St. James parish church
South Wraxall shown within Wiltshire
|Population||453 (as of 2001)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South West England|
The village is located 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Bradford on Avon, with B3109 road passing just east of the village. The neighbouring villages are Lower Wraxall from south, Monkton Farleigh from west, and Atworth from east. There are around 120 households in the village, which has a population of around 320.
The name comes from old English wrocc, meaning a buzzard, although it was also used as a personal name. Its name was first mentioned in 1468 as Suthwroxhall, distinguishing it from North Wraxall which is 6 miles (9.7 km) away. Other spellings of the name included wroxhal (1227) and wrokeshal (1242). Nevertheless, South Wraxall was not mentioned in Domesday Book, as it was grouped in with Bradford on Avon.
Most of the buildings of South Wraxall are of the 17th and 18th centuries, built from locally-quarried dressed stone, or stone rubble construction with stone slates. Besides quarrying, the main occupation around the area was agriculture, including shepherding; there were also weavers in the early 19th century, and some clothworkers by the mid-19th century.
- South Wraxall Manor, Grade I listed country house dating from the early 15th century
- St. James parish church, Grade II* listed building, with the tower dating from the 14th century, and everything else rebuilt in 1882-1883 in late Perpendicular Gothic style.
There are no longer any shops in the village and the little school, which was built in 1841, closed in the 1960s. The original school building now serves as the Village Hall.
- Wiltshire Council - Wiltshire Community History
- Wiltshire Council - Get Church Information
- South Wraxall village blog
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