Leigh Delamere

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Leigh Delamere
Leigh Delamere is located in Wiltshire
Leigh Delamere
Leigh Delamere
Leigh Delamere shown within Wiltshire
Population 28 
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Chippenham
Postcode district SN14
Dialling code 01249
Police Wiltshire
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°30′43″N 2°10′05″W / 51.512°N 2.168°W / 51.512; -2.168Coordinates: 51°30′43″N 2°10′05″W / 51.512°N 2.168°W / 51.512; -2.168

Leigh Delamere is a small village in the civil parish of Grittleton in the English county of Wiltshire, about 4 miles (6 km) northwest of the town of Chippenham. The M4 motorway passes some 250 metres to the south, and the motorway's Leigh Delamere services lie to the east of the village.

The civil parish of Leigh Delamere (which included the hamlet of Sevington, about one mile southwest of the village) was absorbed by Grittleton parish in 1934.[1]


The village comprises a church, a former farm, eight almshouses and eight houses.

The rebuilding of the church (1846) and the construction of the Tudor-style row of almshouses (1848)[2] were at the expense of Joseph Neeld, who bought the Grittleton estate in 1828 after inheriting a large sum. In both cases the architect was James Thomson, who also worked on the rectory (1846, also in Tudor style)[3] and Grittleton House (from 1832).

Manor Farmhouse is from the 17th century, with alterations for Neeld in 1842.[4] A separate large barn is from the 18th or early 19th century.[5]

St Margaret's Church[edit]

St Margaret's Church was built on the site of a previous 12th-century church in 1846 and dedicated to Margaret the Virgin. It has been designated as a Grade II* listed building[6] and is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.[7]

By-Brook Benefice[edit]

The benefices of Leigh Delamere and Grittleton were united in 1924.[8] The union of benefices of Biddestone with Slaughterford, Castle Combe, Grittleton and Leigh Delamere, Nettleton and Burton with Littleton Drew, West Kington and Yatton Keynell to form a united benefice was formally established on 1 December 1999, although the parishes had been operating along these lines for the previous five years. The Benefice of Colerne and North Wraxall was from January 2006, joined with the By Brook Benefice. The Benefice is part of the Chippenham Deanery in the Diocese of Bristol.[9]


  1. ^ Crittall, Elizabeth, ed. (1959). "Victoria County History: Wiltshire: Vol 4 pp315-361 – Table of population, 1801–1951". British History Online. University of London. Retrieved 22 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Historic England. "The Almshouses (1022291)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 January 2017. 
  3. ^ Historic England. "Leigh Delamere House (1022292)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 January 2017. 
  4. ^ Historic England. "Manor Farmhouse (1022287)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Historic England. "Barn at Manor Farm, to south of road (1022288)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "Church of St Margaret". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "St Margaret of Antioch, Leigh Delamere". Churches Conservation Trust. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "No. 32964". The London Gazette. 12 August 1924. pp. 6045–6046. 
  9. ^ "Bybrook Team Ministry". Retrieved 20 January 2017. 

External links[edit]

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