Yatesbury

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All Saints' parish church

Yatesbury is a village in Wiltshire. It is next to Cherhill, 1 mile (1.6 km) north of the A4 road between Calne and Marlborough in Wiltshire, England. Yatesbury is part of The Oldbury Benefice, which comprises the five parishes of Calstone Wellington, Cherhill, Compton Bassett, Heddington and Yatesbury.

RAF Yatesbury[edit]

Proposed plans for development of the site of RAF Yatesbury

First opened as an aerodrome in World War I, RAF Yatesbury continued operations in the interwar years before again taking on a major role in World War II. From 1936 onwards RAF Yatesbury and RAF Compton Bassett were major Radio and Radar Training Schools, RAF Townsend a satellite landing ground and RAF Cherhill was part No 27 Group, in Headquarters Technical Training Command. It was the oldest airfield in the whole of Europe and is the only airfield in the world that is still is such good condition.[1] In the village church there are reminders of its military past, with a small number of war graves from both major conflicts.

After closure, the Radar and Wireless training school transferred to RAF Locking. The aircraft hangars and airfield, although now farmland, are still visible from the A4. The buildings, site and surrounding area were featured in the video to the 1988 No.1 hit song Doctorin' the Tardis by The Timelords.[2] Planning has been granted to convert the air base into residential flats, however, due to the current economic climate work has stopped on the conversion until the economy has improved.[3]

Present[edit]

Yatesbury today has a population of about 150. Whilst having no shops or amenities, the village is on a major cycle route (Sustrans route 4) and is often passed through by cyclists and walkers.

The village is in Cherhill civil parish.

The Granary at Manor Farm, Yatesbury, was restored by the Wiltshire Historic Buildings Trust in 2006–2007.[4]

Notable residents include singer, songwriter and author Julian Cope, who has lived in the village many years [5] He has referenced the village in the song My Wall in which he collaborated with the American drone metal band Sunn 0))), as well as his latest publication, Copendium.

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Coordinates: 51°26′N 1°54′W / 51.433°N 1.900°W / 51.433; -1.900