VILLAGE MILLENNIUM ART
At the turn of the millennium Broughton commissioned three works of art to commemorate the occasion. Each has a unique style and in their own individual way symbolise the character and nature of Broughton.
The Clarendon Way, which passes through the village, is a long distance footpath connecting Salisbury and Winchester. Two of the sculptures have been sited at either end of the village at the point where the path enters and leaves the village.
The third sculpture is our village sign situated on The Pound.
Animal, Vegetable & Mineral
The subject of much discussion, this sculpture is known by various names; "stalks" and "the dustbins" to name a couple. It's correct title however is “Animal, Vegetable & Mineral”.
The sculpture can be found at the western end of the village at top of Buckholt Road where the tracks on to the Downs begin.
It was inspired by the organic shapes of the countryside — particularly the cut stalks of corn at harvest time and was made from Kilkenny Limestone by Roger Stephens; a local sculptor living in Salisbury.
The Village Sign
Situated on the Pound at the junction of Salisbury Road, Romsey Road and Queenwood Road, the village sign was made by Jeremy Turner a woodcarver who lives in Buckinghamshire.
The design reflects aspects of the village. The sizes of elements of the piece, the joints used, corbels and the use of oak are derived from the Well House in the High Street.
One of the side pieces reflects the fencing that would have originally surrounded the Pound when it was used to collect stray animals and the other the wheelwright’s shop, which was adjacent to the Pound.
This sculpture is situated at the eastern end of the village on the Drove at the end of Rookery Lane where the Clarendon Way crosses it.
It was carved by Zoe de L’Isle Whittier and depicts a group of rooks and incorporates a map of the Clarendon Way which runs from Salisbury to the west of Broughton to Winchester to the east. Broughton lies approximately equidistant between the two.
Portland Stone was chosen because it is widely used in Hampshire and is in harmony with the colours of the flints and chalk in the surrounding fields.