Barton Stacey

The parish of Barton Stacey, in north Hampshire, England, covers the village of Barton Stacey, and the hamlets of Newton Stacey, Bransbury, Cocum and Drayton. The parish provides an ideal environment in which to live and work, as well as being an excellent place to stay when visiting the region.

Maps

Below are maps of the Parish of Barton Stacey, Newton Stacey and Bransbury, courtesy of Peter Wood.

The Parish of Barton Stacey
The Geo Location of the Parish
The Hamlet of Newton Stacey
The Hamlet of Bransbury

The Parish of Barton Stacey – Business & Leisure Map.

 

The above map can be picked up from the Village Shop or The Swan Inn. It features many local walks. The third edition will be available in Spring 2017

How to get to Barton Stacey

Barton Stacey is a parish in the county of Hampshire, centred on the village of Barton Stacey, 7 miles north of Winchester – the county town of Hampshire – and 6 miles east of Andover.   On a wider scale, Barton Stacey is about 35 miles north of Southampton and 65 miles south west of London.

Road

The parish is easily reached by road – the A303, A30 and A34 trunk roads are all only two miles away, and the M3 motorway is only 9 miles away.  Despite this, the parish is well off the beaten track, so does not suffer from high volumes of traffic or traffic noise.

Rail

The railway line which passed through the parish was closed in the 1960s, so the nearest stations are now Andover (8 miles), Micheldever (6 miles) and Winchester (8.5 miles).

Air

You can reach Barton Stacey by air too – Southampton Airport, about 22 miles away, has flights to many major cities throughout the UK and continental Europe. There is a small airfield for light aircraft at Popham, just 6 miles away, and an airstrip for microlights just 3 miles away at Chilbolton – a former RAF station.

Natural Features

The parish is situated on the chalky soil which covers a large part of Hampshire.   The most notable geographic features in the parish are Tidbury Hill – site of an ancient hill fort – which overlooks the parish, and the River Dever – a tributary of the famous River Test. The Dever has a good gravel bed and shallow clear water, and is good for trout. The road crossing over the Dever at Bransbury is particularly pretty.

Bransbury Common – designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) – is partly peat over gravel and partly disused water meadows, with a wide variation in grass and sedge.

Landscape

Barton Stacey is recognised as having areas of landscape with special character and quality.

The area has a wonderful charm with the rural, unspoilt character of the river valley combining rivers, meadows and woodland to provide a rich habitat for a range of animals, plants and trees. It is not surprising that the assessment of landscape throughout the district council area identified this as a specific area of high quality landscape.

The Landscape

Barton Stacey is recognised as having areas of landscape with special character and quality.

Assessment

In 1996 Test Valley Borough Council conducted a landscape assessment which identified Landscape Character Areas of particular value which were considered worthy of additional protection. One of the areas identified was the Dever Valley, which falls largely within Barton Stacey.

The Dever Valley is formed by a small tributary of the River Test which cuts through the chalk downland to the north-east of the district. The Dever Valley Character Area is defined roughly by the top of the valley sides.

The area has a wonderful charm with the rural, unspoilt character of the river valley combining rivers, meadows and woodland to provide a rich habitat for a range of animals, plants and trees. It is not surprising that the assessment identified this as an area of high quality landscape.

Definition

In more detail, the area includes parts of the parishes of both Barton Stacey and Bullington. The part within Barton Stacey is bounded in the north by the A303 main road, stretching from 0.1 mile west of Bransbury, then east almost as far as the minor road leading from the A303 to Bullington Lane. The western end of the area extends beyond the parish boundary, taking in most of the parish of Bullington.

The southern boundary of the area runs roughly 0.1 mile south of Bullington Lane, heading west to include much of Barton Stacey village itself, then turning northwards just 0.1 mile west of the village main street, the boundary follows first the line of the drainage gulley as far as the Newton Stacey road, then continues northward along the Bransbury road, curving back to the western tip of the area just beyond Bransbury bridge.

Viewing

The best places within the Barton Stacey to appreciate the landscape are:

  • on the Bransbury bridge, where you can look to both west and east to see the river activity
  • on the Bransbury road as it turns towards Barton Stacey, where there is a wonderful view across the meadows down in the valley
  • on the bridge at Barton Stacey, where you can look east into the more densely wooded area.

Following Bullington Lane west into Bullington parish, the woods drop back a little so more of the valley can be seen, with the river flowing up to and beyond to the now defunct Bullington railway viaduct.

Report

The landscape assessment report had this to say about the Dever Valley.

The landscape of the area has the following defining characteristics

  • A distinct valley landform which divides Chilbolton Downs from an area of chalk downland to the north around Drayton
  • Small-scale valley form, with steeply sloping sides and a confined valley floor, creating a sense of enclosure and intimacy
  • A relatively unspoilt landscape with few human influence, save for the intrusion of the A34 corridor which has a major impact upon the integrity of the valley landscape at the eastern extremity of the district
  • Typically a mosaic of small-scale pasture and carr woodland in the valley bottom with a mix of small and larger scale arable fields and occasional pasture on the valley sides
  • A relatively diverse landscape incorporating almost all valley landscape types, predominantly enclosed valley floor and enclosed valley sides but with smaller areas of open valley sides
  • Vegetation in the valley floor typically of riparian character, with substantial areas of willow and alder carr woodland and a dense hedgerow structure
  • Unusually sparse settlement within the valley, with only the small hamlets of Lower Bullington and Bransbury in its bottom, but with more recent housing devlopment associated with the village of Barton Stacey located prominently along the valley side
  • Road network spares and fragmented, following the valley floor for short distances only and crossing at intervals, and lined extensively with hedgerows, reinforcing the sense of enclosure and intimacy within the valley.

The priorities in this area should be to maintain and strengthen the rural, unspoilt character of the river valley and, in particular to manage and enhance its characteristics mosaic of riparian habitat and landscape features.

Management priorities should be to:

  • Encourage and promote environmentally sensitive farming practice within the valley, in particular the maintenance of riverside pasture and meadows and water-cress cultivation
  • Encourage the conservation and management of features of ecological importance, including aquatic and riparian plant and animal communities
  • Encourage retention of trees, hedgerows and woodlands along the valley sides and encourage planting of an appropriate character t reinforce the sense of enclosure
  • Discourage further conversion of grazing land to arable and encourage reversion to pasture where possible
  • Encourage measures, such as new planting, to reduce the impact of the A34 which crosses the valley and to screen other intrusive or urbanising features.
Statistics

Statistics

Area (Acres) 5,027
Area (Hectares) 2,032
Population (2004) (estimate) 930
Electors (2000) 756

Statistics extracted from HantsWeb

Boundaries

Boundaries

Electoral ward Harewood
Borough Council Test Valley Borough Council
County Council Hampshire County Council
Parliament constituency Romsey
European parliament constituency England South East

Statistics extracted from HantsWeb

Population

For more information, have a look at the Barton Stacey (Test Valley) Parish Profile

Mid-2011 population estimates

Variable Measure Your neighbourhood Your area
All people Count 2,263 5,235
Males Count 1,133 2,578
Females Count 1,130 2,657

Our most recent data on people’s religion comes from the 2011 Census:

Religion, March 2011

Variable Measure Your neighbourhood Test Valley England
Christian % 70.4 65.7 59.4
Buddhist % 0.0 0.3 0.5
Hindu % 0.0 0.4 1.5
Jewish % 0.3 0.1 0.5
Muslim % 0.2 0.6 5.0
Sikh % 0.5 0.3 0.8
Other Religion % 0.6 0.4 0.4
No Religion % 20.6 25.1 24.7
Religion Not Stated % 7.5 7.1 7.2

More information from the 2011 census can be found at the Neighbourhood Statistics Website