Ogbourne St George

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Ogbourne St George
St. George's parish church
Ogbourne St George is located in Wiltshire
Ogbourne St George
Ogbourne St George
Ogbourne St George shown within Wiltshire
Population 495 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid reference SU199744
Civil parish
  • Ogbourne St George
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Marlborough
Postcode district SN8
Dialling code 01672
Police Wiltshire
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
Website Village website
List of places
51°28′05″N 1°42′54″W / 51.468°N 1.715°W / 51.468; -1.715Coordinates: 51°28′05″N 1°42′54″W / 51.468°N 1.715°W / 51.468; -1.715

Ogbourne St George is a village and civil parish on the River Og about 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Marlborough, Wiltshire, England.


In the Middle Ages the manor of Ogbourne St George belonged to the Benedictine Abbey of Bec in Normandy. Ogbourne Priory was founded in about 1149 as a daughter house of the abbey.[2] For two hundred years the priory managed all the English estates belonging to the abbey.[3]

During World War II the address of the manor house was used atop a fictitious headed letter from 'Pam' to 'Major Martin' as a part of Operation Mincemeat, a disinformation strategy, the idea being that 'no German could resist the "Englishness" of such an address'.[4]


The present manor house is built on the site of the priory and is Grade II* listed.[2][5] The house is Jacobean and the date 1619 is inscribed on one of its chimneystacks.[2] It received some Georgian remodelling, including the current glazing of its windows and probably the hipped roof.[2]

The Church of England parish church of Saint George is also Grade II* listed[6] and may be Norman in origin.[2] The three-bay arcade of the south aisle is Early English Gothic and the arcade of the north aisle is slightly later.[2] The church's windows and bell tower are Perpendicular Gothic additions from later in the Middle Ages.[2] The tower has a ring of five bells, with an 18 hundredweight tenor tuned to E-flat. St. George's is now part of the Ridgeway Benefice along with the parishes of Chiseldon with Draycot Foliat and Ogbourne St Andrew with Rockley.

A 14th or 15th century barn at Hallam Farm is Grade I listed.[7] A 17th-century cottage known as Applegarth, on the High Street, is Grade II* listed.[8]

Former railway[edit]

The Swindon, Marlborough and Andover Railway was built through the parish and opened in 1881, including a new railway station at Ogbourne. The railway company later renamed itself the Midland and South Western Junction Railway. It was made part of the Great Western Railway in 1923 and British Railways closed the line through Ogbourne station in 1961. Part of the line has been obliterated in the Ogbourne St George district by the realignment of the A346 road, but most of the trackbed is now part of National Cycle Route 45.


The 17th-century Old Crown Inn was a coaching inn and is currently called the Inn with the Well.[9] The village had another public house which has been converted into the Parklands Hotel.[10]

Ogbourne St George & St Andrew Voluntary Controlled Church of England Primary School[11] serves Ogbourne St George, Ogbourne St Andrew, Ogbourne Maizey, Rockley and smaller numbers of pupils from Marlborough.

The Ridgeway National Trail passes close to the village.


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Pevsner & Cherry, 1975, page 366
  3. ^ Lobel, 1959, pages 103–116
  4. ^ Macintyre, Ben (2010). Operation mincemeat : the true spy story that changed the course of World War II. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. pp. 77–78. ISBN 1408808544. OCLC 869820828.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Manor House, High Street, Ogbourne St George (1284455)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  6. ^ Historic England. "Church of St George, Ogbourne St. George (1284521)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  7. ^ Historic England. "Barn at Hallam Farm Buildings (1284436)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  8. ^ Historic England. "Applegarth, High Street, Ogbourne St George (1033826)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  9. ^ "The Inn with the Well". Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Parklands Hotel". Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Ogbourne St George & St Andrew C of E VC Primary School". Retrieved 26 March 2015.

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External links[edit]

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