Wanborough, Wiltshire

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Coordinates: 51°32′38″N 1°42′00″W / 51.544°N 1.700°W / 51.544; -1.700

Wanborough
St Andrew's Church, Wanborough.jpg
St Andrew's parish church
Wanborough is located in Wiltshire
Wanborough
Wanborough
 Wanborough shown within Wiltshire
Population 1,762 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid reference SU2082
Civil parish Wanborough
Unitary authority Swindon
Ceremonial county Wiltshire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Swindon
Postcode district SN4
Dialling code 01793
Police Wiltshire
Fire Wiltshire
Ambulance Great Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament South Swindon
Website Wanborough Dot Info
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Wanborough is a village and civil parish in the borough of Swindon, Wiltshire. The village is about 3.5 miles (5.6 km) southeast of Swindon town centre. The parish includes the hamlet of Foxhill, 1.5 miles (2.4 km) southeast of the village.

History[edit]

There was a Roman settlement, Durocornovium, slightly northwest of the current village, at a road junction mentioned in the Antonine Itinerary. Being the last vicus on Ermin Street before the scarp slope of the Marlborough Downs, Durocornovium was a site where horses were watered before the steep climb off the Oxfordshire plain.

Wanborough was recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as Wôdnes-beorg which later became Wodnesborough before becoming Wanborough.[2][3][4][5]

Wanborough is just off the Ridgeway National Trail. Development in a strip along the road frontages characterised the village, which reached maximum development in the 4th century.[6]

Parish church[edit]

The Church of England parish church of Saint Andrew is unusual in having a spire at one end and a tower at the other. There are only three parish churches with this feature in the UK. The others are at nearby Purton, Wiltshire and Ormskirk, Lancashire.

Amenities[edit]

The village has a small post office and shop. The village has five public houses: The Brewers Arms; The New Calley Arms;[7] The Cross Keys; The Harrow;[8] and The Plough. There was also a sixth pub called The Black Horse which closed down early in 2012

Foxhill had one public house, The Shepherd's Rest which has re-opened as a restaurant serving Indian cuisine and renamed "The Burj".[9]

There is a monthly farmers market in the village hall on the 3rd Saturday of every month, except August where is replaced by the Wanborough Show[10]

Wanborough has a primary school[11]

Redlands Airfield[12] is a base for microlight aviation and skydiving parachute training.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Area selected: Swindon (Non-Metropolitan District)". Neighbourhood Statistics: Full Dataset View. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Jaques, Tony. 'Dictionary of Battles And Sieges: A Guide to 8,500 Battles from Antiquity Through the Twenty-first Century'. Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006. ISBN 0-313-33536-2, ISBN 978-0-313-33536-5. Length: 1432 page
  3. ^ Duignan, William Henry. 'Notes on Staffordshire Place Names'. H. Frowde, 1902. Length: 178 pages
  4. ^ Johnston, James Brown. 'The Place-names of England and Wales. E.P. Dutton and Co., 1916, Princeton University. Length: 532 pages
  5. ^ Green, John Richard. 'A Short History of the English People'. Macmillan, London 1901. Digital: http://www.archive.org/details/shorthistoryofen01greeuoft
  6. ^ Stillwell, ed. Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites, s.v. "Durocornovium"
  7. ^ The New Calley Arms
  8. ^ The Harrow Inn
  9. ^ The Burj
  10. ^ Wanborough Show
  11. ^ Wanborough Primary School
  12. ^ Redlands Airfield

External links[edit]

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