Andover Heritage Trail
Andover has a long and fascinating history. This heritage trail highlights some of the town centre buildings and streets that have played a part in that story and which continue to evolve in today’s changing world.
Look out for other features not directly on the trail route:
• The former Andover Union Workhouse
• The oldest houses in Andover in Chantry Street built in the 1500s
• The Almshouses on Marlborough Street
Andover’s archaeological finds date back to at least the Iron Age but it was the Celts who gave the town its name – ‘afon’ meaning river and ‘dwfr’, water. This changed over time into defer, dever, and dover.
Andover was first settled on the higher ground near to where St Mary’s Church stands, when the wide marshy River Anton was forded by the Harrow Way, which ran from Kent, through north Hampshire and via Stonehenge to Cornwall.
Later the Icknield Way and Portway met at Andover and carried the Roman Legions as they marched across their conquered land. In Georgian times Andover boomed from the London-Exeter turnpike trade. Later, Andover lay on the main railway line from London to Exeter. Communication still plays a vital role in Andover’s commercial life today with the A303 and A34 running close-by.
Andover’s market town legacy endures: it will always be a place to meet and to do business.
Click here to access the audio link for the trail and watch the introductory video.
The trail ends here
Your trail ends here though there is always more to see – the former Andover Union Workhouse for example and Andover Church of England School in East Street, which is one of the oldest Victorian schools in the county. You will have seen that buildings and places are constantly evolving with new uses and new trends but Andover will always remain a place to meet and to do business.