City of Winchester

The City of Winchester (/ˈwɪnɪstər/) is a local government district in Hampshire, England, with city status.

City of Winchester

Coat of arms
Winchester shown within Hampshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth East England
Non-metropolitan countyHampshire
StatusNon-metropolitan district, Borough, City
Admin HQWinchester
Incorporated1 April 1974
  TypeNon-metropolitan district council
  BodyWinchester City Council
  LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Liberal Democrat)
  MPsSteve Brine George Hollingbery
  Total255.20 sq mi (660.97 km2)
Area rank60th (of 317)
 (mid-2018 est.)
  Rank187th (of 317)
  Density490/sq mi (190/km2)
97.8% White
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code24UP (ONS)
E07000094 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSU485295

It covers an area of central Hampshire including the ancient settlement of the city of Winchester itself, but covers a larger area of central Hampshire including Bishop's Waltham, Denmead, New Alresford, and Kings Worthy. For a full list of these, see the "Settlements and parishes" section below. The city covers an area of 255.20 square miles (660.97 km2) and a population of 123,900

The current city boundaries were set on 1 April 1974 when the City of Winchester merged with the former Droxford Rural District and part of the former Winchester Rural District council areas. It is bordered by Basingstoke and Deane, East Hampshire, Havant, Portsmouth, Fareham, Eastleigh, and Test Valley.

The city traces its history to the Roman Era, developing from the town of Venta Belgarum. It saw historic significance from its reconstruction under Alfred the Great in the 9th century, and grew in prominence until London replaced it as capital; Winchester saw a decline after plague swept the country, but began to recover from the 19th century.


Parliamentary Constituencies

The City of Winchester is made up of two parliamentary constituencies. Winchester Constituency covers the north-eastern part of the city, as well as Chandler's Ford, which is part of Eastleigh. The remainder constitutes Meon Valley, which also covers part of East Hampshire and Havant. Since 2010, Winchester Constituency has been represented by Steve Brine whilst Meon Valley has been represented by George Hollingbery. The entirety of Winchester is part of the South East England European Constituency, which is represented by four Brexit Party MEPs, three Liberal Democrat MEPs, and one MEP each for the Green Party, Conservatives, and Labour Party since 2019.

Winchester City Council

Elections to the council are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the seats on the council being elected at each election. From 1995 to the 2004 election the Liberal Democrats had a majority on the council, but after 2 years when no party held a majority the 2006 election saw the Conservative party gain control.[1] The elections on 6 May 2010 saw the Liberal Democrats re take control of the council, however the council soon switched to NOC a year later in 2011. In 2012, the Conservative Party made their only Council gain of the entire English local elections and won a majority in Winchester once again.[2] Subsequently, two Conservative councillors defected to the Liberal Democrat group, placing the council under No Overall Control.[3] Following local elections on 7 May 2015, the Conservatives re-gained majority control of the council.[4] After the local elections on 2 May 2019, the Liberal Democrats gained majority control.

Ward Boundaries in the Borough of City of Winchester following the 2016 boundary changes.[5]
Wonston and Micheldever
The Worthies
Alresford and Itchen Valley
St Paul (Winchester)
St Barnabas (Winchester)
St Bartholomew (Winchester)
St Luke (Winchester)
St Michael (Winchester)
Badger Farm and Oliver's Battery
Colden Common and Twyford
Upper Meon Valley
Bishop's Waltham
Central Meon Valley
Whiteley and Shedfield
Southwick and Wickham

The council is currently led by a Liberal Democrat administration. The make up of the council as of May 2019 is:[6]

  • Liberal Democrats - 27
  • Conservative Party - 18
Ward Member[4] Election
Alresford & Itchen Valley Lisa Griffiths (Con) 2016
Margot Power (Lib Dem) 2018
Russell Gordon-Smith (Lib Dem) 2019
Badger Farm & Oliver's Battery Eleanor Bell (Lib Dem) 2016
Brian Laming (Lib Dem) 2018
Hannah Williams (Lib Dem) 2019
Bishop's Waltham Rob Humby (Con) 2016
Steve Miller (Con) 2018
David Mclean (Con) 2019
Central Meon Valley Frank Pearson (Con) 2016
Linda Gemmell (Con) 2018
Victoria Weston (Con) 2019
Colden Common and Twyford Susan Cook (Con) 2018
Tony Bronk (Lib Dem) 2019
Denmead Michael Read (Con) 2016
Caroline Brook (Con) 2018
Judith Clementson (Con) 2019
Southwick and Wickham Angela Clear (Lib Dem) 2016
Neil Cutler (Lib Dem) 2018
Therese Evans (Lib Dem) 2019
St Barnabas Kelsie Learney (Lib Dem) 2016
Anne Weir (Lib Dem) 2018
Mike Craske (Lib Dem) 2019
St Bartholomew Dominic Hiscock (Lib Dem) 2016
Kathleen Becker (Lib Dem) 2018
Paula Ferguson (Lib Dem) 2019
St Luke Jamie Scott (Con) 2016
Derek Green (Lib Dem) 2019
St Michael Fiona Mather (Con) 2016
Lynda Murphy (Lib Dem) 2018
Kim Gottlieb (Lib Dem) 2019
St Paul Liz Hutchinson (Lib Dem) 2016
Lucille Thompson (Lib Dem) 2018
Martin Tod (Lib Dem) 2019
The Worthys Jackie Porter (Lib Dem) 2016
Malcolm Prince (Lib Dem) 2018
Jane Rutter (Lib Dem) 2019
Upper Meon Valley Laurence Ruffell (Con) 2018
Hugh Lumby (Con) 2019
Whiteley & Shedfield Vivian Achwal (Lib Dem) 2016
Roger Bentote (Lib Dem) 2018
Johnathan Fern (Lib Dem) 2019
Wonston & Micheldever Stephen Godfrey (Con) 2016
Patrick Cunningham (Con) 2018
Caroline Horrill (Con) 2019

County Council

Hampshire County Council holds elections every four years. In the 2017 elections the Winchester City district area elected seven representatives, out of 78:

2017 Dominic Charles Alan HiscockWinchester Eastgate
2017 Jan WarwickWinchester Downlands
2017 Martin TodWinchester Westgate
2017Patricia StallardWinchester Southern Parishes
2017Jackie PorterItchen Valley
2017Roger HuxstepMeon Valley
2017Rob HumbyBishop's Waltham


A Legatum Prosperity Index published by the Legatum Institute in October 2016 showed the City of Winchester as the third most prosperous council area in the United Kingdom, after the Borough of Waverley and Mole Valley.[8]

Settlements and parishes

Settlements in the district include:


Council Equivalent City Ward
Badger Farm Badger Farm & Olivers Battery
Beauworth Upper Meon Valley
Bighton Alresford & Itchen Valley
Bishop's Waltham Bishop's Waltham
Bishops Sutton Alresford & Itchen Valley
Boarhunt Southwick & Wicham
Bramdean & Hinton Ampner Upper Meon Valley
Cheriton Upper Meon Valley
Chilcomb Upper Meon Valley
Colden Common Colden Common & Twyford
Compton & Shawford Badger Farm & Oliver's Battery
Corhampton & Meonstoke Upper Meon Valley
Crawley Wonston & Micheldever
Curdridge Whiteley & Shedfield
Denmead Denmead
Droxford Central Meon Valley
Durley Bishop's Waltham
Exton Upper Meon Valley
Hambledon Central Meon Valley
Headbourne Worthy The Worthys
Hursley Badger Farm & Oliver's Battery
Itchen Stoke & Ovington Alresford & Itchen Valley
Itchen Valley Alresford & Itchen Valley
Kilmeston Upper Meon Valley
Kings Worthy The Worthys
Littleton and Harestock Wonston & Micheldever
Micheldever Wonston & Micheldever
New Alresford (Town) Alresford & Itchen Valley
Newlands Denmead; Southwick & Wickham
Northington Alresford & Itchen Valley
Old Alresford Alresford & Itchen Valley
Oliver's Battery Badger Farm & Oliver's Battery
Otterbourne Badger Farm & Oliver's Battery
Owslebury Upper Meon Valley
Shedfield Whiteley & Shedfield; Central Meon Valley
Soberton Central Meon Valley
South Wonston Wonston & Micheldever; The Worthys
Southwick & Soberton Southwick & Wickham
Sparsholt Wonston & Micheldever
Swanmore Central Meon Valley
Tichborne Upper Meon Valley
Twyford Colden Common & Twyford
Upham Upper Meon Valley
Warnford Upper Meon Valley
West Meon Upper Meon Valley
Whiteley Whiteley & Shedfield
Wickham Southwick & Wickham
Wonston Wonston & Micheldever


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