"...so close to town yet it's so peaceful, the countryside views are stunning even on a dark day..."
The (Civil) Parish of Wootton St Lawrence is made up of the villages of Wootton St Lawrence, Upper Wootton, Ramsdell, West Heath and part of Charter Alley. The Ridgeway and the A339 bisect the parish but the AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and farming landscape connect the villages.
The spectacular landscapes are well loved by locals and visitors alike, the footpaths lead from the long fields and quiet villages to the heights of the South Downs. With miles of old thick hedgerows and coppiced woodland the parish has a large variety of wildlife. Red kites and buzzards are keenly watched by locals, with the many songbirds providing an extra ambiance. The landscape has been transformed and maintained by the agricultural nature of the parish, the large fields, hedgerows and copses are all hallmarks of historic north Hampshire farming. The Englefield family still farms land in Ransdell.
Both villages are well positioned to access Basingstoke to the east, Tadley to the north and, a little further afield, Newbury to the west. There are also good road and rail links allowing for an easy commute to Reading, London, the south coast and the midlands as well as Bristol and the southwest. This enables residents to enjoy the relatively tranquil life of a modern day village setting while still achieving easy access to amenities and business connections.
The North Hampshire Hospital Trust is just 10 minutes drive from either Wootton or Ramsdell and the villages are popular with the medical fraternity as convenient places to live as a result.
There are no schools within the Parish but top primary and secondary schools are easily reached - a top state primary is within easy (children's) walking distance from the centre of Ramsdell - in both the state and private sectors. An independently-run nursery school can, however, be found in Wootton St Lawrence and a Montessori Nursery just outside the Parish boundary at Ramsdell.
For more detail and a history of the parish you can download the file below