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. The fair owed its existence to Weyhill being positioned on 8 ancient trackways, including the Harrow Way.
The fair has been held on the site since the 11th century, with the first written records from 1225. 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. 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. The parish council bought the fairground after it fell into disrepair and converted it into small independent craft studios and shops in 2005.
- Penton Grafton parish profile from Test Valley Council
- Penton Grafton Parish Council
- History of Weyhill
- Fairground Craft - Official Website
- 2011 Census - Key Statistics
- "Weyhill Fair". Hampshire History. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
- "History of the Weyhill Fair". The Somborne & District Society. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
- "Fairground". Penton Grafton Parish Council. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
- "Penton Gradton, Hampshire". A Vision of Britain Through Time. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
- Aerial photo of station site
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