Bishops Cannings

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Bishops Cannings
Bishops Cannings, The Crown Inn - - 1406871.jpg
The Crown Inn in Bishops Cannings with the church of St Mary the Virgin behind.
Bishops Cannings is located in Wiltshire
Bishops Cannings
Bishops Cannings
 Bishops Cannings shown within Wiltshire
Population 1,566 [1]
OS grid reference SU039641
Civil parish Bishops Cannings
Unitary authority Wiltshire
Ceremonial county Wiltshire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Devizes
Postcode district SN10
Dialling code 01380
Police Wiltshire
Fire Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Devizes
List of places

Coordinates: 51°22′33″N 1°56′43″W / 51.37594°N 1.94536°W / 51.37594; -1.94536 Bishops Cannings is a village and civil parish in the Vale of Pewsey in Wiltshire, England. The parish includes the settlements of Coate, Horton, Bourton and Easton, as well as the village of Bishops Cannings itself.


Horton is first attested in 1158. The place-name is a common one in England and derives from Old English horu 'dirt' and tūn 'settlement, farm, estate', presumably meaning 'farm on muddy soil'.[2]

The parish is now the third largest in Wiltshire, but was formerly larger. It lost a large area to the nearby town of Devizes, 2½ miles to the south-west,when there was a change of boundaries in 1835. Bishops Cannings had previously reached as far into Devizes as the Crammer, a large pond on the edge of the town centre. This may explain how Bishops Cannings comes to lay claim to being the place of origin of the legend of the Moonrakers.[3][4]

Historically, the parish was part of the Potterne and Cannings hundred of Wiltshire. A detailed parish history was published in 1953 by the Wiltshire Victoria County History.[5]

In 2001, the Census recorded a parish population of 1,566, in 650 households.[6]

Local government[edit]

Bishops Cannings is a civil parish with an elected parish council. It is in the area of Wiltshire Council unitary authority, which is responsible for almost all significant local government functions.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bishops Cannings Census Information". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Victor Watts (ed.), The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names, Based on the Collections of the English Place-Name Society (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), s.v. HORTON.
  3. ^ "Smugglers myth lives". Wiltshire Gazette and Herald. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  4. ^ "Bishops Cannings". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  5. ^ A History of the County of Wiltshire, Volume VII: Bradford hundred and Potterne and Cannings hundred (1953)
  6. ^ "Area selected: Kennet (Non-Metropolitan District)". Neighbourhood Statistics: Full Dataset View. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 


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