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The Plough Inn
The Plough Inn
Grateley is located in Hampshire
Grateley shown within Hampshire
Population 645 (2011 Census including Palestine, Hampshire)[1]
OS grid reference SU2774441883
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Andover
Postcode district SP11
Dialling code 01264
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
HampshireCoordinates: 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 two shops, two pubs, 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 July 19, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics (Test Valley Borough)". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved July 29, 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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