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Bus shelter, Whiteparish
Whiteparish is located in Wiltshire
 Whiteparish shown within Wiltshire
Population 1,504 (in 2011)[1]
OS grid reference SU246236
Civil parish Whiteparish
Unitary authority Wiltshire
Ceremonial county Wiltshire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Salisbury
Postcode district SP5
Dialling code 01794
Police Wiltshire
Fire Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Salisbury
Website Whiteparish
List of places

Coordinates: 51°00′40″N 1°39′04″W / 51.011°N 1.651°W / 51.011; -1.651

Whiteparish is a village and civil parish on the A27 about 7.5 miles (12.1 km) southeast of Salisbury in Wiltshire, England. The village is about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from the county boundary with Hampshire. The parish includes the hamlets of Cowesfield Green (east of Whiteparish on the A27) and Newton (southwest, near the A36).


Cowesfield was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086,[2] together with nearby settlements at Alderstone (now extinct) and Frustfield (which became Whiteparish).[3]

The place-name 'Whiteparish' is first attested in 1319. It was earlier recorded as 'la Whytechyrche' in 1278, and 'Album Monasterium' in 1291, which both mean 'white church'.[4] The reference is presumably to a stone or whitewashed church.

Local government[edit]

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 parish falls in 'Alderbury and Whiteparish' electoral ward. The ward starts in the northwest at Alderbury and stretches south east to Whiteparish. The ward population taken at the 2011 census was 4,261.[5]


The Church of England parish church of All Saints is Grade II* listed.[6] It has 12th-century origins and was restored by William Butterfield in 1870. A painting St Peter denying Christ is by J F Rigaud.[7]

A Methodist church was built on Dean Lane in the 19th century.[8] It was sold for residential use circa 2012.


Whiteparish All Saints CE Primary School accepts children from nursery to year 6. It is a small school, in the middle of Whiteparish, with approximately 150 students.[9] From 1842 there was a National School on the same site, educating children of all ages until 1955.[10]

The village has a doctors' surgery and two pubs, the Parish Lantern and the Fountain Inn.

The parish has two biological Sites of Special Scientific Interest: Whiteparish Common and Brickworth Down & Dean Hill.

Notable buildings[edit]

Abbotstone House is a Grade II listed building, adjacent to the A27, in the north-western part of the village.[11] Other major residences include Melchet Park, Cowesfield House, Broxmore House, and Brickworth. [12] Brickworth is an old modernized mansion, which was long the seat of the Eyres; it now belongs to Earl Nelson. Earl Nelson is lord of the manor. [13]


  1. ^ "Wiltshire Community History - Census". Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Cowesfield in the Domesday Book
  3. ^ "Whiteparish". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Eilert Ekwall, Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p.514.
  5. ^ "Alderbury and Whiteparish ward 2011". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Historic England. "Church of All Saints, Whiteparish (1300179)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  7. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus; Cherry, Bridget (revision) (1975) [1963]. Wiltshire. The Buildings of England (2nd ed.). Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 572. ISBN 0-14-0710-26-4. 
  8. ^ "Methodist Church, Whiteparish". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. 
  9. ^ "Whiteparish All Saints CE Primary School". Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Whiteparish School". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  11. ^ Historic England. "Abbotstone House, Whiteparish (1184644)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "UK Genealogy Archives: Whiteparish, Wiltshire". Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "UK Genealogy Archives: Brickworth". Retrieved 2 December 2014. 

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