City of Winchester

The City of Winchester (/ˈwɪntʃɪstər/) is a local government district in Hampshire, England, with city status.

It covers an area of central Hampshire including the ancient settlement of the city of Winchester itself, but covers a larger area of central Hampshire including Bishop's Waltham, Denmead, New Alresford, and Kings Worthy. For a full list of these, see the "Settlements and parishes" section below. The city covers an area of 255.20 square miles (660.97 km2) and a population of 123,900

The current city boundaries were set on 1 April 1974 when the City of Winchester merged with the former Droxford Rural District and part of the former Winchester Rural District council areas. It is bordered by Basingstoke and Deane, East Hampshire, Havant, Portsmouth, Fareham, Eastleigh, and Test Valley.

The city traces its history to the Roman Era, developing from the town of Venta Belgarum.It saw historic significance from its reconstruction under Alfred the Great in the 9th century, and grew in prominence until London replaced it as capital; Winchester saw a decline after plague swept the country, but began to recover from the 19th century.

City of Winchester
Winchester Guildhall
Winchester Guildhall
Coat of arms of City of Winchester

Coat of arms
Winchester shown within Hampshire
Winchester shown within Hampshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth East England
Non-metropolitan countyHampshire
StatusNon-metropolitan district, Borough, City
Admin HQWinchester
Incorporated1 April 1974
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyWinchester City Council
 • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Liberal Democrat)
 • MPsSteve Brine George Hollingbery
 • Total255.20 sq mi (660.97 km2)
Area rank60th (of 317)
 (mid-2018 est.)
 • Total124,295
 • Rank187th (of 317)
 • Density490/sq mi (190/km2)
 • Ethnicity
97.8% White
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code24UP (ONS)
E07000094 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSU485295
180509-0953 23C3441 (42076195902)
The City Council's coat of arms, displayed in Winchester Guildhall


Parliamentary Constituencies

The City of Winchester is made up of two parliamentary constituencies. Winchester Constituency covers the north-eastern part of the city, as well as Chandler's Ford, which is part of Eastleigh. The remainder constitutes Meon Valley, which also covers part of East Hampshire and Havant. Since 2010, Winchester Constituency has been represented by Steve Brine whilst Meon Valley has been represented by George Hollingbery. The entirety of Winchester is part of the South East England European Constituency, which is represented by four Brexit Party MEPs, three Liberal Democrat MEPs, and one MEP each for the Green Party, Conservatives, and Labour Party since 2019.

Winchester City Council

Elections to the council are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the seats on the council being elected at each election. From 1995 to the 2004 election the Liberal Democrats had a majority on the council, but after 2 years when no party held a majority the 2006 election saw the Conservative party gain control.[1]The elections on 6 May 2010 saw the Liberal Democrats re take control of the council, however the council soon switched to NOC a year later in 2011. In 2012, the Conservative Party made their only Council gain of the entire English local elections and won a majority in Winchester once again.[2] Subsequently, two Conservative councillors defected to the Liberal Democrat group, placing the council under No Overall Control.[3] Following local elections on 7 May 2015, the Conservatives re-gained majority control of the council.[4] After the local elections on 2 May 2019, the Liberal Democrats gained majority control.

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Ward Boundaries in the Borough of City of Winchester following the 2016 boundary changes.[5]
Wonston and Micheldever
The Worthies
Alresford and Itchen Valley
St Paul (Winchester)
St Barnabas (Winchester)
St Bartholomew (Winchester)
St Luke (Winchester)
St Michael (Winchester)
Badger Farm and Oliver's Battery
Colden Common and Twyford
Upper Meon Valley
Bishop's Waltham
Central Meon Valley
Whiteley and Shedfield
Southwick and Wickham

The council is currently led by a Liberal Democrat administration. The make up of the council as of May 2019 is:[6]

  • Liberal Democrats - 27
  • Conservative Party - 18
Ward Party Member[4] Election
Alresford & Itchen Valley Conservative Party Lisa Griffiths 2016
Liberal Democrats Margot Power 2018
Liberal Democrats Russell Gordon-Smith 2019
Badger Farm & Oliver's Battery Liberal Democrats Eleanor Bell 2016
Liberal Democrats Brian Laming 2018
Liberal Democrats Hannah Williams 2019
Bishop's Waltham Conservative Party Rob Humby 2016
Conservative Party Steve Miller 2018
Conservative Party David Mclean 2019
Central Meon Valley Conservative Party Frank Pearson 2016
Conservative Party Linda Gemmell 2018
Conservative Party Victoria Weston 2019
Colden Common and Twyford Conservative Party Susan Cook 2018
Liberal Democrats Tony Bronk 2019
Denmead Conservative Party Michael Read 2016
Conservative Party Caroline Brook 2018
Conservative Party Judith Clementson 2019
Southwick and Wickham Liberal Democrats Angela Clear 2016
Liberal Democrats Neil Cutler 2018
Liberal Democrats Therese Evans 2019
St Barnabas Liberal Democrats Kelsie Learney 2016
Liberal Democrats Anne Weir 2018
Liberal Democrats Mike Craske 2019
St Bartholomew Liberal Democrats Dominic Hiscock 2016
Liberal Democrats Kathleen Becker 2018
Liberal Democrats Paula Ferguson 2019
St Luke Conservative Party Jamie Scott 2016
Liberal Democrats Derek Green 2019
St Michael Conservative Party Fiona Mather 2016
Liberal Democrats Lynda Murphy 2018
Liberal Democrats Kim Gottlieb 2019
St Paul Liberal Democrats Liz Hutchinson 2016
Liberal Democrats Lucille Thompson 2018
Liberal Democrats Martin Tod 2019
The Worthys Liberal Democrats Jackie Porter 2016
Liberal Democrats Malcolm Prince 2018
Liberal Democrats Jane Rutter 2019
Upper Meon Valley Conservative Party Laurence Ruffell 2018
Conservative Party Hugh Lumby 2019
Whiteley & Shedfield Liberal Democrats Vivian Achwal 2016
Liberal Democrats Roger Bentote 2018
Liberal Democrats Johnathan Fern 2019
Wonston & Micheldever Conservative Party Stephen Godfrey 2016
Conservative Party Patrick Cunningham 2018
Conservative Party Caroline Horrill 2019

County Council

Hampshire County Council holds elections every four years. In the 2017 elections the Winchester City district area elected seven representatives, out of 78:

Election Member[7] Ward
2017 Dominic Charles Alan Hiscock Winchester Eastgate
2017 Jan Warwick Winchester Downlands
2017 Martin Tod Winchester Westgate
2017 Patricia Stallard Winchester Southern Parishes
2017 Jackie Porter Itchen Valley
2017 Roger Huxstep Meon Valley
2017 Rob Humby Bishop's Waltham


A Legatum Prosperity Index published by the Legatum Institute in October 2016 showed the City of Winchester as the third most prosperous council area in the United Kingdom, after the Borough of Waverley and Mole Valley.[8]

Settlements and parishes

Settlements in the district include:


Council Equivalent City Ward
Badger Farm Badger Farm & Olivers Battery
Beauworth Upper Meon Valley
Bighton Alresford & Itchen Valley
Bishop's Waltham Bishop's Waltham
Bishops Sutton Alresford & Itchen Valley
Boarhunt Southwick & Wicham
Bramdean & Hinton Ampner Upper Meon Valley
Cheriton Upper Meon Valley
Chilcomb Upper Meon Valley
Colden Common Colden Common & Twyford
Compton & Shawford Badger Farm & Oliver's Battery
Corhampton & Meonstoke Upper Meon Valley
Crawley Wonston & Micheldever
Curdridge Whiteley & Shedfield
Denmead Denmead
Droxford Central Meon Valley
Durley Bishop's Waltham
Exton Upper Meon Valley
Hambledon Central Meon Valley
Headbourne Worthy The Worthys
Hursley Badger Farm & Oliver's Battery
Itchen Stoke & Ovington Alresford & Itchen Valley
Itchen Valley Alresford & Itchen Valley
Kilmeston Upper Meon Valley
Kings Worthy The Worthys
Littleton and Harestock Wonston & Micheldever
Micheldever Wonston & Micheldever
New Alresford (Town) Alresford & Itchen Valley
Newlands Denmead; Southwick & Wickham
Northington Alresford & Itchen Valley
Old Alresford Alresford & Itchen Valley
Oliver's Battery Badger Farm & Oliver's Battery
Otterbourne Badger Farm & Oliver's Battery
Owslebury Upper Meon Valley
Shedfield Whiteley & Shedfield; Central Meon Valley
Soberton Central Meon Valley
South Wonston Wonston & Micheldever; The Worthys
Southwick & Soberton Southwick & Wickham
Sparsholt Wonston & Micheldever
Swanmore Central Meon Valley
Tichborne Upper Meon Valley
Twyford Colden Common & Twyford
Upham Upper Meon Valley
Warnford Upper Meon Valley
West Meon Upper Meon Valley
Whiteley Whiteley & Shedfield
Wickham Southwick & Wickham
Wonston Wonston & Micheldever


  1. ^ "Local elections: Winchester". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2010-02-04.
  2. ^ "City Councillors". Winchester City Council. Archived from the original on 18 February 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Winchester Liberal Democrats. 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-01-27. Retrieved 2014-01-22.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b . Winchester City Council. 2015 Retrieved 2015-08-05. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Map of Hampshire (Electoral Changes) Order, 2016" (PDF). The Local Government Boundary Commission for England. 2016. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Your Councillors". Winchester City Council. 2019-05-03. Retrieved 2019-05-03.
  7. ^ "County Council Election 2017 - Thursday, 4th May, 2017". Hantsweb. Hampshire County Council. 2017-05-04. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  8. ^ Emily Chan, Jessica Duncan, It's wonderful in Waverley but hell in Hull! League table of most prosperous places to live show it's grim up north - but how does your town rate? in Daily Mail online dated 22 October 2016, accessed 22 October 2016

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Abrams Creek (Virginia)

Abrams Creek is an 11.2-mile-long (18.0 km) tributary stream of Opequon Creek in Frederick County and the independent city of Winchester in Virginia. Abrams Creek rises north of Round Hill and flows in a southeasterly direction through Winchester. From Winchester, Abrams Creek flows east into Opequon Creek. The stream was originally known as Abraham's Creek.

Avington, Hampshire

Avington is a small village in the English county of Hampshire.

It is located on the banks of the River Itchen to the northeast of the city of Winchester. Administratively it forms part of the Itchen Valley civil parish, which in turn is part of the City of Winchester district.

It is mentioned in a folk song, "Avington Pond", on the CD Folk Songs of Hampshire.


Boarhunt is a village and civil parish in the City of Winchester district of Hampshire, England, about 2 miles (3 kilometres) north-east of Fareham.The name of the village is a corruption of burh funta, the funta, (stream) by the fort (burh).St Nicholas church is a notable Saxon Church, being almost completely Saxon in its structure. It has been dated as having been constructed in 1064.


Curdridge is a village and civil parish within the City of Winchester district of Hampshire, England. Also located within the parish is the similarly named village of Curbridge. The village has a small school. The parish is located eight miles to the east of Southampton and had a population of 1,292 people in 473 households in the 2001 census, the population increasing to 1,398 in 520 households at the 2011 Census.

Curdridge is also known for its annual Curdridge Country Show that takes place in a field off Reading Room Lane

Durley Street

Durley Street is a village in the City of Winchester district of Hampshire, England. It is located approximately 7 miles (11 km) northeast of Southampton.

Grade II* listed buildings in Hampshire

The county of Hampshire is divided into 13 districts. The districts of Hampshire are Gosport, Fareham, Winchester, Havant, East Hampshire, Hart, Rushmoor, Basingstoke and Deane, Test Valley, Eastleigh, New Forest, Southampton, and Portsmouth.

As there are 549 Grade II* listed buildings in the county they have been split into separate lists for each district.

Grade II* listed buildings in Basingstoke and Deane

Grade II* listed buildings in City of Winchester

Grade II* listed buildings in East Hampshire

Grade II* listed buildings in Eastleigh (borough)

Grade II* listed buildings in Fareham (borough)

Grade II* listed buildings in Gosport

Grade II* listed buildings in Havant (borough)

Grade II* listed buildings in Hart

Grade II* listed buildings in New Forest (district)

Grade II* listed buildings in Portsmouth

Grade II* listed buildings in Southampton

Grade II* listed buildings in Rushmoor

Grade II* listed buildings in Test Valley

Headbourne Worthy

Headbourne Worthy (formerly Worthy Mortimer) is a village and former manor within the City of Winchester district of Hampshire, England. The parish also includes the former manor of Worthy Pauncefoot.

List of museums in Hampshire

This list of museums in Hampshire, England contains museums which are defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organisations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Also included are non-profit art galleries and university art galleries. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.

To use the sortable table, click on the icons at the top of each column to sort that column in alphabetical order; click again for reverse alphabetical order.


Meonstoke is a village in Hampshire, England. Meonstoke lies in the Meon Valley where it cuts through the Middle Chalk of the South Downs. Old Winchester Hill is at the edge of the parish to the east.

It sits on the eastern bank of the River Meon. On the northern part of the western bank is Corhampton. The A32 crosses the river between the two villages, which have formed a single civil parish since 1932. It is in this parish - namely - Corhampton and Meonstoke. On the southern part of the bank is Droxford. Soberton lies to the south of the parish, Hambledon to the east and Exton to the north.


Morestead is a village in the South Downs, about 3 miles (5 km) southeast of Winchester in Hampshire, England. According to the Post Office the 2011 Census was included in the civil parish of Twyford. The village is part of the civil parish of Owslebury and Morestead.

The village lies on rising downland adjacent to the ancient Roman road from Portchester to Winchester.

Morestead is predominantly a farming community and there are racehorse training stables.

The ancient Parish Church has no known dedication.

New Alresford

New Alresford or simply Alresford ( OLZ-fərd or AWLZ-fərd) is a small town and civil parish in the City of Winchester district of Hampshire, England. It is 7.5 miles (12 km) northeast of Winchester and 12 miles (20 km) southwest of the town of Alton.

New Alresford has independent shops, a tourist information centre, a central conservation area, four tea rooms, five pubs and is a terminus as with Alton of the Watercress Line, a steam-worked heritage railway at Alresford railway station. Of its population, 25.9% are aged 65 or over, and the mean age is higher than the national average, at 45.4 years.


Northington is a village in the City of Winchester district of Hampshire, England. It lies half a mile from the neighbouring village, Swarraton. Its nearest railway station is at New Alresford, on the Mid-Hants railway line.

Old Alresford

Old Alresford ( OLZ-fərd or AWLZ-fərd) is a village and civil parish in Hampshire, England. It is 1 km (0.6 miles) north of the town of New Alresford, 12 km (7 miles) northeast of the city of Winchester, and 20 km (12 miles) south-west of the town of Alton.

During the late 18th century, Alresford Cricket Club was one of the strongest sides in England.

In 1851, George Sumner, son of the Bishop of Winchester, Charles Richard Sumner, became rector of the parish. There his wife, Mary Sumner, started the now global Mothers' Union organisation of Anglican women.

In 1986, following the closure of the village school and post office, The Old Alresford Dramatic Society (T.O.A.D.S.) was founded as a way of bringing the village together. They perform a pantomime in December each year and a Spring Show, usually in May.

St Mary the Virgin's church is a brick building of the 1750s, The naval hero George Brydges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney, was buried in the church of St Mary the Virgin in Old Alresford. The battleship HMS Rodney, which helped sink the Bismarck, was named after him. His family seat, Old Alresford House, is next to the church. Also in the churchyard is the mausoleum of C. F. G. R. Schwerdt, an art collector, who died in 1931.

Temple Valley

Temple Valley is a hamlet situated in the South Downs in Hampshire, England. The hamlet lies 3.2 miles (5 km) east from Winchester, its county town, on the A31 road. It is in the civil parish of Itchen Valley.


Winchester is a city and the county town of Hampshire, England. The city lies at the heart of the wider City of Winchester, a local government district, and is located at the western end of the South Downs National Park, along the course of the River Itchen. It is situated 60 miles (97 km) south-west of London and 13.6 miles (21.9 km) from Southampton, its closest city. At the time of the 2011 Census, Winchester had a population of 45,184. The wider City of Winchester district which includes towns such as Alresford and Bishop's Waltham has a population of 116,800.Winchester developed from the Roman town of Venta Belgarum, which in turn developed from an Iron Age oppidum. Winchester's major landmark is Winchester Cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals in Europe, with the distinction of having the longest nave and overall length of all Gothic cathedrals in Europe. The city is home to the University of Winchester and Winchester College, the oldest public school in the United Kingdom still using its original buildings.

Winchester, VA–WV MSA

Winchester, VA–WV MSA is a U.S. metropolitan statistical area (MSA) as defined by the United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as of June, 2003. This should not be confused with the City of Winchester, Virginia, the most populous community within this MSA. The population of the MSA as the 2015 U.S. Census Bureau estimates is 133,836.

Winchester, Virginia

Winchester is an independent city located in the northern portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 26,203. As of 2015, its population is an estimated 27,284. It is the county seat of Frederick County, although the two are separate jurisdictions. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Winchester with surrounding Frederick County for statistical purposes.

Winchester is the principal city of the Winchester, Virginia–West Virginia, metropolitan statistical area, which is a part of the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area. Winchester is home to Shenandoah University and the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.

Winnall, Hampshire

Winnall is a northern suburb of Winchester, Hampshire, on the east bank of the River Itchen. It is the location of the Winnall Moors nature reserve on the flood-plain of the Itchen and the University of Southampton's Erasmus Park hall of residence. Winnall is also the location of St Swithun's School and Winchester's main industrial estate, occupying land between the A34 and the former Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway, by junction 9 of the M3.

The name is presumed to derive from Wilighealh, a Saxon name probably relating to willows, mentioned in the Domesday Book as part of nearby Chilcomb. It appears in its modern spelling on a 1575 map by Saxton. Winnall was an ancient parish (incorporating that of St Giles by the late 13th century), but was later absorbed by Winchester, and is not a modern civil parish.


Woodmancott is a hamlet in the City of Winchester district of Hampshire, England. Its nearest town is Winchester, which lies approximately 9.3 miles (15.0 km) south-west from the hamlet, just of the M3. The village is notable for Blissfields Festival, hosted each summer at Vicarage Farm since 2011.

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Towns, villages and hamlets in the City of Winchester District of Hampshire, England
Electoral Wards and Parishes in the City of Winchester District, Hampshire, England (2016 boundary changes).
Wonston and Micheldelver
The Worthies
Alresford and Itchen
Badger Farm and Oliver's Battery
Colden Common and Twyford
Upper Meon Valley
Bishops Waltham
Central Meon Valley
Whiteley and Shedfield
Southwick and Wickham


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