Potterne shown within Wiltshire
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Potterne is a village and civil parish in the county of Wiltshire, England. The civil parish includes the hamlet of Potterne Wick. It is 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Devizes and lies on the A360 which links Devizes to Salisbury. Potterne is known as 'The Place of Springs' since there are many springs around the village; this title was used by the former primary school (Potterne CEVC Primary School) on its emblem.
Local government and services
The headquarters of Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service are on the outskirts of the village.
- Porch House, built c.1480, restored 1876 by Ewan Christian, Grade I
- The Red House, c.1700, a two-storey garden building for Walter Grubbe MP at Eastwell House, Grade II*
- Whistley House, c.1730, a country house northwest of the village, Grade II*
The village has a post office, village hall, village shop, youth club, playing field and a park.
Many residents of Potterne are part of the 'Potterne Panto Group' which present pantomimes nearly every February. 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.
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 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 includied Nigel Weeks as Valiant Soldier, and it was next performed in 1972, with a cast which included Mick Hiscock. It has been performed every year since and is a firm annual tradition and the cast, still including Mick Hiscock, put on their tatter coats and tour the pubs collecting money for various charities including the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.
The Potterne Mummers were presented to Prince Philip in 2012 at the Queen's Jubilee event at Salisbury Cathedral and were shortlisted for a Community Service award in 2014.
A medieval part of what is now Potterne was the manor of Blount's Court, which probably originated in the 13th century. By 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.
- Edward Byng (c.1676-1753), portrait artist, lived and died in Potterne
- Nigel Balchin (1908-1970), novelist and screenwriter, born in Potterne
- "Wiltshire Community History - Census". Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
- Historic England. "Church of St Mary, Potterne (1258968)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
- "Church of St. Mary, Potterne". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
- Cheetham, J.H.; Piper, John (1968). Wiltshire - A Shell Guide (3rd ed.). London: Faber & Faber. p. 139.
- Historic England. "Porch House, High St, Potterne (1273182)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
- Historic England. "The Red House at Eastwell House, Potterne (1258775)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
- Historic England. "Whistley House, Potterne (1243109)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
- "Potterne Youth Club". Retrieved 31 March 2015.
- "The George & Dragon". Retrieved 31 March 2015.
- "Carers Nest Pre-school". Retrieved 31 March 2015.
- "Five Lanes CE Primary School". Retrieved 31 March 2015.
- "Potterne Cricket Club". Retrieved 31 March 2015.
- "The Potterne Mummers". Retrieved 31 March 2015.
- "A History of the County of Wiltshire, Volume 7: Pugh & Crittall (1953), pp. 207-217". Retrieved 5 February 2014.
Media related to Potterne at Wikimedia Commons
- "Potterne". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
- "Victoria County History - Wiltshire - Vol 7 pp207-217 - Parishes: Potterne". British History Online. University of London. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
- Village website