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In South Gloucestershire, England, you can find the village of Winterborne, which is located just on the outskirts of Bristol. This little village has a population of just over 8000 people. The Civil Parish of Winterbourne is seated in this village.
Perhaps one of the most popular stops for just about anyone who chooses to check out Winterbourne is the St. Michael's Church. It was only a short time ago that the area surrounding the church was nothing more than woodlands and fields; although the advancement of urban sprawl has changed much of the landscape that was once beautiful English countryside. Furthermore, the M4 has been bypassed in the area and travels through from the south to the west of the village.
The Parish Church itself can be dated back to the 12th-century. This church still sits between the green fields and small sprawling cottage that dot the landscape. One of the most marvellous attractions of the St. Michael's Church is the stone depiction of the infamous Leonardo da Vinci painting, the Last Supper.
Close to the church one can find the 14th century Tithe barn, which is part of the Winterbourne Court Farm Estate. For those of you who are wondering, this barn has been classified as a grade 2 listing building which makes an excellent example of the barns of the era.
But if it is not the church that interests you the most then perhaps you are looking for something to drink. There are many excellent choices when it comes to pubs in the village of Winterbourne which includes The George and Dragon, The Wheatsheaf, The Swan as well as The Mason’s Arms. Both the Swan along with the Wheatsheaf have recently undergone some major renovations and today are not just pubs, but also offer you an excellent menu to choose from.
In general the village of Winterbourne has been argued amongst the townsfolk as to whether or not it should still be considered a village. Many insist that due to its higher population level currently that it is more of a town. This can also be seen in the fact that there are a total of three major social centres which includes the St. Michael's rooms, the Fromeside Community Center as well as the Greenfield.
There is a lot of history with regards to the village of Winterbourne. One of the earliest known records of the village’s existence can be dated back to 1086 when it was recorded in the Doomsday Book. The antonym of the village's name simply means the Winter Stream.
Perhaps the most interesting part about the recent history of the village of Winterbourne is that the author of the very popular Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling, grew up in the area and actually attended the St. Michael's primary school until the age of nine. Harry Potter’s surname was actually originated from a friend that she grew up with while living in the village of Winterbourne as a child.