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Bransbury is a hamlet in Hampshire, England, part of the parish of Barton Stacey. The nearest village is Barton Stacey (where the 2011 census was included), halfway between Winchester and Andover; there is a junction for Bransbury on the A303 towards Exeter. Bransbury has twenty-two dwellings: a collection of agricultural workers’ cottages with gardens of generous proportions, Bransbury Manor, which dates from the 18th century, and Bransbury Mill. The Crook and Shears Inn public house was converted into a dwelling in the late 20th century. The hamlet straddles the River Dever.
The road from Barton Stacey to Bransbury is prone to pooling water, because of its position on the flood plain.
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles and Charters are the first written records (855 A.D.) that Bransbury is mentioned in.
The Andyke in Bransbury is an Iron Age ditch and bank survival of a promontory fort with evidence of round houses, and is a Historic England Scheduled Monument. The course of the Roman road which crosses the parish via Bransbury Common can be traced from Winchester to Marlborough and beyond towards Cirencester. There is also evidence of a Roman camp east of Manor Farm, with the remains of ditches and banks. Further evidence of Romano-British inhabitants was found in 1977 with the discovery of a ‘plank’ burial of a young woman between Barton Stacey and Bransbury.
The manor of Bransbury has been farmed from at least the time of Domesday and was granted by Henry VIII to the Dean and Chapter of Winchester and their successors for a yearly rent. The four terraced houses known as The Barracks are Grade II listed buildings. Development in recent times has been limited to the conversion of farm buildings.
Bransbury is home to the multi-award-winning Delicate Owl, a business that hand makes organic soap and beauty products.
There is a holiday cottage for rent in Bransbury - the Old Granary. Next to Bransbury Manor, it is pet friendly. It is popular with visiting fishermen and their families, and the acclaimed Dever Springs Fishery is a short walk away.
Bransbury common is a large stretch of common land between Bransbury and Newton Stacey. It is classified as a SSSI and a nature conservation area. It consists of broadleaved, mixed, and yew woodland, fenland, marshland, swamp, and has the river Dever joining the river Test. It consists of 392 acres of common land and disused water meadows embracing a remarkable range of grass and sedgeland that is probably unparalleled in southern England. It is also a public access area that is subject to the Countryside Right of Way (CRoW) Act 2000.
The common is popular with walkers, who admire the broad and bushy riverside pasture with views of Harewood Forest. The path is ill-defined in places, and it is advisable to keep close to the left edge of the common to avoid the marsh. The common is very popular with birdwatchers, and often has cows grazing on it.
- Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 185 Winchester & Basingstoke (Andover & Romsey) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2013. ISBN 9780319228845.
- "Ordnance Survey: 1:50,000 Scale Gazetteer" (csv (download)). www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk. Ordnance Survey. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
- "Barton Stacey village design statement" (PDF). Retrieved 28 August 2018.
- "Bransbury Andyke". Retrieved 28 August 2018.
- "Scheduled Monuments". Retrieved 28 August 2018.
- "Delicate Owl". Retrieved 28 August 2018.
- "The Old Granary". Retrieved 28 August 2018.
- "Dever Springs Fishery". Retrieved 28 August 2018.
- "Bransbury Common SSSI". Retrieved 28 August 2018.
- "Bransbury Common Hampshire". Retrieved 28 August 2018.
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