Manton, Wiltshire

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Coordinates: 51°24′58″N 1°45′11″W / 51.416°N 1.753°W / 51.416; -1.753Coordinates: 51°24′58″N 1°45′11″W / 51.416°N 1.753°W / 51.416; -1.753
Country England
County Wiltshire
Civil parish Marlborough

Manton is a small village in Wiltshire, England, on the western outskirts of Marlborough just off the A4 Bath Road.

Local government[edit]

Manton was transferred to Marlborough civil parish in 1934; before then it was in Preshute parish.[1]

Local economy[edit]

A small industrial estate on the A4 to the west of Manton houses several businesses including the headquarters of P&M Aviation, a manufacturer of ultralight aircraft.


The village primary school is Preshute Primary School, which feeds into St Johns Academy in Marlborough.[2] The village has a pub, the Outside Chance.[3]

The Anglican Church of St George is 0.5 miles (0.80 km) west of the village, next to Preshute House. This settlement was identified as Preshute as recently as the 1961 (7th series) Ordnance Survey map[4] but on current maps and road signs it is part of Manton. The church has a 15th-century tower and was restored in 1854 by T.H. Wyatt; it is Grade II* listed.[5]

The Manton Estate[edit]

The Manton Estate is 2 miles (3.2 km) northwest of the village, on the Marlborough Downs in the parish of Preshute. It includes Manton House, Manton Lodge and Manton House Stables,[6] currently operated by thoroughbred horse trainer Brian Meehan.[7] The stables were established in the 1860s by Alec Taylor and then run by his son Alec Taylor, Jr.. The estate was purchased by Leeds-born soap manufacturer Joseph Watson (died 1922), who in 1921 won the Oaks with Love-in-Idleness and came 3rd in the Derby with Lemonora; in 1922 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Manton. Later the estate was acquired by the Sangster family.


  1. ^ "Victoria County History - Wiltshire - Vol 12 pp160-184 - Parishes: Preshute". British History Online. University of London. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Preshute Church of England Primary School". Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Outside Chance". Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Ordnance Survey 7th Series - Sheet 157". National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Historic England. "Church of St George, Preshute (1243100)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "The Manton Estate - sales brochure" (PDF). Strutt & Parker LLP, Adkin. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "History of Manton Stables". Brian Meehan Ltd. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 

External links[edit]

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