The village's name is thought to derive from "Sceap Tun", Saxon for a sheep farm, and indeed the rearing of sheep was the mainstay of the local economy for centuries and until nearby Tidworth became an important military base at the start of the twentieth century. The population of the parish has increased almost ten fold since then. Shipton parish is at the very edge of Hampshire, and is almost surrounded by the Wiltshire county border, at the edge of Salisbury Plain. St Peter's church, restored in 1879, has origins in at least the 14th century, probably earlier - today's structure retains much of the 17th century church. The peal of bells has hung for some four centuries, though the Andover Guild of Bellringers reports them as "unringable" (see web link below)?
Sketch of The Boot is courtesy of Badgers Heritage.
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