Quidhampton, Wiltshire

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The White Horse, Quidhampton
Grid reference: SU113311
Location: 51°4’44"N, 1°50’24"W
Population: 408  (2011)
Post town: Salisbury
Postcode: SP2
Dialling code: 01722
Local Government
Council: Wiltshire
Website: quidhampton.org.uk

Quidhampton is a village in Wiltshire, which is becoming part of the urban area spreading out from Salisbury, the county's great cathedral city. It is around two miles west of the city centre.

The parish adjoins Wilton to the west and Netherhampton to the south. The village is on the River Nadder and is close to the A36 road between Salisbury and Wilton.

The name 'Quidhampton' probably means "muddy home farm" or "home farm with good manure", from the Old English cwead ('dung', or 'dirt') and ham-tun ('homestead village').[1]


Quidhampton is situated on low-lying land between Salisbury and Wilton, close to the A36 road.[2] The parish is a narrow strip between the Rivers Nadder and Wylye and consists of watermeadows and marshland, known as the Great Marsh. Much of this marsh was included in the park around Wilton House when it was enclosed, and the remaining land is mostly used for arable cropping. In the eighteenth century there was a gravel pit in the parish, and many old chalk pits. The roads had to be rerouted when Wilton Park was formed, and are mostly straight and lined with trees planted at the time.[3]

About the village

There is a pub, the White Horse, [4] and a village hall.[5]

Quidhampton has no church, forming part or the Church of England's Parish of Bemerton.[6]

The chalk pit known as Quidhampton Quarry is outside the parish, to the north of the A36. It is owned by Imerys and produced chalk and china clay until its closure in 2009. The abandoned quarry has been described as a "derelict and ugly site", and in 2016 there are plans to fill it with imported recycled aggregate and level the site to remove the eyesore.[7]

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  1. Mills, A.D: A Dictionary of English Place-Names, page 266. Oxford University Press, 1991.
  2. Concise Road Atlas of Britain. AA Publishing. 2016. p. 8. ISBN 978-0-7495-7743-8. 
  3. "Quidhampton". Wiltshire Council. https://history.wiltshire.gov.uk/community/getcom.php?id=187. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  4. "The White Horse at Quidhampton". http://www.whitehorsequidhampton.co.uk/. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 
  5. "Quidhampton Village Hal". Wiltshire Council. http://portal.wiltshire.gov.uk/wcod/get_wcod_iframe.php?id=5793. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 
  6. Bemerton Parish
  7. Kemble, Elizabeth (30 April 2016). "Plans for Quidhampton Quarry unveiled". Salisbury Journal. http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/14463764.Plans_for_Quidhampton_Quarry_unveiled/. Retrieved 4 September 2016.