Upper Clatford

Coordinates: 51°11′31″N 1°29′38″W / 51.192°N 1.494°W / 51.192; -1.494
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Upper Clatford
Upper Clatford is located in Hampshire
Upper Clatford
Upper Clatford
Location within Hampshire
Population1,652 (2011 Census including Red Rice)[1]
OS grid referenceSU3533643887
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townANDOVER
Postcode districtSP11
PoliceHampshire and Isle of Wight
FireHampshire and Isle of Wight
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
List of places
51°11′31″N 1°29′38″W / 51.192°N 1.494°W / 51.192; -1.494

Upper Clatford is a village and civil parish in Hampshire, England.[2] The village is in the valley of the River Anton, 3.5 miles (5.6 km) upstream from the point where it joins the River Test at the south.

Clatford is 1 mile (1.6 km) to the south from Andover town centre, the most direct route the old railway line which is now a public footpath. Along this path is evidence of the old railway line although little is seen of the earlier canal that preceded the railway.[3] The canal and later railway were important to the local economy, in particular for the transport of raw materials from Southampton via Andover to Upper Clatford for Taskers of Andover, whose premises were in nearby Anna Valley.[citation needed] Pig Iron was shipped from Southampton via the canal to Taskers Wharf,[citation needed] originally where the footpath now leaves Upper Clatford for Andover. The road south out of the village leads to the twin village of Goodworth Clatford (formerly Lower Clatford).

Clatford is an old English term meaning 'the ford where the burdock grows'. The village historically contained four manors: Norman Court, Sackville Court, Clatford Manor and Clatford Mills.[citation needed]

Stephen Hopkins, passenger on the Mayflower and one of the signatories of the Mayflower Compact, was born and baptized at Clatford.[4] Some years prior to his sailing on the Mayflower he was on the Sea Venture, bound for Jamestown, Virginia, when it ran aground during a storm in Bermuda in 1609. In Bermuda he led an unsuccessful mutiny, was sentenced to death but managed to obtain a pardon. Thereafter he partook in the construction of two boats from remnants of the Sea Venture and sailed to Jamestown where he spent several years before returning to England, sometime between 1614 and 1616. In 1620 he joined the Mayflower on its voyage to the new world, together with his two children, Constance and Giles. His knowledge of the ways of the indigenous population and wilderness survival (acquired in Jamestown) proved very useful to the Plymouth Colony. Stephen Hopkins died in Plymouth Colony in 1644.

Significant buildings at Clatford include thatched cottages and houses including the local public house The Crook and Shears, and the local parish church of All Saints, which was first built probably during the reign of Henry I (1100–1135). It was rebuilt in the sixteenth century and transformed into an 'auditory church' in the seventeenth.[citation needed] The Church sits between two arms of the Pillhill Brook; the village war memorial is within its grounds.

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  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 185 Winchester & Basingstoke (Andover & Romsey) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2013. ISBN 978-0-31922884-5.
  3. ^ "Andover's lost canal". www.andover.towncentral.co.uk. Archived from the original on 6 July 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  4. ^ Anderson, Robert Charles (2010). "Pilgrim Village Families Sketch: Stephen Hopkins". New England Historical Genealogical Society (NEHGS). Archived from the original on 16 August 2011.

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