Wivelrod

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Wivelrod
A lane at Wivelrod - geograph.org.uk - 98848.jpg
Cottages in Wivelrod
Wivelrod is located in Hampshire
Wivelrod
Wivelrod
Wivelrod shown within Hampshire
OS grid reference SU6755638427
Civil parish
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Alton
Postcode district GU34
Dialling code 01420
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
Website http://www.bentworth.info
List of places
UK
England
Hampshire
51°08′28″N 1°02′09″W / 51.141135°N 1.03571°W / 51.141135; -1.03571Coordinates: 51°08′28″N 1°02′09″W / 51.141135°N 1.03571°W / 51.141135; -1.03571

Wivelrod is a hamlet in the large civil parish of Bentworth in Hampshire, England. The nearest town is Alton, about 2.8 miles (4.5 km) to the east. At a spot height of 712 feet (217 m), it is one of the highest settlements in Hampshire.

The nearest railway station is Alton which is 3.5 miles (5.6 km) to the east. Until 1932 it was the Bentworth and Lasham railway station on the Basingstoke and Alton Light Railway.

Wivelrod is situated on one of the highest points in Hampshire. At the south side of the hamlet it reaches a spot height of 712 feet (217 m); the highest point in the Civil Parish of Bentworth.

The area was inhabited in ancient times and some Tumuli and Burial Mounds are on Wivelrod Hill. Also, at Wivelrod House, finds include Pottery, bone objects, spindle-whorls (stone discs with a hole in the middle used in spinning thread) and fragments of Roman roofing tiles.

Geography and demographics[edit]

Wivelrod lies in the northwestern part of the East Hampshire district of Hampshire in South East England, 5.4 miles (8.7 km) southeest of Alton, its nearest town.[1] It is in the parish of Bentworth, which covers an area of 3,763 acres (1,523 ha). Wivelrod is among the highest settlements in Hampshire and has a spot height of 716 feet (218 m) above sea level.[2] The landscape surrounding the hamlet mostly consists of high downland with woods and plantations.[2] Notable woods in the vicinity include Colliers Wood, Childer Hill Copse, and North. Alton Abbey lies approximately 0.5 miles (0.80 km) away from the centre of the hamlet, and a Roman building is also situated near Wivelrod House.[1]

According to the 2011 census Bentworth had a population of 553 people, of which 33.30% of them were in full-time employment, somewhat lower than the national average of 37.70%. In addition, the parish contains 221 households with an average size of 2.62 people. Wivelrod is not listed individually in the census.[3]

Climate[edit]

Due to its location in south central England and its proximity to the sea, the average maximum temperature in January is 7.2 °C (45 °F) with the average minimum being 1.6 °C (35 °F). The average maximum temperature in July is 21.9 °C (71 °F), with the average minimum being 12.5 °C (55 °F). The village gets around 755 millimetres (29.7 in) of rain a year, with a minimum of 1 mm (0.04 in) of rain reported on 103 days a year.[4]

Climate data for Odiham weather station (nearest to Wivelrod), Odiham, elevation: 9 metres (30 feet) (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 7.2
(45)
7.4
(45.3)
10.3
(50.5)
13.0
(55.4)
16.6
(61.9)
19.5
(67.1)
21.9
(71.4)
21.6
(70.9)
18.5
(65.3)
14.4
(57.9)
10.3
(50.5)
7.4
(45.3)
14.1
(57.4)
Average low °C (°F) 1.6
(34.9)
1.3
(34.3)
3.0
(37.4)
4.4
(39.9)
7.5
(45.5)
10.4
(50.7)
12.5
(54.5)
12.4
(54.3)
10.2
(50.4)
7.4
(45.3)
4.2
(39.6)
1.8
(35.2)
6.4
(43.5)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 77.8
(3.063)
56.0
(2.205)
54.8
(2.157)
52.6
(2.071)
52.2
(2.055)
48.5
(1.909)
50.2
(1.976)
52.1
(2.051)
61.8
(2.433)
87.2
(3.433)
83.9
(3.303)
78.5
(3.091)
755.5
(29.744)
Average precipitation days 12.2 9.8 10.5 9.5 9.5 8.6 8.4 8.6 8.9 11.7 11.7 11.5 120.9
Source: Met Office[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Map of Wivelrod and the surrounding area (Map). OpenStreetMap. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Page, William. "History of Bentworth". British History Online. pp. 68–71. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Area profile for Bentworth". Hampshire Hub. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Wivelrod 1981–2010 averages". Station, District and regional averages 1981–2010. Met Office. Retrieved 2 January 2017.