Castle Combe

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Castle Combe
Castle combe river.jpg
The main street and Bybrook River
Castle Combe is located in Wiltshire
Castle Combe
Castle Combe
 Castle Combe shown within Wiltshire
Population 344 (in 2011)[1]
OS grid reference ST845773
Shire county Wiltshire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Chippenham
Postcode district SN14
Dialling code 01249
Police Wiltshire
Fire Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament North Wiltshire
List of places
UK
England
Wiltshire

Coordinates: 51°29′41″N 2°13′11″W / 51.49463°N 2.21971°W / 51.49463; -2.21971

Castle Combe is a village and civil parish in Wiltshire, England. It is near the town of Chippenham and the villages of Grittleton, Ford, Nettleton and Tiddleywink.

History[edit]

The 14th century market cross, erected when the privilege to hold a weekly market in Castle Combe was granted, is situated where the three principal streets converge. Some small stone steps near the cross were for horse riders to mount and dismount and close by are the remains of the buttercross, beside which is one of Castle Combe's two village pumps.[2]

The village prospered during the fifteenth century when it belonged to Millicent, the wife of Sir Stephen Le Scrope and then of Sir John Fastolf (1380–1459), a Norfolk knight who was the effective lord of the manor for fifty years. He promoted the woollen industry, supplying his own troops and others for Henry V's war in France.

St. Andrew's Church is the home of the Castle Combe Clock, one of the very few English medieval clocks still in use.

Today[edit]

A motor racing venue, Castle Combe Circuit, is located on the site of the former RAF Castle Combe airfield near the village.

The village has twice played host to the Combe Sunday event, a music extravaganza which attracted 4,000 visitors to the village in 2006.

Castle Combe is represented in parliament by James Gray, and in Wiltshire Council by Jane Scott, both Conservatives.


In popular culture[edit]

The village was a location for the 1967 film musical Doctor Dolittle, but its frequently rainy summer climate, and the residents' irritation at the producers' arbitrary modifications of the area for shooting that was severe enough to incite attempted sabotage, frustrated production.[3] Raymond Austin, director/writer, set the action of his book, Find Me A Spy, Catch me a Traitor in the village and at the Manor. Other productions include "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd", an episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot, and the films Stardust and The Wolfman,[citation needed]. Throughout September 2010, the village was used as a key filming location for Steven Spielberg's production of War Horse.

Tourist services[edit]

Castle Combe has a car park at the top of the hill, as well as toilet facilities over the bridge at the bottom of the village.

The 5-star Manor House Hotel in the village was built in the 14th century. It has 48 rooms and 365 acres (1.5 km2) of gardens.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wiltshire Community History - Census". Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.villagepumps.org.uk/pumpsWilts.htm
  3. ^ Harris, Mark. Pictures at A Revolution. Penguin Press, 2008, p. 199-202

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