Figheldean

Figheldean

Figheldean is a village in the Avon valley to the north of Amesbury in the English county of Wiltshire.

Centred on the village, the parish of Figheldean extends 3 miles eastwards towards Tidworth as far as Devil's Ditch and 3 miles westwards beyond Larkhill towards Shrewton as far as Robin Hood's Ball. A mile or so to the north is Netheravon, and Durrington is a little way further to the south.

All around lies Salisbury Plain, the largest remaining area of unimproved chalk grassland in northern Europe, which supports many nationally rare and scarce species.

There are many archaeological sites of importance in the parish from long barrows to Roman villas, showing that people have been living off the land here for at least 6000 years.

The earliest historical record is from the nearly 1000-year old Domesday Book where the village is called Fisgledene, and the church is first mentioned in Henry I's charter granting its lands and revenues to the cathedral at Old Sarum.

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