Sherborne St John, in common with Monk Sherborne, was part of lands given by William the Conqueror to Hugh de Port to reward his efforts at Hastings. It was held later by the St John family and their successors until sold in 1550 to the Sandys, who built The Vyne in the reign of Henry VIII. Elizabeth I was "sumptuously entertained" at The Vyne, which is now a National Trust property. Although only three miles from Basingstoke Sherborne (the name means "a clear stream") retains very much the atmosphere of a country village. The Swan pub is over five hundred years old, while St Andrew's church dates in part from the twelfth century. Rooksdown, in contrast, is a very new electoral ward, comprising mainly the development on the site of the old Park Prewett hospital.
The school's steel band (photo, left) were playing when I was invited to bury the time capsule - Jully 2002.
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