Broad Town

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Broad Town
Broad Town from the Air 2006.JPG
Broad Town from the air in 2006
Broad Town is located in Wiltshire
Broad Town
Broad Town
Location within Wiltshire
Population574 (in 2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSU091778
Civil parish
  • Broad Town
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSwindon
Postcode districtSN4
Dialling code01793
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
51°29′56″N 1°52′12″W / 51.499°N 1.870°W / 51.499; -1.870Coordinates: 51°29′56″N 1°52′12″W / 51.499°N 1.870°W / 51.499; -1.870

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 is the site of a chalk horse, believed to have been cut in 1864 and known as the Broad Town White Horse.[2]

Local government[edit]

The civil parish elects a parish council. It is in the area of Wiltshire Council unitary authority, which performs most significant local government functions.

The civil parish of Broad Town was created in 1884 by combining parts of Clyffe Pypard and Broad Hinton parishes. Until then, Broad Town and Thornhill were tithings of Clyffe Pypard.[3]

Parish church[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5]


The local school, now Broad Town CofE (VC) Primary School, was built near the church in 1859 and expanded in 1892. More classrooms were added in the 20th and early 21st centuries.[6]

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.[7]

Notable residents[edit]

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.


  1. ^ "Broad Town Census Information". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Wiltshire White Horses: The Broad Town white horse". Wiltshire White Horses. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  3. ^ Crittall, Elizabeth (ed.). "Victoria County History - Wiltshire - Vol 9 pp23-43 - Parishes: Clyffe Pypard". British History Online. University of London. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Christ Church, Broad Town". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  5. ^ "No. 20624". The London Gazette. 21 July 1846. pp. 2669–2670.
  6. ^ "Broad Town Church of England Primary School". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Broad Town Show". Archived from the original on 13 September 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014.

External links[edit]

Media related to Broad Town at Wikimedia Commons