All Saints' parish church
Broad Chalke shown within Wiltshire
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Broad Chalke, sometimes spelled Broadchalke (including by Wiltshire Council), Broad Chalk or Broadchalk, is a village and civil parish in Wiltshire, England, about 8 miles west of the city of Salisbury. The 2001 Census recorded a parish population of 652  but this has now risen to 680. This civil parish includes the neighbourhoods Knapp, Mount Sorrel, Knighton and Stoke Farthing.
- 1 Description
- 2 Origins
- 3 Notable people
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Broad Chalke is in the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is halfway along the 13 miles (21 km) Chalke Valley. The parish has two chalk streams, as the River Chalke flows into the River Ebble at Mount Sorrell in the parish, and the main settlement stands on the banks of the Ebble.
The valley road runs from Salisbury in the east to Shaftesbury in the west between chalk downs on either side. The village sits at a crossroads where a road from Hampshire in the south runs down Knowle Hill and another route from Fovant and Tisbury in the north runs down Compton Down via Fifield Bavant and all roads meet near the public house in North Street. There is also a spur road along the River Chalke valley from Bowerchalke and Sixpenny Handley.
Churches, schools and other facilities
At the heart of the village is the Church of England's All Saints' Church, dating from the 13th century. Following a major restoration project leading up to the millennium year, 2000, it boasts a peal of eight bells.
The United Reformed Church chapel  (previously the Congregational Church) in High Road was partly converted in 2013 into a Community Hub  with shop, post office, coffee shop, office for various village activities (such as the Church benefice and community police) and a village archive. A worship area is retained.
There has been a village hall  since 1914 and a Reading Room (also called the Parish Room) on the same site before the village hall was built.
The surgery in Dove's Meadow is part of the Sixpenny Handley and Chalke Valley Practice.
J E Fry & Son, the village shop and Post Office was in South Street and traded as family butchers under the Fry family for almost 100 years. Since the closure of the old village shop and Post Office around Christmas 1992 the butchers began to sell groceries and everyday items and also incorporated the village Post Office which opened within the butchers on 15 June 1993. The shop was featured on BBC South Today as one of the most unusual locations for a Post Office in the region, and the butcher Robert Fry was the subject of ITV's Country Ways programme some years ago. Robert Fry retired on 31 May 2013 and the shop in South Street closed.
Alterations to create a shop and post office in the URC Chapel meeting area commenced on 25 February 2013. Chalke Valley Stores  opened on 3 June 2013 and the official opening by Sir Terry Pratchett took place on 22 June 2013. There is a Coffee Shop in the Chapel worship area and an office for the Chalke Valley Community Hub, Chalke Valley Stores, Police, Church Benefice and URC on the balcony and also a Village Archive on the balcony outside the office.
The local public house is the Queen's Head  which enjoys a prime position at a crossroads in North Street adjacent to the shop in the Chapel.
Watercress has been grown in the River Ebble cressbeds for many years and is sold from the packing station  at The Marsh.
The Chalke Valley Sports Centre  is located in Knighton Road and has a football pitch, tennis courts, skate park and also a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) for table tennis, short mat bowls, pilates and other indoor functions.
The Broad Chalke Bellringers  have an active membership, practising on Monday evenings and ringing a peel of eight bells for weddings and other special occasions.
Current and previous residents
The village has been home to several notable people, including John Aubrey (1626–1697) and Maurice Henry Hewlett (1861–1923), both authors, and Reverend Professor Rowland Williams (1817–1870), a theologian whose essays and sermons caused him to be charged with heterodoxy. He was later vicar of Broad Chalke and is buried in the church graveyard. Sir Anthony Eden (Prime Minister) also lived in the village.
Sir Cecil Beaton the photographer lived at Reddish House, as did Dr. Lucius Wood, father of the painter Christopher Wood. Sir Cecil Beaton entertained and photographed many celebrities in his conservatory. In 1980 Ursula Henderson  bought the house from the estate of Cecil Beaton and lived there until 1987. She was born Ursula von Pannwitz and was once styled Countess of Chichester from her first marriage to John Buxton Pelham, 8th Earl of Chichester, and she kept macaws which flew noisily and freely around the village stripping bark from trees. Later Reddish House was owned by musicians Toyah Wilcox and Robert Fripp.
Herbert Bundy, a local farmer, was the centre of a landmark case in English Contract Law on undue influence Lloyds Bank Ltd v Bundy.
It is not known when Broad Chalke was first inhabited or what it was called but fragmentary records from Saxon times indicate that the whole Chalke Valley area was thriving.
In 955 the Anglo-Saxon King Eadwig granted the nuns of Wilton Abbey an estate called Chalke which included land in Broad Chalke and Bowerchalke. The charter records the village name as aet Ceolcan.
A charter in 974 records the name as Cheolca or Cheolcam.
The Domesday Book in 1086 divided the Chalke Valley into eight manors, Chelke or Chelce or Celce (Bowerchalke and Broad Chalke), Eblesborne (Ebbesbourne Wake), Fifehide (Fifield), Cumbe (Coombe Bissett), Humitone (Homington), Odestoche (Odstock), Stradford (Stratford Tony and Bishopstone) and Trow (circa Alvediston and Tollard Royal).
In the 12th century the area was known primarily as the Stowford Hundred then subsequently as the Chalke Hundred. This included the parishes of Berwick St John, Ebbesbourne Wake, Fifield Bavant, Semley, Tollard Royal and 'Chalke'.
All Saints' Church was built during the 13th century.
A Saxon charter of 1304 records the village name as Cheolc and Cheolcan. The Feudal Aids of 1316 uses Chawke, whilst a Saxon Cartulary of 1321 uses Cealce. the Tax lists of 1327, 1332 and 1377 variously record the name as Chalk Magna and Chalke Magna.
Brode Chalk was first mentioned in 1380.
Circa 1536 Henry VIII granted Chalke to Sir William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. In 1560 Queen Elizabeth I granted Reddish House and farm to William Reddiche who already owned several properties in the village as a 'Free tenant' of the Earl of Pembroke in Wilton.
In 1605 the will of Michael Angod spelled the village name as Broadchalk. By 1631 the Earl of Pembroke's survey used the modern form of Broad Chalke, as did the will of John Farrent in 1699. However the 1671 Dissenters Meeting House Certificates used Broadcholk (They were Dissenters after all).
By 1608 the Pembroke estate had also acquired the manors of Knighton and Stoke Farthing.
The spelling of Broad Chalke continued to vary, in 1778 the will of Elizabeth Fifield spelled it as Broadchalk, whilst the 1784 will of Richard Follit used Broad Chalk.
The spelling of Broad Chalke continued to vary, in 1804 the will of Josiah Gould spelled it as Broad Chalke, whilst the 1830 will of Colt Hoare used Broad Chalk.
In 1919 the Pembroke family started to sell the individual farms.
- John Aubrey
- Reverend Professor Rowland Williams
- Maurice Hewlett
- Christopher Wood (English painter)
- Sir Cecil Beaton
- Sir Anthony Eden
- Sir Terry Pratchett
- Robert Fripp
- Toyah Willcox
- Tom Holland (author)
- James Holland (author)
- Guy Walters
- 2011 Census total
- 2001 Census data
- All Saints' Church (Chalke Valley Church website)
- All Saints' Church (Broad Chalke website)
- URC Chapel
- Community Hub, shop and post office
- Village Archive
- C of E Primary School
- Village Hall
- Sixpenny Handley and Chalke Valley Practice
- Chalke Valley Stores
- The Queen's Head village pub & restaurant
- Chalke Valley Watercress
- Wiltshire County Council's Broad Chalke page
- Chalke Valley Sports Centre
- Chalke Valley Cricket Club
- New Cricket Ground
- Gurston Down Speed Hill-climb
- Broad Chalke Bellringers
- Ursula Henderson, Countess of Chichester
- Broad Chalke, A History of a South Wiltshire Village, its Land & People Over 2,000 years. By 'The People of the Village', 1999
- Wilton & District Brass Band
- Dennis Chalk BEM
- Ebbesbourne Wake through the Ages by Peter Meers
- British History Online (.ac.uk) Broad Chalke
- Wiltshire Council - Community History of Broad Chalke
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