Hurstbourne Tarrant

Hurstbourne Tarrant is a village and civil parish in Hampshire, England.[2][3] It lies to the north of the county in the Test Valley. The Tarrant part of the name originates from 1226, when the village was given to the Cistercian Tarrant nunnery. The civil parish includes the village of Ibthorpe.[3]

Hurstbourne Tarrant

The George and Dragon
Hurstbourne Tarrant
Location within Hampshire
Population864 (2011 Census including Pill Heath)[1]
OS grid referenceSU3837253292
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townAndover
Postcode districtSP11 7xx
Dialling code01264
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament

During the Second World War, Hurstbourne Tarrant was the decoy site for RAF Andover, the headquarters of RAF Maintenance Command. This was one of four airfields in Hampshire to be given a decoy site in 1940, to deceive enemy aircraft into attacking a spurious target. The decoy site at Hurstbourne Tarrant was a type 'K' decoy site with fake aircraft and buildings. From September 1940, fake machine gun posts were added to Hurstbourne Tarrant.[4]

The famous Victorian, Edwardian artist, the American, Anna Lea Merritt, lived in the village for many years.

William Cobbett declared Hurstbourne Tarrent and its location as worth going miles to see with beauty at every turn.[5]

Hurstbourne House

Hurstbourne House is a grade II listed late 17th-century country house at the edge of the village. It was renovated in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It is home to the Fane family. The original central range was built in two storeys, and has 19th century 3-storey cross wings at each end. The walls are stucco rendered and the roof tiled. The frontage has 3 bays, the central one recessed.[6]

See also


  1. "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  2. Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 185 Winchester & Basingstoke (Andover & Romsey) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2013. ISBN 9780319228845.
  3. "Ordnance Survey Election Maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  4. Historic England. "Official UK National Monument Record webpage on Hurstbourne Tarrant decoy site (1465311)". PastScape. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  5. The Kings England Hampshire and I.O.W., Arthur Mee., Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (1950). ,ASIN:B000S3760G
  6. "Hurstbourne House, Hurstbourne Tarrant". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 7 June 2013.

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