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Petersfield

Petersfield is a market town, located 17 miles (27 km) north of Portsmouth, on the A3 road. The town is situated on the northern slopes of the South Downs and is twinned with Barentin in France, and Warendorf in Germany

An ancient market town originally built as a Norman ‘new town’ at the end of the 11th Century, Petersfield is named after the Anglican parish church, St Peter's, a Norman church in the town centre, The Square. Other churches include the Methodist church; the Catholic Church, St Laurence's; the United Reformed Church; and the Salvation Army.

Petersfield has two museums, numerous restaurants and bars whilst the market square hosts regular markets throughout the week. Petersfield Festival Hall is the venue for many plays and concerts during the year and the town has a number of clubs and teams for most sports. There are various sports venues, including the Taro Centre; a leisure centre containing swimming pools, squash courts, a gymnasium and other facilities. The town also has tennis courts (both public and members only), an open-air pool, and many playing fields and local golf courses. Petersfield Town F.C. plays in the Wessex League.

Petersfield is well known for its selection of excellent state and independent schools. The local state schools are The Petersfield Infant School and Herne Junior School whilst the secondary school is The Petersfield School, usually referred to as 'TPS'. The town and the surrounding villages are also home to several independent schools. Churcher's College is located in Petersfield, Ditcham Park School is situated just outside the town, and Bedales School is located in the neighbouring village of Steep.

The town has its own railway station on the Portsmouth Direct Line, the mainline rail link connecting Portsmouth and London. Petersfield has a population of approximately 13,000.

Buriton

Buriton village is situated 2 miles (3.3 km) south of Petersfield at the foot of the South Downs escarpment, just east of the A3 road.

The village has two tennis courts, two pubs - The Five Bells and The Master Robert, a village hall, a large village pond, a car park and the Church of St. Mary. There is no shop in the village; however Buriton has its own school, "Buriton Primary School", with about 80 pupils from the village and nearby. The population of Buriton is approximately 700.

Clanfield

Clanfield village is situated about 6 miles south of Petersfield and sits to the west of the main A3 road. The surrounding villages are Horndean, Catherington, Hinton Daubney, Chalton, East Meon, and Hambledon. It has a semi-rural character with 3 sides of the village being adjoined by fields including Queen Elizabeth Country Park.

Clanfield consists of two parts, "Old" Clanfield and "New" Clanfield. Old Clanfield has been around for roughly 250 years and New Clanfield about 30 years. Both have excellent shopping facilities. There are two schools: Petersgate Infant School, with about 150 pupils and Clanfield Junior School, with some 264 children enrolled. The population of Clanfield is approximately 4500.

To the west of Petersfield:

Stroud

Stroud is a small village situated 1.4 miles (2.3 km) west of Petersfield, on the A272 road. The nearest railway station is Petersfield, 1.4 miles (2.3 km) east of the village.

Stroud became a separate parish from Petersfield in 1995. It has an active residents association which is campaigning to re-build the village hall and improvements to the village recreation ground play area are planned for 2013. The population of Stroud is approximately 380.

Langrish

Langrish is situated 2.7 miles (4.3 km) west of Petersfield, on the A272 road. The nearest main railway station is Petersfield, 2.3 miles (3.7 km) east of the village. Langrish Primary School, situated in Stroud, caters for approximately 200 children and the Langrish House Hotel is well-known, both as a Hotel and Restaurant. Langrish has a population of approximately 290.

East Meon

East Meon is situated 4.4 miles (7.1 km) west of Petersfield. The nearest railway station is 4 miles (6.4 km) east of the village, at Petersfield.

The village has an active community with a Cricket Club, Garden Club and Golf Society and is also home to 2 pubs; the Izaak Walton and Ye Olde George Inn, a 15th century coaching inn. There is a village convenience store, and a Primary School which caters for approximately 90 pupils. The population of East Meon is about 1100.

West Meon

West Meon is a small village situated 8 miles (12.9 km) west of Petersfield, on the headwaters of the River Meon.

The village has a thriving community with a village shop, cafe and Post Office, a butchers shop, a doctors’ surgery and a pub as well as a large number of clubs and societies. West Meon also has a pre-school called The Compass House Day Nursery and the West Meon Primary School caters for some 85 pupils. West Meon has a population of approximately 749.

Sheet

Sheet village is situated 1.1 miles (1.8 km) northeast of Petersfield, just off the A3 road. The nearest railway station is Petersfield, 1.1 miles (1.8 km) southwest of the village.

The parish church of St Mary Magdalen is located in the village and there is also a pub – The Queen’s Head, overlooking the village green. Sheet Primary School caters for some 107 children. The population of Sheet is approximately 780.

Steep

Steep village is situated 1.4 miles (2.3 km) north of Petersfield, just off the A3 road. The nearest railway station is Petersfield, 1.4 miles (2.3 km) south of the village.

Steep has a village hall which hosts the Jubilee Day Nursery and also has 2 further nurseries: The Hive Day Nursery and Dunannie Nursery, Bedales. Since 1899 it has been the location of Bedales School, a progressive public school. Steep Primary School caters for some 105 pupils. The village also has 2 pubs; The Harrow and The Cricketers Inn. Steep has a population of approximately 1370.

Froxfield and Privett

Froxfield is a scattered village situated approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) to the northwest of Petersfield. Privett is a small village and conservation area located 5 miles (8.0 km) northwest of Petersfield, just off the A272 road. The nearest railway station is Petersfield, 5 miles (8.0 km) southeast of the village. There is a daily bus service to and from Alton College on school days.

Privett is well-known for its beautiful Victorian church, built in 1876 and Froxfield has its own village hall, located at High Cross, which hosts The Rainbow Nursery for pre-school children. Froxfield Primary School, also situated in the village of High Cross. The population of Froxfield is approximately 850.

Liss

Liss is situated 3.3 miles (5.3 km) northeast of Petersfield, just off the Petersfield/Liphook A3 bypass, on the Hampshire/West Sussex border and has its own railway station, on the Portsmouth Direct Line. The village lies in the East Hampshire Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The parish consists of 3,567 acres (14 km²) of semi-rural countryside, and is one of the largest in the region. The village comprises an old village at West Liss and the modern village, which is largely Victorian and later.

The village centre has numerous shops and there are two schools; Liss Infants School, which caters for 180 children and Liss Junior School, which enrols 65 children in each year. Liss has a successful Road Running Club, Liss Runners, and a long established Association Football Club together with Liss Athletic and Cricket Club. There is also a Tennis Club and The Petersfield Golf Club is located nearby. The population of Liss is approximately 6,000.

Greatham

Greatham, (pronounced "Grettam"), is a small village, situated 1.9 miles (3.1 km) north of Liss, just off the A3 road and about 6 miles (9.6 km) north of Petersfield. The nearest railway station is 1.9 miles (3.1 km) south of the village, at Liss.

At the north end of the village is Blackmoor stores, the combined village shop and Post Office and in the middle of the village is The Greatham Inn, the village's only pub. Further south is Greatham Primary School, which caters for around 200 pupils from the village and surrounding areas. It has a large modern extension, housing a new hall, offices and library. Opposite the village school is the village hall, with The Village Nursery School attached to it. The village hall is adjacent to the recreation area, which contains a football field, and two playgrounds. Both the village hall and the recreation grounds are venues for many of the events organised by the Greatham Village Events Committee (GVEC), including the annual fun day, summer ball and the bonfire/fireworks party. The population of Greatham is just over 800.

Selborne

Selborne village is situated 3.9 miles (6.3 km) south of Alton. It is just within the extreme northern boundary of the South Downs National Park. A bus service that runs through the village links it to Alton and Petersfield. The nearest railway station is Alton, 3.9 miles (6.3 km) north of the village. Liss is only fractionally further away to the east, with frequent trains on the Portsmouth-Waterloo line.

The village receives visitors on almost every day of the year because of its links with the world famous naturalist, Revd. Gilbert White, who was a pioneer of bird watching. The village church of St Mary's dates back to the late 12th century.

Selborne has 2 pubs, 3 shops, (one with a post office), a popular village hall, sports ground and pavilion and Selborne Primary School, which caters for some 98 children. Selborne has a population of approximately 650.

The Hartings

Harting is situated on the northern flank of the South Downs. It comprises four settlements namely Nyewood, plus South, East and West Harting. South Harting village sits on the B2146 Road four miles (6.4 km) southeast of Petersfield.

South Harting's church is a major landmark in the Rother Valley and helps give the village its character. Harting Church of England Primary School, which caters for approximately 130 children, is situated alongside the village hall from which a pre-school group operates. The Hartings have an approximate population of 1400.