This page hold details of the known demographical information, much of which comes from Test Valley Borough Council and the Hampshire County Council. Last major update was 1999. The parish of Shipton Bellinger, in which the Village lies, is one of the largest in Hampshire, covering 1,035 hectares or 2,561 acres.
The parish stretches from the Cross Belt and Ashdown Copse in the North to Parkhouse Cross in the South. Its Eastern edge is marked by Pickford Hill and the Markway Firs whilst its Western limit is Halters Holt. In addition the boundary which runs north west from Parkhouse Cross up Devils Ditch, through Pearl Wood to Halters Holt and then north to the cross belt, continuing east to Markway Firs also forms the county boundary between Wiltshire and Hampshire
Within the parish are Great Gore & Little Gore, woods including Shipton Plantation, Assac Copse, Shipton Wood and Bedlam Plantation, and tracks, which include Harroway, the Drove and the Old Coach Road.
In 2001, there were 623 households in the parish, with a projected 636 by 2008. In 2001 the population of the parish was approximately 1521 (Area "Test Valley 007C" according to the national statistics office, which may not exactly match with the parish boundaries). The average age of the parish was around 35.2 years, below that of Test Valley as a whole. More information from the census can be found at the government statistic website. There is also the Hampshire County Council website with a variety of spreadsheets and reports.
This link to nomisweb shows the latest report available on the Penton Bellinger ward.
Based on 1999 information: In terms of electorate this figure has increased from 986 between February 1993 to February 1994 to 1,097 between the same months of 1998 and 1999. The year by year movement has been:
|February 1993 to February 1994||986|
|February 1994 to February 1995||1,004|
|February 1995 to February 1996||986|
|February 1996 to February 1997||995|
|February 1997 to February 1998||1,058|
|February 1998 to February 1999||1,097|
Based on 1999 information: The high percentage of population not on the electoral roll gives some indication of the age profile of the village. School records for the village Primary School that show rising numbers continuously over a three year period further enhance this.
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