Minety

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Minety
Wiltshire, Gloucestershire
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The centre of Minety
Location
Grid reference: SU025907
Location: 51°36’54"N, 1°57’54"W
Data
Population: 1,414  (2011[1])
Post town: Malmesbury
Postcode: SN16
Dialling code: 01666
Local Government
Parliamentary
constituency:
North Wiltshire
Website: Minety Village

Minety is a village and parish in northern Wiltshire, between Malmesbury, six miles to the west, and Swindon. The parish forms a detached part of Gloucestershire, with the exception of the area around the parish church. It takes its name from the water mint plant found growing in ditches around the village, and has previously been known as Myntey.[2]

Geography

The village is divided into Upper Minety, with St Leonard's church, and Lower Minety (or simply Minety) which grew after the railway arrived.[2] The civil parish includes the hamlet of Brandier.

Swill Brook forms part of the northern boundary of the parish and joins the infant River Thames a short distance outside the parish, near Ashton Keynes.

Acres Farm Meadow is a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The 15th-century Anglican Church of St Leonard is Grade I listed[3][4]

From 1841 the village was served by Minety railway station (renamed "Minety & Ashton Keynes" in 1905) on the former Cheltenham and Great Western Union Railway line from Gloucester to Swindon. Although the line remains open, the station closed in November 1964 and has been demolished.

Notable inhabitants

  • Captain Giles Penn, Merchant Venturer out of Bristol and Jeanne Gilbert (of Yorkshire) - grandparents of the Quaker, William Penn, Founder of Pennsylvania
  • Ian Anderson of the band Jethro Tull

References

  1. "Wiltshire Community History - Census". Wiltshire Council. http://history.wiltshire.gov.uk/community/getcensus.php?item=Minety. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Minety". Wiltshire Council. http://history.wiltshire.gov.uk/community/getcom.php?id=164. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  3. National Heritage List England no. 1363901: Church of St Leonard, Minety (Historic England)
  4. "Church of St. Leonard, Minety". Wiltshire Council. http://history.wiltshire.gov.uk/community/getchurch.php?id=1053. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 

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