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St Mary Bourne is a small village and civil parish in the Basingstoke and Deane district of Hampshire, England.. It lies in the valley of the Bourne Rivulet, a tributary of the River Test 5 miles (8.0 km) northeast of the town of Andover.

St Mary Bourne
Thatched Cottage and The George Inn, St Mary Bourne. - - 193067.jpg
Thatched Cottage and The George Inn
St Mary Bourne is located in Hampshire
St Mary Bourne
St Mary Bourne
Location within Hampshire
Population1,298 (parish 2011 Censusincluding Little Bourne , Little Down, Middle Wyke ,Stoke and Wadwick)[1]
OS grid referenceSU422503
Civil parish
  • St Mary Bourne
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townANDOVER
Postcode districtSP11
Dialling code01264
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°15′N 1°23′W / 51.25°N 1.39°W / 51.25; -1.39Coordinates: 51°15′N 1°23′W / 51.25°N 1.39°W / 51.25; -1.39



The village of St. Mary Bourne is part of the civil parish of St. Mary Bourne,[2] and is part of the Burghclere, Highclere and St. Mary Bourne ward of Basingstoke and Deane borough council.[3] 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. The Bourne Rivulet flows through the centre of the village and has been known to flood.


St Peter's Church

It has thatched houses and in the south part of the village is the flint and stone church of St Peter. The church is notable for its 12th-century Tournai font.

Culture and communityEdit

There is a local amateur dramatic society, and two golf clubs, both of which are sponsored by pubs. The farms, local pubs which are The George Inn and the Bourne Valley Inn and the partly volunteered shop are not the only businesses in the village. The largest watercress company in Europe, Vitacress, is located in the village. There's a business improvement consultancy, a garage, a recruitment company, an agency for marketing responsible tourism, and a maker of 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.

Further readingEdit

  • Reverend Stephen Pakenham, with additional material by Canon Martin Coppen The Story of St Peter's Church, St Mary Bourne: A Short Guide for Visitors, 2009 (available from the church)
  • A Full Church Guide (available from the church)


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Hampshire County Council's legal record of public rights of way in Hampshire" (PDF). 2008. Retrieved 26 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Basingstoke and Deane Wards info". 2010. Archived from the original on 24 October 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2010.

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