Potterne shown within Wiltshire
|Population||1,570 (as of 2001)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South West England|
Potterne is a village in the English county of Wiltshire. The civil parish of Potterne includes the hamlet of Potterne Wick. In the census of 2001, the village had a population of 1,570. It is located slightly to the south of Devizes and lies on the A360 which passes from Devizes to Salisbury. Potterne is the second-most populated village in Wiltshire, second to Market Lavington which has a population of over 2000 according to the census of 2001. Potterne is known as 'The Place of Springs' since there are many springs all around the village. This title was used by the old primary school (Potterne CEVC Primary School) on its emblem.
The village used to have three pubs, but now only has 'The George & Dragon'. It also has a post office, village hall, village shop, church, deer sanctuary, youth club, 'Bright Sparks Community Preschool', and the Key Stage 1 half of 'Five Lanes Primary School' (The Key Stage 2 half is located in Worton - a nearby village). There is also a playing field and a park.
Many of the residents of Potterne are part of the 'Potterne Panto Group' which present pantomimes nearly every February (see below for more details). Recently, the village has held Christmas markets in December which have attracted many visitors.
The village has several farms, with many residents working in agriculture, either within the parish or beyond. There are many other small businesses operating in the village such as interior designers, household crafts, landscaping and tourist accommodation.
A medieval part of what is now Potterne was the manor of Blount's Court, which probably originated in the 13th century. As of 1953, the house and property now known as Blount's Court had been owned by the Stancomb family since 1809, when William Stancomb started building the house, for which he revived the ancient name. His son William died in 1941 at the age of 90. Blount's Court, which is now divided into flats, is a large 19th Century 'gothic' building with a porch carried up as a battlemented tower. The centre block is of three stories, the wings are of two. The windows are squareheaded, mullioned, and transomed, the parapets battlemented. Blount's Court is also the name given to the suburban public street, of about 100 houses, leading up to the private property surrounding the block of flats.
- February 2008.......Jack and the Beanstalk
- February 2009.......Mystery in Pantoland
The Potterne Mummers
The village is home to the Potterne Mummers, who re-enact performances of a traditional Mummers play during the week before Christmas in pubs around the Devizes area and ending each year with a performance at the George and Dragon, Potterne, on Christmas Eve. The Potterne Mummers were founded in 1953 by Bernard Baker, a local schoolteacher, who brought together a group to perform a local Mummer's Play which he had found from an archive report from the late nineteenth century. The initial revival of the play only lasted one year, it was performed by Potterne teenagers under the direction of Bernard Baker in 1966, the cast including Nigel Weeks as Valiant Soldier, and it was next performed in 1972, with a cast which included Mick Hiscock. It is now a firm annual tradition and the cast, still including Mick Hiscock, put on their tatter coats and tour the pubs collecting money for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.
- "A History of the County of Wiltshire, Volume 7: Pugh & Crittall (1953), pp. 207-217". Retrieved 5 February 2014.
- Edward Byng at britishmuseum.org, accessed 24 November 2012
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