The Trout is believed to have been built in the reign of King Charles I, in the first half of the seventeenth century. The house has a long and distinguished history and its occupants have included Thomas Marshall, a nineteenth century joiner who made cricket bats from Wallop Willow in a workshop in what is now the front garden. His most famous customer was W G Grace, the great Victorian cricketer – when hitting a cricket ball, he would give it a ‘good wallop’, giving rise to the expression.
Later, the house was an inn or pot house, brewing ale and selling it as an off licence. The shop, now converted into Little Trout, was probably added in the 1850s. The Trout continued as a shop and then an off licence until January 2014.
During World War II, Middle Wallop airfield was home to a Spitfire squadron, and many of the pilots were billeted in the village. Two Canadian Air Force officers joined the family then living at the Trout. The airfield was bombed several times and there is still an air raid shelter in front of the house.
The house is thatched with locally grown straw, known as combed wheat reed.
Nether Wallop has a village tennis court (hard surface) and the key is kept at The Trout. Booking is on a first come basis and the rates are reasonable. Please enquire when booking Little Trout.