Welcome to Compton & Shawford

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The name Compton comes from the Saxon “Combe-tun” – settlement in a valley.

There have been settlements here since Roman times, and the church is originally Norman.

Shawford – shallow ford – arose with the coming of the railway in the 19th century.

The Parish of Compton and Shawford was created in 1894 when the legislation creating parishes and parish councils was enacted.

Its situation, just to the south of historic Winchester, handy for junction 11 of the M3, with excellent transport links, easy access to good schools, shopping, entertainment, country pubs and much more, has made it a highly desirable place to live.

If you are a new resident, you should have received a copy of our Welcome Pack. If not, please use the contact us form to request one.

Parish Boundary

Welcome to the Parish Council website.

In 1995, we were one of the first Parish Councils in the country to have its own website. The original website was optimised for fast loading on slow telephone lines, but by the end of the noughties it was showing its age.

In 2011 the website was relaunched using the WordPress framework, as being much easier to maintain, update and enhance. It could also allow other people to contribute without the webmaster being a bottleneck in the process.

In 2016 another migration was forced on us by the closure of the Hampshire County Council hosting service. We took the opportunity to move the WordPress site to a new “responsive” design, which adapted seamlessly to different size devices.

Website screenshot

In 2023 we changed hosting provider. As the site theme was no longer maintained, we gave the site a facelift.

We welcome questions. Follow the links under the Ask a Question tab or using the contact us form, or use the comment form below and on selected other pages.

What’s the Welcome Pack?

Compton & Shawford VDS 2011
Compton & Shawford Parish Plan

The Welcome Pack is a short (8 page) leaflet with some useful information about the village, contact numbers for various local clubs, societies and organisations, and this map.

We also give new residents a copy of the Parish Magazine with the offer a of free subscription for the rest of the calendar year.

While stocks last, the Welcome Pack also comes with copies of the Parish Plan and Village Design Statement.

If you’ve lived here for some time and someone moves in near you, please tell them about the Welcome Pack. You could ask your local Magazine distributor to organise a copy.

If you’ve moved in recently and didn’t receive a Welcome Pack, use the Contact Us form to request a copy.

  • Are you thinking of moving to Compton & Shawford?
  • Do you already live here and want to find out more about what’s going on?
  • Or do you just want to read about the area and its history?

Whichever, this website is for you.