A report on River Avon, Hampshire

The start of the lower half, near Fordingbridge
The 17th-century navigation channel near Britford is still in water
Longford Castle overlooks the river
Hale Park
Breamore House

In the south of England, rising in Wiltshire, flowing through that county's city of Salisbury and then west Hampshire, before reaching the English Channel through Christchurch Harbour in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole conurbation of Dorset.

- River Avon, Hampshire

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A reconstruction of Old Sarum in the 12th century

Salisbury

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A reconstruction of Old Sarum in the 12th century
Salisbury viewed from Old Sarum
The Great West Front of Salisbury Cathedral
The 15th-century Doom painting in St Thomas' church
A picture of Minster Street, c. 1870
Secret Spitfire Memorial, view from the south
Salisbury Guildhall, completed in 1795, is now the meeting place of the City Council
Queen Elizabeth Gardens, showing part of the River Avon diverted through the gardens
The 15th-century Poultry Cross marked the section of the market trading in poultry
Butchers Row in the city centre
Salisbury High Street
St Martin's Church (Church of England)
Salisbury Museum, housed in the King's House.
Salisbury bus station in 2010 (since closed)
Salisbury Racecourse with the cathedral in the distance

Salisbury is a cathedral city in Wiltshire, England, with a population of 40,302, at the confluence of the rivers Avon, Nadder and Bourne.

The Vale of Pewsey as viewed from the east end of Etchilhampton Hill.

Vale of Pewsey

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Area of Wiltshire, England to the east of Devizes and south of Marlborough, centred on the village of Pewsey.

Area of Wiltshire, England to the east of Devizes and south of Marlborough, centred on the village of Pewsey.

The Vale of Pewsey as viewed from the east end of Etchilhampton Hill.

The vale is a major east–west feature opening to the west towards the Bristol Channel, but is drained by the headwaters of the Salisbury Avon, rather than the westward-flowing Bristol Avon.

Stonehenge, the most famous antiquity on Salisbury Plain

Salisbury Plain

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Chalk plateau in the south western part of central southern England covering 300 sqmi.

Chalk plateau in the south western part of central southern England covering 300 sqmi.

Stonehenge, the most famous antiquity on Salisbury Plain
Rough map of military training area (green) on Salisbury Plain within Wiltshire (blue) (it accounts for about half the area of Salisbury Plain)
Stonehenge, on Salisbury Plain
Military use makes some areas of the plain inaccessible to the public.
Typical grassland at Netheravon Down.
The burnt-tip orchid (Neotinea ustulata) can be found on Salisbury Plain
The Duke of Burgundy butterfly (Hamearis lucina)
The cuckoo bee Nomada armata
The fairy shrimp Chirocephalus diaphanus
The stone curlew

The Hampshire Avon runs through the eastern half of the plain, and to the south the plain peters out as the river valleys close together before meeting at Salisbury.

Danebury Fort – aerial image

Hampshire

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County in South East England on the coast of the English Channel.

County in South East England on the coast of the English Channel.

Danebury Fort – aerial image
Plaque on Freemantle Common marking the route of the Roman Road from Chichester to Bitterne
Portchester combined Roman and Norman castles
Portsmouth historic dockyard, 2005
South West Hampshire & South East Dorset green belt (shown in green)
New Forest Pony in Burley
Winchester Cathedral
Hampshire County Council offices and Jubilee Fountain
Eastleigh railway works
Southampton Docks
The M3 near Basingstoke
County flag of Hampshire
Milestones Museum, Basingstoke
Ageas Bowl cricket ground, West End, 2010
Fratton Park football ground, Portsmouth, from Milton End, 2006
Former Hampshire Chronicle office in Winchester, circa 1999

The Hampshire Avon, which links Stonehenge to the sea, passes through Fordingbridge and Ringwood and then forms the modern border between Hampshire and Dorset.

Statue of Augustus John

Fordingbridge

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Statue of Augustus John
Fordingbridge Town Hall
Fordingbridge Railway Station
The Great Bridge, viewed from the southwest
The seven-arched bridge over the River Avon

Fordingbridge is a town and broader civil parish with a population of 6,000 on the River Avon in the New Forest District of Hampshire, England, near the Dorset and Wiltshire borders and on the edge of the New Forest, famed for its late medieval seven-arch bridge.

Christchurch, Dorset

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Town and civil parish in Dorset on the south coast of England.

Town and civil parish in Dorset on the south coast of England.

Christchurch Castle ruins
Hart's Fusee Factory, built in 1845. The manufacture of fusee chains was an important industry in 19th-century Christchurch.
A P-47 Thunderbolt of the 405th Fighter Wing at RAF Christchurch, 1944
Christchurch Civic Offices
Christchurch Harbour with the Clay Pool (bottom right) where the rivers Avon and Stour converge. Stanpit Marsh (centre left), Wick (centre right) and Hengistbury Head (top right). The thin line of beach huts at the top left reveals the position of Mudeford Spit with the Isle of Wight on the horizon.
Monday market, Christchurch High Street.
The Mayor's Parlour and Saxon Square
The Constable's House, a Grade I listed Norman dwelling
Christchurch Priory dates from the 11th century
Place Mill
Christchurch railway station
Christchurch Library
John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, Prime Minister between 1762–63, owned a mansion house in Christchurch

Founded in the seventh century at the confluence of the rivers Avon and Stour which flow into Christchurch Harbour, the town was originally named Twynham but became known as Christchurch following the construction of the priory in 1094.

A reconstruction of Old Sarum in the 12th century, housed at Salisbury Cathedral

Old Sarum

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Now ruined and deserted site of the earliest settlement of Salisbury.

Now ruined and deserted site of the earliest settlement of Salisbury.

A reconstruction of Old Sarum in the 12th century, housed at Salisbury Cathedral
An 1829 sketch of Old Sarum by John Constable, displaying the site of the abandoned hillfort
A 1916 plan of Old Sarum by the Ordnance Survey (300 ft ≈ 92 m)
Aerial view of Old Sarum
The present ruins: the exposed foundations of the cathedral in the foreground and the Norman central motte behind
The exposed foundations of the cathedral

The great stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury were erected nearby and indications of prehistoric settlement have been discovered from as early as 3000 BC. An Iron Age hillfort was erected around 400 BC, controlling the intersection of two trade paths and the Hampshire Avon.

Stonehenge

Amesbury

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Town and civil parish in Wiltshire, England.

Town and civil parish in Wiltshire, England.

Stonehenge
The Red House

It sits in the River Avon valley on the southern fringes of Salisbury Plain and has historically been considered an important river crossing area on the road from London to Warminster and Exeter.

Christchurch Harbour

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Natural harbour in the county of Dorset, on the south coast of England named after the nearby town of Christchurch.

Natural harbour in the county of Dorset, on the south coast of England named after the nearby town of Christchurch.

Christchurch Priory from Wick, across the River Stour
Christchurch from Hengistbury Head, across the harbour
Sand bar and outlet of Christchurch Harbour
Detail of outlet of Christchurch Harbour
Sand bar at end of Christchurch Harbour, viewed from Hengistbury Head
Sand bar at end of Christchurch Harbour, viewed from Hengistbury Head
The Quarry Pool, Hengistbury Head
South-eastern cliff of Hengistbury Head
Hengistbury Head, cliff face on western end of Warren Hill.

Two rivers, the Avon and the Stour, flow into the Harbour at its northwest corner.

Market Place, Ringwood

Ringwood, Hampshire

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Market Place, Ringwood
Church of St Peter and St Paul
Old bridge over the River Avon
18th century Meeting House
Ringwood Brewery

Ringwood is a market town in south-west Hampshire, England, located on the River Avon, close to the New Forest, northeast of Bournemouth and southwest of Southampton.