Downton, Wiltshire




Forthcoming Events:

Fri17 Nov 17Trafalgar School Bubbly Quiz
Sat18 Nov 17Footpath Group Walk
Sat18 Nov 17Moviola - Going in style
Sun19 Nov 17Church for Everyone - St Laurence
Mon20 Nov 17Downton Evening WI meeting
Thu23 Nov 17Horticultural Society 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
Sat2 Dec 17Partridge Fair 6pm - 8pm
Sun3 Dec 17St Laurence Sunday School Advent Play
Thu7 Dec 17Trafalgar School Christmas Concert & Tea for over 65s
Fri8 Dec 17Last date for Scout Christmas Card post
Sun10 Dec 17Village Carol Service at St Laurence Church 6.30pm
Sun16/17 Dec 17St Laurence Christmas Tree Festival
Thu22 Feb 18Horticultural Society talk - 'Birds in your garden'
Thu22 Mar 18Horticultural Society talk - 'Chrysanthemums'

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.

















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Downton Village


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