Gastard

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Coordinates: 51°24′58″N 2°10′05″W / 51.416°N 02.168°W / 51.416; -02.168

Gastard
Gastard post office.JPG
Gastard post office
Gastard is located in Wiltshire
Gastard
Gastard
 Gastard shown within Wiltshire
Population 435 
OS grid reference ST8868
Unitary authority Wiltshire
Ceremonial county Wiltshire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Corsham
Postcode district SN13
Dialling code 01249
Police Wiltshire
Fire Wiltshire
Ambulance Great Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Chippenham
List of places
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England
Wiltshire

Gastard is a village in Wiltshire, England, four miles south west of Chippenham, part of the civil parish of the nearby town of Corsham.

The village has a pub called the Harp and Crown.[1]

History and church[edit]

Parish church of St John the Baptist

Remains of an early field system at Gastard are believed to date from the Romano-British period,[2] and Roman jewellery has been found.[3]

The name of the village has had several different forms over the centuries and was recorded variously as Gatesterta in 1154, Getestert in 1167, Gateherst in 1177, Gastard in 1428.[4] In 1875 it was referred to in a directory as "Gastard (or Gustard)".[5]

Gastard Court is a medieval manor house with 17th-century mullioned windows and buttresses.[6][7]

Bath Freestone was mined at the Monk Quarry on Monk Lane, Gastard, where Forest Marble can also be seen exposed.[8]

For Church of England purposes, Gastard is an ecclesiastical parish and has its own parish church dedicated to St John the Baptist, although now part of the united benefice of Greater Corsham and Lacock.[9] The church, which dates from 1912,[7] still has a morning service every Sunday.[1]

In 1967, the village experienced a freak hailstorm, with some of the hailstones of nearly three inches in diameter.[10]

The "Harp and Crown" public house in June 2006

Governance[edit]

Until April 2009, Gastard was part of the district of North Wiltshire, but most significant local government functions are now carried out by the new Wiltshire Council unitary authority. At the parliamentary level, the village is part of the Chippenham borough constituency and the current member of parliament is Duncan Hames (Lib-dem).

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gastard Church at corshamandlacockchurches.org.uk
  2. ^ Simon Draper, Landscape, settlement and society in Roman and early medieval Wiltshire (2006), p. 94
  3. ^ D. F. Mackreth , 'Roman brooches from Gastard, Corsham, Wiltshire', in Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine vol. 85 (1992), pp. 51-62
  4. ^ Richard Tomkins, Wiltshire Place Names (1983), p. 54
  5. ^ Kelly's Directory of Wiltshire (1875), p. 116
  6. ^ Osbert Guy Stanhope Crawford, Archaeology in the field (1954), p. 72
  7. ^ a b Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Wiltshire (1951), p. 176
  8. ^ Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology (1959), p. 278
  9. ^ Chippenham Deanery at anglican.org
  10. ^ Weather (Royal Meteorological Society, Great Britain, 1968), p. 406
  11. ^ Mary Bateson, Mediaeval England: English feudal society from the Norman conquest to the middle of the fourteenth century (1904), p. 175
  12. ^ Edmund Lodge, The peerage and baronetage of the British empire as at present existing (1890 edition), p. 785
Bibliography
  • Bob Hayward, Where the Ladbrook flows: memories of village boyhood in Gastard, Wiltshire (1983, ISBN 978-0-9508625-2-1)

External links[edit]

Media related to Gastard at Wikimedia Commons