St Thomas Church (Woolton Hill Church)
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Woolton Hill is a village in Hampshire, England, within the civil parish of East Woodhay. The village is situated approximately 10 kilometres (six miles) south-west of Newbury and encompasses the smaller hamlet of Broad Layings within its Northern borders. It has a church, church (village) hall, sports club, youth football club, post office, nursery, infants and junior schools and a pub (The Rampant Cat).
An area of farmland, woodland and scattered houses until the mid-eighteenth century, when the new church was built (as a 'daughter church' to the much older ecclesiastical parish of East Woodhay). The village grew rapidly during and since the 1950s and is now much larger (in population terms) than the neighbouring and contiguous village of Highclere. Due to the village's proximity to the A34 road it was the scene of many demonstrations during "the third battle of Newbury" when the Newbury bypass was being built in the 1990s.
Woolton Hill is served by the Stagecoach bus service 7 and 7A from Newbury and Andover. Woodhay railway station used to serve the village on the Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway until its closure in the 1960s. The road on which the station lie is still called 'Station Road'. The disused railway line became, in part, the route for the A34 Newbury Bypass.
The village of Woolton Hill is part of the civil parish of East Woodhay and is part of the East Woodhay ward of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. The borough council is a Non-metropolitan district of Hampshire County Council.
To the East/North-East of the village is an area of woodland known as "The Chase" which is managed by The National Trust. The Chase was significantly altered in 2010–2011, to achieve the following goals (1) Return it into a nature reserve as per its original gift terms (2) to remove parts of the woodlands for successful woodland management. A local water course runs through The Chase and has been dammed to form a small lake in the North Eastern end and it now contains an asphalted car-park. The chase is bounded by the A34 (Newbury bypass) to the North East.
There a few housing estates within Woolton Hill. These include Greenlands, Copnor, Harwood Rise, Paddock End, Harwood Place and Woolton Lodge Gardens.
Paddock End was recently built and is a small estate encompassing around 12 houses.
Harwood Place is currently under construction, with 49 houses (including six affordable houses) as well as including a children's play area and some community land. The new Harwood Place development suffered many objections on multiple occasions, yet it went through successfully.
Harwood Place and Paddock End were both built on the former 'Harwood Paddock', which was supposedly protected from construction until the new Paddock End development was completed, which took up about 1/6 of the paddock. However, the new Harwood Place development will cover the rest of the field. Paddock End was constructed by Linden Homes, while Harwood Place is being constructed by Bloor Homes.
Woolton Lodge Gardens is another small estate, only having around 15 houses within its borders. It was constructed in the late 1900s/early 2000s.
The Copnor estate features a mix of bungalows and terraced houses. It was built in the second half on the 20th Century. Greenlands was built in the 1980s.
There are two blocks of flats in the village; one being in Copnor, the other being Mason Court (which is near Harwood Rise).
There is a private lane in the village called Tile Barn, which encompasses around 40 houses all built at different times. Tile Barn connects the north and south of the village and used to be the village's main road.
There are also areas of the village where there are houses, including Broadlayings and the Trade Street area. Broadlayings is about a 1/5 of the size of the village. Trade Street area is where the former post office, pub and orphanage were. The Trade Street area takes up around 1/6 of the village's size.
Gainsborough Stud - owned by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Ruler of Dubai) is located in Woolton Hill. The stud land covers a large area in the village.
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- "Hampshire County Council's legal record of public rights of way in Hampshire" (PDF). 2008. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
- "Basingstoke and Deane Wards info". 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
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