Wastbury, Wiltshire

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Westbury old town hall.JPG
Auld toon hall
Wastbury is locatit in Wiltshire
Location within Wiltshire
Population16,989 (in 2011)[1]
OS grid referenceST868511
Unitar authority
Ceremonial coonty
Sovereign stateUnitit Kinrick
Postcode destrictBA13
Diallin code01373
FireDorset an Wiltshire
AmbulanceSooth Wastren
EU PairlamentSooth Wast Ingland
UK Pairlament
List of places
51°15′36″N 2°11′28″W / 51.260°N 2.191°W / 51.260; -2.191Coordinates: 51°15′36″N 2°11′28″W / 51.260°N 2.191°W / 51.260; -2.191

Wastbury is a toon an ceevil pairish in the wast o the Inglis coonty o Wiltshire, maist famous fur the Wastbury White Horse.

Toponymy[eedit | eedit soorce]

The maist likely oreegin o the Wast- in Wastbury is semply that the toon is near the waster edge o the coonty o Wiltshire, the boonds o whit hae been muckle the same syne the Anglo-Saxon period.

The -bury pairt o the name is a feegur o borough, whit haes sibs in mony leids, sic as the German -burg an the Greek -pyrgos. It cairies the idea o a hill or fortifee'd toon. In Wiltshire, -bury aften shaws an Airn Age or Bronze age fortifee'd hill fort, an sic a site is tae be foon immediately abuin the Westbury White Horse.

Location[eedit | eedit soorce]

Wastbury is in the faur wast o Wiltshire, near the mairch wi Somerset. It lies at the northwaster edge o Salisbury Plain, 18 miles (29 km) sootheast o the ceety o Bath, approximately 5 miles (8 km) sooth o the coonty toon o Trowbridge an 4.5 miles (7.2 km) north o the gairison toon o Warminster. Aither nearby toons an ceeties include Frome, Devizes and Salisbury.

Aw Saunts' Kirk
Westbury White Horse seen fae the hillside

In the past, Wastbury wis sometimes kent as Wastbury-unner-the-Plain tae merk it fae aither toons o the same name. Wastbury is locatit unner the northwaster craig o Salisbury Plain, an it is thare that the toon's maist famous featur can be seen: the Wastbury White Horse. It is sometimes said locally that the White Horse wis first cut intae the cauk face as lang syne as the year 878, tae honour the veectory o Alfred the Great ower the Danes in the Fecht o Ethandun. Houiver, scholarts believe this tae be an upmak o the late 18th century, an na evidents haes yet been foon fur the existence o the horse afore the 1720s. The new feegur o the horse dates fae 1778, whan it wis remade. In the 1950s, it wis decidit that the horse woud be mair easily mainteenit if it were set concrete an pentit white. The horse's oreeginal feegur micht hae been verra different fae the horse seen the day. Wan 18th-century cairven shaws the horse facin tae the richt, but in its new feegur it faces tae the left.

Governance[eedit | eedit soorce]

The majority o local govrenment wirk (includin schuils, roads, social services, waste disposal, emergency plannin, leisur services, development guidal an street cleanin) are cairied oot by Wiltshire Cooncil, a unitairy authority. Wastbury is divid intae three cooncil divisions, ilk electin wan member o Wiltshire Cooncil.

Wastbury is a ceevil pairish wi an electit toon cooncil o fifteen members. This haes important roles, in addeetion tae increasin responsibeelity fur services in the toon. The convener o the toon cooncil haes the teetle o Mayor o Wastbury whit is a ceremonial role.

Transport[eedit | eedit soorce]

Road transport[eedit | eedit soorce]

A First Somerset & Avon bus oan route 264 (Bath tae Warminster) picks up a passenger at Westbury railwey station

The A350 road gaes throu the toun an a contentious Wastbury Bipass wis wanst proponed whit woud hae reduced traffic in pairts o the toon but woud hae haed a bad effect on the landscape on the east o the toon. The eastren bipass schame wis rejectit efter an Sequestrate Plannin Inquiry recommendit nae tae dae it in 2009. The toon is still a bottleneck on the A350 route.

  1. http://www.citypopulation.de/php/uk-england-southwestengland.php?cityid=E34004157