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War Memorial

The Grade II listed Headbourne Worthy War Memorial is located in the churchyard of Grade I listed St Swithun's Church, London Road, Headbourne Worthy, Winchester, SO23 7JR.  Nine members of the local community are commemorated on the memorial including two who lost their lives during the Battle of the Somme.

It is listed with Historic England and is also on the Imperial War Museum's War Memorial Register, information is also available at War Memorials Online.

Originally erected in 1919 dedicated to those lost in the First World War, additional names were added after the Second World War.  It was restored in 2016.

Details of the inscription are available on the Hampshire War Memorials website.

Local History

The Worthys Local History Group is an active local society, covering the Worthy villages.  Photographs of Headbourne Worthy, along with further details about the group, are available on their website.


Cycling is very popular in the Worthys, and the village has its own cycle path.  Councillors are looking for ways to increase access, so please do get in touch if you have any suggestions.

Route 23 of the National Cycle Network runs through Winchester, and cyclists can currently access it via Easton or in Central Winchester.


Headbourne Worthy is surrounded by open space, walkers are permitted on all signed footpaths, and also onto:

  • Footpaths across the fields towards Abbots Barton
  • Church Green in Kings Worthy
  • Eversley Park in Kings Worthy
  • The disused railway line towards Worthy Down
  • Barton Meadows Nature Reserve

Walking Routes

The following walking routes are also available in a booklet containing details as well as full colour maps, and black & white illustrations, priced £5 available from The Church Office, St Mary's Church, London Road, Kings Worthy.  Tel 01962 881879 or email administrator@worthyparishes.org.uk.

Barton Meadows Nature Reserve

A new nature reserve, between Headbourne Worthy and Abbots Barton, has been created as a result of the Barton Farm development.  It is managed by the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and includes a 2.75km circular path.  Benches, information boards, and fencing have now been installed and access onto the nature reserve is via the footpath on Well House Lane, London Road, or at Courtney Road in Abbots Barton.

More information is available at www.hiwwt.org.uk/barton-meadows.

The Watercress Way

The Watercress Way is a charity with the aim to develop safe routes, paths and facilities for walking, cycling and horse riding, based on the original routes of the disused railway lines between Sutton Scotney and Alresford via Kings Worthy in Hampshire.

More information, including walking routes from nearby Kings Worthy, is available at www.thewatercressway.org.uk.