Lyneham, Wiltshire

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Lyneham
Lyneham - Snowdrops.jpg
Snowdrops in Lyneham
Lyneham is located in Wiltshire
Lyneham
Lyneham
Lyneham shown within Wiltshire
Population 4,945 (civil parish in 2011)[1]
OS grid reference SU025787
Civil parish
  • Lyneham and Bradenstoke
Unitary authority
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Chippenham
Postcode district SN15
Dialling code 01249
Police Wiltshire
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
Website Parish Council
List of places
UK
England
Wiltshire
51°30′25″N 1°57′58″W / 51.507°N 1.966°W / 51.507; -1.966Coordinates: 51°30′25″N 1°57′58″W / 51.507°N 1.966°W / 51.507; -1.966

Lyneham is a large village in north Wiltshire, England, within the civil parish of Lyneham and Bradenstoke, and situated 4 miles (6.4 km) southwest of Royal Wootton Bassett, 5.5 miles (8.9 km) north of Calne and 11 miles (18 km) southwest of Swindon. The village is on the A3102 road between Calne and Wootton Bassett.

The civil parish includes the village of Bradenstoke and the hamlets of Preston[2] and The Banks.

RAF Lyneham[edit]

The former RAF Lyneham station, now MoD Lyneham, is adjacent to Lyneham village, to the south and east. The RAF's C-130 Hercules fleet was based here until June 2011 and C-17 Globemasters from RAF Brize Norton made frequent visits. In 2012 all operations were transferred to Brize Norton in west Oxfordshire, 35 miles (56 km) to the north. The site is now home to the Defence Technical Training College,[3] which became operational in September 2015.

Amenities[edit]

Lyneham has a primary school.[4] Shops in Lyneham include a Tesco Express and a Co-Operative store.

The Anglican Church of St Michael dates from the 14th century.[5] It has a stained glass window by Henry Haig which commemorates the 50th anniversary of RAF Lyneham.[6]

Local government[edit]

The civil parish elects a parish council called Lyneham and Bradenstoke Parish Council.[7] The parish is in the area of Wiltshire Council unitary authority, which is responsible for all significant local government functions.

An electoral ward of the same name exists. The ward stretches south east from the Lyneham area to incorporate the Clyffe Pypard parish. The total ward population taken from the 2011 census was 5,460. [8]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Lyneham:
Average maximum and minimum temperatures, and average rainfall recorded between 1971 and 2000 by the Met Office.
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 6.6
(43.9)
6.9
(44.4)
9.4
(48.9)
12.0
(53.6)
15.7
(60.3)
18.5
(65.3)
21.2
(70.2)
20.7
(69.3)
17.7
(63.9)
13.6
(56.5)
9.6
(49.3)
7.4
(45.3)
13.3
(55.9)
Average low °C (°F) 1.2
(34.2)
1.0
(33.8)
2.6
(36.7)
3.7
(38.7)
6.7
(44.1)
9.7
(49.5)
11.9
(53.4)
11.8
(53.2)
9.8
(49.6)
6.8
(44.2)
3.7
(38.7)
2.1
(35.8)
6.0
(42.8)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 70.1
(2.76)
50.6
(1.992)
58.3
(2.295)
47.7
(1.878)
51.8
(2.039)
58.5
(2.303)
47.2
(1.858)
56.1
(2.209)
63.9
(2.516)
70.4
(2.772)
66.9
(2.634)
77.4
(3.047)
719.0
(28.307)
Average precipitation days 17 15 13 13 13 14 15 14 14 15 17 17 177
Mean monthly sunshine hours 31 56 93 130 186 180 186 150 120 93 60 31 1,316
Source: Met Office[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wiltshire Community History - Census". Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Lyneham". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Cork, Tristan (13 September 2015). "Blow for Lyneham as Navy and RAF pull out of military training centre plan". Somerset Live. Retrieved 12 December 2016. 
  4. ^ Lyneham Primary School
  5. ^ "Church of St. Michael, Lyneham". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Stained Glass Windows at St. Michael, Lyneham". www.stainedglassrecords.org. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Parish Council". Lyneham & Bradenstoke parish. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Ward population 2011.Retrieved 13 March 2015". 
  9. ^ "High Mowthorpe 1971–2000 averages". The Met Office. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 

External links[edit]

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