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Wylye Post Office
Wylye is located in Wiltshire
Wylye shown within Wiltshire
Population 412 (in 2011)[1]
OS grid reference SU008377
Civil parish
  • Wylye
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Warminster
Postcode district BA12
Dialling code 01985
Police Wiltshire
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°08′20″N 1°59′24″W / 51.139°N 1.990°W / 51.139; -1.990Coordinates: 51°08′20″N 1°59′24″W / 51.139°N 1.990°W / 51.139; -1.990

Wylye is a village and civil parish on the River Wylye in Wiltshire, England. The village is about 9.5 miles (15 km) northwest of Salisbury and a similar distance southeast of Warminster.

The civil parish includes the hamlet of Deptford, formerly a separate manor.[2] Today Deptford is the junction of two primary roads, the A303 (London to the southwest) and the A36 (Southampton to Bristol). In 1934 half of Fisherton parish was added to Wylye, including the small village of Fisherton Delamere.


The Church of England parish church of St Mary the Virgin is Grade II* listed.[3] The church has 13th-century origins but was rebuilt in 1846 to designs by T.H. Wyatt and D. Brandon.[4]

A Congregational chapel was built in Wylye village in 1860 and closed in 2001.[5]

There is no school in the parish; the nearest primary school is at Codford. A National School was built near the church in 1873, superseding an earlier building. In 1938 children aged 11 and over were transferred to Wilton and the school closed in 1973 owing to the small number of pupils.[6]

The parish has a village hall.[7]


The Salisbury branch line was built through the Wyle valley in 1856 by the Great Western Railway, passing close to the south of Wylye village. Wylye station was sited where the railway crossed the road to Dinton. The station was closed in 1955 when local passenger services were withdrawn; the line continues in use as part of the Wessex Main Line.

Notable residents[edit]

W. H. Allen (1863-1943), landscape watercolour artist, lived in the parish from 1932. Michael Dobbs (born 1948), Baron Dobbs of Wylye, Conservative politician and author, lives in the parish.


  1. ^ "Wiltshire Community History - Census". Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Victoria County History - Wiltshire - Vol 15 - pp295-305 - Parishes: Wylye". British History Online. University of London. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Mary, Wylye (1146203)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Church of St. Mary, Wylye". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Congregational Chapel, Wylye". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Church of England Elementary School, Wylye". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Wylye Village Hall". Retrieved 12 August 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Wylye at Wikimedia Commons