The edge of All Cannings
|All Cannings shown within Wiltshire|
|Population||649 (in 2011)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Fire||Dorset and Wiltshire|
|EU Parliament||South West England|
The parish includes the nearby smaller settlement of Allington.
The earliest settlement in the area of All Cannings was at Rybury Camp, on the downs above the village.
By the 14th century the village had a water mill, but this had disappeared by the 18th century.
The Church of England parish church of All Saints is Grade II* listed. It dates from the 13th century and was restored in the 19th century. The church has a cruciform in shape with a three bay nave, a central tower, north and south transepts, a south chapel, north and south porches, and a 19th century chancel.
Norman features remaining include part of the chancel arch. The three stage Perpendicular tower is the mid 15th century; the transepts also date from this period. It is believed that the nave and aisles were re-modelled after the Reformation.
There was a church at Allington before 1100 but it fell into disuse, possibly in the 14th century.
All Cannings had a Sunday school by 1808 and a day-school by 1818. 100 pupils were enrolled in the day-school but attendance was much less as many of the children worked in the fields during the week.
By 1833 the village had two-day-schools: the parish school with 105 pupils and a private school with 12 pupils. The Rector had the parish school built that year on land given by the Lord of the Manor, Alexander Baring.
Modern Long Barrow
In 2015 the first long barrow in thousands of years, inspired by those built in the Neolithic Period, was built on land just outside the village. The project was instigated by Tim Daw, a local Farmer and steward of Stonehenge.
The barrow was designed to have a large number of private niches withing the stone and earth structure to receive cremation urns.
The structure was received significant media attention as it was being built as was fully subscribed within eighteen mounts.
Rock Against Cancer Concert
The Kings Arms public house hosts an annual "Rock Against Cancer" concert. Artists at the 2012 event included:
- Bob Harris (compere),
- Mike + The Mechanics,
- Brian May,
- Kerry Ellis,
- Madeline Bell,
- Midge Ure,
- Tom Robinson,
- Chris Thompson,
- Patti Russo,
- Sweet and Strawbs.
Ealy Concrete Housing
The tenant built his pair of brick, his Lordship of concrete – the only major difference is that in the absence of internal shuttering the concrete chimneys are straight rather than bent to combine into a single chimney stack.
Both pairs of cottages still stand largely unaltered, although one of the concrete houses had an extension added in June 2006.
It is assumed that this was a trial into the efficacy of using shuttered reinforced concrete as a building method. It seems to have been successful as two more pairs were then built, followed by a more elaborate villa style pair of cottages and finally a large Farmhouse.
This experiment is little acknowledged outside the area. While these houses may not be the very first concrete houses built, they were built within a couple of years of the first one – the time-line is not clear and are certainly the biggest example of a group of dwellings built then.
David Curwen (1913–2011) built miniature railway steam locomotives at All Cannings.
- "Wiltshire Community History – Census". Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
- Historic England. "Church of All Saints, All Cannings (1365955)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
- "Church of All Saints, All Cannings". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
- "Victoria County History – Wiltshire – Vol 10 pp20-33 – Parishes: All Cannings". British History Online. University of London. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
- "Bethel Strict Baptist Chapel, Allington". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
- "Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, All Cannings". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
- Crittall et al., 1975, pages 20–33
- All Cannings C of E Primary School
- "All Cannings C. of E. Primary School". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
- "Concert at The Kings". Concerts at the Kings Arms Ltd. 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
Sources and further reading
- Crittall, Elizabeth (ed.); Baggs, A.P.; Crowley, D.A.; Pugh, Ralph; Stevenson, Janet H.; Tomlinson, Margaret (1975). Victoria County History: A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 10: South-west Wiltshire: Chalke and Dunworth hundreds. pp. 20–33.
- Pevsner, Nikolaus; Cherry, Bridget (revision) (1975) . The Buildings of England: Wiltshire. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 85–86. ISBN 0140710264.
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