Pewsey shown within Wiltshire
|Population||3,237 (2001 census)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South West England|
|Website||Pewsey Village Website|
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, being close to the M4 motorway and the A303. 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.
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.
Pewsey White Horse
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.
- 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.
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.
- Shelley Rudman, winner of the silver medal in the skeleton bob, Britain's only medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.
- Zoë Wanamaker, actress.
- Ian Walker, former goal keeper for the England national football team and Tottenham Hotspur F.C..
Sport and leisure
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 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 involve in The Swindon and District League. It has a Juniors section. The Bowls Club is located next to the tennis club
The Bouverie Hall offers a range of music events and a monthly mobile cinema service showing recent films.
Pewsey has a swimming pool and gym offering a range of courses including spinning and aqua-aerobic
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Pewsey is a centre of activity for the smaller villages in and around the Vale of Pewsey and offers a wide range of activities for its size; such as ballooning, shooting, climbing, gliding, Martial Arts, angling, paragliding and 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.
- Crowley, D.A. (ed.); Baggs, A.P.; Freeman, Jane; Smith, C.; Stevenson, Janet H.; Williamson, E. (1999). A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 16: Kinwardstone hundred. Victoria County History. pp. 181–207.
- Pevsner, Nikolaus; Cherry, Bridget (revision) (1975) . Wiltshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 368–370. ISBN 0 14 071026 4.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Pewsey.|
- Pewsey at DMOZ
- Historic Pewsey Photos at BBC Wiltshire
- Day Out: The Vale of Pewsey - A 30 minute BBC TV programme made in 1984 of a day spent exploring Pewsey Vale
- www.geograph.co.uk : photos of Pewsey and surrounding area