Broad Town from the air in 2006
|Population||574 (in 2011)|
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|Fire||Dorset and Wiltshire|
Broad Town is a village and civil parish in Wiltshire, England, about 3 miles (5 km) southeast of Royal Wootton Bassett and 6 miles (10 km) southwest of Swindon. The parish includes the hamlet of Thornhill and the farming hamlet of Cotmarsh.
Since 1996 the village and surrounding landscape have been the subject of an archaeological project supported by the University of Bath, Swindon College and QinetiQ Archaeology. Results have been published in a number of journals and a final report is anticipated in 2015/2016.
The parish church, Christ Church was built in 1844-45 with funding from the Marchioness of Ailesbury (who later provided the estate church, St Katherine's, at Tottenham House) and from the local Goddard family. Until the church was built, Broad Town was a tithing of Clyffe Pypard; the area served by the new church comprised parts of the ecclesiastical parishes of Clyffe Pypard and Broad Hinton.
The parish has village hall which is used by a social club.
There is an annual Broad Town Village Show which since 2006 has taken the form of the 'Broad Town Big Gig'. This event is held at Manor Farm and features both local and national bands playing on a Saturday evening in September.
Nikolaus Pevsner (1902–1983), architectural historian, lived within the parish.
Geoffrey Grigson (1905–1985), poet and critic, lived at Broad Town Farmhouse from 1945 to 1985.
Jane Grigson (1928-1990), food writer.
Lionel Grigson (1942-1994), jazz musician and educator, lived for part of his childhood at Broad Town.
Sophie Grigson (b. 1959), food writer, spent her childhood at Broad Town.
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- "Broad Town Show". Archived from the original on 13 September 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
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