Oare, Wiltshire

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Coordinates: 51°21′54″N 1°46′26″W / 51.365°N 1.774°W / 51.365; -1.774

Oare in 1932, by Fred C. Palmer

Oare is a small village near Marlborough and Pewsey in the County of Wiltshire, England. The A345 road runs through the village.


The village is within the parish of Wilcot and Huish with Oare and lies within the Devizes Parliamentary Constituency.

The area is popular with walkers and the Mid Wilts Way Long Distance Walking Route passes through the village.[1] The Giant's Grave at the eastern edge of the village offers views over the village and Pewsey Vale.[2]

A large wooden outline of a heart with flowers planted in it is inbetween Huish and Oare. It sometimes considered to be in Oare and sometimes considered to be in Huish. The heart is a geoglyph, but not quite a hill figure like the many surrounding "white horses" such as the Marlborough White Horse.


Oare House on the western edge of the village, built in 1740, is Grade I listed.[3] It was largely remodelled in the early 1920s by Portmeirion architect Clough Williams-Ellis. Its gardens open twice annually through the National Gardens Scheme[4] and have a summer house designed by I. M. Pei, architect of the Louvre Pyramid.

At the northern edge of the village is Rainscombe House, built circa 1810 and Grade II listed.[5] Its grounds, in the valley between Oare Hill and Martinsell Hill, are the location for the annual Wiltshire Steam and Vintage Rally, held in June or July.[6]


The Giant's Grave, aka the Devil's Grave

The village is also home to the New-Orleans-style ten-piece jazz band, Kennet Vale Brass.[7]


  1. ^ "Wiltshire". Mid Wilts Way: A New Long Distance Walking Route for Wiltshire. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  2. ^ This Giant's Grave is not to be confused with Parc Cwm long cairn
  3. ^ Historic England. "Oare House (1035754)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "National Gardens Scheme". NGS front page. NGS. 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Historic England. "Rainscombe House (1035750)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Wiltshire Agricultural Preservation Group". Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Kennet Vale Brass". Website front page. 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 

External links[edit]

"Wilcot and Huish with Oare parish website". Retrieved February 28, 2014.