The little parish of Winchfield, which lies between the River Whitewater and the river Hart, is right in the centre of the district. It is mentioned in the Domesday book and has one of the oldest churches in the Hart District. It is a very beautiful building, having been built in the 12th century. It is an outstanding example of Norman architecture and well worth a visit.
There is a Stone Age settlement at Bagwell Green, a few hundred yards past the church in the direction of Odiham Common. Winchfield also has a few examples of 16th and 17th century buildings, and a milestone stating that it is 38-39 miles from London.
Winchfield was a very important part of the railway system when about 150 years ago, it was the terminating point for all trains from London. It was here that the mail would be brought and from thence distributed to the rest of the south by mail coach.
Winchfield now forms a central part of the Basingstoke Canal system, with a car park catering for users of the Canal and one of the few launching and landing areas for small boat enthusiasts.
To view parish information about the community, heritage and conservation areas please select the parish in the parish profiles web page.
Winchfield Parish Council has developed a Neighbourhood Plan. Following a positive referendum result, Hart District Council has made the Winchfield Neighbourhood Plan ("the Plan") part of the development plan at a Council meeting on Thursday 30 March 2017.
A summary of the Neighbourhood Plan process can be viewed below:
Held on Thursday 2 February 2017 - Declaration of Result of Poll
Examination: September 2016
|Examiners Report received on 4 October 2016|
This document sets out whether there is a need for the Plan to produce a Strategic Environmental Assessment. It concludes that there is no need for further assessment.
Consultation on the Winchfield Pre-Submission Neighbourhood Plan 2015 – 2032
March – April 2016
On 8 January 2015, Hart District Council approved the designation of the whole civil parish of Winchfield as a Neighbourhood Area, in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.
Details of the Neighbourhood Area can be viewed below:
Further details of the Winchfield Neighbourhood Plan will be available from the Winchfield Parish Council website.
Winchfield Parish Council contact details