A guide to Stockbridge

Did you know?

  • 1.
    Stockbridge was once part of a drovers’ road where flocks of sheep and cattle would be driven through the town from Wales. You can still see a sign in Welsh if you look out for the Drovers House.
  • 2.
    The town has inspired many poets over the years and a trail of ten poems has been created for visitors which are set in stone, metal and glass, creating the perfect opportunity to wander throughout its beautiful town centre.
  • 3.
    According to the 2011 census, Stockbridge is one of the smallest towns in the United Kingdom with a population of just 592.

Stockbridge Area

Stockbridge is a picturesque small town situated in the heart of the Test Valley and sits halfway between the historic medieval cities of Salisbury and Winchester. The town is home to many charming independent retailers and specialist shops, including tea rooms, pubs, restaurants, a traditional butchers and a delicatessen. In 2010, the high street was voted ‘best foodie street’ in the Google Street View Awards. Home to the oldest fishing club in England, Stockbridge is famed for its excellent fly-fishing, as well as the River Test flowing under the high street.

Surrounding Villages

  • Broughton
    Broughton is a quaint village with a thriving local community. The village is home to the Broughton Down Nature Reserve, featuring rich chalk grassland well known for its abundance of butterflies, wildflowers and stunning views, making it a popular location for hiking; afterwards you can rejuvenate in one of their cosy pubs.
  • Houghton
    Houghton is a small, rural village on the River Test and has a pub, village hall and a number of public footpaths including the famous Clarendon Way crossing the River Test. It’s a very desirable spot for nature enthusiasts or for those who want a peaceful stroll.
  • The Wallops
    The Wallops are collectively made up of the villages: Over Wallop, Middle Wallop and Nether Wallop. Middle Wallop is home to the Army Flying Museum, holding an extensive collection of army aviation history. Nether Wallop is known for its idyllic thatched cottages and as a result, has featured in many books and television programmes over the years.
  • King's Somborne
    King’s Somborne is a peaceful village in the lush countryside to the south of Stockbridge. The village is etched with history, with many of the houses being built of brick and flint with thatch. Notable buildings include King's Somborne War Memorial and The Church of St Peter and St Paul.