Downton, Wiltshire

Village News:

Forthcoming Events:

Sat21 Oct 17Footpath Group Walk
Sat21 Oct 17Moviola - Viceroy's House
Thu26 Oct 17DHS Talk on sweet peas, Memorial Hall 7.30pm
Sat28 Oct 17Textile Fair at Landford
Sun28/29 Oct 17Downton Art Group Show Annual Exhibition - 10-4 - Memorial Hall
Sun29 Oct 17Downton Churches Together - joint service at the Baptist Church
Wed1 Nov 17Royal British Legion AGM - 1930 White Horse
Wed4/11/17St Laurence Church "Awayday"
Sat4 Nov 17Footpath Group Walk
Sat4 Nov 17Bonfire & Fireworks - White Horse 6pm
Mon6 Nov 2017Forest Edge Flower Arranging Society
Fri10 Nov 17Downton Link AGM
Sat11 Nov 17Remembrance Day - Borough Cross - 11.00am
Sat11 Nov17MNDA Coffee Day & Sale - 11-4.30 in the White Horse
Sun12 Nov 17Remembrance Parade and Church Service - start Memorial Hall 10.00am
Thu16/11/17Brian Whitehead Sports Centre Social Club AGM
Sat18 Nov 17Footpath Group Walk
Sat18 Nov 17Moviola - Going in style
Mon20/11/17Downton Evening WI meeting
Thu23 Nov 17DHS AGM and Christmas Event, Memorial Hall 7.30pm
Sat25 Nov 17Downton4Family Christmas Craft Fair - 11-3 - Baptist Church
Sun26 Nov 17Downton Bridge Cleaning Extravanganza
Sun26 Nov 17Final deadline for Christmas Tree Festival entries
Sun16/17 Dec 17St Laurence Christmas Tree Festival

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.


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.


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

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

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Downton Village

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