Steeple Ashton

Steeple Ashton

infobox UK place
country = England

static_image_caption=The village, as seen from across a field
latitude= 51.32
official_name=Steeple Ashton
population=939 (as of 2001)
region=South West England

Steeple Ashton is a village and a civil parish in Wiltshire, England. The village has approximately 1000 inhabitants, although it had twice as many according to the 1981 census [] . It was also at that time the place of the main local market, the market cross for which still stands upon the Village Green. A great fire however destroyed the few mills within the small town and when it came to rebuilding the textile mills moved to the nearby town of Trowbridge where the River Biss provided better power. The Market was later moved to Market Lavington.

The village is named partially after the church built there. The church was struck by lightning in the 17th century and the spire was rebuilt, only to be struck by lightning a second time. It was not rebuilt again, and the present day church has only a tower. Locals have it that a third spire was abandoned on the basis that the first two lightning strikes intimated divine disapproval of the steeple. Some villagers still believe that, whilst others have looked up 'lightning conductor' in the encyclopedia.

Steeple Ashton today is a busy village. It has an award winning local shop, run by volunteers, a thriving and improving pub, a football team, an active Trust supporting the Church which organises many events, a day nursery, recently a 'screen in the sticks' local cinema and an informative village magazine published monthly, not to mention a number of special interest groups. The school closed about five years ago and children are now educated at nearby Keevil school, which has grown from about fifty to over a hundred pupils in the last three years. Its annual end of year stage productions are gaining legendary status and tickets allegedly exchange on ebay at a premium.

The village also abuts Keevil Airfield, an active military aerodrome which served throughout World War Two as home to squadrons of Bomber Command, and also a launch site for gliders taking part in Operation Market Garden, made famous in 'A Bridge Too Far'. These days there is a well-attended Gliding club at the airfield, and the army and air force regularly train there, too. There is an annual 10k run around the airfield, and last year, the world record for a three legged race was broken on the perimeter track.

Steeple Ashton is the location of a 26.5 hectare geological Site of Special Scientific Interest (gbmapping|ST914558), notified in 1998.


* [ English Nature citation sheet for the site] (accessed 23 July 2006)

External links

* [ English Nature website] (SSSI information)
* [ Steeple Ashton Online] (Steeple Ashton Online)

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Поможем сделать НИР

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Ashton Common — infobox UK place country=England static static image caption=Main road latitude=51.32 longitude= 02.15 official name=Ashton Common population= shire district= shire county=Wiltshire metropolitan borough= metropolitan county= region=South West… …   Wikipedia

  • Ashton — This distinguished surname, with several entries in the Dictionary of National Biography , and having more than thirty Coats of Arms, is of Anglo Saxon origin, and is a locational name from any of the various places throughout England named with… …   Surnames reference

  • St Andrew's Church, Ashton-on-Ribble — Steeple of St Andrew s …   Wikipedia

  • List of civil parishes in Wiltshire — This is a list of civil parishes in Wiltshire, England.Kennet*Aldbourne *All Cannings *Alton *Avebury *Baydon *Beechingstoke *Berwick Bassett *Bishops Cannings *Broad Hinton *Bromham *Burbage *Buttermere *Charlton *Cheverell Magna *Cheverell… …   Wikipedia

  • Richard Long (MP 1734-1741) — Richard Long (c. 1691 1760) was an English politician. Born in Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire, he was the first son of Richard Long (1668 1730) of Rood Ashton by his first wife Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Long of Rowden, Chippenham. Educated at the… …   Wikipedia

  • High Sheriff of Wiltshire — This is a list of High Sheriffs of Wiltshire.*1067 1070: Philippe de Buckland *1085: Aiulphus the Sheriff *1119: Edward D eureux *1130: Warin de Lisures or Lisoriis *1155: William the Late Sheriff *1156 9: Patrick D eureux 1st Earl of Salisbury… …   Wikipedia

  • Wiltshire Victoria County History — The Wiltshire Victoria County History is an encyclopaedic history of the county of Wiltshire in England. It forms part of the overall Victoria County History of England founded in 1899 in honour of Queen Victoria. With eighteen volumes published …   Wikipedia

  • RAF Keevil — Infobox Military Structure name= Royal Air Force Station Keevil USAAF Station 471 location= Located Near Trowbridge, Wiltshire, United Kingdom coordinates=coord|51|18|46|N|002|06|47|W| caption= Keevil airfield on 4 November 1946 type= Military… …   Wikipedia

  • Survey of English Dialects — The Survey of English Dialects was undertaken between 1950 and 1961 under the direction of Professor Harold Orton of the English department of the University of Leeds. It aimed to collect the full range of speech in England and Wales before local …   Wikipedia

  • List of Grade I listed buildings in Wiltshire — There are over 6000 Grade I listed buildings in England. This page is a list of these buildings in the county of Wiltshire.Kennet* Church of St Michael, Aldbourne * Church of St Mary, Alton Barnes * Church of St Michael, Avebury * Avebury Manor * …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”