Itchen Abbas

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Itchen Abbas
Disused mill stream at Itchen Abbas - - 211513.jpg
Disused mill stream at Itchen Abbas
Itchen Abbas is located in Hampshire
Itchen Abbas
Itchen Abbas
Itchen Abbas shown within Hampshire
Population 567 
OS grid reference SU5332
Civil parish
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district SO21
Dialling code 01962
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
Website Itchen Valley Parish Council
List of places
HampshireCoordinates: 51°05′35″N 1°14′17″W / 51.093°N 1.238°W / 51.093; -1.238

Itchen Abbas is a village on the River Itchen about 4 miles (6.4 km) north-east of Winchester in Hampshire, England. The village is part of the Itchen Valley civil parish.[1]

A major oil pipeline from Hamble to Aldermaston runs through Itchen Abbas.[2]

Parish church[edit]

The Church of England parish church of St. John the Baptist was originally Norman and retains an original Norman doorway and chancel arch.[3] St. John's was rebuilt in 1867 to a Norman Revival design by the architect William Coles.[3]


Itchen Abbas is mentioned in the Hampshire Folk Song "Avington Pond" as the place where the builders of the pond were paid their wages. They were given their money in the Plough public house.

Abbey House, 0.5 miles (800 m) north-east of the village, is a Grade II listed country house of five bays and two stories built in 1693.[4] Originally a rectory, it was altered in the 19th century.[5]

The Alton, Alresford and Winchester Railway opened Itchen Abbas railway station in 1865. British Railways closed the line and station in 1973.

Charles Kingsley was a regular visitor to Itchen Abbas. The village and river provided inspiration for the setting of his novel The Water Babies.

The village is the site of Sir Edward Grey's fishing hut, where he spent the night of 3 August 1914 before travelling to London to announce the United Kingdom's entry into First World War.


  1. ^ "Hampshire County Council's legal record of public rights of way in Hampshire" (PDF). 2008. Retrieved 31 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE – AVINGTON LANE, ITCHEN ABBAS." (PDF). Winchester City Council. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  3. ^ a b Pevsner & Lloyd, 1967, page 308
  4. ^ Pevsner & Lloyd, 1967, pages 308-309
  5. ^ "British Listed Buildings". 

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External links[edit]

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