• Croucheston Farm from across the River Ebble

    Welcome to Bishopstone

    In the heart of the Chalke Valley in Wiltshire.

  • The Alley footpath, Bishopstone
  • Church of St John the Baptist
  • path
  • tower
  • Croucheston Farm driveway
  • Three Horseshoes


The Village

Welcome to the Bishopstone Village website. The village (pop. 648) is located in the beautiful valley of the River Ebble (or Chalke Valley), 5 miles south-west of Salisbury in Wiltshire within the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs National Landscape. The village can date its history back to the 12th century when it is first recorded as the parish of Bissopeston in 1166.

This website contains a huge amount of information about the village and about the parish more generally for both visitors and those who live here. Click on the main navigation bar to see sub-menus with information on current village events, about the church of St John the Baptist, the work of the Parish Council, the lively programme of activities in the Village Hall or for an electronic copy of the parish magazine – STaB. There are photographs of the village, accounts of the village’s history and information about local schools, pubs, shops and other services.

Go to Home/Virtual Tour to make a virtual tour of the village. Please note: information about the village Emergency Plan is now located under the Parish Council tab, as is a new page with full information about current planning applications in the village.

Bishopstone consists of 6 hamlets, Croucheston, Faulston, Netton, Flamstone, Throope and Bishopstone. See the village History page for more detail.  The bubbling River Ebble runs through the village, dividing into smaller streams through lakes, former watercress beds, around islands and through old mills before becoming one again as it leaves the village. 

Bishopstone has an active, eclectic and vibrant community that hosts many activities all year round. Take a look at the Village Hall calendar on this website and do join us. You will always receive a warm welcome. 

The countryside around Bishopstone is criss-crossed by many footpaths and bridleways that provide a variety of ways to explore the downs and the many stunning views of the Chalke Valley.  For those active enough to reach the hill tops, the spire of Salisbury Cathedral can be seen and you can walk on the Roman Road from London to Exeter.

River Ebble as it passes through Bishopstone - Summer 2023.
River Ebble as it passes through Bishopstone - Summer 2023.


A full month calendar is included on the Village Hall Events page.  Please note, these calendars show the hall booking periods - the actual start time of events are set out elsewhere on this website and on the Events page.

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To see the full BBC weather forecast for Bishopstone just click here.


Bishopstone History

For more on Bishopstone's history go to the page entitled "Village History". Sub-pages attached to that page bring together the pages dealing with:

  • The village photo archive. This includes historical photographs covering the different parts of the village. These show the makeup of those areas and their houses with descriptions of the history.
  • A page about the Arts Society (NADFAS) church recording project, which compiled a detailed record of the contents of St John the Baptist Church in 2017.
  • A transcription, with illustrations, of a record of the church architecture compiled in 1845.
  • A photo archive of the celebrations in the village to mark the Queen’s Jubilee in 2012.

Ultrafast Broadband in the Village

Openreach have now completed the infrastructure for the Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) project in the western part of the village. This means that every property in the village now has access to full-fibre ultrafast broadband at up to 950 Mb/s. In addition, we have now activated enough of the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme vouchers to pay for this installation, so it has not cost us anything (apart from a few grey hairs in the project team). The Project Team, would like to thank everyone in the village for your support, encouragement and patience over the past two and a half years!

Dog Walkers in the Village

Dog walkers in the village are reminded of the need to have their dogs under control at all times. If you are walking near livestock, including horses being ridden, or on a road please ensure that your dog is on a lead. There have been recent instances in the village of sheep being chased by dogs.

Please also ensure that you pick up any mess made by your dog. This can be disposed of in your normal waste bin or in the public litter bins provided along the High Road by Wiltshire Council.
All those out walking in the village are also reminded of the need to stick to the designated footpaths and bridleways. These are shown in the footpath map - see Maps and Walks. Please note, the driveway into Croucheston Farm from Faulston Lane is not a public right of way, please use the marked footpath from the corner of Faulston Lane.

Floodline Update

The Environment Agency Floodline gives access to detail on the state of local rivers. Recently the Quick Dial Code for information on the state of the River Ebble between Ebbesbourne Wake and Coombe Bissett has changed. Should you require information please dial 0345 988 1188 and when prompted for the local Quick Dial Code enter 166185. This information is also detailed under the sidebar Emergency Planning.


Bishopstone Parish Council

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Thursday 11th July at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.  All are welcome to attend.  The Agenda for the meeting is available - click on Parish Council/Meeting Agenda and Minutes in the navigation bar.

Poster for "The Lesson"
Poster for "The Lesson"

Moviola in the Village Hall

The film presentation on Friday 26th July will be "Wicked Little Letters".

Wicked Little Letters is a 2023 British black comedy mystery film directed by Thea Sharrock, written by Jonny Sweet, and starring Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley, Gemma Jones, Eileen Atkins, and Timothy Spall. Based on a true scandal, it follows an investigation into the anonymous author of numerous crudely insulting letters sent to the residents of seaside town Littlehampton.

The film will begin at 7.30pm and entry is £6.00.

As is customary for the end of the season, there will be an optional summer buffet supper starting at 6.00pm for an additional £6.00. Please book in advance for the supper, stating any dietary requirements.

A cash bar with ices and snacks will be available.

Telephone bookings: Caroline Ash on (01722) 781044, Nigel Peasley on 07761 463737 or Sue Taylor on 01722 780316.

To see a trailer for the film go to Events in the Navigation Bar.

Village Hall Events

The full programme of events in the Village Hall in July 2024 is now available - click on Village Hall - Events in the navigation bar. 

Bishopstone Parochial Church Council

The PCC's Annual Report and Accounts for 2023 are now available - click on Church/Clergy, PCC and Friends in the navigation bar.

Parish Magazine - STaB

The July 2024 edition of the Parish Magazine - STaB - is now available on line. Click on Parish Magazine in the navigation bar.

Cover of STaB July 2024
Cover of STaB July 2024

Bishopstone Parish Council

The Annual Report and Accounts of the Parish Council are now available to view.  Click on Parish Council/Annual Accounts and Audit in the navigation bar.

Notice of Public Rights to View Accounts
Notice of Public Rights to View Accounts

Public Access Defibrillators

The village has three Public Access Defibrillators, to be used if someone is suffering a sudden cardiac arrest.  These are located on the wall of the Village Hall fronting Butt Lane, in the old telephone kiosk opposite the entrance to Pitts Lane and in the bus shelter by Church Lane.  A map of these locations is below.  A video on the use of a PAD is available - just click on Events in the navigation bar above.

Map of defibrillator locations.
Map of defibrillator locations.
Our three defibrillators.
Our three defibrillators.