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Dec 16, 2021

Tockenham is a village and civil parish in north Wiltshire, England. The village is about 1.2 miles (1.9 km) east of Lyneham and 3 miles (5 km) southwest of the town of Royal Wootton Bassett. The parish includes the hamlet of Tockenham Wick.

Human settlement in England
Tockenham

St Giles’s church, Tockenham

Tockenham
Location within Wiltshire
Population 238 (in 2011)[1]
OS grid reference SU039793
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Swindon
Postcode district SN4
Dialling code 01793
Police Wiltshire
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
UK Parliament
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UK
England
Wiltshire

51.513°N 1.945°W / 51.513; -1.945

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A Roman villa a short distance north of the present village was the subject of an episode of the archaeological television programme Time Team, broadcast in 1995.[2] As a result of their geophysical survey, sample trenches and environmental core samples, the site was subsequently scheduled to give it legal protection.[3] Based on pottery finds, the site was occupied from the mid 2nd century to the late 4th century. Although no complete mosaic floors were found, tesserae and painted plaster were both found in some numbers, suggesting a major building phase in the 4th century.[2]

The Domesday Book of 1086 recorded 17 households in the area.[4]

At Tockenham Wick, in the north of the parish, is a substantial manor house dating from c. 1600, now Grade II* listed.[5]

Meadow Court, Tockenham, is a country house of 1630 and 1730,[6] the latter designed by the potter-architect Nathaniel Ireson (1685–1769).[7]

The manor house at Tockenham is Queen Court Farmhouse in the northwest of the village. The present building is from the 18th and 19th centuries and stands on the site of an earlier moated house.[8]

A Free School was built at Tockenham in 1844, and became a National School in the 1870s. Children of all ages were taught until 1926, when the school closed owing to falling numbers. The school was reopened for wartime reasons from December 1940 to the autumn of 1946; subsequently the building became a private house.[9]

A detailed parish history was published by the Wiltshire Victoria County History as part of its volume IX, Kingsbridge hundred (1970).[10]

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