St. Mary Bourne

St Mary Bourne

Coordinates: 51°15′N 1°23′W / 51.25°N 1.39°W

St Mary Bourne
Thatched Cottage and The George Inn, St Mary Bourne. - geograph.org.uk - 193067.jpg
Thatched Cottage and The George Inn

St Mary Bourne shown within Hampshire
Population 1,226 (parish 2001 Census)
OS grid reference SU422503
Parish St Mary Bourne
District Basingstoke and Deane
Shire county Hampshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ANDOVER
Postcode district SP11
Dialling code 01264
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament North West Hampshire
List of places: UKEnglandHampshire

St Mary Bourne is small village and civil parish in northwest Hampshire. It lies in the valley of the Bourne Rivulet, a tributary of the River Test 5 miles (8 km) northeast of the town of Andover.


The village of St. Mary Bourne is part of the civil parish of St. Mary Bourne, and is part of the Burghclere, Highclere and St. Mary Bourne ward of Basingstoke and Deane borough council. The borough council is a Non-metropolitan district of Hampshire County Council.


The village is in a rural area of downland, with a mixture of farms and woodlands nearby.


Culture and community

There is a local amateur dramatic society, and two golf clubs, both of which are based around pubs. These societies, along with the cricket club and other local organisations, are representative of the community in microcosm. The farms, pubs (local pubs include the Coronation Arms, the Bourne Valley Inn and The George Inn) and the partly volunteered shop aren't the only businesses in the village. There's one of the world's leading watercress companies - Vitacress. There's a business improvement consultancy, a thriving garage, a recruitment company, an agency for marketing responsible tourism, and a maker of quality curtains and soft furnishings. There is also a primary school. Most locals commute, heading off to railway stations 5 or more miles away. Just as many drive to Newbury, Whitchurch, Basingstoke, Winchester or Andover.

Notable people

A local celebrity is James Blunt, the singer, who spent much of his life in St. Mary Bourne.



External links

  • [1] St Mary Bourne Village Centre
  • [2] The Parish of St Mary Bourne
  • [3] St Mary Bourne Parish Council

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