Winterbourne Parish

Winterbourne Parish is situated in South East Wiltshire, about four miles north of Salisbury. It covers the three villages of Winterbourne Gunner, Winterbourne Dauntsey, Winterbourne Earls and the hamlet of Hurdcott.

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Our Parish

The villages lie in the valley of the River Bourne, formerly known as the Winterbourne. It was so named because in its upper reaches it often dries up in summer, to flow again in winter.  The three Winterbournes  are named after Gonnora de la Mare, Roger Danteseye and the Earl of Salisbury, who held the manors in the thirteenth century.

In 1934 they were formed into the civil parish of Winterbourne, together with Hurdcott. It is predominantly an agricultural community, conserving its natural and built heritage whilst promoting a safe, family focussed and invigorating environment enabling growth and quality of life for all including both the young and the elderly. Overall, Winterbourne is a sustainable vibrant and thriving community.


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Six Hundred Years Living in Winterbourne Dauntsey

Six Hundred Years Living in Winterbourne Dauntsey

The medieval church of Saint Edward in Winterbourne Dauntsey was demolished in 1867, but the churchyard yew tree lives on and is now probably the oldest living thing in the Winterbournes. In 1992 Alan Doel (a Salisbury-based tree enthusiast) alerted the then rector of the parish to the condition of the tree, and together they removed the ivy that was smothering it. Alan Doel also secured a Tree Preservation order (TPO) for this notable yew. The...

Rector’s Wife’s Letter

The restoration of the clock at St. Michael & All Angels church in Winterbourne Earls is a lovely gesture towards the past when not everyone in...

Winterbournes Pétanque Club

During the Summer months, we meet regularly at the Winterbourne Arms on Friday early evenings, although anyone is welcome to play whenever...