Forthcoming Events:

Sat 29 JunCommunity Choir takes part in Zimbe! Salisbury Playhouse
Mon 01 JulForest Edge Flower Arranging Society Annual Competition
Wed 03 JulRoyal British Legion meeting - 7.30pm White Horse
Sat 06 JulLover Country Fair
Sat 06 JulParish Council surgery at Memorial Hall, 9-10am
Mon 08 JulDownton Parish Council Meeting - 7.30pm at the Bonvalot Room, Memorial Centre
Fri 12 JulGuided walk and talk on Swifts
Sat 20 JulMoviola - Memorial Hall 7.30pm - Mary Queen of Scots
Sat 03 AugMNDA Coffee Morning
Wed 03 JulParish Council surgery at Memorial Hall, 9-10am
Mon 05 AugDownton Parish Council Meeting - 7.30pm at the Bonvalot Room, Memorial Centre
Sat 31 AugHorticultural Society Autumn Show
Sat 07 SepParish Council surgery at Memorial Hall, 9-10am
Mon 09 SepDownton Parish Council Meeting - 7.30pm at the Bonvalot Room, Memorial Centre
Thu 12 SepBaptist Church Weymouth Trip
Sat 28 SepDownton Goose Fair - St Laurence Church, 10.00am - 2.00pm
Mon 14 OctDownton Parish Council Meeting - 7.30pm at the Bonvalot Room, Memorial Centre
Wed 06 NovRoyal British Legion AGM - 7.30pm White Horse
Mon 11 NovDownton Parish Council Meeting - 7.30pm at the Bonvalot Room, Memorial Centre
Thu 21 NovHorticultural Society AGM
Mon 09 DecDownton Parish Council Meeting - 7.30pm at the Bonvalot Room, Memorial Centre
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 09 MarDownton Parish Council Meeting - 7.30pm at the Bonvalot Room, Memorial Centre
Mon 06 AprDownton Parish Council Meeting - 7.30pm at the Bonvalot Room, Memorial Centre
Mon 20 AprAnnual Parish Meeting, Memorial Hall, 7pm
Sat 02 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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