Barton Stacey is a village and undulating civil parish, which includes the hamlets of Bransbury, Newton Stacey, Drayton and Cocum, in the Test Valley district of Hampshire, England, centred about 7 miles (11 km) south-east of Andover. It is bounded to the north by the estate of Drayton Lodge (north of the A303 trunk road), and, to the south, by the minor A30 road; both being east–west routes, and connected by The Street/Cocum Road, the main road that bisects the village. The distance between the A303 and A30 at this point is 2 miles (3.2 km), which is twice the width of the parish.
|Population||892 (2001 Census)|
948 (2011 Census including Bransbury and Newton Stacey)
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Dialling code||01962, 01264|
The area is well-connected by roads. Bullington, to the east has the A34 road, joining the south-central coast from near the close of the M3 to The Midlands. Barton Stacey parish has the westernmost end of the A272 road, which runs from the A30 to Cross In Hand, East Sussex.
The total area of the civil parish is 5,027 acres (20,340,000 m2). It has a population of 892 living in 341 households; the population of the parish in 2016 was estimated to be 1,034. The civil parish includes the village of Barton Stacey, and the hamlets of Bransbury, Newton Stacey, Cocum, and Drayton.
Cocum lies to the south, it includes a farm and buildings, and incorporates a military small-arms firing range, situated to the north of the A30 road.
South of the A303 at Drayton is Barton Stacey Services, a trunk road service area accessible by westbound traffic only. This area was formerly known as Drayton Filling Station, having been developed from a parcel of MOD land in 1959.
Bransbury is to the west of Drayton, accessible either by turning south off the A303 or by taking a narrow lane westwards from the church, then a right turn. There is a former mill building here alongside the river. On that narrow lane westwards from the church, but straight on from the junction, lies the hamlet of Newton Stacey.
Barton Stacey lies in a corridor of land between the North Wessex Downs and the South Downs National Park. Its downland area is predominantly arable farmland, which has traditionally been used for growing malting barley, though other crops are grown, and sheep grazed.
The chalk streams of the Test and Dever are managed for sport fishing and the Dever also feeds a trout fishery just outside the village. The valley to the north of the village is characterised by pasture and woodland, whilst the local sections of the Dever and Test valleys are predominated by wet woodland and water meadows.
At either end of Roberts Road there are two pieces of woodland, both belonging to the MOD, but many villagers use the footpaths that have been made over the years to walk through these magnificent woodland areas. Much of the remainder of the MOD land is rented to a local farmer.
The village itself lies in two parts: the original section comprises Kings Elms, Gravel Lane and The Street, situated around the church. Over the years, housing has been extended to the south but principally to the north-west.
Half the parish's homes are located around Roberts Road, East Road and West Road in housing built in the 1950s by the MOD as married quarters for troops posted to the army camps. From 1987 the MOD sold many of these houses privately, retaining some in West Road for military personnel. Since then, only a few houses have been built in the parish, all privately constructed. In 2006/07 four flats were built on the edge of Roman Way, in Roberts Road. In 2018 five homes began construction on a former commercial site next to the village store, with another five being built at the south end of The Street. A plan exists to build some low-cost housing on land owned by the MOD. Ninety per cent of the residential properties in the village overlook open land.
In the south west of the parish there is a working oil well.
Local wildlife includes several protected species and includes the water vole, otter, roe deer, fallow deer, muntjac deer, badger, and pipistrelle and brown long-eared bats. The area is popular for brown trout fishing.
Three Neolithic long barrows have been found on Moody's Down which date from between 3,500 and 2,000 B.C., along with Bronze Age bowl barrows at Moody's Down and Newton Down Farm. All of them are designated Scheduled Monuments.
A Roman road that once linked Winchester to Marlborough and Cirencester crosses the parish via Bransbury Common and signs of a Roman camp can be seen east of Manor Farm. Evidence of Romano-British inhabitants was discovered between Barton Stacey and Bransbury in 1977, in the form of a ‘plank burial' of a woman.
The first written record of Barton Stacey (Beretune), Newton Stacey and Bransbury is within the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles (855 A.D.) Beretune is thought to be Old English for ‘barley farm’. The Drove, an unpaved road leading east from the village towards Sutton Scotney, may be of Saxon origin.
The hundred of Barton was granted by King John to Rogo de Sacy or Stacey in September 1199, and remained a possession of his son Emery who paid his knights fees for Bertune Sacy in 1206, and afterwards remained in the possession of the lords of the manor of Barton Stacey, once known as the Hundred of Barton Stacey.
The hundred court was held in Barton Stacey until the late 19th century when other governmental divisions assumed local jurisdiction.
The ‘Great Fire of Barton Stacey’ in 1792 razed much of the village. Rebuilding works resulted in the present day character of the village, centred around The Street. The Barton Stacey Village Store was erected as a shop at about this time, and the original school buildings followed in Bullington Lane in 1886. There was some expansion of the village in the late 19th century and many of the present-day homes were added between 1939 and the 1980s.
In 1943 the War Department (now MOD) purchased 2106 acres (852.5 hectares) to the north, east and south of the village for £24,000 for use as a military training area. Four army camps were developed at Drayton: 'A', 'B' & 'C' Camps to the north of the A303, and 'D' Camp to the south, east of the road from the village to Longparish. All of the original buildings are long gone, though many of the roadways and hard-standings remain visible and these areas are now vacant.
The last of the 'A' Camp huts was gifted to the parish in the 1970s when the MoD closed the barracks. It was relocated to the recreation ground where it was used as a sports pavilion until August 2020 when it was burnt down following a lightning strike.
All Saints Church is situated in the west of the village, at the junction of The Street and Bullington Lane. Built largely of flint, it is renowned as one of the oldest churches in England, and certainly the oldest building in Barton Stacey, dating in part from the 12th century; it is mentioned in the Domesday Book. Both the parish church and Church Farm House are grade II* listed.
The church was extended in the 1200s, 1400s and 1500s, and much of it was restored in 1877. it consists of an aisled nave with a west tower partly inserted into it, and a chancel with transeptal north and south chapels, and a porch to the south. The tower is early 16th century, of ashlar, with a polygonal south west turret, and battlemented parapet with pinnacles.
A school, Barton Stacey C. of E. Primary, is located at the end of The Green. It has around 96 enrolled students.
Sport and LeisureEdit
The recreation ground is situated in the west of the village and contains two football pitches, a pavilion and a play park. There are car parks in front of the village shop and in the adjoining road.
Barton Stacey Football Club was established in 1919. The team plays and trains on the Barton Stacey recreation ground. The club currently fields four youth teams at Under 8, U9, U13 and U15, along with a senior side.
A village store and post office is in the centre of the village, next to the village's one remaining pub, The Swan Inn. The shop has operated as a general store for 200 years, while The Swan dates to the late 18th century.
Dever Springs is a private trout fishery specialising in corporate fishing days. Specimen fish taken at Dever include a British record brown of 28 lbs 2 ozs. Lionel Hitchens Essential Oils Ltd is the largest employer in the village.
The trunk road service area 'Barton Stacey Services' comprises a Park Homes site of seven occupied units, a petrol filling station, a Starbucks, and motel, together with a vehicle repair business.
Travel and transportEdit
Barton Stacey suffers somewhat from localised traffic congestion due to narrow roads, particularly around the school, but enjoys good road links to Winchester, Andover, Basingstoke and Newbury thanks to its proximity to regional important trunk roads.
Stagecoach operates the Number 86 service to Winchester, and the 851 service and Cango C4 bus to Andover.
The nearest railway services run from Micheldever Station (5.5 miles), Whitchurch, Hampshire (7 miles) and Andover (8 miles). A Barton Stacey railway station operated during World War II for military purposes but was soon closed.
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