Forthcoming Events:

Sat - 19 OctMoviola - RED JOAN (2019) (Espionage Drama starring Judi Dench) - Memorial Hall, 7.30pm
Sun - 20 Oct"Church For Everyone" at St Laurence. 9.45 refreshments, 10.00am start.
Tue - 22 OctSlide Talk at Good Companions
Thu - 24 OctDownton Moot Preservation Trust & Friends of The Moot AGMs - 7.30pm at The White Horse
Sat - 26 OctTextile Fair at Langford Village Hall
Sun - 26 & 27 OctDownton Art Group Annual Exhibition - Memorial Hall - 10am - 4.30pm
Sat - 2 NovFormal opening of the Circular Path - details to follow
Sat - 2 NovScout Firework Night - 6pm behind the White Horse
Sun - 3 NovAll Souls Service at St Laurence - 4pm
Tue - 5 NovTalk at Good Companions
Wed - 6 NovRoyal British Legion AGM - 7.30pm White Horse
Fri - 8 NovDownton Link AGM - Sherwood Room, BWSC - 7.15pm
Sat - 9 Nov MNDA Coffee Morning - White Horse 12noon - 4.39pm
Sun - 10 NovRemembrance Service, St Laurence, 10.45am
Sun - 10 NovAct of Remembrance, Downton Memorial Hall - 10am
Sun - 10 NovThe Borough and other roads closed 0950 - 1050 for Remembrance Parade
Mon - 11 NovDownton Parish Council Meeting - 7.30pm at the Bonvalot Room, Memorial Centre
Sat - 16 NovMoviola - BALLOON (2018) (Historical Drama) - Memorial Hall, 7.30pm
Tue - 19 NovTalk at Good Companions
Thu - 21 NovHorticultural Society AGM
Mon - 9 DecDownton Parish Council Meeting - 7.30pm at the Bonvalot Room, Memorial Centre
Mon - 15/16 DecChristmas Tree Festival - St Laurence
Mon - 13 JanDownton Parish Council Meeting - 7.30pm at the Bonvalot Room, Memorial Centre
Mon - 10 FebDownton Parish Council Meeting - 7.30pm at the Bonvalot Room, Memorial Centre
Mon - 9 MarDownton Parish Council Meeting - 7.30pm at the Bonvalot Room, Memorial Centre
Mon - 6 AprDownton Parish Council Meeting - 7.30pm at the Bonvalot Room, Memorial Centre
Mon - 20 AprAnnual Parish Meeting, Memorial Hall, 7pm
Sat - 2 MayCuckoo Fair

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.


















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.

Downton Village





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