SO21 (Colden Common) area guide
The SO21 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Abbots Worthy, Ampfield and Braishfield, Avington, Barton Stacey, Cheriton and Bishops Sutton, Chilcomb, Colden Common, Colden Common and Twyford, Compton, Compton and Otterbourne, Crawley, East Stratton, Easton, Hampshire, Harewood, Hursley, Itchen Abbas, Itchen Valley, Kings Worthy, Littleton and Harestock, Martyr Worthy, Micheldever, Micheldever Station, Morestead, Oakley and North Waltham, Otterbourne, Overton, Laverstoke and Steventon, Owslebury, Owslebury and Curdridge, Owslebury Bottom, Shawford, South Wonston, Sparsholt, St John and All Saints, St Michael, Stoke Charity, Sutton Scotney, Temple Valley, Twyford, Twyford Moors, West Stratton, Weston Colley, Winchester, Wonston, Wonston and Micheldever, Woodmancott, Worthy Down.
The postcode of SO21, as detailed above, encompasses the outskirts of Winchester. These villages might not possess the notable history of the city they surround, however they still enjoy an interesting past often in relation to Winchester. Shawford possesses the longest railway viaduct in Hampshire (now known as Hockley Railway Viaduct). This is over 2,000 feet (610 m) in length and 40 feet high.
Compton and Shawford were historically linked by Shawford Down. However, since the M3 bypass was built in the 1990s, amidst much controversy, they are now symbolically separated with Compton on its west side and Shawford on its east.
In the village of Owslebury there have been a number of archaeological digs of suspected Iron Age sites. The village also has a more recent history, for example its cricket ground, which has probably been in use for at least 150 years.
Sutton Scotney was also the site for numerous Spitfire crashes during the Second World War.
The village of Hursley also has an interesting history. Notable residents include Richard Cromwell (Oliver Cromwell’s son) and the poet John Keble, who was appointed the vicar of Hursley in 1835.
Winchester is a popular commuting city for those who work in London, and the surrounding villages often accommodate these affluent professionals. Hursley is host to a large IBM business park.
The average property value in SO21 is around £380,000. One of the most desirable streets in the area is Compton Street. Houses in this area are detached on larger plots of land. It is not uncommon for houses here to have swimming pools as the average value of the property on Compton Street is £960,500. Tilden Road is one of the least expensive streets with an average price of £110,000.
Bus services travelling through the areas in SO21 link a number of towns and cities with Winchester, such as Southampton, Romsey, Basingstoke and Eastleigh. The two train stations in SO21 are Micheldever on Andover Road, Shawford on Shawford Road. Recreation activities for people living in SO21 include Park Golf Course and Otterbourne Golf Course, Yoga Winchester and the equestrian centres Northwood Stud and Tanglewood Equestrian Centre. Marwell Activity Centre offers both indoor and outdoor activities for all ages, including: archery, paintball, and camping. Old Forge, Cricketer’s Inn, Plough Inn, and The Phoenix Inn are some of the popular local pubs.