City of Winchester

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City of Winchester
Winchester Guildhall
Winchester Guildhall
Winchester shown within Hampshire
Winchester shown within Hampshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth East England
Non-metropolitan countyHampshire
StatusNon-metropolitan district, Borough, City
Admin HQWinchester
Incorporated1 April 1974
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyWinchester City Council
 • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Liberal Democrat)
 • MPsSteve Brine
 • Total255.20 sq mi (660.97 km2)
Area rank60th (of 317)
 (mid-2017 est.)
 • Total123,900
 • Rank187th (of 317)
 • Density490/sq mi (190/km2)
 • Ethnicity
97.8% White
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code24UP (ONS)
E07000094 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSU485295
The City Council's coat of arms, displayed in Winchester Guildhall

The City of Winchester (/ˈwɪnɪstər/) is a local government district in Hampshire, England, with city status.

It covers an area of central Hampshire including the ancient settlement of the city of Winchester itself, and neighbouring towns and villages. For a full list of these, see the "Settlements and parishes" section below.

The current city boundaries were set on 1 April 1974 when the City of Winchester merged with the former Droxford Rural District and part of the former Winchester Rural District council areas.


Elections to the council are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the seats on the council being elected at each election. From 1995 to the 2004 election the Liberal Democrats had a majority on the council, but after 2 years when no party held a majority the 2006 election saw the Conservative party gain control.[1] The elections on 6 May 2010 saw the Liberal Democrats re take control of the council, however the council soon switched to NOC a year later in 2011. In 2012, the Conservative Party made their only Council gain of the entire English local elections and won a majority in Winchester once again.[2] Subsequently, two Conservative councillors defected to the Liberal Democrat group, placing the council under No Overall Control.[3] Following local elections on 7 May 2015, the Conservatives re-gained majority control of the council. [4] After the local elections on 2 May 2019, the Liberal Democrats gained majority control.

The council is currently led by a Liberal Democrat administration. The make up of the council as of May 2019 is: [5]

Ward Boundaries in the Borough of City of Winchester following the 2016 boundary changes.[6]
Wonston and Micheldever
The Worthies
Alresford and Itchen Valley
St Paul (Winchester)
St Barnabas (Winchester)
St Bartholomew (Winchester)
St Luke (Winchester)
St Michael (Winchester)
Badger Farm and Oliver's Battery
Colden Common and Twyford
Upper Meon Valley
Bishop's Waltham
Central Meon Valley
Whiteley and Shedfield
Southwick and Wickham
  • Conservatives - 18
  • Liberal Democrats - 27

Party Member[4] Ward
Conservative Party Lisa Griffiths Alresford & Itchen Valley
Liberal Democrats Russell Gordon-Smith Alresford & Itchen Valley
Liberal Democrats Margot Power Alresford & Itchen Valley
Liberal Democrats Eleanor Bell Badger Farm & Oliver's Battery
Liberal Democrats Hannah Williams Badger Farm & Oliver's Battery
Liberal Democrats Brian Laming Badger Farm & Oliver's Battery
Conservative Party Rob Humby Bishop's Waltham
Conservative Party David McLean Bishop's Waltham
Conservative Party Stephen Miller Bishop's Waltham
Conservative Party Lisa Gemmell Central Meon Valley
Conservative Party Frank Pearson Central Meon Valley
Conservative Party Victoria Weston Central Meon Valley
Conservative Party Susan Cook Colden Common and Twyford
Liberal Democrats Tony Bronk Colden Common and Twyford
Conservative Party Caroline Brook Denmead
Conservative Party Michael Read Denmead
Conservative Party Patricia Stallard Denmead
Liberal Democrats Angela Clear Southwick and Wickham
Liberal Democrats Neil Cutler Southwick and Wickham
Liberal Democrats Therese Evans Southwick and Wickham
Liberal Democrats Mike Craske St Barnabas
Liberal Democrats Kelsie Learney St Barnabas
Liberal Democrats Anne Weir St Barnabas
Liberal Democrats Kathleen Becker St Bartholemew
Liberal Democrats Paula Ferguson St Bartholomew
Liberal Democrats Dominic Hiscock St Bartholomew
Liberal Democrats Derek Green St Luke
Conservative Party Jamie Scott St Luke
Liberal Democrats Kim Gottlieb St Michael
Conservative Party Fiona Mather St Michael
Liberal Democrats Lynda Murphy St Michael
Liberal Democrats Liz Hutchinson St Paul
Liberal Democrats Lucille Thompson St Paul
Liberal Democrats Martin Tod St Paul
Liberal Democrats Jackie Porter The Worthys
Liberal Democrats Malcolm Prince The Worthys
Liberal Democrats Jane Rutter The Worthys
Conservative Party Hugh Lumby Upper Meon Valley
Conservative Party Laurence Ruffell Upper Meon Valley
Liberal Democrats Vivian Achwal Whiteley & Shedfield
Liberal Democrats Roger Bentote Whiteley & Shedfield
Liberal Democrats Johnathan Fern Whiteley & Shedfield
Conservative Party Patrick Cunningham Wonston & Micheldever
Conservative Party Stephen Godfrey Wonston & Micheldever
Conservative Party Caroline Horrill Wonston & Micheldever

Hampshire County Council holds elections every four years. In the 2017 elections the Winchester City district area elected seven representatives:

Election Member[7] Ward
2017 Dominic Charles Alan Hiscock Winchester Eastgate
2017 Jan Warwick Winchester Downlands
2017 Martin Tod Winchester Westgate
2017 Patricia Stallard Winchester Southern Parishes
2017 Jackie Porter Itchen Valley
2017 Roger Huxstep Meon Valley
2017 Rob Humby Bishop's Waltham


A Legatum Prosperity Index published by the Legatum Institute in October 2016 showed the City of Winchester as the third most prosperous council area in the United Kingdom, after the Borough of Waverley and Mole Valley.[8]

Settlements and parishes[edit]

Settlements in the district include:


  1. ^ "Local elections: Winchester". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2010-02-04.
  2. ^ "City Councillors". Winchester City Council. Archived from the original on 18 February 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2010.
  3. ^ . Winchester Liberal Democrats. 2014 Retrieved 2014-01-22. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ a b . Winchester City Council. 2015 Retrieved 2015-08-05. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Your Councillors". Winchester City Council. 2019-05-03. Retrieved 2019-05-03.
  6. ^ "Map of Hampshire (Electoral Changes) Order, 2016" (PDF). The Local Government Boundary Commission for England. 2016. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  7. ^ "County Council Election 2017 - Thursday, 4th May, 2017". Hantsweb. Hampshire County Council. 2017-05-04. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  8. ^ Emily Chan, Jessica Duncan, It's wonderful in Waverley but hell in Hull! League table of most prosperous places to live show it's grim up north - but how does your town rate? in Daily Mail online dated 22 October 2016, accessed 22 October 2016

Coordinates: 51°03′43″N 1°19′01″W / 51.062°N 1.317°W / 51.062; -1.317