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The Plough Inn
The Plough Inn
Grateley is located in Hampshire
Location within Hampshire
Population645 (2011 Census including Palestine, Hampshire)[1]
OS grid referenceSU2774441883
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townAndover
Postcode districtSP11
Dialling code01264
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
List of places
51°10′32″N 1°36′16″W / 51.175517°N 1.604511°W / 51.175517; -1.604511Coordinates: 51°10′32″N 1°36′16″W / 51.175517°N 1.604511°W / 51.175517; -1.604511

Grateley is a village and civil parish in the north west of Hampshire, England.

The name is derived from the Old English grēat lēah, meaning 'great wood or clearing'.[2]

The village is divided into two distinct settlements, 0.75 miles (1.21 km) apart: the old village and a newer settlement built around the railway station on the West of England Main Line.[3] The hamlet of Palestine adjoins the railway station settlement, although it is located in the civil parish of Over Wallop.[4]

Grateley lies just to the south of the prehistoric hill fort of Quarley Hill. The parish covers 1,551 acres (6.28 km2) with 616 people[5] living in 250 dwellings. The village has one pub, a thirteenth-century church dedicated to St Leonard, a primary school, a school for children with Aspergers Syndrome, a railway station, a small business park, a golf driving range, and is surrounded by farmland with ancient footpaths and droveways.

King Æthelstan issued his first official law code in Grateley in about 930 AD.[6]

In the 20th century Grateley was one of many ammunition dumps during the World Wars.[7]

The economic history of Grateley is agricultural, but less than 10% of the village population now rely upon agriculture as an occupation.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Grateley, Hampshire". Key to English Place Names. University of Nottingham.
  3. ^ "Introduction". Grateley Parish Council.
  4. ^ Map of Grateley, Hampshire (Map). Cartography by Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics (Test Valley Borough)". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  6. ^ Lavelle, Ryan (2005). "Why Grateley? Reflections on Anglo-Saxon Kingship in a Hampshire Landscape" (PDF). Hampshire Studies: Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society. 60: 154–69.
  7. ^ "History - Part twelve". Grateley Parish Council. Later, Grateley, like many areas within reach of the south coast ports, became a munitions store for part of the invasion force involved in Operation Overlord.

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