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Aldbourne is a village and civil parish about 6 miles (10 km) north-east of Marlborough in Wiltshire, England. It is in a valley in the south slope of the Lambourn Downs, which are part of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From here an unnamed winterbourne flows and joins the River Kennet 4 miles (6 km) south near the village of Ramsbury. The 2011 Census recorded the parish population as 1,833.[1] It includes the hamlets of Upper Upham and Woodsend, and part of the hamlet of Preston which straddles the boundary with Ramsbury parish. The small village of Snap was deserted in the early 20th century.

Lewisham Castle is a small medieval ringwork about 1 1⁄2 miles (2.4 km) south-west of the village It is not certain whether it was in fact a castle. In the English Civil War a Royalist force led by Prince Rupert fought a Parliamentarian force in a skirmish at Aldbourne Chase on 18 September 1643, two days before the First Battle of NewburyA Baptist chapel was opened in 1841 in Back Lane and rebuilt as New Zoar Chapel in 1868. The chapel was sold in 1914 and demolished at some time after 1931; its burial ground survives.[4] A Primitive Methodist chapel opened in West Street in about 1840, and a new chapel was built on the same site in 1906.Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel in Lottage Road in 1807, which was rebuilt in 1844 in 1968 both groups of Methodists combined to build Aldbourne Methodist Church in a newly built hall in Lottage Road; the old chapel in West Street was demolished in 1982. During the Second World War (1939–1945), U.S. Army paratroopers of Easy Company (part of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division) were based at Aldbourne from late 1943 to mid-1944, in preparation for D-Day in June 1944 and Operation Market Garden in September.[8] Both Easy Company and the village were featured in the 2001 HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. Two disused village pumps survive in the village.

In 1971, Aldbourne was the location for the filming by BBC Television of the Doctor Who story The Dæmons, starring Jon Pertwee. The village in the story was called Devil's End.[22] In 1992, Reeltime Pictures filmed a direct-to-video documentary called Return to Devil's End in Aldbourne, featuring Christopher Barry (director of the 1971 story), Jon Pertwee, Nicholas Courtney, Richard Franklin and John Levene.[23] Aldbourne was the location for the filming of the 2014 E4 television drama Glue, portraying the village of Overton.

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