The parish of Sutton Benger in North Wiltshire stretches from the hamlet of Draycot Cerne in the west, through the village of Sutton Benger to the River Avon in the east, and from the Household Recycling Centre in the north to the National Trust’s field of Special Scientific Interest in the south. The medieval village layout of a High Street with a parallel Back Lane (now Chestnut Road) and a staggered cross roads beside the 13th century Parish Church formed by Seagry Road and Bell Lane is still clearly identifiable, even though a large housing estate doubled the size of the village in the 1970s.
The village straddles the B4069 and is close to junction 17 of the M4, giving easy access to Swindon, Bath and Bristol, as well benefitting from more local amenities in nearby Chippenham.
The village boasts an excellent Primary School, Doctor’s Surgery, Post Office, and a modern Village Hall with Recreation Ground, as well as the Bell House Hotel, Wellesley Arms and La Flambé restaurant at the Vintage Inn. The Church is popular with tourists who come to see its famous Green Man carvings and medieval embroidery.
This vibrant and friendly village supports sports clubs and other groups, catering for a wide range of interests and activities for all ages from the Babies & Toddlers Group to the WRVS Over 60s Club.
From the electoral roll as at 1st Sept 2013, the Parish Statistics are:
Properties: Sutton Benger 365; Draycot Cerne 44
Electors: Sutton Benger 740; Draycot Cerne 97
Precept for 2016/17: £10,107