Amport is a small village and civil parish in the Test Valley district of NW Hampshire, England, a few miles west of Andover. It incorporates the small hamlet of East Cholderton and has a population of about 800.
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 Test, a chalk stream famous for its trout-fishing, and for those who enjoy a country walk, there are many attractive routes.
Amport House on the outskirts of the village, which is now occupied by the tri-service chaplains’ school, was originally home to the Marquesses of Winchester; it has gardens designed by celebrated architect, Edwin Lutyens and laid out by Gertrude Jekyll. The House currently houses the The Museum of Army Chaplaincy.
Amport’s greatest attraction, however, is the world-renowned Hawk Conservancy where skilled falconers daily fly a wide variety of hawks, owls and eagles, including two American Bald Eagles.
The church, St Mary’s, which was built in the 14th century, has a peal of six bells which are rung regularly. There is a church school, founded by a lady benefactor, Mrs Sophia Sheppard, the widow of Rev. Thomas Sheppard, in the early nineteenth century.
- Walter Davis (1847 – 1930), the Victorian plant collector was born in Amport, and started his career at Amport House.
- William White (1878) History, Gazetter and Directory of the County of Hampshire. p112
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