Wiltshire Tourist Guide

Bed and breakfast near Bulford - Wiltshire

When visiting friends, family, on business or holiday bed and breakfast near Bulford is available in nearby villages and towns of Amesbury and Salisbury.

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B&B is to be found along the A345 Pewsey road through the Avon Valley as well as in Bulford, Durrington, Shrewton and Amesbury. Bed and Breakfast businesses on our pages include the family run Fairlawn House in the centre of Amesbury, Scotland Lodge at Winterborne Stoke, close to the A303 London to Exeter rout and Maddington House at Shrewton. Why not try the The Old Post Office at the pretty village of Haxton close to Netheravon on the River Avon.

Bulford is conveniently situated for the A303 main route to the West Country and as well as being 3 miles from Amesbury is on the edge of the extensive Neolithic landscape with the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge at its heart.

Bulford village itself in on the river Avon and is of very ancient origins. The name Bulford is thought to be a corruption of the word Bultesford the Saxon word for the ford where the ‘ragged robins grow’. The ragged robin plant was common in the UK until recently but because of modern farming techniques and draining of wetlands it is no longer common. The parish boundaries of the village have remained unchanged for more than a thousand years. The Avon, the Celtic (used by the ancient Britons) word for river hence there are many river Avons in England, flows from north to South passing villages of Netheravon and Upavon to the north. The river meanders through Amesbury and southwards to Salisbury where it combines with other tributary rivers before eventually entering the English Channel at Christchurch in Hampshire on the south coast.

The area around Amesbury Bulford Durrington and Stonehenge has been occupied since Neolithic times. In recent years the Stonehenge Riverside Project a programme of regular summer archaeological excavations on the west side of the Avon have uncovered more and more evidence that this whole area was one of the most important if not the most important ceremonial centres in England of which Stonehenge itself is a small part. There are five English universities involved in this ongoing project and knowledge of the area is constantly being expanded. No doubt there are many theories about the importance of the area and what went on there but in many respects Stonehenge is as shrouded in mystery as it ever was. Everything discovered invariably poses more questions. At nearby Beacon Hill artefacts from the Neolithic, Bronze Age, Romano-British and Pagan Saxon periods have also been found.

Three main roads crossed the parish at the end of the 17th Century. Oxford to Salisbury via Hungerford, Marlborough to Salisbury and London to Amesbury via Andover and Bridgewater in Somerset. Today Bulford lies close to the main A303 London to Exeter trunkroute and close to Amesbury and Stonehenge.

The population generally was stable between 120-150 increasing 200-250 by the end of the 18th century. The population rose in the mid 19th century to over 400 but fell after 1850 until the War Office bought land around the village in 1897 and the population again rose rapidly as construction workers and soldiers moved in. Rifle ranges were set up and Bulford Camp was established with tents and huts.

Permanent brick built barrack buildings were built after 1910. The population today is over 5000. Durrington is close to Bulford and although separate are generally treated as one entity.

In 1906 the Amesbury and Military Camp Light Railway was extended through Bulford and the southern end of the High Street renamed Station Road. This railway was finally removed in 1963. From 1905 to 1977 Bulford was the principle base of the Royal Artillery and was the base for New Zealand Expeditionary Force from 1914-1918 and the Kiwi on Beacon Hill was cut to commemorate them. From 1977 it has been headquarters of South Western District Command.

Bulford Camp today is part of the Tidworth Netheravon and Larkhill Garrison. In recent years there has been a steady trend to the expansion of the Garrison and concentration of army personnel into the main training areas of Salisbury Plain.

Whether you are on holiday, visiting family on business or passing through there is a wide choice of bed and breakfast near Bulford. Not only in the numerous Avon valley villages but also in the population centres of Amesbury, Shrewton and Durrington that surround the famous World Heritage site of Stonehenge.

Bed and Breakfast near Bulford