Heywood shown within Wiltshire
|Population||790 (2001 census)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South West England|
Heywood is a civil parish and small village in the county of Wiltshire in southwestern England, UK. The parish has 790 inhabitants and is situated approximately 2 miles north of Westbury and 3.5 miles south of the county town of Trowbridge.
The main village, which has a population of approximately 200 inhabitants, lies between the A350 national route and the B3461 road, which links nearby Yarnbrook and the Westbury industrial area. Heywood is indicated from both routes, though only when drivers are very close to the turn-off. The village hall and church are situated at the northern end. The small hamlet of Dursley is situated directly to the west of the village on the other side of the rail line, and is often considered as a part of Heywood. Dursley is not indicated from any route but appears on all Ordnance Survey maps.
For most of its history, Heywood formed part of the parish and hundred of Westbury. A separate civil parish of Heywood was created in the late 19th century, with its own late Victorian parish church, since redundant.
From 1935 until 1974, Heywood was part of the Warminster and Westbury Rural District, which was abolished by the Local Government Act 1972, when it joined the new West Wiltshire district. Since the abolition of West Wiltshire as a district in 2009, all significant local government functions have been carried out by the new Wiltshire Council unitary authority.
The member of parliament for Heywood is Andrew Murrison (Conservative).
- Visions of Britain
- Early Wing at Brook Hall, Edington (sic) at britishlistedbuildings.co.uk, accessed 27 May 2012
- unit history of WARMINSTER AND WESTBURY at visionofbritain.org.uk, accessed 26 March 2012
- London Gazette dated 9 December 2004, Notice: 1001 (Issue: 57490): "The QUEEN has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 10 November 2004 to appoint John Barnard Bush, Esquire, OBE, to be Lord-Lieutenant of and in the County of Wiltshire."
- W. H. Hamilton Rogers, The Strife of the Roses & Days of the Tudors in the West (Exeter: 1890): on-line text
- Heywood in Wiltshire Victoria County History, vol. 8, Westbury Hundred
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