Market Lavington

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Market Lavington
Market Lavington.JPG
Village centre
Market Lavington is located in Wiltshire
Market Lavington
Market Lavington
Market Lavington shown within Wiltshire
Population 2,213 (in 2011)[1]
OS grid reference SU014541
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DEVIZES
Postcode district SN10
Dialling code 01380
Police Wiltshire
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
WiltshireCoordinates: 51°17′00″N 1°59′00″W / 51.2833°N 1.9833°W / 51.2833; -1.9833

Market Lavington is a civil parish and large village with a population of about 2,200 on the northern edge of Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England, 5 miles (8.0 km) south of the market town of Devizes. The parish includes the hamlets of Lavington Sands and Fiddington Sands.


Market Lavington was formerly considered to be a town and received a Royal Charter to hold a weekly market in the year 1254.[2]

The civil parish elects a parish council.[3] It is in the area of Wiltshire Council unitary authority, which is responsible for all significant local government functions.

The parish falls in 'The Lavingtons and Erlestoke' electoral ward. This ward starts in the south at West Lavington and stretches north to Worton. The total population of the parish taken at the 2011 census was 5,857.[4]

The village has a Co-op supermarket, a pharmacist, a butcher, a post office, a florist, a hairdresser, a pub, a café and other small businesses. There is also a Nursing and Residential Home.


The Anglican Church of St Mary dates from the 13th century and is Grade I listed.[5][6]

The Old House, a 14th-century manor house, is also Grade I listed.[7]

A new Manor House was built in 1865 by Ewan Christian for Edward Pleydell-Bouverie, a politician and Ecclesiastical Commissioner. Since 1926 it has been owned by Dauntsey's School.[8]


The village has two schools, as well as a pre-school group.

The village is less than two miles from Dauntsey's School, in nearby West Lavington.


The Stert and Westbury Railway, part of the route from London to Taunton, was built through the parish by the Great Western Railway in 1900. At the same time a station named Lavington was built a short distance outside Market Lavington parish, north of Littleton Panell where the line crosses the A360. It was closed in 1967 and no local stations remain; the nearest stations are Pewsey and Westbury.


Market Lavington hosts an annual barrel rolling contest and a tug of war on White Street, leading up Lavington Hill.

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  1. ^ "Wiltshire Community History - Census". Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Market Lavington". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Parish Council". Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Lavingtons and Erlestoke ward 2011.Retrieved 16 March 2015". 
  5. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Mary, Market Lavington (1035835)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Church of St. Mary, Market Lavington". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  7. ^ Historic England. "The Old House, Market Lavington (1035851)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Market Lavington Manor". Market Lavington Museum. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 

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