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All Saints Chitterne.jpg
All Saints Church, Chitterne
Chitterne is located in Wiltshire
 Chitterne shown within Wiltshire
Population 307 (in 2011)[1]
OS grid reference ST9933144425
Civil parish Chitterne
Unitary authority Wiltshire
Ceremonial county Wiltshire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Warminster
Postcode district BA12
Dialling code 01985
Police Wiltshire
Fire Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament South West Wiltshire
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Coordinates: 51°11′55″N 2°00′34″W / 51.198528°N 2.009566°W / 51.198528; -2.009566

Chitterne is a village and civil parish in the County of Wiltshire, in the south west of England. The village lies in the middle of Salisbury Plain, to the south of the abandoned village of Imber. Its closest major settlements are Warminster and the city of Salisbury.


Surviving part of St Mary's Church

Near the centre of the village is the Church of England parish church of All Saints with St Mary, built in 1863 to designs by T. H. Wyatt. There is also a village hall, which stands on the site of the former village school. A small Church of England chapel of ease next to the manor house of St Mary's is the last remaining part of the mediaeval parish church of St Mary, otherwise demolished in the 19th century. Opposite the village hall is a large sports field, on which cricket and football are played, according to the season. The village also has a public house called the King's Head. There are several notable houses, including Chitterne House, the Manor, the Grange, and Manor Farm, all grade 2 listed for their architectural merit.

The civil parish of Chitterne also includes an uninhabited "German Village" used by the British Army for training in street warfare (FIBUA - Fighting in Built-up Areas). This was built in the mid-1980s, before the Berlin Wall was demolished, and is based on a typical village of Saxony in Germany. It was more recently adapted for training troops going to Iraq. A few miles away, across Salisbury Plain in the "Danger Area", lies the remains of the ancient village of Imber, also used for training purposes by the military.


Chitterne was previously two separate ecclesiastical parishes, Chitterne All Saints and Chitterne St Mary. The principal local industries were weaving and agriculture, but the employment profile of the village is now very similar to Southern England generally. The present combined parish was established in the 20th century.

Chitterne was one of the many Wiltshire estates owned in the 12th century by Ela, 3rd Countess of Salisbury.[2]

Local government[edit]

Most local government services are provided by Wiltshire Council, which has its offices in Trowbridge, 15 miles (24 km) to the north. Chitterne also has its own elected parish council of seven members, five representing the ancient parish of Chitterne All Saints and two representing the former Chitterne St Mary.

The village is represented in Parliament by the MP for South West Wiltshire, Andrew Murrison.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Chitterne Census Information". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  2. ^ History of Chitterne: Ela, Countess of Salisbury at, retrieved on 9 May 2010

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