Charlton, Pewsey Vale

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Charlton St Peter
Charlton St Peter, Wiltshire, St Peter's Church - - 132148.jpg
St Peter's Church
Charlton St Peter is located in Wiltshire
Charlton St Peter
Charlton St Peter
Charlton St Peter shown within Wiltshire
Population 86 (in 2011)[1]
OS grid reference SU117560
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Pewsey
Postcode district SN9
Dialling code 01980
Police Wiltshire
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°18′11″N 1°49′59″W / 51.303°N 1.833°W / 51.303; -1.833Coordinates: 51°18′11″N 1°49′59″W / 51.303°N 1.833°W / 51.303; -1.833
For other Wiltshire places named Charlton, see Charlton, Wiltshire (disambiguation).

Charlton, in full Charlton St Peter, is a small village and civil parish in the Vale of Pewsey in the English county of Wiltshire. The village lies about 4 miles (6 km) southwest of Pewsey.

The village is in the north of the parish, between the River Avon and the Devizes-Upavon road, the A342. To the south the parish extends onto Salisbury Plain.[2]

Parish church[edit]

The Church of England parish church of St Peter was largely rebuilt by J.L. Pearson in 1858. Fragments of a 12-century building survive, and the tower is from the 15th or 16th centuries. The north chantry chapel, c. 1523, is in memory of William and Marion Chaucey. In 1964 the church was designated as Grade II* listed.[3][4]

The first record of a vicar at Charlton is from 1306.[5] Today the parish is served by the Vale of Pewsey team ministry.[6]

Local government[edit]

Charlton shares a parish council, named Charlton and Wilsford, with the adjacent parish of Wilsford. It is in the area of Wiltshire Council and is represented there by Paul Oatway, who succeeded Brigadier Robert Hall in 2013. The two councils are responsible for different aspects of local government.


The Charlton Cat in 2005. This building dates from about 1821, a replacement for an eighteenth-century alehouse.[5]

The village inn is the Charlton Cat, "a solitary little inn at the foot of the downs".[7] This establishment was originally called the Red Lion, later the Poores Arms after Edward Poore, lord of the nearby manor of Rushall in the eighteenth century, but the villagers had long known it as The Cat, from the ill-painted lion of the original sign. This name was formally adopted in 1921.[8][5]

Charlton and the neighbouring village of Rushall hold an annual village cricket match each year in June. It used to be played in each village alternately, but in recent years since the Village Lunch has been established in Rushall Village Hall, the match has been played in a field behind the Old Barns. In the last few years a "tug-of-war" competition has been started, only seriously between the men for the trophy, but there are a women's and children's tug-of-war as well.

Notable people[edit]

Stephen Duck, 18th-century poet, was born here and the grave of his wife Mary is in the churchyard. The "Duck Feast", held annually at the Charlton Cat in the first week of June, commemorates his life and work. The cost is met from the rent of "Duck's Acre", a field in Rushall donated for the purpose by Lord Palmerston.[7][9]


  1. ^ "Charlton (Vale of Pewsey) Census Information". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Charlton (Vale of Pewsey)". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Historic England. "Church of St. Peter (1365532)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Church of St. Peter, Charlton". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c Crowley, D.A. (ed.). "Victoria County History - Wiltshire - Vol 10 pp33-40 - Parishes: Charlton". British History Online. University of London. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "St Peter, Charlton Saint Peter". Vale of Pewsey Team. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Bradley, Arthur Granville (1907). Round About Wiltshire. London: Methuen. pp. 34–5. OCLC 4256175. 
  8. ^ "The Poores Arms at Charlton". Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine. Devizes: Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History Society. 99: 226. 2006. 
  9. ^ "What is the Duck Feast in the village of Charlton in the Vale of Pewsey?". Wiltshire Community History. December 2002. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 

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External links[edit]

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