Basingstoke and Deane

Type:Towns & Villages

Hampshire, RG28 7AL


Situated on the River Test and surrounded by picturesque rolling countryside, Whitchurch is Hampshire’s smallest town; it is also the first Walkers are Welcome town in North Hampshire. Early settlements here date from around 400BC, and there is also evidence of a Roman presence with archaeological excavations unearthing ancient tools and pottery.

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Whitchurch has had a church since the 9th century and it is thought that the name may originate from the Old English Witcerce, thought to mean White Church with connections to a chalk construction or to white-washing. The present All Hallows building is grade II* listed and although the exterior is mostly Victorian, there are remains from the 12th, 15th and 17th centuries. 

Much of this charming town is a conservation area and contains many listed and notable buildings. The River Test has had a significant role in the town’s history, and led to some of its earliest industries with five mills being built in the area for grain, wool and paper production. The Portal family took over the lease at Bere Mill in the early 18th century and in 1724 began producing paper for the Bank of England. Near the centre of the town is Britain’s only working Silk Mill, still operating in its original building. The building dates from 1815 and started producing silk soon afterwards; it is now home to a popular visitor attraction.

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Whitchurch is on the A34 north/south route which links Southampton to the Midlands and the north, and is also just three miles north of the main M3/A303 London to West country route. For traffic from Andover or Basingstoke, the B3400 connects directly.

Public Transport Directions

Whitchurch railway station is situated on the northern edge of the town and is on the main London – Exeter railway line with trains approximately every hour in each direction, with more during peak times. Whitchurch is served by regular buses on weekdays and Saturdays with services to Basingstoke, Andover and Winchester.

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