Everleigh, Wiltshire

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Everleigh, pronounced and also sometimes spelt Everley, is a village and civil parish in Wiltshire, England. The United Kingdom Census 2001 recorded a parish population of 230.[1] The settlement of East Everleigh is contiguous with the village while Lower Everleigh is more than a mile to the west; it, like Everleigh, lies on the main A342 road that connects Andover and Devizes.

Everleigh is on Salisbury Plain. The village is surrounded by land owned by the Ministry of Defence that is used for military training.

Parish church[edit]

Everleigh had a parish church by 1228, when it was granted to the Benedictine Wherwell Abbey in Hampshire.[2] However, the mediaeval parish church was demolished in 1814 when the present Church of England parish church of Saint Peter was consecrated on a site about 0.5 miles (800 m) northwest of it.[2] The present church was designed by the architect John Morlidge[2] in a Georgian Gothic Revival style.[3] It includes the original Norman font from the old church.[3]

The Wiltshire and Swindon Record Office holds the parish registers for 1598 to 1971 (baptisms), 1598-1974 (marriages), and 1598-1984 (burials). The population in 1831 was 352, but by 1951 it had fallen to 264.[4]

Rev. Prof. John Wallis (1675-1738), who was rector of Everleigh from 1716, was at the same time Laudian Professor of Arabic at the University of Oxford.[2]

Location[edit]

Position: grid reference SU204538

Local government[edit]

Everleigh is a civil parish with an elected parish council. The village is in the area of Wiltshire Council unitary authority, which is responsible for all significant local government functions.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Area selected: Kennet (Non-Metropolitan District)". Neighbourhood Statistics: Full Dataset View. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d Crowley et al., 1980, pages 135-142
  3. ^ a b Pevsner & Cherry, 1975, page 242
  4. ^ Everleigh, Wiltshire, England at Genuki

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Coordinates: 51°16′59″N 1°42′32″W / 51.28298°N 1.70889°W / 51.28298; -1.70889