About Us

HP_Anime_wiltshire_yearWe, in the Bourne Valley, are immensely privileged to live in one of the most beautiful rural areas of Britain. We live in a landscape, steeped in mystery and folklore, which still bears witness to the lives of the countless ancient people that have lived in this remarkable County.

From the beautiful forest of Savernake and Collingbourne Woods to the rolling countryside, sculpted by the movement of glaciers thousands of years ago, the fertile plains of Wiltshire have been farmed since Neolithic times. The Bourne Valley, Salisbury Plain, Everleigh and the Pewsey Vale all bear witness to earlier civilizations with the White Horse Chalk Carvings , Hill Forts, Burial Barrows and Castles. Just look carefully at our landscape and you will be amazed at what you can see.

The most stunning echoes of Wiltshire's past must be the magnificent stone circles at Avebury and Stonehenge and the enigmatic Silbury Hill. With the stunning views over the Pewsey Vale from the Everleigh White Horse and across Salisbury Plain, it is easy to see how people ancient and modern alike fell in love with this county.

As time moved on, ancient religions gave way to newer ones, with the advent of Christianity, Wiltshire was blessed with some of the most beautiful religious buildings to be built anywhere in the world. From the simple elegance of our local parish Churches to the splendour of Salisbury Cathedral, the architectural jewel in the crown of the City.

 

Our two Villages fall under the Parish Church of St. Andrew and we are both proud and delighted that you have come to visit us at our Village Show in the County of Wiltshire. Perhaps you will take a little time on your way here, or on your way home, to visit some of the landmarks that make Wiltshire such a wonderful and magical place.

 

THE BOURNE VALLEY

The River Bourne is a river in the English county of Wiltshire, and a tributary of the River Avon. The Bourne's source is at the eastern end of the Vale of Pewsey, near the village of Burbage.

The river cuts through the chalk escarpment at Collingbourne Kingston, to flow south across Salisbury Plain through the villages of Collingbourne Ducis, Tidworth, and Shipton Bellinger. Here its course becomes more southwesterly, through Cholderton, Newton Tony, Allington, Porton, the Winterbournes and Laverstock before joining the Avon near Salisbury. Due to its nature it may be referred to as a chalk stream.

The Bourne valley is followed for its entire length by the main A338 (Oxford-Bournemouth) road, which continues south of Salisbury along the Avon valley.

FOLKLORE

The Collingbournes are amongst those English villages which share the legend of a monstrous, avenging Black dog. Our story says that two robbers who operated along the Bath Road robbed an old couple, killed them and set fire to their house.

Neighbours raised a hue and cry and pursued them down through Everleigh where the murderers fled into Collingbourne Woods, not knowing that those with guilty consciences never went there at night for it was the haunt of the fearful Black Dog with its great yellow eyes as big as saucers that brought ill luck to all those that encountered it and death to evildoers.

With their pursuers close behind the miscreants ran deeper into the woods until fixed by a terrible gaze. They turned tail and ran screaming back up onto the downs only to run straight into the arms of those chasing them. They were taken to Devizes, tried and hanged. This happened in the 17th century but the Black Dog is still said to be seen in the woods and those without a clear conscience are strongly advised not to travel the road between the Collingbournes at night.