Wiltshire Unitary Authority
Postal Code: SN9 6DZ
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Located in the county of Wiltshire,10 miles north of Salisbury,Upavon is near the centre of Wiltshire at the crossing of two major roads; the north-south A345 Marlborough to Amesbury and the east-west A342 Devizes to Andover. It lies about 11 miles from Devizes and 10 miles from Marlborough on the north side of Salisbury Plain.
Upavon is a large village astride the river Avon flood plain at the head of a broad valley. The north-south main road passes through the narrow High Street and a former market square enclosed by cottages, public houses and a shop. The east west route passes through the south end across a flat steel river bridge branching to a secluded lane. Buildings are generally brick, slate or tile and colour-washed and thatched. Cob walls back on to the graveyard of the 13th century stone parish church. To the north there are timber framed houses, former farmhouses and yards. Wooded lanes lead to thatched cottages, villas and a former chapel. An outlying group of a house and stables has lawns and meadows extending down to the riverside.In 1086 the village was referred to as Oppavrene when it already had a small church with several farmsteads on the east side of the Avon and a home farm on the west side.
The following notes added by Geoffrey Gillon-October 2010.
The cemetery contains the grave of a WWI Aviator from the United States Air Service and another from Chicago. There is also the grave of the first officer to be killed in a glider accident.There are also the graves of airmen from Canada(19), New Zealand (3), Australia (4),Anglo-Argentine (1)and South Africa.(3)This small cemetery has 75 wargraves plus a further 22 Military Graves from before WWI and after, which exceptionally, are cared for by the CWGC in order to maintain the overall appearance.The Central Flying School, the birthplace of aviation in Britain, was based at Upavon.The postcode shown is the one nearest to the cemetery's address.