Oare, Wiltshire

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Coordinates: 51°21′54″N 1°46′26″W / 51.365°N 1.774°W / 51.365; -1.774

Oare in 1932, by Fred C. Palmer

Oare is a small village near Marlborough and Pewsey in the County of Wiltshire, England. The A345 road runs through the village.

Geography[edit]

The village is within the parish of Wilcot and Huish with Oare and lies within the Devizes Parliamentary Constituency.

The area is popular with walkers and the Mid Wilts Way Long Distance Walking Route passes through the village.[1] The Giant's Grave at the eastern edge of the village offers views over the village and Pewsey Vale.[2]

Buildings[edit]

At the northern edge of the village is Rainscombe Park, located in the valley between Oare Hill and Martinsell Hill: the annual location for the Wiltshire Steam and Vintage Rally, traditionally held in June or July.[3]

Oare House on the Western edge of the village opens its gardens twice annually through the National Gardens Scheme.[4] The house, built in c.1740, was largely remodelled in the early 1920s by Portmeirion architect Clough Williams-Ellis. It has a summer house designed by I. M. Pei, architect of the Louvre Pyramid.

Culture[edit]

The Giant's Grave, aka the Devil's Grave

The village is also home to the New-Orleans-style ten-piece jazz band, Kennet Vale Brass.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wiltshire". Mid Wilts Way: A New Long Distance Walking Route for Wiltshire. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  2. ^ This Giant's Grave is not to be confused with Parc Cwm long cairn
  3. ^ "Wiltshire Agricultural Preservation Group". Next Year's Rally. 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "National Gardens Scheme". NGS front page. NGS. 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Kennet Vale Brass". Website front page. 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 

External Links[edit]

"Wilcot and Huish with Oare parish website". Retrieved Februyary 28 2014.