Mushroom Internet design and host websites from Warminster and surrounding areas. Gloucestershire is such a beautiful part of the UK, we thought it only fair we provide a little bit of history about the area.
Warminster is a town in western Wiltshire, England, by-passed by the A36 (between Salisbury and Bath) and the partly concurrentA350 between Westbury and Blandford Forum. It has a population of about 19,000. The River Were runs through the town and can be seen running through the middle of the town park. The Minster Church of St Denys sits on the River Were. The name Warminster first occurs in the early 10th century.
The towns name is thought to derive from the name of the River Were, which runs through the town, and from an Anglo-Saxon minster or monastery, which may have existed at, or close to, the present site of St Denys’s Church. However, the only evidence for the possible existence of a Saxon monastery is in the place-name. It has also been suggested that ‘Were’ may derive from the Old English ‘worian’ to wander.
An alternative derivation of the towns name was made, in the late 1800s, by the historian John Jeremiah Daniell, who proposed “the conjecture is admissible that WORGEMYN or GUERMIN is the name of an ancient Wiltshire chief, and that as Biscop-tre (Bishopstrow) means “the place of the bishop”, so Warminster means “the head-quarters of Worgemyn, or Guermin””.
On John Speed’s map of Wiltshire (1611), the town’s name is recorded as Warmister. More information can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warminster Additional information can be found at http://history.wiltshire.gov.uk/community/getcom.php?id=233
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