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St. Aldhelm's church - - 1734858.jpg
St. Aldhelm's church, Bishopstrow
Bishopstrow is located in Wiltshire
Bishopstrow shown within Wiltshire
Population 122 (in 2011)[1]
OS grid reference ST893438
Civil parish
  • Bishopstrow
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Warminster
Postcode district BA12
Dialling code 01985
Police Wiltshire
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°11′35″N 2°09′14″W / 51.193°N 2.154°W / 51.193; -2.154Coordinates: 51°11′35″N 2°09′14″W / 51.193°N 2.154°W / 51.193; -2.154

Bishopstrow is a village and civil parish in Wiltshire, England, on the River Wylye about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) southeast of Warminster.

The village lies south of the old Warminster to Salisbury road, formerly the A36, now the B3414. The modern A36 passes to the south of the village.


The name may come from "bishop's tree", meaning the place where St Aldhelm's staff miraculously grew into an ash tree.[2] When Bishopstrow was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 it was held by Edward of Salisbury.[3]

In the 18th century Bishopstrow House stood between the Salisbury road and the river. In 1817 William Temple built a new house on the north side of the road using the Bath architect John Pinch the elder, which has been a hotel and restaurant since 1977.


The parish is considered too small to support a parish council, so instead it has a parish meeting,[4] a body in which all electors for the parish are voting members. Almost all local government functions are carried out by Wiltshire Council, a unitary authority created in 2009. The village is represented in parliament by Andrew Murrison,[5] and in Wiltshire Council by Christopher Newbury, both Conservatives.[6]


The Church of England parish church of St Aldhelm is a Grade II* listed building.[7] The site may have been in use since the 8th century; the building is from the 14th century, rebuilt (except for the tower and spire) in 1757 and restored in 1876.[2]

Bishopstrow College is an independent school for children aged 7-17 who do not have English as their first language.[8] There is no state school in the parish; a two-room school was built in the village in 1848 and closed in 1921.[2]

Notable people[edit]

Lt. General Sir Roddy Cordy-Simpson retired to the village and in 2004 was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Wiltshire.[9]


  1. ^ "Wiltshire Community History - Census". Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Victoria County History - Wiltshire - Vol 8 pp6-13: Bishopstrow". British History Online. University of London. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Bishopstrow in the Domesday Book
  4. ^ "Bishopstrow Parish Meeting". Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Dr Andrew Murrison: MP for South West Wiltshire". Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Christopher Newbury". Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  7. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Aldhelm, Bishopstrow (1284263)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Bishopstrow College". Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "No. 57445". The London Gazette. 22 October 2004. p. 13359. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Bishopstrow at Wikimedia Commons