Sutton Veny

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Sutton Veny
St Leonards Sutton Veny.jpg
St Leonard's Church
Sutton Veny is located in Wiltshire
Sutton Veny
Sutton Veny
 Sutton Veny shown within Wiltshire
Population 734 (2011)
OS grid reference ST901418
Civil parish Sutton Veny
Unitary authority Wiltshire
Ceremonial county Wiltshire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Warminster
Postcode district SN12
Police Wiltshire
Fire Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament South West Wiltshire
List of places

Coordinates: 51°10′43″N 2°08′52″W / 51.1786°N 2.1478°W / 51.1786; -2.1478

Sutton Veny is a small village situated in the Wylye Valley, about 2 miles (3.2 km) south east of the town of Warminster in Wiltshire, England. The population taken at the 2011 census was 734.[1] 'Sutton' means south farmstead in relation to Norton Bavant, one mile (1.6 km) to the north. 'Veny' may be a French family name or else may describe the village's fenny situation.

The village is represented in parliament by Andrew Murrison and in Wiltshire Council by Fleur de Rhé-Philipe, both Conservatives.


Sutton Veny and the small settlements around it are served by the Church of England Sutton Veny C. of E. Primary School[2]


St Leonard's Church was built in the 12th century. It has been designated as a Grade II listed building.[3] The cruciform church was started in the 12th century and revised in the 13th and 16th centuries,[3] and underwent a major restoration in 1831. Subsidence because of low lying damp ground caused further damage, and by 1866 the decision had been made to build a new church.[4] This was dedicated to St John the Evangelist, designed by John Loughborough Pearson and built on higher ground 700 yards (640 m) to the north west, opening in 1868.[4] Only the chancel of the old church remains in usable condition and was used as a mortuary chapel. It contains benefaction boards, a bier, font, bell and memorials on the walls. The nave, transepts and crossing are ruined.[5] The church was declared redundant in 1970[3] and is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.[5]

The Parish Church of St John the Evangelist has an Office of Australian War Graves cemetery, where 127 men of the Australian Military Forces were buried during the First World War, most dying in local hospitals of disease or from wounds.[6]

In 1885 the northern part of the former parish of Pertwood was added to the parish of Sutton Veny.[7]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011.Retrieved 17 March 2015". 
  2. ^ Sutton Veny Primary School
  3. ^ a b c "Church of St. Leonard". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 6 October 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Churches". Sutton Veny village website. Retrieved 6 October 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "St Leonard, Sutton Veny". Churches Conservation Trust. Retrieved 6 October 2010. 
  6. ^ Sutton Veny Village Web Site
  7. ^ 'Pertwood', in A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 8: Warminster, Westbury and Whorwellsdown Hundreds (1965), pp. 58-61 online, accessed 22 November 2010

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