Lea, Wiltshire

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Lea & Garsdon Primary School
Lea is located in Wiltshire
Lea shown within Wiltshire
Population 812 (in 2011)[1]
OS grid reference ST958866
Civil parish
  • Lea and Cleverton
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Malmesbury
Postcode district SN16
Dialling code 01666
Police Wiltshire
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
Website Parish Council
List of places
51°34′41″N 2°03′40″W / 51.578°N 2.061°W / 51.578; -2.061Coordinates: 51°34′41″N 2°03′40″W / 51.578°N 2.061°W / 51.578; -2.061

Lea is a village in Wiltshire, England. It is approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) east of Malmesbury. It is part of the civil parish of Lea and Cleverton which includes the village of Garsdon and the hamlet of Cleverton. Garsdon was a separate parish until 1934.[2][3]

The Woodbridge Brook flows through the parish to join the Bristol Avon. The brook and the river form part of the western boundary of the parish.

An early resident of Lea, in 1340, was Ralph of Combe[4] and his name survives in the name applied to the south west corner of the village of Lea, which is Combe Green (Ordnance Survey spelling),[5] sometimes misspelt as Coombe Green.

The Church of St Giles at Lea dates from the 14th century.[6]

Garsdon Manor is also from the 14th century and is Grade II* listed.[7] In the 17th century it was owned by ancestors of George Washington, first President of the United States; the Anglican Church of All Saints at Garsdon has family graves and a memorial.[8][9]


Lea & Garsdon CE Primary School serves Lea, Cleverton, Garston and Charlton. The local secondary school is Malmesbury School. The village has a public house, The Rose and Crown, and a village hall. Other facilities in the village include a tennis court, a cricket net and a children's play area.

Lea had a cricket team which ran between 2002 and 2009 - "Lea Lackadasicals". They played about 10 friendly matches a year, normally on a Sunday afternoon.


  1. ^ "Wiltshire Community History - Census". Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "'Gargrave - Gatenby', A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848)". British History Online. University of London. pp. 279–282. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  3. ^ "Victoria County History - Wiltshire, vol 14, pp89-95: Garsdon". British History Online. University of London. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 14: Malmesbury hundred: Lea and Claverton". British History Online. University of London. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ "OS map of Lea showing Combe Green name". Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Church of St. Giles, Lea". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Historic England. "Garsdon Manor, Lea and Cleverton (1022252)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  8. ^ New-York Life Insurance Co (1884). The Garsdon Branch of the Washington Family. Theo. L. De Vinne & Co. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "All Saints, Garsdon". Woodbridge Group of Churches. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 

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