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Manningford Bruce
Manningford is located in Wiltshire
Manningford shown within Wiltshire
Population 405 (in 2011)[1]
OS grid reference SU140580
Civil parish
  • Manningford
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Pewsey
Postcode district SN9
Dialling code 01672
Police Wiltshire
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
Website The Manningfords
List of places
51°19′N 1°48′W / 51.32°N 1.80°W / 51.32; -1.80Coordinates: 51°19′N 1°48′W / 51.32°N 1.80°W / 51.32; -1.80

Manningford is a civil parish in Wiltshire, England. The parish includes the villages of Manningford Abbots, Manningford Bohune and Manningford Bruce, and the hamlet of Manningford Bohune Common, together known as the Manningfords.

The parish is in the Vale of Pewsey which carries the upper section of the Salisbury Avon. Pewsey is about 2 miles (3.2 km) to the northeast; the nearest towns are Marlborough, 8 miles (13 km) northeast, and Devizes, 9 miles (14 km) to the west.


Manningford Abbots or Abbas[edit]

The eastern third of the parish, so-called from its ownership by the Abbot of Hyde Abbey, Winchester, founded by Alfred the Great. The Abbot held it, together with the chapelry at Alton Priors, until the Dissolution of the Monasteries. In 1547 it went to the Seymour family (Dukes of Somerset and then Northumberland) until it was split up in 1768.

There was probably a parish church in the 10th century and certainly one in 1291; its dedication is unknown.[2] The church was rebuilt in 1861-64 to designs by the architect S.B. Gabriel of Bristol.[3] It was declared redundant in 1984[4] and the ecclesiastical parish was joined with Manningford Bruce.[5]

Manningford Bohune[edit]

The western third of the parish, held by Amelric de Drewes in 1086. The name is from Humphrey de Bohun in the 12th century (related to the Bohun Earls of Hereford).

The Anglican parish church of All Saints was built in 1859 to designs by the architect N.E. Clacey.[3]It was declared redundant in 1973.[6]

Manningford Bruce[edit]

The central third of the parish, held by Grimbald the Goldsmith in 1086, named after the Norman William de Breuse in 1275.

The parish church of Saint Peter is Norman.[3][7] Restored by J.L. Pearson in 1882, it is Grade I listed.[8]

The site of a Roman villa is near the church.[9]

Local government[edit]

The civil parish elects a parish council. It is in the area of Wiltshire Council unitary authority, which is responsible for all significant local government functions.

Until 1934 there were three parishes: Manningford Abbots, Bruce and Bohune.[10]

Notable people[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

  • Caballito, a 2012 novel by Robin Baker, is partly set in Manningford Bruce and contains descriptions of Firth Copse.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Wiltshire Community History - Census". Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Church at Manningford Abbots". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Pevsner & Cherry, 1975, page 330
  4. ^ "Scheme for redundancy of Manningford Abbots" (PDF). Church Society Trust. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Manningford Bruce & Abbots". A Church Near You. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Church of All Saints, Manningford Bohune". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Church of St. Peter, Manningford Bruce". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  8. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Peter, Manningford (1300103)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  9. ^ Historic England. "Site of probable Roman courtyard villa, Manningford Bruce (220193)". PastScape. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Victoria County History - Wiltshire - vol 10, pp106-112 - Parishes: Manningford Abbots". British History Online. University of London. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  11. ^ Robin, Baker (2013). Caballito. ISBN 9781626464674. 

Sources and further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Manningford at Wikimedia Commons