St Andrew's church
|Wootton Rivers shown within Wiltshire|
|Population||228 (in 2011)|
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|Fire||Dorset and Wiltshire|
|EU Parliament||South West England|
Wootton Rivers is a small village and civil parish in the Vale of Pewsey, Wiltshire, England. The village is about 3 miles (5 km) northeast of Pewsey and 4 miles (6 km) south of Marlborough. During the 20th century its population halved and most of its facilities closed.
The parish includes the hamlet of Cuckoo's Knob.
The population of the parish peaked at 470 in 1841, and has remained below 300 since 1921. A gazeteer of 1872 mentioned that there was then a post-office, an iron foundry and an agricultural implement factory in the village and that the church ran a national school. The school opened in 1845 and closed in 1979 owing to falling numbers of pupils.
Most of the village was designated a conservation area in 1975 and contains some 25 buildings dating from before 1800. Remaining amenities include a village hall and a pub, the Royal Oak, housed in a 16th-century building.
The church has a wooden steeple with an unusual clock made by a local craftsman in 1911 to commemorate the coronation of George V. One of its three faces has the letters GLORY.BE.TO.GOD instead of numerals. Its chiming mechanism is like that of a musical box and plays six distinct tunes.
Canal and railway
The Kennet and Avon Canal was built close to the southern end of Wootton Rivers village around 1807 and was opened fully in 1810. Wootton Rivers Lock had a keeper's house and an associated wharf. The canal was restored in the 1970s and the lock was reopened in 1973. In 1988 the lock was part of the location for a BBC television comedy series, The River.
The Reading to Taunton railway was built to the south of the canal in 1862; the nearest station is Pewsey. In 1928 a small station, Wootton Rivers Halt, was built near the road bridge at the southern end of the village. The station was closed in 1966 when local services on the line were withdrawn.
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