Pewsey is a large village and civil parish at the centre of the Vale of Pewsey in Wiltshire, about 6 miles (9.7 km) south of Marlborough and 80 miles (130 km) west of London. It is within reach of the M4 motorway and the A303 and is served by Pewsey railway station on the London to Taunton line.
Views of the Vale start from the eastern county border, and the Vale stretches as far as Devizes in the west, bordered by hills and downland to north and south. Its life blood is the Kennet & Avon Canal linking attractions such as Wilton Windmill and Crofton Beam Engines, the village of Pewsey with its wharf, and White Horse carvings in Pewsey and Alton Barnes, with paragliding, walking, riding, canoeing and barge trips along the way.
Pewsey has two rugby teams and a junior club. For the 2015/16 season, Pewsey Vale 1st XV plays in the SSE South West Division, Dorset & Wilts 2 North League. PVRFC have a joint second team called Alfred's Nomads, shared with Marlborough RFC; they play in Dorset and Wilts 3 North.
The Wiltshire Council run Pewsey Leisure Centre is next to Pewsey Vale School, its amenities include a 25m heated indoor swimming pool, squash courts and a large multi-sport hall.
The Vale is a beautiful area in the eastern half of the county with the village of Pewsey at its centre. It is a walking and exploring landscape, studded with pretty and unspoilt villages and forms the western extent of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
A warm Wiltshire welcome awaits you from the places to stay, eat, drink and shop found across the Pewsey Vale – most of which are exclusive to the Vale, offering unique products and experiences.
Archaeological excavations on Pewsey Hill show evidence of a settlement in the 6th century. In the Tudor era the Manor of Pewsey belonged to the Duchess of Somerset. Several of the village's houses were built in this era: the timber framed cruck house at Ball Corner, Bridge Cottage on the Avon and the Court House by the Church.
Pewsey has a state secondary school, Pewsey Vale School, an Academy which is a specialist Arts College. It is adjacent to the village's leisure centre and indoor swimming pool.
The Vale of Pewsey – tranquil, spiritual and ancient.
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A prominent statue of King Alfred the Great, the former Anglo Saxon King of Wessex and a local landowner, stands in the middle of the village.
The parish includes these small settlements:
In 1764 the founder of the Methodist movement John Wesley (1703–1791) preached at Pewsey's Church of England parish church. The rector at that time, Joseph Townsend, was responsible for building of the first bridge over the River Avon.
In 1898 Pewsey Carnival was first held, a tradition that flourishes today with a fortnight of events, including The Feaste, culminating in an illuminated procession in mid to late September.
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There is one restaurant/wine bar, 6 pubs (the Royal Oak, the Crown Inn, the French Horn, the Moonrakers, the Coopers Arms, The Shed Alehouse micropub), The Waterfront Bar and Bistro at Pewsey Wharf.
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With mainline railway stations at Pewsey and at Great Bedwyn offering services from and to London and the West Country, the Vale of Pewsey is closer than you think and provides a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
The Vale of Pewsey Team of Churches covers all parish churches within the Vale of Pewsey Team including: Alton Barnes Beechingstoke Charlton St Peter Easton Royal Huish Manningford Bruce Milton Lilbourne North Newnton Oare Pewsey Rushall Stanton St Bernard Upavon Wilcot Woodborough and Wootton Rivers
Visit Pewsey Vale during September and take part in the oldest carnival in Wiltshire.
Visit Pewsey Vale at any time of the year and experience fishing at Manningford Trout Fishery, riding with Pewsey Vale Riding Centre in Stanton St Bernard and canal trips from Pewsey Wharf. Immerse yourself in history with charming thatched cottages, quirky local landmarks, Churches dating from Saxon times and nostalgia from the ‘no bones, no stones’ Heritage Centre in Pewsey.
Wiltshire Council run Pewsey Leisure Centre which is next to Pewsey Vale School. Its amenities include a 25m heated indoor swimming pool (used for swimming, float play, kayaking and snorkelling), squash courts and a multi-sport hall (used for Badmington, indoor cricket/football/rugby, basket ball, volley ball, circuit training, archery and martial arts (Judo, Taekwondo and kung fu)).
Pewsey has a Non-League football team Pewsey Vale F.C. who play at The Recreation Ground. In July 2014 Pewsey Vale Youth FC was awarded 'FA Chartered Standard' Club of the year by the Wiltshire Football Association.
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The Kennet and Avon Canal reached Pewsey in 1810. Of more lasting effect for the village was the arrival of the Great Western Railway in 1862 which allowed fast travel to London and to the West Country.
St. Francis School, an independent preparatory school, is just outside the village.
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The Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Family was built in 1964.
The Anglican Church of St John the Baptist is Grade I listed. It was built in the 12th and 13th centuries with many later additions, culminating in an 1890 restoration by Charles Ponting.
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Each parish church occupies a unique role in bringing their riches to the Vale of Pewsey Team. By viewing the work as that of a 'team' we are able to provide for all styles of worship catering increasingly for all sectors of the community.
It has a state Primary Academy, Pewsey Primary School. The OFSTED  of 2012 rated it as good with scope to use mathematics more across the school. It has achieved good Key Stage Two SATS results for Wiltshire. It appeared in the 100 Most Improved Schools table for its 2013 results and its 2014 results put it in the top 100 schools nationally.
The Vale of Pewsey is is an area eight miles wide by six miles deep, designated an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' in the heart of rural Wiltshire.
Pewsey has a running club. A Bowls Club is located next to the Tennis club. A swimming pool and gym offer a range of courses including spinning and aqua-aerobics.