is just off the A303 road
five miles (8 km) west of Andover
. It is a village with a Manor House, thatched cottages and village green. Pillhill Brook runs from Thruxton Down through the grounds of the Manor House and along the village street to Mullen's Pond, a natural habitat for many species of migratory birds and wild plants.
Thruxton was almost certainly one of four ‘Annes’ named in the Domesday Book
under the Andover Hundred. In the 12th century the name was Turkilleston (Turkil being a Saxon
name and ‘tun’ being the Saxon word for farmstead and later hamlet, or village - so Turkils or Thurcols Homestead ) which, over the centuries, changed via Turcleston, Thorcleston (13th century), Throkeleston, Thurkcleston (14th century), Throkeston (15th century), Thruckleston (16th century), Throxton (18th century) to the present form.
building considered to be a temple or a basilican
villa was unearthed in 1823, which contained a mosaic depicting Bacchus
seated on a tiger. The tessellated pavement was acquired for the British Museum
The manor was held in 1086 by Gozelin de Cormeilles; in 1304, his descendant, John de Cormeilles, was granted the right to hold a market every Monday and a fair on the eve of the feast of St Peter and St Paul (the saints the village church is dedicated... Read More