Sutton Veny

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Sutton Veny
St Leonards Sutton Veny.jpg
St Leonard's Church
Sutton Veny is located in Wiltshire
Sutton Veny
Sutton Veny
Location within Wiltshire
Population734 (in 2011)[1]
OS grid referenceST898422
Civil parish
  • Sutton Veny
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWarminster
Postcode districtBA12
Dialling code01985
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°10′44″N 2°08′53″W / 51.179°N 2.148°W / 51.179; -2.148Coordinates: 51°10′44″N 2°08′53″W / 51.179°N 2.148°W / 51.179; -2.148

Sutton Veny is a village and civil parish situated in the Wylye Valley, about 2 miles (3.2 km) southeast of the town of Warminster in Wiltshire, England. 'Sutton' means 'south farmstead' in relation to Norton Bavant, one mile (1.6 km) to the north. 'Veny' may be a French family name or may describe the village's fenny situation.

The parish includes part of the village of Tytherington. In 1885 when the small parish of Pertwood was extinguished, its northern section was transferred to Sutton Veny.[2]


The civil parish elects a parish council. It is in the area of Wiltshire Council unitary authority, which is responsible for all significant local government functions.

The village is represented in parliament by Andrew Murrison and in Wiltshire Council by Fleur de Rhé-Philipe, both Conservatives.


Sutton Veny and the small settlements around it are served by Sutton Veny C of E Primary School.[3] The school was built in 1872, to a design by J. L. Pearson,[4] and catered for all ages until 1931, when children over eleven were transferred to Warminster.[5]

The village hall is next to the school.[6] The village has a pub, the Woolpack.[7]

The home ground of the Heytesbury and Sutton Veny Cricket Club is in Sutton Veny.[8]

Notable residents[edit]

Notable buildings[edit]

The Old Manor House, built in the 14th century and later used as a rectory, is Grade II* listed.[9]

St Leonard's Church was built in the 12th century. Subsidence caused this church to be abandoned and replaced in 1866-68 by a church dedicated to St John the Evangelist on higher ground 700 yards (640 m) to the northwest. Only the chancel of the old church remains in usable condition; it served for a time as a mortuary chapel. St Leonard's is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.[10]

St John's church was designed by J.J. Pearson and is Grade I listed.[11] It has an Australian War Graves cemetery, where 127 men of the Australian Military Forces were buried during the First World War, most dying in local hospitals of disease or from wounds.[12] Among the graves is the burial place of Matron Jean Nellie Miles Walker, the only Tasmanian nurse to die on active duty during that war.[13]


  1. ^ "Wiltshire Community History - Census". Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Victoria County History - Wiltshire - Vol 8 pp58-61 - Pertwood". British History Online. University of London. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  3. ^ Sutton Veny Church of England Primary School
  4. ^ Historic England. "Sutton Veny County Primary School (1183645)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Sutton Veny Church of England School". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Sutton Veny Village Hall". Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  7. ^ "The Woolpack". Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Heytesbury and Sutton Veny Cricket Club". Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  9. ^ Historic England. "Old Manor House, Sutton Veny (1183551)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  10. ^ "St Leonard, Sutton Veny". Churches Conservation Trust. Retrieved 6 October 2010.
  11. ^ Historic England. "Church of St John the Evangelist, Sutton Veny (1036429)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  12. ^ "Church of St. John the Evangelist, Sutton Veny". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  13. ^ "The Late Matron Walker" Sydney Morning Herald (11 January 1919): 17. via Trove

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