St Mary's, Winterbourne Gunner
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The village is near the River Bourne and the A338 road and is close to Winterbourne Dauntsey. It is part of the civil parish of Winterbourne, formed in 1934 by almalgamating the three ancient parishes of Winterbourne Earls, Dauntsey and Gunner.
Winterbourne Gunner has considerable archaeological interest. In 1960 workmen digging a pipeline came across a series of early saxon graves. A subsequent excavation showed them to be particularly rich in grave goods.
A 1994 dig in a nearby building plot by television programme Time Team (season 2, "Saxon Graves") found several more early 6th century Saxon graves near Salt Lane, and discovered a series of Bronze Age features including a pond barrow and associated round barrows and urn burials, which the Saxons appear to have respected when selecting their burial sites. These show up as circular crop marks, with a diameter of 20 to 30 feet, indicating barrows. The Bronze Age features were designated as Scheduled Monuments in July 1994.
In 1999 a house at Winterbourne Gunner was the subject of a Series 2 episode of the BBC television series Meet the Ancestors.
- "Winterbourne". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
- Musty, J.; Stratton, J. E. D. (1964). "A Saxon cemetery at Winterbourne Gunner, Near Salisbury". WANHM 59: 86–109.
- Pastscape Scheduled Monument 966594 (A pond barrow and a bowl barrow 200 metres to the southeast of St Mary's Church, Winterbourne Gunner).
- Historic England. "Church of St Mary the Virgin, Winterbourne Gunner (1184486)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
- "Church of St. Mary, Winterbourne Gunner". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
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