The church of St George is at the north end of the village. Dating from the 13c., it is constructed largely of local Chilmark stone. The tower contains a peal of 6 bells. The oldest from the 15c., four from the 19c. and one from the 20c.
Originally with three public houses, an unusual occurrence in a small village, Fovant has one functioning pub, The Pembroke Arms, which has changed ownership a number of times in recent years. Fovant also has a village playing field and playground.
Fovant has a post office (closed April 2011 but re-opened in the village shop), village shop and a doctor's surgery all at the south end of the village. There is also a stream that runs through the village.
The post office used to be locally well known for having vehicles crash into its front wall, mostly at night as the road bends round in an unexpected manner at the bottom of the hill.
Just before the outbreak of World War I, Fovant Camp was set up. After the outbreak, the area either side of the A30 was filled with huts, roads, firing ranges and parade grounds. It was almost a self-sufficient community, with shops, tearooms, a church, chapel, cinema, canteens, Post Office, and installations to generate electricity and pump water. A railway line was built from Dinton and a station, marshalling yard and engine houses were created.
The Fovant Badges
Fovant is famous for it's badges - the first of which was cut in 1916 by the London Rifle Brigade. By the end of the war approximately 20 badges had been cut into the hillside.
In 1963 the Fovant Badges Society was formed, a group that is still active today.
Visit the Fovant Badges Society Website