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Pewsey, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Pewsey, a village, a parish, and a district in Wiltshire. The village stands on a headstream of the river Avon, 1 mile S of the Kennet and Avon Canal, and 7 miles SSW of Marlborough. It is a seat of petty sessions, and has a station on the G.W.R., 75 miles from London, and a post, money order, and telegraph office. Acreage of parish, 4784; population, 1781. The manor belongs to St Thomas' Hospital. The Vale of Pewsey separates Marlborough Downs from Salisbury Plain, is a strip of varied colour flanked by slopes of chalk hills, and is noted for abundance of green-sand fossils. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £470 with residence. Patron, the Earl of Radnor. The church is mainly Early English, partly Perpendicular, with an E tower; the chancel was rebuilt in 1861, and the whole building was restored and enlarged in 1889. There are Baptist, Wesleyan, and Primitive Methodist chapels. The district workhouse is here. The district comprehends also the sub-district of Netheravon, containing the parishes of Netheravon, Fittleton, Enforg, Uphaven, Bushall, Charlton, Wilsford, North Newnton, Manningford Bruce, Manningford Abbots, Woodborough, Huish, and Wilcot, and the chapelry of Alton Priors.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyWiltshire 
Ecclesiastical parishPewsey St. John the Baptist 
Poor Law unionPewsey 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

Findmypast, in association with the Wiltshire Record Office, have the following parish records online for Pewsey:

1568-1880 1601-18421605-1880

Directories & Gazetteers

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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RegionSouth West
Postal districtSN9
Post TownPewsey