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Not to be confused with Pusey, Oxfordshire.
Pewsey, The High Street - - 1400395.jpg
High Street, Pewsey
Pewsey is located in Wiltshire
 Pewsey shown within Wiltshire
Population 3,634 (2011 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 South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Devizes
Website Parish Council
List of places

Coordinates: 51°20′20″N 1°45′54″W / 51.339°N 1.765°W / 51.339; -1.765

Pewsey is a large village and civil parish at the centre of the Vale of Pewsey in Wiltshire, about 6 miles (9.7 km) south of Marlborough and 80 miles (130 km) west of London. It is within reach of the M4 motorway and the A303 and is served by Pewsey railway station on the London to Taunton line.

The parish includes these small settlements:

  • Kepnal - east of the village, south of the Burbage road
  • Pewsey Wharf - north, where the A345 crosses the Kennet and Avon canal
  • Sharcott - west, by the Avon; marked on some maps as East Sharcott as distinct from West Sharcott, a short distance downstream in Manningford parish
  • Southcott - close to the southeast of the village


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 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 Country.

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.[2]

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]

Main article: Pewsey White Horse
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.


An electoral ward in the same name exists. The ward starts in the west at Pewsey and stretches east to Easton Royal. The total population of the ward at the 2011 census was 4,649.[3]


Pewsey has a state secondary school, Pewsey Vale School, which is a specialist Arts College.

It has a state Primary Academy, Pewsey Primary School. The Ofsted report of 2012 rated it as good, but with improvements needed in mathematics. It consistently achieves amongst the best Key Stage Two SATS results in Wiltshire.[citation needed] It appeared in the 100 Most Improved Schools table for its 2013 results and its 2014 results put it in the top 100 schools nationally.[citation needed]

St. Francis School, an independent preparatory school, is just outside the village.


The Anglican Church of St John the Baptist is Grade I listed.[4] It was built in the 12th and 13th centuries with many later additions, culminating in an 1890 restoration by Charles Ponting.[5]

A Methodist chapel was built in 1873 and became a church in 1932.[6]

The Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Family was built in 1964.[7]


The village has doctors, two dentists, an 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.

Jones's Mill is a wetland nature reserve by the Avon.

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 a Non-League football team Pewsey Vale F.C. who play at The Recreation Ground. There is a Youth Football Club with over 100 children playing football each week. In July 2014 Pewsey Vale Youth FC was awarded 'FA Chartered Standard' Club of the year by the Wiltshire Football Association.

A Bowls Club is located next to the Tennis club. A swimming pool and gym offer a range of courses including spinning and aqua-aerobics.

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

Pewsey Music Festival, established in 2007, is a celebration of live music held each August in Cooper's Field, behind the Cooper's Arms pub.[9]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Pewsey & District Feast & Carnival". PADFAC. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Historic England. "Church of St John the Baptist, Pewsey (1035703)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Church of St. John the Baptist, Pewsey". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Methodist Church, Pewsey". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "oman Catholic Church of the Holy Family, Pewsey". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  8. ^ Lewis Cohen (2007-07-26). "Hogwarts Miss is down to earth". Gazette and Herald. Retrieved 2007-09-05. 
  9. ^ "Pewsey Music Festival". Retrieved 28 March 2015. 

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