Village News:

Sewer works in DowntonDetails
Barford Lane to Tunnel Hill closed 6-8 MarchDetails

Forthcoming Events:

Mon 19 FebDownton Evening WI meeting
Wed 21 FebSt Laurence Lent Group
Thu 22 FebHorticultural Society talk - 'Birds in your garden' - 7.30pm Memorial Hall
Fri 23 FebBowls Club Race Night & Fish & Chips supper
Wed 28 FebSt Laurence Lent Group
Sun 04 MarFairtrade Breakfast at Baptist Church
Wed 07 MarSt Laurence Lent Group
Wed 07 MarRoyal British Legion Meeting - 1930 White Horse
Thu 08 MarTraidcraft Sales table at Baptist Church
Wed 14 MarSt Laurence Lent Group
Fri 16 MarFriends of the Moot Armchair Travel Meeting - Memorial Hall
Sat 17 MarMoviola - Goodbye Christopher Robin
Sun 18 MarSeedy Sunday - Memorial Hall - 2-4pm
Wed 21 MarSt Laurence Lent Group
Thu 22 MarHorticultural Society talk - 'Birds in your Garden' - 7.30pm Memorial Hall
Sat 14 AprMoviola - Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool
Wed 02 MayRoyal British Legion Meeting - 1930 White Horse
Sat 05 MayCuckoo Fair
Sat 19 MayHorticultural Society - Plant & Table-top Sale
Sat 09 JunHorticultural Society - Summer Show
Wed 04 JulRoyal British Legion Meeting - 1930 White Horse
Sat 01 SepHorticultural Society - Autumn Show
Wed 05 SepRoyal British Legion Meeting - 1930 White Horse
Wed 07 NovRoyal 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.


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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