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Conservation Area

River Bourne

The Hurstbourne Priors Conservation Area was designated in 1990 by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, in recognition of its special architectural and historic interest. It encompasses much of the lower flood plain of the River Bourne, with the village to the south and the railway viaduct to the north.

ViaductThe brick viaduct is an imposing structure and was constructed in the 19th century to take the railway through the Bourne Valley. It remains in use today and is a well-known landmark.

Whilst the buildings are mostly residential, the open countryside setting, coupled with the views, and the relationship with St Andrew’s Church, defines the special visual and historic interest of the area.

Nine buildings are classified as being of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. St Andrew’s Church and the Bee House are listed as being of national importance whilst the others are Grade II listed, being of local interest. There are also a number of unlisted buildings which date from the 19th and 20th centuries but positively contribute to the special character of the village.

St Andrew’s Church is situated on the eastern side of the village, on slightly lower ground, and is surrounded by a belt of open land to the north and south, with woodland to the east. An avenue of mature lime trees line the road to the west end of the church and the building forms a prominent landmark, dominating views throughout the village.

The Bee House is a three-storey rectangular building on the northern side of the B3400. It dates from the early 18th century, with later alterations, and was originally a gazebo or garden pavilion to Hurstbourne Park.

Island Mill, on the road from the village to St Mary Bourne, dates from 1753 and is constructed of red brick in Flemish bond with blue headers, with a half-hipped tile roof. The central chimney stack has a stone panel inscribed TW1753, referring to Thomas Wallop, the then owner of the estate.

There is also a small cluster of buildings of varied character around the staggered road junction. Manor Farm dates from the late 18th century and, opposite the Farm is Hurstbourne Priors House which is also dates from the 18th century. To the east is Fellowes Cottage and adjoining converted stables. Set back from the road, behind the green, are Mistletoe Cottage and the Old School House.

Bourne CottageTo the north of the crossroads, the Long House (dating from the 18th and 19th centuries) and Bourne Cottage (dating from the 17th century) are Grade II listed. Bourne Cottage was originally a terrace of cottages but is now one dwelling.

South of he crossroads, Long Thatch (dating from the 17th century) was formerly a row of four cottages but is now a single dwelling with a half-hipped roof. The former Post Office also dates from the 17th century but with 19th century additions. Further additions have been recently made to provide an extended dwelling. At the southern end of the village, a terrace of cottages, set at right angles to the road, has been converted into a single dwelling, Watercress Cottage.

Watercress Cottage

Mature trees are scattered throughout the Conservation Area, providing the traditional river valley setting. Species include willow, planes, black poplars, limes, walnuts, a copper beech and an occasional oak.

The latest Conservation Area Appraisal was adopted for the purposes of 'supplementary planning guidance' by Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council in July 2003. The full colour appraisal document and accompanying map can be downloaded from theBasingstoke & Deane website.

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