Wootton St Lawrence

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Wootton St Lawrence
Church at Wootton St. Lawrence - geograph.org.uk - 73850.jpg
Church of St. Lawrence
Wootton St Lawrence is located in Hampshire
Wootton St Lawrence
Wootton St Lawrence
Location within Hampshire
Population636 (2011 Census. including Charter Alley , Ramsdel, Upper Wootton and West Heath)[1]
OS grid referenceSZ2477198254
Civil parish
  • Wootton St Lawrence
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBasingstoke
Postcode districtRG25 2
Dialling code01256
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°16′36″N 1°09′11″W / 51.2768°N 1.1531°W / 51.2768; -1.1531Coordinates: 51°16′36″N 1°09′11″W / 51.2768°N 1.1531°W / 51.2768; -1.1531

Wootton St Lawrence is a small village in Hampshire, England, 2.5 miles (4.0 km) west of Basingstoke. The name is derived from the Old English wudu tun meaning woodland settlement or farm.[2]


The manor of Wootton (see Manydown) was a possession of the prior and convent of St. Swithun from the time of the Domesday book until the dissolution of the monasteries. The Dean and Chapter of Winchester sold the manor to William Wither in 1649. However, the manor was reclaimed by the church after the restoration and the family received no compensation. The manor returned to the family after the purchase by the Reverend Lovelace Bigg-Wither in 1863, but he sold it to the Bates family 10 years later. Wootton oak timber was used to reconstruct Winchester Cathedral nave c. 1390 by William of Wykeham.[3]


Wootton St Lawrence is a civil parish with an elected Parish Council and falls within the local government district of Basingstoke and Deane, part of the shire county of Hampshire.[4] On 1 July 1966 the East Oakley ward of Wootton St Lawrence Parish Council was added to Oakley Parish Council, with elections in May 1968.[5]

Religious sites[edit]

The village has a church named St Lawrence[6] and the village is often regarded to its name. The mediaeval church was rebuilt in 1864, retaining the 12th century north arcade and tower and some of the 14th century windows.

Notable residents[edit]

  • Charles Butler (1560–1647), sometimes called the Father of English Beekeeping,[7] was Vicar of St Lawrence for 48 years until his death in 1647

Further reading[edit]

Parishes: Wootton St Lawrence, A History of the County of Hampshire: Volume 4 (1911), pp. 239–242


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Wooton St Lawrence". Key To English Place Names. English Place Name Society. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  3. ^ "HantsWeb - Wootton St Lawrence". Retrieved 23 August 2010.
  4. ^ "Wootton St Lawrence Parish Council". Retrieved 23 August 2010.
  5. ^ "Oakley and Deane parish council - history". Retrieved 23 August 2010.
  6. ^ The Church of St Lawrence Southern Life (UK) website
  7. ^ The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Beekeeping, Roger Morse and Ted Hooper, 1985, E.P. Dutton, Inc.