Lower Bemerton in Salisbury is a lovely place to live and I'm very pleased that I was able to move here. It's an attractive residential suburb of the City, with a very village-like feel, and has a strong community spirit. It is also home to some beautiful, historic buildings including the Old Rectory in Lower Road, which is the former home of George Herbert.

According to my research, the Indian novelist and poet, Vikram Seth once visited the Old Rectory and loved it so much that he bought it. I believe that he bought it back in 1996, had it renovated and still owns the property.

There are also some lovely walks in the area, one of my favourite ones is the Churchfields Riverside Natural Area walk that starts at the end of Newton Road and takes you along the River Nadder. You can access the walk from the river side of Enterprise House in Cherry Orchard Lane but it's not ideal. The walk along the river follows the line of Churchfields estate and leads to a footpath into Stephenson Road. It may also run long to Nadder Terrace but I haven't walked that far.

Moving to Lower Bemerton

I was lucky enough to move here in 2020 although I've lived in Salisbury for quite a number of years. I used to run a small business from home when I lived in the St Paul's area but closed it during the Covid-19 pandemic.

I must admit that my chance to move can out of the blue and I only had a short time to make the decision. Within about a week of two of getting a phone call, and with the help of a local 'man and van', I had become a happy Lower Bemerton resident.

The first time I heard a train blowing its horn was a bit of a shock, they sure are loud. It turns out that the Gramshaw Road level crossing is quite near to me.

I've since visited the crossing and I'm sure I could hear a loud speaker announcment of an approaching train. Was it all in a dream?

Broken Bridges

When I first moved to Lower Bemerton, I was keen to explore the area and stumbled across the entrance to Broken Bridges in Lower Road. I found it nestled between Bridge Cottage and Bridge House and it's a lovely walk across the River Nadder and its tributaries towards Harnham. It's like a little nature reserve and I enjoy seeing the Swans and Canada Geese, I've also been lucky enough to see a Heron on a few occasions. Beware of speeding mountain bikes.

As you turn in towards Broken Bridges, there's a sign on the left at the entrance to Bridge Cottage that reads Fitzgerald Farm and gives a clue to the history of the area.

Local History

I've also been keen to learn a little about the history of the area and have discovered a very informative website belonging to the Bemerton Local History Society. It also contains a very useful property index with historic details of local houses so there's plenty to learn.

I've spotted a beautiful little Church called St Andrew's a little way down the road from me which, I believe, dates back to the 13th century. and is well known for beiing the final resting place of George Herbert, a priest and poet. I will certainly visit the church in due course and hope to take some photos for my collection.

St John's place, a grade II* listed building, also looks very interesting, I visited it during the lockdown and had a look around the Church yard and the Commonwealth war graves. The building is no longer a place of worship and has been converted into a community centre that is used for various events, classes and talks.

Another little snippet of local history is that Mick Fleetwood's parents once lived in Bridge House.

HGV Problems In Lower Bemerton

I've spotted an HGV passing the weight limit signs in Lower Rd, coming from Churchfields, on more than a few occasions and it's quite painful to watch them reversing. I've also seen then head into Cherry Orchard Lane towards the low bridge... I wonder what the solution might be?