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
Location within Hampshire
OS grid referenceSU5332
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtSO21
Dialling code01962
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
WebsiteItchen Valley Parish Council
List of places
51°05′35″N 1°14′17″W / 51.093°N 1.238°W / 51.093; -1.238Coordinates: 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] It is a charming Victorian Church with a barrel-vaulted roof. The church lost all remaining Victorian fittings when it was re-ordered in 2009; the pews replaced with stackable chairs, and the original floor covered with carpeting, leaving the church with a much-impaired acoustic, and a rather bland interior.


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. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 June 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2009.
  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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