Southwick, Wiltshire

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Southwick
Southwick.jpg
Parish church of St. Thomas
Southwick is located in Wiltshire
Southwick
Southwick
 Southwick shown within Wiltshire
Population 1,953 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid reference ST837552
Civil parish Southwick
Unitary authority Wiltshire
Ceremonial county Wiltshire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Trowbridge
Postcode district BA14
Dialling code 01225
Police Wiltshire
Fire Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament South West Wiltshire
Website Parish Council
List of places
UK
England
Wiltshire

Coordinates: 51°17′46″N 2°14′06″W / 51.296°N 2.235°W / 51.296; -2.235

Southwick is a semi-rural village and civil parish 3 miles (4.8 km) southwest of the county town of Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England. It is separated from the southwest fringe of Trowbridge only by the Southwick Country Park, which consists of 380 acres (150 ha) of open fields. The majority of the village lies south of the A361, which runs through the village, linking Trowbridge with Frome. The Somerset border lies approximately one mile to the southwest on the A361, with the closest villages being Rode, one mile to the southwest, and North Bradley, one mile to the southeast.

The parish includes the hamlet of Hoggington.

History[edit]

Southwick Court Farmhouse, northwest of the village, is an L-shaped house of which one wing is dated 1567;[2] its gatehouse and bridge are Grade II* listed.[3] Brook House, southeast of the village, is a 17th-century farmhouse beside an early 16th-century stone-built range.[2] The Poplars was built in about 1650 and re-faced with brick in about 1700.[2] Manor Farmhouse, west of the village, was built in 1673.[2]

The Baptist chapel was built in 1815.[4] The Church of England parish church of Saint Thomas was built in 1899–1904 to designs by the Gothic Revival architect C.E. Ponting of Marlborough.[4]

Until 1866 Southwick was part of North Bradley parish.[5]

Governance[edit]

The civil parish elects a parish council. It is in the area of Wiltshire Council unitary authority, which is responsible for all significant local government functions.

An electoral ward in the same name exists. The ward starts in the west at Southwick and then stretches east to West Ashton. The total ward population taken from the 2011 census was 4,444.[6]

Amenities[edit]

The village has a small primary school[7] which is located next to a large playing field.

There are two main residential areas in the northeast of the village, opposite the Southwick Allotments and the 'Farmhouse Inn' pub. The estates are linked, and named Chantry Gardens and Fleur De Lys Drive. In 2011, a small cluster of houses was built north of Fleur De Lys Drive, linked to Fleur De Lys Drive via a short path; this development was named Greenleaze Close. The second large group of housing is located to the south and west of the playing field, and has short roads branching off Blind Lane and Wesley Lane (a road winding from Wynsome Street, between the A361 and North Bradley). These roads are named Southfield, Wesley Close and Orchard Drive. Housing was also developed off Church Street in the mid-2000s, designated The Mowlems and Swan Court.

Southwick has an Internet Radio station.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d Pevsner & Cherry, 1975, page 474
  3. ^ Historic England. "Gatehouse and bridge over moat at Southwick Court Farmhouse (1021848)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Pevsner & Cherry, 1975, page 473
  5. ^ "Southwick". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Southwick C of E Primary School". Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  8. ^ Venture Radio

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