St Matthew's church, Rushall
|Rushall shown within Wiltshire|
|Population||143 (in 2011)|
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|Fire||Dorset and Wiltshire|
|EU Parliament||South West England|
Rushall is a small village and civil parish in Wiltshire, England, 8 miles (13 km) southeast of Devizes and 1 mile (1.6 km) from Upavon on the A342 between Devizes and Andover. The village is near the River Avon in the Vale of Pewsey. The parish extends southeast onto Salisbury Plain.
Rushall appears in the Domesday Book. Before 1086 it was held by Gytha, the widow of Earl Godwin, or by Harold, her son, but by the time of the survey, it had been given to the Abbey of St. Wandrille. There seems to have been a church present at that time. In the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, the manor was held by the de Aunay family and subsequently changed hands several times. By 1404 it was in the hands of Lord Hungerford and his family remained in his possession until it was sold in 1548 or 1549. By 1749 it had been sold to Edward Poore, who set about rebuilding or replacing the manor house and emparking the surrounding land.
The Anglican Church of St Matthew is Grade II* listed. Parts of a 14th-century building survive; the tower dates from the late 15th or early 16th century. In 1812 much of the church was rebuilt in brick and in 1905 restoration was carried out by C.E. Ponting.
The civil parish elects a parish council. All significant local government services are provided by Wiltshire Council, with its headquarters in Trowbridge, and the parish is represented there by Paul Oatway, who succeeded Brigadier Robert Hall in 2013. Its Member of Parliament is Claire Perry, Member for Devizes.
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