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Norton Bavant Village History - Introduction  

By Squadron Leader R G Woodman DSO, DFC

Westbury, Wiltshire, 1985

It may be presumptuous of me to write a history of the parish, not having lived there, but research into the Scudamore family when the manor was called Norton Scudamore, and of the Bavant family, had me visiting the village and countryside around a number of times.  As for the countryside thereabouts, Cobbett in his “Rural Rides” speaks for it splendidly:

“From Heytesbury to Warminster is a part of the country singularly bright and beautiful.  It is impossible for the eyes of man to be fixed on a finer country than that between the village of Codford and the town of Warminster.  There are two villages, one is called Norton Bavant and the other Bishopstrow which I think form together one of the prettiest spots that my eyes ever beheld.

Just when I was coming along here, the sun half an hour high; it shined through the trees most brilliantly; and to crown the whole, I met, just as I was entering the village, a very pretty girl, who was apparently going a gleaning in the fields.”

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