Over the years there have been various discoveries indicating that there has been a settlement in the West Dean area since prehistoric times.
There are the remains of a Norman Motte and Baily structure in the village which was developed from an earlier Saxon fortification. The first historical mention of the village was in the year 800 AD. The village is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Duene or Dene.
It might be thought that with no school, shop or Public House West Dean might be a decaying village but this is by no means the case. West Dean is today a thriving village with quite a remarkable community spirit. People from all walks of life take an active part in the many village activities. There is never any difficulty assembling a team of volunteers to carry out tasks ranging from the Village Spring Clean to river clearance or tidying the churchyard.
The Village Hall is the main focal point of social activities in which there are regular social events greatly enjoyed by villagers and their guests.
West Dean Club in Hillside Close, originally, a meeting place for MOD employees, is much valued by the village. Membership is open to anyone who wishes to join.
St Mary’s Church is an essential part of village life with regular services and activities.
West Dean is very fortunate to have its own railway station with trains stopping every hour for Salisbury or Romsey and Southampton. There is also a regular bus service.
The Parish Council
The village has an emergency plan in place to help residents in times of extreme conditions such as flooding or prolonged power cuts.
The village operates an mailing list, keeping residents informed about local events, opportunities and issues
If you would like to be added to the mailing list please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The trail highlights thirty-five sites of historic interest, most of them being visible as you follow the trail map around the village.
A short history of the nine men from this village who lost their lives in two World Wars
As part of the Localism Act of 2011, Central Government devolved local decision making from central government to local communities and councils.
This is the plan for our local area created by residents, businesses and local organisations.