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This article is about Sherrington village. For Sir Charles Sherrington, Nobel prize-winning physiologist, see Charles Scott Sherrington.
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Sherrington Pond
Sherrington is located in Wiltshire
 Sherrington shown within Wiltshire
Population 56 (United Kingdom Census 2001)[1]
OS grid reference ST959391
   – London  88 mi (142 km) ENE 
Civil parish Sherrington
Unitary authority Wiltshire
Ceremonial county Wiltshire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BA12
Dialling code 01985
Police Wiltshire
Fire Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament South West Wiltshire
List of places

Coordinates: 51°09′04″N 2°03′32″W / 51.151°N 2.059°W / 51.151; -2.059

Sherrington is a village and civil parish on the River Wylye in Wiltshire, England.

The part of the Great Ridge Wood known as Snailcreep Hanging lies entirely within Sherrington.


Sherrington is near Codford and Salisbury Plain. Its closest towns are Warminster and the city of Salisbury.


There are a number of prehistoric barrows in the parish.[2]

Sherrington has the remains of a motte-and-bailey castle,[3] presumed to have been made late in the 11th or early in the 12th century.[2]

Sherrington had a parish church by 1252 and it was dedicated to Saints Cosmas and Damian by 1341.[2] It was completely rebuilt in 1624[2] but the new building includes the early 14th century east and west windows of the original building.[3] It has a bellcot that was added in he 19th century.[2]

The village has a large mill pond.

The Post Office Directory of Hampshire, Wiltshire, and Dorsetshire (1855) says of Sherrington:

SHERRINGTON is a township and parish on the river Wily, in the Hundred of Branch and Dole, and Warminster Union, South Wilts, 7½ miles south of Warminster station, 121½ from London, and 4 from Heytesbury. The living is a rectory, value £238, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Salisbury, and in the patronage of the Rev. Arthur Fane, B. A., vicar of Warminster, to whom the manor belongs; the Rev. Mason Anderson is the incumbent. The church of St Michael is a small edifice, with a bell turret; its east and west windows are finely decorated. Population, in 1851, 189; acreage, 1,280; rateable value, £1,023. On the downs are some ancient relics.[4]

Local government[edit]

Most local government services are provided by Wiltshire Council, which has its offices in Trowbridge, some twelve miles to the north. With fewer than one hundred residents, Sherrington is unusual in having no elected parish council, and instead has a Parish Meeting at which all electors may attend and vote.

Boundary changes in 2010 created a new constituency of South West Wiltshire which incorporates the parish. Sherrington's current Member of Parliament is Andrew Murrison, while its representative in the Wiltshire Council unitary authority is Christopher Newbury. Both are Conservatives.

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  1. ^ "Area selected: West Wiltshire (Non-Metropolitan District)". Neighbourhood Statistics: Full Dataset View. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Crowley et al., 1995, pages 234-242
  3. ^ a b Pevsner and Cherry, 1975, page 469
  4. ^ Post Office Directory of Hampshire, Wiltshire, and Dorsetshire (1855), p. 109
  5. ^ Journal of Medical Biography, Dr Walter Henry Anderson (1870-1937) and the Mission Hospital at Safed, Palestine


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