Forthcoming Events:

Wed 30 JanCricket Club AGM, 7.30 at Redlynch Sports & Social Club
Fri 01 FebBowls Club skittle evening, Downton Bowls Club
Sat 02 Feb9am - 10am - Parish Council Surgery, Memorial Hall
Fri 15 Feb2pm - 4pm: Clothing Exchange, Baptist Church
Sat 16 FebMoviola - Memorial Hall 7.30pm - The Children Act
Thu 21 Feb7.30pm - Horticultural Society Talk - History of Kingston Lacy, Memorial Hall
Wed 27 FebLocal Dining Out Group - White Hart, Bishopstone
Sat 02 Mar9am - 10am - Parish Council Surgery, Memorial Hall
Wed 06 MarRoyal British Legion meeting - 7.30pm White Horse
Sun 10 Mar2-4pm: Seedy Sunday, Memorial Hall
Fri 15 Mar2-4pm: Clothing Exchange, Downton Baptist Church
Sat 16 MarMoviola - Memorial Hall 7.30pm - First Man
Wed 27 MarLocal Dining Out Group - location tbd
Thu 28 MarHorticultural Society Talk - Birds in our Gardens in Spring, Memorial Hall
Wed 01 MayRoyal British Legion meeting - 7.30pm White Horse
Sun 31 MarDADA Murder Mystery Radio Play, Baptist Church
Sat 27 AprMoviola - Memorial Hall 7.30pm - Bohemian Rhapsody
Wed 03 JulRoyal British Legion meeting - 7.30pm White Horse
Wed 06 NovRoyal British Legion AGM - 7.30pm White Horse

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.

Downton Village





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