Village News:

Drains works start 10 Sep for 6 weeks
Great Pilgrimmage 90 report
New schedule for Bus 44 from 12 Sep

Forthcoming Events:

Fri 21 SepClothing Exchange, Downton Baptist Church, 2-4pm
Sat 22 SepGoose Fair - St Laurence's 10am - 2pm
Sat 22 SepBrian Moon & The Satellites at the Memorial Hall - 7.30pm
Tue 25 SepGood Companions - talk, Memorial Hall 2-4pm
Sat 29 SepFootpath Group Walk
Sun 30 SepUnited Service at St Laurence - 10am
Tue 02 OctRedlynch & District Local History Society meeting
Thu 04 OctDADA Drama Sessions Restart - 6pm Baptist Church
Sun 07 OctHarvest Festival - St Laurence's - 10.am
Sun 07 OctConcert at St Laurence Church 3pm
Sun 14 OctRedlynch History Society Exhibition
Tue 16 OctSlide talk at Good Companions
Tue 16 OctMoot AGM
Fri 19 OctClothing Exchange, Downton Baptist Church, 2-4pm
Sat 20 OctFootpath Group Walk
Sat 20 OctMoviola - Lean on Pete
Thu 25 OctDHS Talk, Memorial Hall 7.30pm
Sun 28 OctDownton Art Group Show - Memorial Hall 10am - 4pm
Tue 30 OctSlide talk at Good Companions
Fri 02 NovGreen Group talk and film 'Before The Flood', Memorial Hall, 7.30pm
Sat 03 NovScout Firework Display, White Horse
Wed 07 NovRoyal British Legion AGM - 1930 White Horse
Fri 09 NovMemorial Hall Extension Open Day - 3pm
Sat 10 NovCommemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the End of WW1 - Beacon 6pm
Sun 11 NovRemembrance March and Service - Memorial Hall 10am
Sun 11 NovRemembrance Concert - 7.30pm
Sat 17 NovChristmas Craft Fair, Baptist Church, 11am
Sat 17 NovMoviola - The Bookshop
Thu 22 NovDHS AGM, social & quiz - Memorial Hall 7.30pm
Sun 16 DecChristmas Tree Festival in the Church

Downton is a large ancient Wiltshire village situated 6 miles south of Salisbury, just outside the New Forest National park. It is a thriving community having its own schools, shops, pubs and businesses, village hall and recreation areas – including a football pitch, bowling green and leisure centre with a gym and tennis courts. There are over 20 clubs or societies and a popular village band. Every year the Cuckoo Fair attracts around 20,000 visitors to over 250 craft and other stalls, plus live music, dance and other entertainments. The village is also well known for its fishing, its award winning local brewery and as a centre for exploring the River Avon and New Forest.


History


People have lived in the Downton area for over 7,000 years, and evidence of Iron Age, Roman and Saxon settlements has been found. Early Neolithic finds and the remains of a Roman Villa (including a fine mosaic) are in Salisbury Museum.


The village of Downton has the earthworks of a Norman motte and bailey castle lying within 18th Century Moot landscaped gardens overlooking the river. The Moot is a scheduled monument and part of the village is a conservation area containing over 80 listed buildings.


Evidence of recent economic history (such as tanning and corn milling) can be seen in the old buildings and the mills that used to power local industry.

Environment


The Parish of Downton, sitting in the Avon Valley landscape, is characterised by chalk downlands and water meadows. It is predominantly rural with a landscape developed over many centuries of human activity. The village of Downton, straddling the River Avon, is an historic crossing point towards the southern end of the parish, .


To the north of the parish is the residential hamlet of Charlton All Saints, and to the east of the parish is Standlynch, additionally there are farms and scattered buildings within the rural area including the historic Trafalgar Park House.


















This site will ease access to the many specific websites relating to Downton (see Links), and provides a summary of amenities, facilities and events all in one place. To ensure your Event gets included, use the “Contact Us” page.

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