Test Valley covers some 250 square miles (650 km2) of western Hampshire, stretching from boundaries with Southampton in the south to Newbury in the north. Test Valley is a predominantly rural area. It encompasses the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The River Test is the centrepiece of the Test Valley; the river is a chalk stream of particular beauty known for its fishing, salmon and trout, which Lord Crickhowell (onetime chairman of the National Rivers Authority) said "should be treated as a great work of art or music". Home of the Houghton Fishing Club, an exclusive fishing club founded in 1822, which meets in the Grosvenor Hotel in Stockbridge.
In December 2006, Sport England published a survey which revealed that residents of Test Valley were the 8th most active in England in sports and other fitness activities. 26.9% of the population participate at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes.
In March 2012 Test Valley was ranked 14th best rural area to live out of 119 local authority areas in Great Britain by the Halifax. This was based on factors including employment and income levels, the weather, health and life expectancy, education, crime, broadband access and other things.
Borough of Test Valley
Test Valley shown within Hampshire
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||South East England|
|Incorporated||1 April 1974|
|• Type||Non-metropolitan district council|
|• Body||Test Valley Borough Council|
|• Leadership||Leader & Cabinet (Conservative)|
|• MPs||Kit Malthouse|
|• Total||242.3 sq mi (627.6 km2)|
|Area rank||67th (of 317)|
|• Rank||186th (of 317)|
|• Density||520/sq mi (200/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||97.9% White|
|Time zone||UTC0 (GMT)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (BST)|
|ONS code||24UN (ONS)|
|OS grid reference|
The council is elected every 4 years, with the latest elections occurring in May 2019, coinciding with national local elections. 43 seats are available in 20 wards.
As of May 2, 2019, the council affiliation was as follows:
|Party||Number of councillors|
Test Valley is separated into 20 wards:
Elections to Test Valley Borough Council were held on 5 May 2011, the same day as the 2011 United Kingdom Alternative Vote referendum. The Conservatives maintained control of the council, with an increased majority.2015 Test Valley Borough Council election
The 2015 Test Valley Borough Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect members of the Test Valley Borough Council in England. It was held on the same day as other local elections.Ampfield
Ampfield is a village and civil parish in the Borough of Test Valley in Hampshire, England, between Romsey, Eastleigh, and Winchester. It had a population at the 2001 census of 1,474, increasing to 1,583 at the 2011 Census.Amport
Amport is a village and civil parish in the Test Valley district of Hampshire, England, a few miles west of Andover. It incorporates the small hamlet of East Cholderton and has a population of about 1,200.
There is a village green is surrounded by thatched cottages. The village lies in the valley of the Pillhill Brook, a tributary of the River Anton and thence the River Test, a chalk stream famous for its trout-fishing, and for those who enjoy a country walk, there are many attractive routes.Buckholt, Hampshire
Buckholt is a hamlet and civil parish in the Test Valley district of Hampshire, England, close to the border with Wiltshire. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 17. The parish is about 10 miles (16 km) north of Romsey.Crampmoor
Crampmoor is a village and civil parish in the Test Valley district of Hampshire, England. It is in the civil parish of Romsey Extra. Its nearest town is Romsey, which lies approximately 2 miles (3.1 km) west from the village.East Anton
East Anton is a small village and suburb of Andover in the Test Valley district of Hampshire, England. It lies 1.5 miles (2.1 km) north-east from Andover.
The area surrounding East Anton has been declared a "Major Development Area" (MDA) with proposals for 2,500 houses, including 40% affordable housing. The development will be known as Augusta Park.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 ValleyHatherden
Hatherden is a village and civil parish in the Test Valley district of Hampshire, England. Its nearest town is Andover, which lies approximately 3.3 miles (4.5 km) south from the village. The village has a Primary School and one pub, named the Old Bell and Crown. At the 2011 Census the Post Office say the population was included in the civil parish of Tangley.Kimbridge
Kimbridge is a small village and civil parish in the Test Valley district of Hampshire, England. Its nearest town is Romsey, which lies approximately 4 miles (6.3 km) south-east. Originally called "King's Bridge" in Civil War times. According to the 2011 census, the population was approximately 144. It consists mainly of a Farm Shop and Restaurant ("Annies") and a trout farm. Most of the area is owned and managed by Kimbridge Estates, but there are a small number of private houses - including a large mansion on the water's edge. The bridge itself is on some of the best fishing waterway in the country. The Test Way long distance footpath passes through the village, as does the Cardiff-Southampton railway.King's Somborne
King's Somborne is a village in Hampshire, England. The village lies on the edge of the valley of the River Test.Longstock Park
Longstock Park is in the civil parish of Longstock in the Test Valley district of Hampshire, England, and forms part of the Leckford Estate (1520 ha.), wholly owned by the John Lewis Partnership. Formerly Longstock Manor, of medieval origins, the park was purchased by Sir Joshua East in 1849. On his death, the park passed to his sons Alfred and Arthur. In 1914, the park became the home of the Beddington family until 1945, when it was sold to John Spedan Lewis, founder of the John Lewis Partnership. Lewis lived at Longstock House throughout his retirement until his death in 1963, after which the house became a retreat for the company's executives. The park is today home to a retail horticultural emporium, the Longstock Park Nursery, and also accommodates an arboretum and water gardens.Penton Grafton
Penton Grafton is a village and civil parish in the Test Valley district of Hampshire, England. It is adjacent to the village and parish of Penton Mewsey.
Both villages are collectively known as The Pentons.The town of Andover is approximately 2 miles (3 km) south-east from the village.
The village of Weyhill is included in the civil parish's boundaries.River Test
The River Test is a river in Hampshire, England. It has a total length of 40 miles (64 km) and it flows through downland from its source near Ashe to its estuary at Southampton, where it converges with the River Itchen to form Southampton Water. In its upper reaches it is a chalk stream, and is used for fly fishing for trout. Much of the river's course is followed by the Test Way.
The river is managed by the Environment Agency, whilst the Port of Southampton is the navigation authority for the tidal section below Redbridge.
The River Test has given its name to the Test Valley District, a local government district, and to Southampton Test, a UK Parliament constituency.
The river's name is believed to be Celtic in origin possibly related to the Welsh tres (tumult, commotion, contention, uproar) or trais (force, might in older Welsh).Royal Air Force Chaplains Branch
The Royal Air Force Chaplains Branch provides military chaplains for the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom.Stockbridge, Hampshire
Stockbridge is a small town and civil parish in the Test Valley district of Hampshire, England. It is one of the smallest towns in the United Kingdom with a population of 592 as of the 2011 census. It sits astride the River Test and at the foot of Stockbridge Down.Test Valley School
Test Valley School is a comprehensive secondary school with Specialist Status in Mathematics and Computing located in Stockbridge, Hampshire, England.
Due to its rural location, it has a wide catchment area, with significant numbers of students travelling from Andover, Salisbury, Romsey, The Wallops and other small villages near to Stockbridge.
In May 2013, Ofsted judged the school as ‘Good’ in all areas and highlighted that ‘standards are rising, teaching is good and becoming better and pupils’ attendance has improved. These improvements demonstrate the school’s strong capacity for further improvement’. As a small rural school they are able to provide a stable and caring community for every pupil and Ofsted confirmed that ‘relationships are very good. Pupils are polite and friendly towards adults and treat each other with consideration and respect’. It was also noted that their ‘pupils enjoy school and are keen to do well’.West Tytherley
West Tytherley is a village in the Test Valley district of Hampshire, England. Its nearest town is Stockbridge, which lies approximately 6 miles (10 km) north-east from the village, although its post town is Salisbury. The village shares a joint parish council with the neighbouring parish of Frenchmoor.Wildhern
Wildhern is a small village and civil parish in the Test Valley district of Hampshire, England. It is in the civil parish of Tangley. Its nearest town is Andover, which lies approximately 3.3 miles (5.3 km) south from the village.
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