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St John's Church, Bemerton
Bemerton is located in Wiltshire
Bemerton shown within Wiltshire
OS grid reference SU120306
Civil parish
  • Bemerton
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Salisbury
Postcode district SP2
Dialling code 01722
Police Wiltshire
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°04′23″N 1°48′58″W / 51.073°N 1.816°W / 51.073; -1.816Coordinates: 51°04′23″N 1°48′58″W / 51.073°N 1.816°W / 51.073; -1.816

Bemerton, once a separate village to the west of Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, is now virtually a suburb of that city. George Herbert (1593–1633) was rector of Fugglestone with Bemerton and is buried at Bemerton. Modern day Bemerton is split between the areas of Bemerton Heath and Lower Bemerton.

Until 1894 Bemerton was a chapelry of Fugglestone St Peter, but it was then established as a parish in its own right. In 1927 a large part of Bemerton was transferred to the borough of Salisbury, and in 1934 Bemerton parish was dissolved: most of its population was transferred to the newly created parish of Quidhampton, and the remainder to Wilton borough.[1]

Bemerton has three Church of England parish churches. St. Andrew's was originally Norman but was largely rebuilt later in the Middle Ages.[2] St. John's is a Gothic Revival building designed by T.H. Wyatt and completed in 1861.[3] St. Michael's was consecrated in 1957.[4]

Sport and leisure[edit]

Bemerton has a non-League football club Bemerton Heath Harlequins F.C., which plays at Westwood Recreation Ground/Moon Park on Western Way.

Lower Bemerton[edit]

Lower Bemerton is a small area west of Salisbury railway station and south of Wilton Road. Notable businesses in the area include Churchfields Industrial Estate and Salisbury Golf Centre.

Bemerton Heath[edit]

Bemerton Heath is on the northwestern fringe of Salisbury, north of Wilton Road and southwest of the A360 road. The area contains Bemerton Heath Harlequins FC[5], as well as a few buisnesess including The Royal Oak bar[6] and a post office.

Notable people[edit]

George Herbert was rector of Fugglestone with Bemerton from 1630 until his death in 1633. He is buried at St Andrew's, which contains a memorial window portraying him.

John Norris, rector from 1692 until 1711, a philosopher, poet and theologian whose metaphysics were closely associated with those of Nicolas Malebranche.

William Coxe (1748–1828), rector of Fugglestone with Bemerton from 1788 to 1828, wrote travel books, biographies of Sir Robert Walpole and others, and a history of the county of Montgomery.



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