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Otterbourne is located in Hampshire
Otterbourne shown within Hampshire
Population 1,539 [1]
Civil parish
  • Otterbourne
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 Otterbourne Parish Council
List of places
51°00′26″N 1°20′34″W / 51.00724°N 1.34288°W / 51.00724; -1.34288Coordinates: 51°00′26″N 1°20′34″W / 51.00724°N 1.34288°W / 51.00724; -1.34288

Otterbourne is a village in Hampshire, England. It is located approximately four miles (6 km) south of Winchester and eight miles (13 km) north of Southampton. At the 2011 census, its population was 1,539, and there were 626 dwellings.[1]

There are three public houses in the village: the White Horse Inn, the Otter, and the Old Forge. There is also a school, a post office and village shop. Before the 21st century, the post office and village shop were located opposite Cranbourne Drive at the bottom of Otterbourne Hill. However, at the end of the 1990s, the car garage at the centre of the village was rebuilt to include a petrol station and convenience store. Shortly after the opening of the convenience store, the village shop closed; the store then expanded to include a post office, taking over all previous functions of the old village shop. Until late 2007 the convenience store was running under a SPAR franchise. It has now been taken over and is owned by Budgens, and the petrol station has been decommissioned.[2] In the early hours of 30 November 2015, William's Garage beside Budgens suffered from a serious fire.[3]

Otterbourne has its own brass band, Otterbourne Brass,[4] which performs in Otterbourne Village Hall[5] every Christmas and puts on concerts in and around the surrounding area. They also compete in the 1st Section of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.

Famous people from Otterbourne include Chris Tremlett who plays cricket for England and Surrey, and novelist Charlotte Mary Yonge.


The village of Otterbourne, on the stream Otter Bourne, lies on the old Roman road between Venta Belgarum (Winchester) and Clausentum (Southampton). It appears in the Domesday Book as Otrebourne. A picture of idyllic rural life, it attracted luminaries as their lights slowly dimmed .[citation needed] The physicist Sir Isaac Newton lodged at Cranbury House in his twilight years,[6] and John Keble, a leader of the Oxford Movement, settled down as vicar of the parish church, St Matthew's, around 1838.[6]

Map showing Otterbourne dated 1607

At that time, Otterbourne's illustrious novelist Charlotte Mary Yonge (1823–1901) was 15 years old; her writings were deeply influenced by Keble's sermons. In her day, she was a major celebrity, publishing more than 100 novels.

Already by 1840, however, the London to Southampton railway opened (later the South Western Main Line), passing by the village. Within half a century, old Otterbourne had been abandoned, and the village moved half a mile east to its present location.

Charlotte Yonge grew up in Elderfield House, now a Residential Training Centre for former offenders run by the Langley House Trust, a registered charity. On 17 August 2005, resident Anthony Rice murdered Naomi Bryant at her home in Winchester, prompting an independent review (pdf) of his case by HM Inspectorate of Probation.


Otterbourne Water Supply Works

Prior to the centralisation of its regional offices, Otterbourne was home to the Hampshire headquarters of Southern Water. The 1980s office building (part of which was leased to the Audit Commission) is situated on the site of a large water supply works, which takes water from the River Itchen and a number of boreholes. Otterbourne water supply works feeds a covered reservoir in the village, which in turn supplies most of the eastern side of Southampton.

Following Southern Water's £20.3 million fine for 'deliberate misreporting' and failing to meet guaranteed standards of service to customers in 2007, the company shut down its use of the Otterbourne building and leased it to two NHS organisations; South Central Ambulance Service and Health Education Wessex.[7]


  1. ^ a b Census 2011
  2. ^ "Fill her up ... for the final time". Hampshire Chronicle. 
  3. ^ "UPDATE: Fire rips through Otterbourne business as crews rush to remove propane tanks". Hampshire Chronicle. 
  4. ^ "Otterbourne Brass". 
  5. ^ "Home - Otterbourne Village Hall". Otterbourne Village Hall. 
  6. ^ a b "7 days - Lifestyle and Leisure: Down Your Way - Bourne to great names". Hampshire Chronicle / Romsey Advertiser. Newsquest Media Group. 2006. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  7. ^ "Contact Us". Health Education Wessex. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 

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