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Guide to Purton
Purton is a small village with a population of 4,000. It was first mentioned in Saxon times and Ringsbury Camp, at the southwestern end of the village, was a fortifield Iron Age camp. There was at least one Roman villa in the village and a Romano-British cemetery was discovered in 1987.
In the late 600s it is recorded in the charters of Malmesbury Abbey that Chedwalla, the Saxon King, called the village Piriton, Periton, Puriton or Pirton - in other words, Peartree Village.
In 1086, records show that Purton had a mill, three miles square of woodland, 60 acres of meadow and many acres of ploughland.
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