High Street, Pewsey
Pewsey shown within Wiltshire
|Population||3,634 (2011 census)|
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|Fire||Dorset and Wiltshire|
|EU Parliament||South West England|
Pewsey is a large village and civil parish at the centre of the Vale of Pewsey in Wiltshire, about 6 miles (9.7 km) south of Marlborough and 80 miles (130 km) west of London. It is within reach of the M4 motorway and the A303 and is served by Pewsey railway station on the London to Taunton line.
The parish includes these small settlements:
- Kepnal – east of the village, south of the Burbage road
- Pewsey Wharf – north, where the A345 crosses the Kennet and Avon canal
- Sharcott – west, by the Avon; marked on some maps as East Sharcott as distinct from West Sharcott, a short distance downstream in Manningford parish
- Southcott – close to the southeast of the village
Archaeological excavations on Pewsey Hill show evidence of a settlement in the 6th century. In the Tudor era the Manor of Pewsey belonged to the Duchess of Somerset. Several of the village's houses were built in this era: the timber framed cruck house at Ball Corner, Bridge Cottage on the Avon and the Court House by the Church.
In 1764 the founder of the Methodist movement John Wesley (1703–1791) preached at Pewsey's Church of England parish church. The rector at that time, Joseph Townsend, was responsible for building of the first bridge over the River Avon.
The Kennet and Avon Canal reached Pewsey in 1810. Of more lasting effect for the village was the arrival of the Great Western Railway in 1862 which allowed fast travel to London and to the West Country.
Pewsey White Horse
The Pewsey white horse hill figure is located on a steep slope of Pewsey Hill about a mile south of the village and can be viewed from several places in the surrounding area. It was cut in 1937 and is one of the smaller Wiltshire white horses. It replaces an earlier one which was possibly cut in 1785.
It has a state Primary Academy, Pewsey Primary School. The OFSTED  of 2012 rated it as good with scope to use mathematics more across the school. It has achieved good Key Stage Two SATS results for Wiltshire. It appeared in the 100 Most Improved Schools table for its 2013 results and its 2014 results put it in the top 100 schools nationally.
St. Francis School, an independent preparatory school, is just outside the village.
The village has doctors, dentists, an osteopath, numerous hairdressers and beauticians, a vet and a dog grooming salon, interior designers, picture framers, carpet shop, cabinet makers, furniture maker, art gallery and jeweller, a petrol station, car repair businesses, Post Office, hardware store, charity shops, butcher, curry house, Chinese take-away and a kebab shop, micro-breweries (on the Salisbury road industrial estate and at the Crown Inn), a Co-op supermarket and three convenience stores, including the petrol station.
There is one restaurant/wine bar, 6 pubs (the Royal Oak, the Crown Inn, the French Horn, the Moonrakers, the Coopers Arms, The Shed Alehouse micropub), The Waterfront Bar and Bistro at Pewsey Wharf.
There are two main public parking areas: at the Co-op and around the village's Bouverie Hall, near the Post Office. There is a public convenience (toilet) at the latter parking area.
The Wiltshire Council run Pewsey Leisure Centre is next to Pewsey Vale School, its amenities include a 25m heated indoor swimming pool, squash courts and a large multi-sport hall.
Jones's Mill is a wetland nature reserve by the Avon.
- Elinor Goodman, journalist and radio presenter
- Shelley Rudman, winner of the silver medal in the skeleton bob, Britain's only medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin
- Ian Walker, former goal keeper for the England national football team and Tottenham Hotspur F.C.
- Zoë Wanamaker, actress
Sport and leisure
Pewsey has two rugby teams and a junior club. For the 2015/16 season, Pewsey Vale 1st XV plays in the SSE South West Division, Dorset & Wilts 2 North League. PVRFC have a joint second team called Alfred's Nomads, shared with Marlborough RFC; they play in Dorset and Wilts 3 North.
Pewsey has a Non-League football team Pewsey Vale F.C. who play at The Recreation Ground. In July 2014 Pewsey Vale Youth FC was awarded 'FA Chartered Standard' Club of the year by the Wiltshire Football Association.
Wiltshire Council run Pewsey Leisure Centre which is next to Pewsey Vale School. Its amenities include a 25m heated indoor swimming pool (used for swimming, float play, kayaking and snorkelling), squash courts and a multi-sport hall (used for Badmington, indoor cricket/football/rugby, basket ball, volley ball, circuit training, archery and martial arts (Judo, Taekwondo and kung fu)).
Pewsey has a running club. A Bowls Club is located next to the Tennis club. A swimming pool and gym offer a range of courses including spinning and aqua-aerobics.
Pewsey Music Festival, established in 2007, is a celebration of live music held each August in Cooper's Field, behind the Cooper's Arms pub.
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