Visit Stockbridge and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Stockbridge, Hampshire. Permission to hold a weekly market here was granted as far back as the reign of Richard I. Stockbridge was also, until the 1832 Reform Bill, the most corrupt of all rotten boroughs, and it is said that Sir Richard Steele, when canvassing, promised an apple stuck full of guineas to the first couple to have a child after he was elected. However, he did not get in and was therefore not obliged to keep his promise.
It is set in the Test valley, which has some of the best, and most expensive, fishing in England, and Stockbridge is therefore a great fishing centre. Fishermen forgather in particular at the Grosvenor Hotel, which has an enormous overhanging porch with a room above and is in the main street opposite the l9th-century town hall.
The wide, irregular street, made bright with houses of all styles but predominantly Tudor and Georgian, crosses a low bridge, which gives delightful views, and rises to a hill at each end. It gives the impression that Stockbridge is a big town, but hardly any side streets back the main one.
Of the old church only the chancel — mostly 13th-century — still stands, and the original door ring and traces of wall paintings also remain. A new l9th-century church has been built.
Nearby is some beautiful country. Some 223 acres roundabout, together with the lordship of the manor, belong to the National Trust.
One mile East of the village, Stockbridge Down, a chalk down dotted with about 15 ancient barrows and showing traces of old earthworks, also belongs to the National Trust. Up here, among the juniper bushes and fir trees, is Woolbury Camp, an old Iron Age hill-fort, covering about 20 acres and giving marvellous views as far as the Isle of Wight. Another camp, Danebury Ring, dates from the same period and lies North West of the village; it has been acquired by the County Council as a public amenity and nature trail.
Nearby towns: Andover, Romsey, Salisbury, Winchester
Nearby villages: Abbotts Ann, Barton Stacey, Charlton, Chilbolton, Compton, Forton, Fullerton, Fyfield, Goodworth Clatford, Grateley, Hursley, Hurstbourne Priors, Kimpton, Kings Somborne, Leckford, Little Somborne, Longparish, Longstock, Michelmersh, Middle Wallop, Monxton, Mottisfont, Nether Wallop, Otterbourne, Over Wallop, Pitt, Quarley, Shawford, South Tidworth, Stockbridge, Sutton Scotney, Thruxton, Timsbury, Upper Clatford, Upper Somborne, Weeke, West Dean, Weyhill, Wherwell, Whiteparish, Wonston
Have you decided to visit Stockbridge or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Stockbridge bed and breakfast (a Stockbridge B&B or Stockbridge b and b)
- a Stockbridge guesthouse
- a Stockbridge hotel (or motel)
- a Stockbridge self-catering establishment, or
- other Stockbridge accommodation