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St Leonard's Church
Sutton Veny shown within Wiltshire
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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. '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.
St Leonard's Church was built in the 12th century. It has been designated as a Grade II listed building. The cruciform church was started in the 12th century and revised in the 13th and 16th centuries, 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. 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. 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. The church was declared redundant in 1970 and is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.
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.
- "Parish population 2011.Retrieved 17 March 2015".
- Sutton Veny Primary School
- "Church of St. Leonard". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 6 October 2010.
- "Churches". Sutton Veny village website. Retrieved 6 October 2010.
- "St Leonard, Sutton Veny". Churches Conservation Trust. Retrieved 6 October 2010.
- Sutton Veny Village Web Site
- '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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