Heritage and History

Semington’s History and Heritage

Semington is an old settlement. We know that people have lived here since at least the 12th century. Romano-British pottery fragments have been found near Whaddon and evidence of Bronze Age settlements were discovered in 2021 in fields adjacent to St George’s Road. Prior to the Dissolution of the Monasteries, parish land belonged to Romsey Abbey. It was then acquired by Sir Thomas Seymour and was forfeited to the Crown in 1549 when he was executed for treason.

This part of the website explores a number of aspects of Semington’s heritage and history. Just click on the links. At the foot of the page you’ll find any posts that have been written with history and heritage in mind.

History Shorts

Semington Past and Present

Semington Past and Present

In 2002 a book called Semington Past and Present was produced by the Semington History Project Group, edited by Gabrielle & Douglas Firmager... Read More →
Semington’s WW II Heritage along Pound Lane

Semington’s WW II Heritage along Pound Lane

Semington village sits on the GHQ Line Blue (GHQ=General Headquarters Line). This was a defensive stop line constructed to protect Britain in the.. Read More →
Semington and the ancient Forest of Melksham

Semington and the ancient Forest of Melksham

The boundaries of the Chippenham and Melksham Forests were formally declared in 1228, and remained in place for the next hundred years. The.. Read More →