Poulshot

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Poulshot
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Poulshot
Location within Wiltshire
Population370 (in 2011) [1]
OS grid reference ST970599
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DEVIZES
Postcode district SN10
Dialling code 01380
Police Wiltshire
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
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51°20′17″N2°02′38″W / 51.338°N 2.044°W / 51.338; -2.044 Coordinates: 51°20′17″N2°02′38″W / 51.338°N 2.044°W / 51.338; -2.044

Poulshot (pronounced Pole-shot) is a village and civil parish in Wiltshire, England. Its nearest town is Devizes, about 2.5 miles (4 km) to the northeast. The parish includes the hamlet of Townsend.

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The A361 Trowbridge-Devizes road forms part of the northern boundary of the parish, while most of the western boundary is the Summerham Brook, a tributary of the Semington Brook.

Religious sites

The Anglican church of St Peter is 0.6 miles (1 km) southwest of the village green, at Townsend. The building has 13th-century origins and a tower from 1853. In 1962 the church was designated as Grade II* listed. [2]

A chapel of ease was built in 1897, in the centre of the village next to the rectory. From 1929 the building became a church hall; it is no longer in use. [3]

A Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built in 1886, to designs by C.E. Ponting, north of the Raven Inn. It is now a private home. [4]

Notable people

Distinguished rectors of Poulshot include Thomas Rundle (c. 1688–1743), who became bishop of Derry; and Benjamin Blayney (1728-1801), scholar of Hebrew.

The historian Herbert William Fisher was born at Poulshot in 1826. [5]

In 1775 Thomas Boulter, the village miller, was sentenced to 14 years transportation for theft. His son (also named Thomas), tried to run the mill but gave it up and became an infamous highwayman, committing many robberies in an area stretching from the south coast as far north as Cheshire and as far west as Bristol, before being hanged at Winchester on 19 August 1778. It is said that for many years afterwards, fierce guard dogs in the area were generally called "Boulter" after him. [6]

Amenities

Poulshot has a pub, the Raven. The Kennet and Avon Canal passes through the northwest corner of the parish and the Caen Hill flight of locks is nearby.

There is no school in the parish. A National School was built in the village in 1884 and closed in 1974; the building became the village hall. [7]

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References

  1. "Wiltshire Community History - Census". Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  2. Historic England. "Church of St Peter (1272991)". National Heritage List for England . Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  3. "St. Paul's Chapel-of Ease, Poulshot". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  4. "Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Poulshot". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  5. Notes at nikoko.co.uk
  6. Waylen, James (1856). The Highwaymen of Wiltshire. Devizes: N.B. Randle. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  7. "Poulshot Church of England School". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 11 January 2016.

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