About the Winterbournes

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.