The Upper Deverills are three small rural villages, Brixton Deverill, Kingston Deverill and Monkton Deverill. The villages lie along the beautiful valley of the river Deverill. There are 132 households with a population of 280.
The Upper Deverills are in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and also in an area of Higher Archaeological Potential containing several Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Scheduled Ancient Monuments.
This is an area of natural beauty, of rolling ancient chalklands and panoramic vistas over landscape largely unchanged through millennia. There are excellent footpaths, bridleways and byways in almost every direction along marked rights of way.
The valley has been continually inhabited by farming people since 3500 BC. It was important in Roman times. Two Roman roads join at the ford on the boundary between Kingston Deverill and Monkton Deverill and there were Roman settlements at Cold Kitchen Hill and Whitecliff Down.
There is a wide range of facilities such as golf courses, tennis courts, swimming pool, sports clubs, etc available in nearby Warminster and the local area. Within easy reach are the cities of Bath and Salisbury and Longleat, Centre Parcs, Stourhead and Stonehenge.
This is the largest of the three villages. It nestles down behind the church of St Mary the Virgin and has a ford and three bridges over the river.
Set back from the river along the valley to Pertwood, the village is a triangle of houses surrounding the former parish church of St Alfred the Great.
Read about the history of Kingston and Monkton Deverill here.
The village clusters either side of the bridge and around the ancient church of St Michael the Archangel. Read about the history of Brixton Deverill here.