The Pentons and Weyhill

The Pentons comprise Penton Mewsey and Penton Grafton, the boundary between wandering among the houses for reasons that are lost in the mists of time. "Tenitons" (the farm at a penny rent) is of Saxon origin but settlement here dates from at least Roman times and probably earlier. The Meysey family were related to the Earls of Gloucester, lords of the manor here from shortly after the Conquest. Grafton derives from the Abbey of Grestain in Normandy, to which the Conqueror granted the parish revenues. Holy Trinity church is mentioned in the Domesday Book; today's building - restored by the Victorians - dates from the mid fourteenth century. 

Grafton parish includes the village of Weyhill, site of one of England's largest and most famous sheep fairs, and the opening scene in Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge. The Fairground has been restored to provide an exciting crafts and design centre as well as an excellent village hall facility.

My picture is of Holy Trinity Church, Penton Mewsey.

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2 Nov 2014 Penton holds First World War Exhibition
13 Sep 2014 Ride and Stride raises Funds for Hampshire Churches
12 Apr 2014 Penton raises the roof - by selling Tiles
17 Feb 2014 Businesses contact Sir George for details of Flood Assistance
15 Feb 2014 Sir George visits villages threatened by floods
14 Sep 2013 Ride and Stride raises funds for Hampshire's Churches
8 Sep 2013 Weyhill Church holds Fete
14 Jul 2013 Penton holds Village Fete
8 Mar 2013 Appeal launched for Local Church
18 Oct 2012 HRH The Princess Royal celebrates 40 years of Andover RDA
14 Oct 2012 Penton talk raises funds for Andover Mind and Neighbourcare
30 Jun 2012 Weyhill Electronic Organ Society raises funds for Young Carers
3 Dec 2011 Mayor opens Penton Shop
26 Nov 2011 Sir George opens Garden at Avenue Day Nursery
25 Sep 2011 Weyhill Church holds Flower Festival
25 Jul 2011 Civic Service held at Penton Mewsey
6 Nov 2010 Book launched to raise funds for Church
22 Oct 2010 Open Sight raises funds
6 Mar 2010 Sir George opens Weyhill Furniture Barn
28 Nov 2009 Church raises over £5500 through Auction of Promises
18 Sep 2009 Churchill Talk raises £2500 for Hospice
12 Sep 2009 Sir George and family support Historic Churches Bike Ride
2 Dec 2008 Andover Art Society holds Winter Exhibition
27 Sep 2008 Sir George opens Michaelmas Fair at Weyhill
12 Jul 2008 Penton holds Church Weekend
5 Sep 2007 Sir George launches Pink Olive
31 Aug 2007 Sir George welcomes new team to White Hart
25 Aug 2007 Andover Art Society holds Summer Exhibition
24 Aug 2007 Penton celebrates Hampshire Artists Open Studios 2007
24 Aug 2007 Airfield Campaign holds a Third Public Meeting
10 Aug 2007 County Councillor weighs in against Tesco
8 Aug 2007 The politicians talk to the camera
8 Aug 2007 Tesco Protest hits the TV News
4 Aug 2007 Andover Airfield Campaign build up Momentum
2 Aug 2007 Sir George opens Cove Contemporary Jewellery
27 Jul 2007 Penton Mewsey Parish Council holds meeting on Airfield Development
6 Jul 2007 Sir George speaks out on Airfield Development
1 Jul 2007 Sarah Beeny opens Penton Fete
4 Apr 2007 Sir George opens Plane Wood at Weyhill Fairground Craft & Design Centre
8 Mar 2007 Lady Young talks to Genealogical Society
21 Feb 2007 Demonstration in Red Post Lane against Tesco plans
27 Jan 2007 Paul Funnell raises funds for Charities
1 Oct 2006 Aurelia Young gives talk about her father
13 Aug 2006 Penton Mewsey says Farewell to Landlady
2 Aug 2006 Andover VIP's hold Summer Party
2 Aug 2006 Covenant responds to criticisms from health authorities of proposals for Rothsay Hotel site
21 Jul 2006 Sir George and Cllr Pat West get replies on local need for Rothsay Hotel
1 Jun 2006 Sir George opens Busy Hands at Weyhill Fairground
1 Jun 2006 Meridien TV film programme on St Benedicts
23 Apr 2006 St Benedicts Pre-School & Nursery to close
20 Apr 2006 Jean Martyn plays at Weyhill
10 Feb 2006 Sir George opens Parkers Cakes and Chocolates
12 Aug 2005 Hampshire Artists (cont)
12 Aug 2005 Hampshire Artists display their works
19 May 2005 Electronic Organ Concert held at Weyhill
5 May 2005 Polling Day in North West Hampshire
27 Apr 2005 Sir George opens new industrial development at Weyhill
16 Apr 2005 Conservatives hit Weyhill
10 Mar 2005 Sir George chairs Public Meeting on Rothsay Hotel Site
5 Mar 2005 Sir George to chair Public Meeting on Rothsay Hotel Site
26 Feb 2005 Covenant Healthcare agree to Sir George's suggestion of a Public Meeting
17 Dec 2004 Sir George visits Andover Sorting Office
5 Nov 2004 Sir George welcomes decision by Environment Agency to ‘enmain’ local rivers and watercourses
26 Sep 2004 Churches celebrate Harvest Festival
17 Sep 2004 Sir George opens Fairground Coffee Shop
2 Jul 2004 Tapestry unveiled in Weyhill
14 Apr 2004 Tenant moves into last unit at Weyhill Fairground
27 Feb 2004 Sir George opens new unit at Weyhill
30 Jan 2004 Memories of Penton by Rod Eggington
16 Jan 2004 Sir George warns on local income tax (Test Valley version)
5 Dec 2003 Sir George opens new unit at Weyhill
6 Nov 2003 Penton Players perform Alan Ayckbourn
28 Sep 2003 Weyhill Church holds Flower festival
24 Sep 2003 Sir George opens Stained Glass Workshop
23 Sep 2003 Andover meeting discussed village flooding
21 Sep 2003 Weyhill Church holds Fete
7 Sep 2003 Hog Roast in Penton raises thousands for Kenyan Schools
11 Jul 2003 Broadband - Good News for Dummer and Monk Sherborne
15 Jun 2003 Pentons Swans go from strength to strength
15 Jun 2003 Penton holds Artists Exhibition
9 Jun 2003 Good news for Whitchurch, Overton and Weyhill - Broadband campaign rolls on
30 May 2003 ADSL Broadband - progress update
29 May 2003 A slightly less Happy Event (see news story May 17th)
17 May 2003 A Happy Event in Penton
23 Apr 2003 Broadband: Progress in North West Hampshire
5 Apr 2003 Sir George opens Cherished China
6 Feb 2003 Penton residents meet to discuss Draft District Plan
6 Dec 2002 Sir George judges Hats Competition after St Benedicts Nativity Play
2 Oct 2002 Caroline Nokes addresses North West Hants Ladies
22 Sep 2002 Pete gets the chop for £800
5 Jul 2002 Sir George attacks Government planning proposals
24 May 2002 Sir George re-opens refurbished White Hart at Penton Mewsey
25 Jun 2000 The Pentons celebrate the Millennium
29 Mar 2005 Who is Sir George Young? Where does he live?
16 Mar 2005 Rothsay Hotel site - what's the state of play?
5 Mar 2005 Rothsay Hotel Site - what are your views on the planning application for a Regional Secure Unit?
5 Dec 2002 What is the latest on flooding?
Local Links
Penton Mewsey Parish Council
Their web site opened in December 2002. As well as a rather fine aerial photograph, with a line showing the border 'Mewsey and 'Grafton, there are details of both parish councils, local history and other information.
The Fairground Design and Crafts Centre
The historic Fairground site has been restored by local efforts led by Penton Grafton parish council to provide an exciting home for crafts and design. It also incorporates an excellent new village hall - visit the website for details.
The Weyhill Fair pub
The pub usually has six draught beers on sale - three from Fullers' and three guest beers.
About the Weyhill Fair
A fascinating page at the RootsWeb genealogy site, with stories and pictures about the history of the fair.
Penton Cricket Club
Penton Cricket Club's history can be traced to at least the 1930s and the club was re-formed in 1970, having been wound up after the 1964 season.
The Hawk Conservancy
More than 200 birds of prey live here in fifteen acres of woodland gardens, open to the public most of the year, and with regular flying demonstrations. The web site has opening times and prices, plus lots of pictures and information about birds of prey.
Weyhill Electronic Organ Society
Based in Weyhill, the Society was the first of its kind in the Test Valley area. The website gives dates of future concerts, generally held in the Fairground Hall, together with background about the Society, reviews of past events, and the social and even

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