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The garrison town of Tidworth lies on the A338 near the A303 between Andover, Marlborough and Salisbury – it’s in the perfect position for commuters.
The army camp there is enormous, which contributes to the population estimate of about 11,000 people.
This means there are great amenities for all, including a Lidl and a large Tesco, two veterinary surgeries, and lots of shops.
A relatively new medical centre was paid for by the MoD and the NHS.
The area has its own radio station, Castledown FM. It broadcasts from the ‘Good’ Ofsted rated Wellington Academy in nearby Ludgershall.
Tidworth is said to have one of the lowest crime rates per thousand in Wiltshire – between 1990 and 2004 only one major crime was recorded! In 2014, it was named the most attractive postcode to live in by the Royal Mail .
There are plenty of sporting and leisure opportunities here. Tidworth Garrison Golf Club was established in 1908. Tidworth Park Polo Club is near Tedworth House.
Tidworth Freeride is a downhill mountain biking venue, which was incredibly first built in secret in 2006. After the landowner discovered the site it was taken over by B1KE, which now runs the site.
Artist Duggie Fields and musician James Blunt were born in Tidworth, which has enjoyed a number of prominent residents over the years.
Tidworth Village History
Perhaps the finest residence in the area is Tedworth House, also known as South Tidworth House – is a 19th-century country house used by the charity Help for Heroes as a recuperation facility.
The house and its grounds were actually in Hampshire until 1991, but it is now in Wiltshire.
The house was one owned by John Smith (1656–1723), a Chancellor of the Exchequer.
From 1871 Edward Studd, a wealthy indigo planter and racehorse owner, father of the cricketer brothers, created a cricket ground and racecourse there.
The War Office bought the house in 1897, and it became the official residence of the General in Command of the Salisbury Plain Military District.
It became the Garrison Officers’ Mess for Tidworth Camp before being turned into accommodation for nurses.
The house was a club for American soldiers in the Second World War.
It then became nurses’ accommodation again, then again the Officers’ Mess. In 2011 it become a recovery centre for Help for Heroes, tending to wounded and psychologically scarred war veterans.
There is much evidence of prehistoric activity in the area, including an Iron Age hillfort at Sidbury Hill.
St Mary’s Church was built in 1878 to designs of John Johnson. It is Grade I listed and looked after by the Churches Conservation Trust.
There is also a military church – St Michael’s Garrison Church and St Patrick’s Garrison Church (Roman Catholic.
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Tidworth is a lively, active town which owes much to the presence of the military. Amenities and facilities abound – with three pubs, several well-rated restaurants and many sporting and leisure facilities.
Its position near main artery routes means you can be in any one of several major towns and cities in minutes.
Houses in Tidworth had an overall average price of £208,180 over the last year.
Most were terraced properties, selling for an average £201,845. Flats sold for £141,680, detached properties £295,051.
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You can be in London in an hour and 40 minutes, Salisbury in half an hour and Andover in a quarter of an hour.
The community is served by three primary schools and an infant school. Clarendon Infants is said to be Good by Ofsted, as is Zouch Primary Academy. Wellington Primary Academy ‘requires improvement’, while its college is ‘Good’.
The Wellington Academy replaced Castledown School in 2009. It has a sixth form college, an all-weather sports pitch, and a Combined Cadet Force.
Shipton Bellinger is a village near Tidworth Camp, with about 1,500 residents.
It has many facilities for a village, including a pub – the well-rated Boot Inn – a sports and social club, a grocery store and Post Office, a primary school, a village hall and a used car dealership.
The primary school, Ofsted says, is Good.
The village has an annual fete to raise money for local charities. There’s a craft and dog show, and an annual short story competition called Shipton Shorts.
The village lies about five miles from Amesbury and 12 miles from Salisbury. It is on the A338 near the A303 trunk road. Despite its post town being Tidworth in Wiltshire, it is in Hampshire.
The village is surrounded by Salisbury Plain and many military families live here.
Check out the village website here.
The small town of Ludgershall has about 4,000 residents, and offers plenty in the way of amenities and services.
Ludgershall Castle Primary School is rated Good by Ofsted and Ludgershall Preschool is Outstanding. The nearby Wellington Academy secondary school is also Good.
There’s a Spar, a Co-op, a butcher’s and a convenience store, plus three popular and well-rated pubs. Among the oldest buildings here is the Queen’s Head pub, which dates from the 16th and 18th centuries.
The town originally grew up around Ludgershall Castle, a 12th-century fortified royal residence long since ruined. Three large walls still remain of the castle, which was turned into a hunting lodge by Henry III but fell into disuse by the 15th century. The ruin is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
The story goes that in 1141 Empress Maud took refuge in the castle as she fled from King Stephen’s army. She escaped disguised as a corpse.
The town is 16 miles from Salisbury on the A342 between Devizes and Andover. The parish includes the Faberstown housing estate and the hamlet of Biddesden.
Windmill Hill in Ludgershall has been part of the Salisbury Plain Training Area for over a century.
Army depots were built there in the Second World War and American GIs got vehicles ready for the invasion of Europe at the depot in 1943. The barracks were home to the Royal Engineers before 2015, when military housing was built there instead.
The railway station closed in 1961 however parts of the line stayed open for the Army to transport tanks and equipment. Now the depot has closed the spur is not used and Castledown Business Park has been built in its place.
In the 1720s Salisbury highwayman John Dyer ambushed coaches on Thruxton Down. He was captured and hanged in 1729.
Nowadays of course, he’d have a job to catch some of the vehicles in Thruxton – renowned as the home of the fastest racetrack in Britain…
The pretty village of Thruxton is just off the A303 five miles from Andover. It has a lovely manor house, picture perfect thatched cottages and a village green. A brook runs from Thruxton Down through the manor house grounds and along the village to a pond, home to many species of birds and plants.
There is one pub, the White Horse, a 15th century thatched pub by the pond. There used to be a second, the George Inn, but that is now George House.
St Peter and St Paul’s Church was built in the thirteenth century and boasts the tombs of three knights, fashioned from Purbeck marble.
The church tower collapsed in 1796 and was rebuilt. Only a little of the original fabric of the building still remains.
The road through Thruxton was a busy one, teeming with coaches travelling between Exeter and London. This was the scene of a grisly murder in 1920, when cabbie Sidney Spicer was hailed in Amesbury by criminal and black marketeer Percy Toplis – then serving in the Royal Army Service Corps.
Topliss shot Spicer in the back at Thruxton Down, killing him instantly, and Topliss hid the body and stole the vehicle. Topliss was shot dead by police in Cumberland after a long manhunt.
Thruxton Circuit, which was built on the site of the former aircraft base, is a massively popular attraction. The track holds prominent car and motorbike championships, including the British Superbike and British Touring Car Championships, as well as truck racing.
The former airfield was bombed while it was being built, and damage was also caused to a home in Thruxton village.
The airfield was a base for Lysanders of 225 Squadron.
298 Squadron formed in Thruxton in 1942, and used Whitleys bombers. The unit was used for paratroop exercises by day and leaflet dropping at night. Many different RAF squadrons used the airfield in the 40s.
Operations ceased at the end of the war.
There then started civilian flight training in 1947 when the airfield was taken over by the Wiltshire School of Flying. It has also been the home of Thruxton Gliding Club.
The airfield is now the base for the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.
Collingbourne Ducis is a smallish village about 10 miles from of Marlborough – one of several villages on the River Bourne – is a seasonal river which is usually dry in summer. The parish includes the hamlets of Cadley and Sunton.
It is a historic settlement, mentioned in the Domesday Book and in 1086 a large settlement of 87 households was recorded.
Notable buildings include Sunton House, a Grade II* listed seven-bay house from c. 1710.
Architect C E Ponting was born in Collingbourne Ducis in 1850. He was said to have been inspired by the restoration of St Andrew’s parish church by G E Street.
James Rawlings launched The Bourne Iron Works in the village in the 1860s, which made farming implements until the 1940s.
Collingbourne railway station used to be near the village centre but closed in 1961.
The village has seen some silver screen fame – the Post Office was mentioned by Sir Anthony Hopkins’ character Mr Stevens, in The Remains of the Day. The village has one of the few surviving original Victorian post boxes set in a flint cobble wall at Sally Lunn’s Cottage.
The village church St Andrew’s was built in the early 13th century and is Grade II* listed.
Collingbourne Church of England Primary School opened its new building in 2004 – Ofsted has rated it Good.
Near the school is a village hall with playing fields. The village has two pubs: The Tipple Inn – an 18th-century building, which was formerly the Railway Hotel and the Blue Lion on the A4 road, and The Shears Inn on Cadley Road.
Collingbourne Kingston is on the A338 between Andover and Marlborough, and includes the hamlets of Aughton and Brunton.
The village has a garage and a pub – the Barleycorn Inn, which used to be the Kingston Hotel and the Cleaver. A former public house called the Windmill Inn is now a private house.
The old school, now a B&B called The Old School House, was opened in 1845 and served the children of the local farmworkers and craftsmen. It was ahead of its time as universal education was not introduced until the 1870s. The school closed in 1978 and primary age children now attend Collingbourne Ducis.
Secondary schools are Pewsey Vale School, The Wellington Academy in Ludgershall and St John’s in Marlborough.
In 1943 a Spitfire crashed in the village, destroying the roof of a thatched cottage. The American pilot serving with the Air Transport Auxiliary, Hazel Jane Raines, was injured.
Kimpton is a village in Hampshire near Ludgershall, Wiltshire.
Kimpton Down, a rural area in the north and west of the parish, contains the remains of several historical sites including bowl barrows and Roman buildings. Excavations near Shoddesden – a hamlet on the edge of Kimpton – found a former Iron Age/Romano-British settlement site.
A racehorse training complex was opened at Kimpton Down Stables in 2003 by Toby Balding. Ralph Beckett bought Kimpton Down Stables and gallops in late 2010, and trained Talent to win the 2013 Oaks at Epsom Downs Racecourse.
The Grade I listed Church of St Peter & St Paul dates from the 13th century and Kimpton Manor, originally built in 1444, is one of the oldest inhabited houses in Hampshire.
The village has a small pub called The Welcome Stranger, The Kimpton Apple Press, a park and a village hall which also acts as a pre-school.
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