Shipton Bellinger: About Shipton
You can find us in a valley in southern England, in a finger of Hampshire reaching out into Wiltshire (for the technically minded, OS grid ref SU230454 or approximately 1°42'W 51°12'N). We are very close to the junction of the North-South A338 and a major East-West route, the A303. Two miles north is the garrison town of Tidworth, in Wiltshire, the postal district in which we are placed by the Royal Mail, and not far west is Amesbury and Stonehenge. Our local council is the Test Valley Borough Council who have offices in Andover, only 8 miles to the east of us and the county and diocese have their home in the ancient city of Winchester.
Many locals tend to look to Salisbury, though, as their closest main town.
For parliamentary elections, we fall into the electoral district of Tedworth. We have some details of local elected representatives, but for more details of councillors and electoral information see the comprehensive HantsWeb and Test Valley Borough Council sites.
A stream, rather grandly called the River Bourne, is a winterbourne and runs through the centre of the village alongside the High Street. In years past this used to regularly flood, sometimes severely, and there are photographs on display in the Village Centre of children enjoying themselves wading through the water lapping at doorsteps. Nowadays the Bourne only fills in times of extreme rainfall and these past few years (2001/2003) were the first time for a long time that it overflowed its banks. Luckily a great deal of work has been done to try and minimise the risk of it happening again.
We've put a bit more details on the Bourne and the village itself in other pages to stop this one becoming overcrowded.
|Click on the thumbnails to the left for views over the village from the NE|
Our closest neighbour is the village and parish of Cholderton. We are also bordered by the parishes (and villages) of Kimpton, Thruxton and Quarley. The nearest railway station is Grateley, 4.5 miles away the other side of the old hill-fort of Quarley Hill. Stonehenge and the small town of Amesbury is about 7m west of us, on the edge of Salisbury Plain.
Gilbert is an old name in the village. One of the village's most famous sons left to eventually become associated with someone called Sullivan and, together, write numerous humourous operetta/operas.
P.G. Wodehouse also used the name of the village for that of a character Shipton-Bellinger in one of his books.
That's us in a nutshell, though we've collated a few nearby locations of interest.
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