Seagry

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Seagry
Seagry is located in Wiltshire
Seagry
Seagry
 Seagry shown within Wiltshire
Population 300 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid reference ST9480
Unitary authority Wiltshire
Ceremonial county Wiltshire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Chippenham
Postcode district SN15
Dialling code 01249
Police Wiltshire
Fire Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament North Wiltshire, Chippenham[clarification needed]
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Coordinates: 51°31′23″N 2°04′48″W / 51.523°N 2.080°W / 51.523; -2.080

Seagry is a civil parish in Wiltshire, England, about 4.5 miles (7.2 km) south east of Malmesbury and 5.5 miles (8.9 km) north east of Chippenham. Its main settlements are the village of Upper Seagry (first documented in 1317 as 'Over Seagry') and the hamlet of Lower Seagry (first documented in 1218 as 'Nether Seagry').

The toponym is thought to derive from the Old English for "sedge stream",[2] possibly referring to the River Avon which flows through the area.

History[edit]

There is evidence that the area was settled in the Upper Paleolithic period, and also of Saxon occupation.[3] The Domesday Book of 1086 records two manors, that of Durand of Gloucester Segrete, and that of Dru Fitz Ponz, Segrie.

Segrete became part of the estates of the Earl of Hereford, and later passed into the ownership of Bradenstoke Abbey until the Dissolution of the Monasteries.[3] A grange farm at Lower Seagry was associated with the Abbey.[4]

The Church of England parish church of St Mary the Virgin was founded in 1172 by Walter de Clifford, who was a descendant of the Fitz Ponz family. Clifford is buried in the church, as is Isabell Mompesson.[3]

Seagry School was founded in 1966 and has about 40 pupils, in 2008 the school federated (a process whereby two or more schools choose to share resources, in this case a shared headtecaher and governing body) with Somerfords' Walter Powell school in nearby Great Somerford.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Area selected: North Wiltshire (Non-Metropolitan District)". Neighbourhood Statistics: Full Dataset View. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 June 2010. 
  2. ^ The word "sedge" refers to several types of plants associated with watery land, and it is unclear which is meant here.
  3. ^ a b c "Wiltshire County Council". Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  4. ^ "Wiltshire and Swindon Sites and Monument Record Information". Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  5. ^ "Wiltshire council history of Great Somerford". 
1896 Ordnance Survey map of the parish of Seagry

External links[edit]

Media related to Seagry at Wikimedia Commons