Wastbury, Wiltshire

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Westbury old town hall.JPG
Auld toun haw
Wastbury is located 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
Leet o 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 toun an ceevil pairish in the wast o the Inglis coonty o Wiltshire, maist weel-kent fur the Wastbury White Horse.

Toponymy[eedit | eedit soorce]

The maist like eneuch springheid o the Wast- in Wastbury is semply that the toun is naur the waster edge o the coonty o Wiltshire, the boonds o whilk hae been muckle the same syne the Anglo-Saxon times.

The -bury pairt o the name is anither wird fur borough, thit haes aurrogatums in mony leids, sic as the German -burg an the Greek -pyrgos. Hit cairies the idea o a brae or fortifee'd toun. In Wiltshire, -bury aften shaws an Airn Age or Bronze age fortifee'd brae fort, an sic a site is tae be foon immediately abuin the Wastbury White Horse.

Location[eedit | eedit soorce]

Wastbury is in the faur wast o Wiltshire, naur the mairch wi Somerset. Hit lies at the northwaster edge o Salisbury Plain, 18 mile (29 km) sootheast o the ceety o Bath, aboot 5 mile (8 km) sooth o the coonty toun o Trowbridge an 4.5 mile (7.2 km) north o the gairison toun o Warminster. Aither naurby touns an ceeties include Frome, Devizes an Salisbury.

Aw Saunts' Kirk
Westbury White Horse seen fae the hillside

In the past, Wastbury wis sometimes kent as Wastbury-unner-the-Plain tae tell hit abeich fae aither touns o the same name. Wastbury is locatit unner the northwaster craig o Salisbury Plain, an hit is thare that the toun's maist weel-kent featur can be seen: the Wastbury White Horse. Hit is sometimes said locally that the White Horse wis foremaist cut intae the cauk face as early 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 yearhunner, an na evidents hae been foon fur the existence o the horse afore the 1720s. The new horse dates fae 1778, whan hit wis remakkit. In the 1950s, hit wis decidit that the horse woud be mair easily mainteenit gin hit war pit in concrete an pentit white. The horse's springhedit teep micht hae been awfu different fae the horse seen the day. Yin 18th-yearhunner cairven shaws the horse facin tae the richt, but the new horse faces tae the left.

Govrenment[eedit | eedit soorce]

The majority o local govrenment wark (includin schuils, gates, social services, waste dichtin, emergency plannin, leisur services, development guidal an street dichtin) are cairied oot by Wiltshire Cooncil, a unitairy authority. Wastbury is divid intae three cooncil airts, ilk electin yin memmer o Wiltshire Cooncil.

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

Transport[eedit | eedit soorce]

Gate transport[eedit | eedit soorce]

A First Somerset Avon bus onn route 264 (Bath tae Warminster) picks up a passenger at Wastbury railwey station

The A350 gate gaes throu the toun an a contentious Wastbury Bipass wis wanst proponed whilk woud hae reduced traffic in pairts o the toun but woud hae haed a bad effect on the landscape on the east o the toun. The eastren bipass schame wis rejectit efter a Sequestrate Plannin Inquiry recommendit anent hit in 2009. The toun is still a bottleneck on the A350 route.

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