|Shipton Bellinger: In the village|
To stop it flooding the River Bourne was dug out about twenty-five years ago and, pressured by the villagers to some extent, the water company added a bore hole nearby. This is the main reason for it no longer flooding. Nonetheless, the bridges from the road into the houses along the north side still serve a useful purpose in torrential rains!
Apart from the A338 Salisbury Road, there are three "major" roads in the village: the Bulford Road, on the site of the old road from Weyhill to Bulford, the High Street (with the main entrance to Manor Farm, the church and a pub) and Parkhouse road (with a junior/primary school, and a local store and Post Office). There is also a mission hall, the Village Centre and the Sports and Social Club. We also have a second hand car dealer and a small factory making medical equipment, as well as a number of small companies run from their proprietar's homes.
All told the village has just under 1,100 on the electoral roll with a total of 760 houses and approximately 1,700 people overall (more details on the demographics page). The community can be viewed as being made up of three groups of people: families who've lived in or near the village for years; commuting families, or "newcomers", some of whom regularly commute as far as London; and army families, mostly senior NCO's, warrant officers and a commisioned or retired officers. This web site involves people from all three groups.
The village was mentioned in the Domesday book as "Sceptone" or "Sceptune" and was closely associated with the nearby Snoddington Manor. In particular, Alfred de Merleberge (the origin of the name Marlborough) was cited as holding a portion of the village. The name, from the Saxon "Sceap Tun" (sheep farm) shows the major livelihood of the village, the soil being very poor.
The local church, St Peters, some of which dates from the C15, was rebuilt in the mid 19th Century.
We now have the start of the Millenium Photo Library of the village...