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Wick, Gloucestershire

St Bartholomew's church

Wick is a village in South Gloucestershire, England. It is the main settlement in the civil parish of Wick and Abson. The population of this civil parish taken at the 2011 census was 1,989.[1]

It is situated on the A420 between Bristol and Chippenham, south of the Cotswolds. The River Boyd flows through the old village, with its watermeadows facing St. Bartholomew's Church, a grade II* listed building dating from 1850. [2]

As well as the church, the village has several shops, The Carpenters Arms and Rose & Crown public houses, a village hall, and a primary school. Nearby Blue Lodge was once the home of Black Beauty author Anna Sewell and Tracy Park on the Bath Road (now a golf club called The Park) was thought to be the inspiration for Black Beauty's Birtwick Park.

The picturesque Golden Valley is well known for walking, birding and equestrian activity. It was described by the poet John Dennys of Pucklechurch in his work of 1613 The Secrets of Angling, the earliest English poetical treatise on fishing:[3]

And thou sweet Boyd that with thy watry sway
Dost wash the cliffes of Deington and of Weeke
And through their Rockes with crooked winding way
Thy mother Avon runnest soft to seek.[4]

The authorship of the poem was a mystery for many years, having been published anonymously, and it was partly due to his mention of the rocks of Wick that he was finally identified. The Golden Valley is also a favorite destination for hot air balloonists. Adjacent to Golden Valley is the historic Bury Manor guest house. Residents who live in the outskirts of the village are said to be at 'the end of their Wick'.

Wick Quarry

Wick Quarry, owned by CEMEX, is an operational limestone quarry and also a birdwatching site.


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  4. ^ Dennys, John. The Secrets of Angling. Book 1, Verse 3.

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