History

A brief history of Minety village

The village of Minety was at one time a clearing in the midst of Braydon Forest, a favourite hunting ground of royalty.

Upper Minety surrounds St. Leonard's Church, which was built in 1450 on much earlier foundations. The font is at least 500 years old. Nearby stands The Mansells, a 17th century house which is one of the oldest inhabited buildings in the village.

Minety also includes Lower Moor and the old part known as Silver Street. The rest of the village expanded during the years of the railway, with several thriving commercial businesses operating during the first part of the 20th century. Following the closure of the railway station in 1964, the other businesses also left over a period of time; the last one to do so being the printing works in 2000 after trading for 116 years.

Three very interesting local history books have been published. 'An Acre of England' by Leonard Manners, 'Gallipot Eyes' by Elspeth Huxley, and ‘Minety at War’ by Richard G Meakin.

The name Minety is thought to have derived from the abundance of wild mint which grew here and which can still be found in the hedgerows. John Aubrey in his 'Natural History of Wiltshire' written between 1656 and 1691 says 'At Mintie is an abundance of wild mint from whence the village is denominated'.