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Compton Bassett shown within Wiltshire
|Population||227 (in 2011)|
|OS grid reference|
|Civil parish||Compton Bassett|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South West England|
|UK Parliament||North Wiltshire|
Midge Mather Incident
In 1998 Compton Bassett church gained notoriety when a local resident (in fact neighbour of the church), 65 year old Midge Mather, broke into the church and cut through the bell ropes because she could not stand the noise of the bells. It took her upwards of two hours after breaking down the doors to cut the ropes and when she got home she rang the Police and told them what she had done. She was given a Conditional Discharge for her actions.
RAF Compton Bassett was first opened as an air base in World War I and like RAF Yatesbury, continued in the interwar years before again taking on a major role in World War II and then closing in the 1960s. The housing around the airbase continued to be used after the main base had shut by RAF staff working at RAF Lyneham and other westcountry RAF bases, and in the 1980s the housing was used for American service personnel stationed at US airbases such as RAF Fairford and RAF Greenham Common. The housing has now been sold to private buyers.
The site of RAF Compton Bassett is now known as Lower Compton, after the petitioning of the residents for a separate name, due to the fact it actually lies two miles from the village of Compton Bassett.
The travel writer Henry Maundrell was born in Compton Bassett in 1665. Major Clement Walker Heneage was born here in 1831. In December 2008, the pop star Robbie Williams purchased a £7 million property in the village, complete with gamekeeper lodgings and grounds. In May 2013, the comedian Michael McIntyre purchased a £2.5 million property in the village.
- "Compton Bassett Census Information". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
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