The Wiltshire village of Seend lies on and around a hog's back ridge in the triangle formed by Melksham, Devizes and Trowbridge. Seend today has a population of just over 1,000, only a little larger than in 1801, when reliable records of population began. The inhabitants live in five more or less separate clusters, derived from distinct medieval settlements:
The Street - lying along the top of the ridge, and containing the Church, the School, the Post Office and most of the bigger houses
Sells Green and Martinslade - at the eastern end of the northern valley
Seend Cleeve - on the western extension of the ridge
The Stocks - half-way down the road leading towards Trowbridge
Seend Head - where the ridge forms a sort of promontory at the south-western end of the parish. The buildings scattered along the southern valley are the remains of a sixth cluster, known as Inmarsh (originally Henmarsh).
Taken from Seend, A Wiltshire Village Past and Present by Edward Bradby .
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Seend Parish Celebrate the Dedication of the WW1 Commemorative Bench
A short service of dedication for the WW1 Commemorative Bench was led by the Revd Joshva on 12th January, with representatives from Seend Parish Council, Seend Royal British Legion and members of the parish. The bench has been placed by the War Memorial in Seend Churchyard.
The special bench (designed and manufactured by David Ogilvie Engineering) was bought by Seend Parish Council to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First Word War and the 25 soldiers from Seend Parish who died during the conflict.
A grant of £400 was given by the Melksham Area Board to help purchase the bench, and donations from the Seend branch of the Royal British Legion and the Seend WI helped the Parish Council pay for the remainder of the cost.
Seend Parish Council wanted to find a way of commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War, and had hoped to join Wiltshire Council’s Tree planting project to plant a tree for every soldier in the County of Wiltshire who died in WW1. For Seend, that meant 25 trees. But unfortunately, the Parish Council were unable to find a suitable location for 25 trees to be planted in one place.
The Parish Council felt that the purchase of the very striking painted steel bench depicting soldiers and the red poppies was a very fitting way for Seend Parish to remember with gratitude the 25 men who gave their lives for us.
To the official website of Seend Parish Council.
This site is maintained by the Parish Council, to enable it to communicate with parish residents, containing details of Parish Council meeting dates, minutes, planning applications and information about the Councillors.