Winterbourne Gunner

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Winterbourne Gunner
Winterbourne Gunner, parish church of St. Mary - - 446941.jpg
St Mary's, Winterbourne Gunner
Civil parish Winterbourne
Unitary authority Wiltshire
Ceremonial county Wiltshire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Salisbury
Postcode district SP4
Dialling code 01980
Police Wiltshire
Fire Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Salisbury
Website The Winterbournes
List of places

Winterbourne Gunner is a village in Wiltshire, England, about 4 miles (6 km) northeast of Salisbury.

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.[1]

The Defence CBRN Centre, providing training for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear events, is to the southeast of the village, beyond the West of England Main Line railway.


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.[2]

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.[3]

In 1999 a house at Winterbourne Gunner was the subject of a Series 2 episode of the BBC television series Meet the Ancestors.

Parish church[edit]

The Church of England parish church of St Mary has 12th-century origins and is Grade I listed.[4][5]


The local primary schools are nearby in Winterbourne Earls and Gomeldon.


Coordinates: 51°06′58″N 1°44′35″W / 51.116°N 1.743°W / 51.116; -1.743

External links[edit]

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