Bremilham

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Bremilham
Bremilham Church in Cowage Farmyard - geograph.org.uk - 4208.jpg
Bremilham Church, Cowage Farm
Bremilham is located in Wiltshire
Bremilham
Bremilham
Bremilham shown within Wiltshire
OS grid reference ST903860
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town MALMESBURY
Postcode district SN16
Police Wiltshire
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Ambulance South Western
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Wiltshire
51°34′23″N 2°08′28″W / 51.573°N 2.141°W / 51.573; -2.141Coordinates: 51°34′23″N 2°08′28″W / 51.573°N 2.141°W / 51.573; -2.141
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Bremilham, also known as Cowage or Cowich, is a small settlement and former civil parish in Wiltshire, England. It is near the hamlet of Foxley in the parish of Norton. The nearest town is Malmesbury, about 2 miles (3.2 km) away to the north east.[1]

The place-name 'Bremilham' is first attested in 1065, as 'Bremelham', and means 'village where brambles or blackberries grew'.[2] In 1831, the population of the parish was 33. On some present-day maps, only Cowage Farm is shown. [3]

Bremilham was a small ecclesiastical parish[4] until 1893 when it was united with Foxley.[5] In 1934 Foxley (with Bremilham) was transferred to the civil parish of Norton.

Church[edit]

Bremilham's tiny Church of England parish church claims to be the smallest in England, measuring ten feet by eleven feet. It is the surviving part of a 15th-century church and is Grade II listed.[6] One service is held each year.[7] It has no dedication and the parish registers go back only to 1813.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bremilham gazette page at genuki.org.uk, accessed 6 January 2011
  2. ^ Eilert Ekwall, Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p. 63.
  3. ^ Bremilham at genuki.org.uk, accessed 6 January 2011
  4. ^ "Victoria County History - Wiltshire - Vol 14 pp9-13 - Parishes: Bremilham". British History Online. University of London. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Norton". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Historic England. "Former chancel of Bremilham church (1023220)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Foxley Parish Church, Foxley w Bremilham". A Church Near You. Church of England. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Bremilham Church, Norton". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 20 March 2015.