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Berwick St James Parish


Welcome to Berwick St James – a tranquil village in the River Till valley.


About Our Village

Berwick St James is a village and civil parish situated about 7 miles north west of Salisbury and on the southern end of Salisbury Plain. The village is set in the tranquil and pretty river Till valley and is surrounded by agricultural land, pathways and bridleways, wet meadows and secondary woodland, which is largely beech. The village has not changed greatly over the last few hundred years and with only 75 houses, it has retained much of its rural character.  It boasts a thriving community, holding many events throughout the year and is also actively engaged in community services such as Community Speed Watch and Neighbourhood Watch. Our amenities include the 12th century church of St James, The Reading Room, Berwick Farm shop and The Boot Inn.

The village has a rich history, which dates back hundreds of years and is mentioned in the Domesday Book but humans in the area can be traced back to Neolithic times. The parish is made up of two “villages”:  Berwick itself on the west of the river Till and Asserton on the east. Originally these were separate parishes and both names are Saxon in origin.  Yarnbury Castle, an Iron Age hilltop, lies partly within the parish at the northern end of the parish.

About our Website

Berwick St James has had its own Website for many years but we have recently upgraded to a new version with HugoFox.  We hope to provide a one-stop source of information for both residents and visitors.   It is designed to inform, record the past and present whilst promoting future events and sharing photos and comments.  We hope you like it.

Berwick St James

  • Village Hall (Reading Room)