Forthcoming Events:

Fri - 24 JanCountry Market re-opens
Sat - 25 JanMemorial Centre Open Day - 10am - 2pm - for all to see new refurbishment, new meeting rooms etc
Tue - 28 JanPrimary School Choir at Good Companions
Sat - 1 FebParish Council Surgery - Memorial Hall 9-10am
Sun - 2 FebLover Repair Cafe - Big Fix 2020
Sat - 8 FebDPSA Fundraising Evening, Primary School
Mon - 10 FebDownton Parish Council Meeting - 7.30pm at the Bonvalot Room, Memorial Centre
Fri - 14 FebClothing Exchange, Baptist Church 2pm
Thu - 27 FebDownton Horticultural Society meeting - 7.30pm - Memorial Hall
Tue - 3 MarMoot talk and quiz night
Sat - 7 MarParish Council Surgery - Memorial Hall 9-10am
Mon - 9 MarDownton Parish Council Meeting - 7.30pm at the Bonvalot Room, Memorial Centre
Sat - 14 MarJazz Evening at the Memorial Hall - 1920s evening with 3 course meal, Suite Jazz, Barbershop Quartet
Fri - 20 MarClothing Exchange, Baptist 2pm
Sat - 21 MarMoviola Film
Sat - 21 Mar12-3pm, Memorial hall. Spring Green Fair incorporating the seed and plant swap
Thu - 26 MarHorticultural Society - Illustrated Talk, Memorial Hall, 7.30pm
Sat - 28 MarAnne of Green Gables - Baptist Church, 7pm
Thu - 2 AprAnne of Green Gables - Baptist Church, 7pm
Fri - 3 AprMoot Quiz Evening, Memorial Hall
Sat - 4 AprParish Council Surgery - Memorial Hall 9-10am
Mon - 6 AprDownton Parish Council Meeting - 7.30pm at the Bonvalot Room, Memorial Centre
Sat - 18 AprMoviola Film
Sat - 2 MayCuckoo Fair
Fri - 8 MayVE Day
Sat - 9 MayDownton Horticultural Society Plant & Table-top Sale - Memorial Hall
Thu - 14 MayDownton Society AGM - Bonvalot Room at 19.00
Sat - 6 JunDownton Horticultural Society Summer Show - Memorial Hall
Sat - 27 JunSt Laurence Church Fete
Wed - 1 JulRBL Meeting - 7.30pm
Sun - 26 JulDownton Society Summer Party
Wed - 2 SepRBL Meeting - 7.30pm
Sat - 5 SepDownton Horticultural Society Autumn Show - Memorial Hall
Sat - 26 SepGoose Fair
Wed - 4 NovRBL Meeting - 7.30pm

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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