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North Warnborough is a village in the Hart district of Hampshire, England. It is in the civil parish of Odiham. It is located less than 2 miles (3.2 km) south of the town of Hook, on the opposite side of the M3 motorway, and just north-west of the village of Odiham. The Basingstoke Canal passes through the village, and the River Whitewater flows to the north.
Today, North Warnborough consists of a conservation area, bounded by Mill Corner in the north and The Street in the south, lying to each side of the B3349 Reading to Alton road. Most of the village's 40 listed buildings lie within the conservation area. There are also later housing developments with post-war housing beyond the southern boundary of the conservation area to the Odiham boundary and also in the Old Orchard. A detailed character appraisal and management plan was prepared and published by Hart District Council in 2009.
Held by King Harold before the Norman invasion of 1066, North Warnborough and Odiham had become a royal burgh by 1086. Half-way between Winchester and Windsor, the Saxon kings maintained a palace and lodgings in Odiham. By 1207 work had begun on King John's castle in 20 acres (81,000 m2) of meadowland at North Warnborough, the ruins of which stand by the canal, itself a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a unique conservation area.
Near the canal lies North Warnborough Green, another SSSI, including a ford where children often swim during the summer months.
The village once boasted two mills and seven pubs. Some of the pubs were converted into private homes, but The Lord Derby and The Anchor still remain. The Swan was destroyed by fire in September 2010 and the Jolly Miller is now pending change of use following a short period as 'The Chilli Pad', Thai restaurant. The Millhouse is now a popular family restaurant.
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