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Sherrington Pond
Sherrington is located in Wiltshire
Location within Wiltshire
Population66 (in 2011)[1]
OS grid referenceST959391
• London88 mi (142 km) ENE
Civil parish
  • Sherrington
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBA12
Dialling code01985
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
51°09′04″N 2°03′32″W / 51.151°N 2.059°W / 51.151; -2.059Coordinates: 51°09′04″N 2°03′32″W / 51.151°N 2.059°W / 51.151; -2.059

Sherrington is a small village and civil parish on the River Wylye in Wiltshire, England.

The part of the Great Ridge Wood known as Snailcreep Hanging lies entirely within Sherrington.


Sherrington is near the larger village of Codford and is near the edge of Salisbury Plain. It is 7 miles (11 km) southeast of the town of Warminster and 13 miles (21 km) northwest of the city of Salisbury.


There are a number of prehistoric barrows in the parish.[2]

Sherrington has the remains of a motte-and-bailey castle,[3] presumed to have been made late in the 11th or early in the 12th century.[2] Now a scheduled ancient monument, the mound rises to a height of 5.5m and is 48m across.[4]

The village has a large mill pond.

The Post Office Directory of Hampshire, Wiltshire, and Dorsetshire (1855) says of Sherrington:

SHERRINGTON is a township and parish on the river Wily, in the Hundred of Branch and Dole, and Warminster Union, South Wilts, 7½ miles south of Warminster station, 121½ from London, and 4 from Heytesbury. The living is a rectory, value £238, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Salisbury, and in the patronage of the Rev. Arthur Fane, B. A., vicar of Warminster, to whom the manor belongs; the Rev. Mason Anderson is the incumbent. The church of St Michael is a small edifice, with a bell turret; its east and west windows are finely decorated. Population, in 1851, 189; acreage, 1,280; rateable value, £1,023. On the downs are some ancient relics.[5]

Parish church[edit]

Church of St Cosmos and St Damian

Sherrington had a parish church by 1252, which was dedicated to Saints Cosmas and Damian by 1341. It was completely rebuilt in 1624, re-using the early 14th century east and west windows of the original building. The west bellcot was added in the 19th century.[2][3]

The octagonal stone font is from the 13th century. Other fittings, including pews and the pulpit, are 17th-century and described by English Heritage as "little altered". On the plaster walls are painted cartouches with Biblical texts, one dated 1630. The church was recorded as Grade I listed in 1968.[6]

The benefice was united with Boyton in 1909, although the parishes remained distinct.[7] Today the parish is served by the Upper Wylye Valley Team, which covers ten rural parishes.[8]

Other buildings[edit]

The Old Rectory is a late 17th century building, extended and altered in the 19th. Under the thatched roof, the north front is in dressed limestone.[9]

Local government[edit]

Most local government services are provided by Wiltshire Council, which has its offices in Trowbridge, some twelve miles to the north. With fewer than one hundred residents, Sherrington has no elected parish council, and instead has a Parish Meeting at which all electors may attend and vote.[10]

Boundary changes in 2010 created a new constituency of South West Wiltshire which incorporates the parish. Sherrington's current Member of Parliament is Andrew Murrison, while its representative in the Wiltshire Council unitary authority is Christopher Newbury. Both are Conservatives.


  1. ^ "Census - Sherrington". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 21 April 2015. Note ONS raw data (as opposed to this County Council figure) is for an area 'too small to publish all data for reasons of confidentiality of living people' its parish data being combined with Boyton, Wiltshire into output area E00163596 so more demographic statistics will become available in a few decades from 2011
  2. ^ a b c Crowley et al., 1995, pages 234-242
  3. ^ a b Pevsner and Cherry, 1975, page 469
  4. ^ Historic England. "Sherrington Castle mound (1010460)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  5. ^ Post Office Directory of Hampshire, Wiltshire, and Dorsetshire (1855), p. 109
  6. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Cosmas and St Damian, Sherrington (1364328)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  7. ^ "No. 28241". The London Gazette. 13 April 1909. pp. 2905–6.
  8. ^ "St Cosmas & St Damian, Sherrington". The Upper Wylye Valley Team. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  9. ^ Historic England. "The Old Rectory (1364329)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  10. ^ "Sherrington Parish Meeting". Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 24 January 2020.


External links[edit]

Media related to Sherrington at Wikimedia Commons