Downton, Wiltshire

Village News:

Forthcoming Events:

Tue26 Sep 17Good Companions talk on Faberge eggs
Fri29 Sep 17Downton History Group talk - 7.30 Memorial Hall - 'SS Great Britain'Details
Sat30 Sep 17Footpath Group WalkDetails
Sat30 Sep 17Pop-up 'Taste & Feast' - Memorial Hall 7.30pmDetails
Sun1 Oct 17Harvest Festival - St Laurence's - 10.amDetails
Mon2 Oct 17Forest Edge Flower Arranging Society
Sat7 Oct 17Bee-Friendly FairDetails
Sat13/14 Oct 17Redlynch History Society Exhibition
Sat21 Oct 17Footpath Group WalkDetails
Sat21 Oct 17Moviola - Viceroy's HouseDetails
Thu26 Oct 17DHS Talk on growing bulbs, Memorial Hall
Sat28 Oct 17Textile Fair at Landford
Sun28/29 Oct 17Downton Art Group Show Annual Exhibition - 10-4 - Memorial Hall
Wed1 Nov 17Royal British Legion AGM - 1930 White Horse
Sat4 Nov 17Footpath Group WalkDetails
Sat4 Nov 17Bonfire & Fireworks - White Horse 6pm
Sat11 Nov17MNDA Coffee Day & Sale - 11-4.30 in the White Horse
Sat11 Nov 17Remembrance Day - Borough Cross - 11.00am
Sun12 Nov 17Remembrance Parade and Church Service - start Memorial Hall 10.00am
Sat18 Nov 17Footpath Group WalkDetails
Sat18 Nov 17Moviola - Going in styleDetails
Thu23 Nov 17DHS AGM and Christmas Event, Memorial Hall 7.30pm
Sat25 Nov 17Downton4Family Christmas Craft Fair - 11-3 - Baptist Church
Sun26 Nov 17Final deadline for Christmas Tree Festival entries
Sun16/17 Dec 17St Laurence Christmas Tree FestivalDetails

Downton is a large ancient Wiltshire village situated 6 miles south of Salisbury, just outside the New Forest National park. It straddles the River Avon and is surrounded by chalk downlands and water meadows

The Parish of Downton, and the Avon Valley landscape in which it sits, has a character developed over many centuries of human activity. It is predominantly rural with the village of Downton lying towards the southern end of the parish. The parish includes the hamlets of Charlton All Saints to the north and Standlynch to the east, and there are farms and scattered buildings within the rural area including the historic Trafalgar Park House.

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, being an historic crossing point, 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.

With its population of just over 3,000, Downton today is a thriving community. It has 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.

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