|To the south of Houghton and three miles outside of
Stockbridge is what I think is Hampshire's prettiest village with an
abundance of thatched cottages. The large parish includes the villages
of King's Somborne, Up Somborne and Horsebridge and all in an area of
2,877 hectares. The Romans crossed the River Test at Houghton as the
line of the Roman road passes through the south of the parish. The
church stands proudly in the centre of the village and the war memorial
stands on guard on a patch of green outside. Behind the church are some
strange ridges with a few grey stones of ancient walls and it is thought
to be all that remains fo the foundations of King Johns Palace but
others think this was John O'Gaunt.
The manor was a royal property for centuries and in the Domesday Book it is recorded as Somborne Regis as it was possibly a royal possession in Saxon times.
The deer park that belonged to John O'Gaunt lies between the village and the River Test and other buildings of interest include Marsh court which was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and the many attractive little cottages such as the cruck framed cottage on the road to Little Somborne.
The Sombornes nestle in a range of low hills near to the Test Valley and Up Somborne consists of a row of houses that lie about three miles from the village centre while Little Somborne has scattered housing that are grouped around a tiny Saxon chapel. Kings Somborne lying on the Winchester to Romsey road was once a rather dilapidated place as instead of repairing buildings the trend was to demolish them whereas today we are trying to restore a lot of these old buildings for future generations to enjoy.
There is only one public house in the village and that is the Crown Inn which stands opposite the church and is a popular place with tourists as well as the locals.
OF THE VILLAGE