|Mon 19 Feb||Downton Evening WI meeting|
|Wed 21 Feb||St Laurence Lent Group|
|Thu 22 Feb||Horticultural Society talk - 'Birds in your garden' - 7.30pm Memorial Hall|
|Fri 23 Feb||Bowls Club Race Night & Fish & Chips supper|
|Wed 28 Feb||St Laurence Lent Group|
|Sun 04 Mar||Fairtrade Breakfast at Baptist Church|
|Wed 07 Mar||St Laurence Lent Group|
|Wed 07 Mar||Royal British Legion Meeting - 1930 White Horse|
|Thu 08 Mar||Traidcraft Sales table at Baptist Church|
|Wed 14 Mar||St Laurence Lent Group|
|Fri 16 Mar||Friends of the Moot Armchair Travel Meeting - Memorial Hall|
|Sat 17 Mar||Moviola - Goodbye Christopher Robin|
|Sun 18 Mar||Seedy Sunday - Memorial Hall - 2-4pm|
|Wed 21 Mar||St Laurence Lent Group|
|Thu 22 Mar||Horticultural Society talk - 'Birds in your Garden' - 7.30pm Memorial Hall|
|Sat 14 Apr||Moviola - Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool|
|Wed 02 May||Royal British Legion Meeting - 1930 White Horse|
|Sat 05 May||Cuckoo Fair|
|Sat 19 May||Horticultural Society - Plant & Table-top Sale|
|Sat 09 Jun||Horticultural Society - Summer Show|
|Wed 04 Jul||Royal British Legion Meeting - 1930 White Horse|
|Sat 01 Sep||Horticultural Society - Autumn Show|
|Wed 05 Sep||Royal British Legion Meeting - 1930 White Horse|
|Wed 07 Nov||Royal British Legion AGM - 1930 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.
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, 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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