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Weyhill Church
Weyhill is located in Hampshire
Location within Hampshire
Population794 [1]
OS grid referenceSU3146
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townAndover
Postcode districtSP11
Dialling code01264
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
List of places
51°13′01″N 1°32′46″W / 51.217°N 1.546°W / 51.217; -1.546Coordinates: 51°13′01″N 1°32′46″W / 51.217°N 1.546°W / 51.217; -1.546

Weyhill is a village, 2.5 miles (3.8 km) west of Andover, Hampshire. It sits within the civil parish of Penton Grafton, which includes the village of the same name. The village is famous for having a medieval fair and then later a livestock fair, with up to 100,000 sheep a day being auctioned.[2][3][4] The fair owed its existence to Weyhill being positioned on 8 ancient trackways, including the Harrow Way.


The Church of St Michael and all the Angels dates back in part to the Norman period, with a 16th-century nave. It is on the site of an earlier Saxon church, itself possibly a successor to a heathen temple in Roman times, being close to the Roman road. It is a Grade II* listed building[5]

The fair has been held on the site since the 11th century, with the first written records from 1225.[2][6] By the mid-19th century the fair had stopped attracting large crowds, as communications and business changed, reducing the variety of items for sale. The last fair happened in 1957.[3][4] The parish council bought the fairground after it fell into disrepair and converted it into small independent craft studios and shops in 2005.[4]


Weyhill railway station was opened on 1 May 1882, by The Swindon, Marlborough and Andover Railway, and closed on 11 September 1961.[7] The village is just north of the A303 dual carriageway. The A342 Andover to Devizes road runs through the town.


Nearby attractions are Thruxton aerodrome and motor racing circuit to the west and the Hawk Conservancy Trust just south of the A303.

Popular Culture[edit]

The historic Weyhill fairground was the site used by Thomas Hardy in his book The Mayor of Casterbridge where Michael Henchard sells his wife. Hardy called it Weydon Priors.[2]


External links[edit]


  1. ^ 2011 Census - Key Statistics
  2. ^ a b c "Weyhill Fair". Hampshire History. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b "History of the Weyhill Fair". The Somborne & District Society. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Fairground". Penton Grafton Parish Council. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Michael and all the Angels (1229819)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Penton Gradton, Hampshire". A Vision of Britain Through Time. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  7. ^ Aerial photo of station site