
( "7 till late")
- in 1999, with the Hinton Hotel in the background