Pewsey

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Not to be confused with Pusey, Oxfordshire.

Coordinates: 51°20′35″N 1°45′50″W / 51.343°N 1.764°W / 51.343; -1.764

Pewsey
Pewsey is located in Wiltshire
Pewsey
Pewsey
 Pewsey shown within Wiltshire
Population 3,237 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid reference SU1660
Civil parish Pewsey
Unitary authority Wiltshire
Ceremonial county Wiltshire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Pewsey
Postcode district SN9
Dialling code 01672
Police Wiltshire
Fire Wiltshire
Ambulance Great Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Devizes
Website Pewsey Village Website
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Pewsey is a large picturesque village, at the centre of the Vale of Pewsey in Wiltshire about 80 miles (130 km) west of London. It is regarded as 'the gateway to the West Country' but is also well connected to London, with the West Country and Wales being close to the M4 motorway and the A303 via the A345 which crosses the village. Additionally, the village is served by Pewsey railway station on the London to Taunton line. For this reason Pewsey is popular location for commuters whilst maintaining its traditional Wiltshire village charm with a wide range of artisans, crafts and tradesmen in and around the area.

History[edit]

Green Drove, Pewsey, with the Pewsey White Horse ahead

Archaeological excavations on Pewsey Hill show evidence of a settlement in the 6th century. In the Tudor era the Manor of Pewsey belonged to the Duchess of Somerset. Several of the village's houses were built in this era: the timber framed cruck house at Ball Corner, Bridge Cottage on the Avon and the Court House by the Church.

In 1764 the founder of the Methodist movement John Wesley (1703–1791) preached at Pewsey's Church of England parish church. The rector at that time, Joseph Townsend, was responsible for building of the first bridge over the River Avon.

The Kennet and Avon Canal reached Pewsey in 1810. Of more significant lasting effect for the village was the arrival of the Great Western Railway in 1862 which allowed fast travel to London and to the West of Pewsey.

In 1898 Pewsey Carnival was first held, a tradition that flourishes today, a fortnight of events, including The Feaste, culminating in an Illuminated Procession in mid to late September.

A prominent statue of King Alfred the Great, the former Anglo Saxon King of Wessex and a local landowner, stands in the middle of the village.

Pewsey White Horse[edit]

The Pewsey White Horse from a distance

The Pewsey white horse hill figure is located on a steep slope of Pewsey Hill about a mile south of the village and can be viewed from several places in the surrounding area.

It was cut in 1937 and is one of the smaller Wiltshire white horses. It replaces an earlier one which was possibly cut in 1785.

It can be seen from Milk Hill, the location of the bigger Alton Barnes White Horse. It is located at 51°19'16.40"N, 1°45'23.51"W.

Education[edit]

  • Pewsey has one state secondary school, Pewsey Vale School, a specialist Arts College.
  • It has a state Primary School, Pewsey Primary School.The Ofsted report rates it as good and it consistently achieves amongst the best Key Stage Two SATS results in Wiltshire and appeared in the 100 Most Improved Schools table for its 2013 results. It has recently out-performed all its neighbouring schools.
  • St. Francis School, an independent preparatory school, is just outside the village.

Nearby schools are Marlborough College, Dauntseys and St Mary's Calne. Some children from Pewsey attend the popular grammar schools in Salisbury.

Amenities[edit]

Doctors, two dentists, osteopath, numerous hairdressers and beauticians. A vet and a dog grooming salon also operate in Pewsey.

Pewsey has a thriving economy and many independent 'home' retailers. These include two interior designers, two picture framers, one independent carpet shop, two cabinet makers, one oriental furniture maker, one art gallery and one jewelry seller.

There is one restaurant/wine bar, three pubs, one curry house, one Chinese take-away and one kebab shop

PACT - Pewsey Area Community Trust - is a group of local people and organisations supported by the County and Parish Councils who are interested in improving the economic, social and environmental well-being of the Pewsey area. The group has its own constitution and can apply for funding from various bodies to carry out projects which will achieve the group's goals or to deliver the objectives stated in the Pewsey Community Area Plan.

Notable residents[edit]

Sport and leisure[edit]

Pewsey has two rugby teams and a junior club. Pewsey Vale 1st XV plays in the SSE South West Division, Dorset & Wilts 1 North League; the 2nd XV in Dorset and Wilts 3 North.

Pewsey has an active Youth Football Club with over 100 children playing football each week. In July 2014 Pewsey Vale Youth FC was award 'FA Chartered Standard' Club of the year from Wiltshire Football Association.

Pewsey has a Non-League football team Pewsey Vale F.C. who play at The Recreation Ground.

The Tennis Club is one of the most active in Wiltshire. It has had great successes in The Swindon and District League. It has a thriving Juniors section.[citation needed] The Bowls Club is located next to the tennis club

The Bouverie Hall offers a wide range of music events and a monthly mobile cinema service showing very recent films.

Pewsey has a swimming pool and gym offering a wide range of courses including spinning and aqua-aerobic

Pewsey is the centre of activity for many of the smaller villages in and around the Vale of Pewsey and, as such, offers a wide range of activities for its small size. Such as ballooning, shooting, climbing, gliding, Martial Arts, angling, paragliding and many other leisure activities.

Pewsey Music Festival, established in 2007, is an annual celebration of live music held each August in Cooper's Field, behind the historic Cooper's Arms pub. Performers have included Nick Harper, Jon Amor, Lyla Foy, Will and The People, Mick Quinn and Legs Larry Smith.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pewsey Census Information". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 2007-02-10. 
  2. ^ Lewis Cohen (2007-07-26). "Hogwarts Miss is down to earth". Gazette and Herald. Retrieved 2007-09-05. 

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