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The OPC Project was conceived and set up in Cornwall;  Devon and Dorset followed next, and there are now about a dozen more counties taking part.  The concept is to assist those who are researching their family history in a specific parish who might otherwise have difficulty accessing information at record offices, etc. The Wiltshire OPC Project began tentatively in 2006 and has grown from strength to strength.  Information is organised by the historic Church of England parishes within the county.  Although there is a strong focus on genealogical information, we also include some historical and social information.  All parishes have been registered as one-place studies.    We now have a diary page which will be updated weekly on Sundays.  You can also follow us on Twitter and on Facebook          Put a face to the name your OPC Team

What is an OPC?

An OPC (on-line parish clerk) is a volunteer member of the public who "adopts" a parish in Wiltshire becoming its custodian.  The OPC is then able to research the parish and transcribe historical and genealogical information for that may be of value to family history researchers and social historians.  This information is gathered from many different sources, for example, parish registers, census records, churchwardens and overseers accounts, historical wills, business and trade directories, church and village histories, newspaper reports, war casualty lists, etc.  An on-line parish clerk should not be confused with a parish clerk engaged by a parish council.    The motto for the Wiltshire OPC Project is "What may or may not be of interest to one person is probably of use to another".  

Adopt a Parish and become an OPC

You don't need to live in Wiltshire, or even in the UK, to become an OPC.  We have OPC's in Australia, Canada, Holland, England, New Zealand, India, Scotland and one or two in Wiltshire itself!  Some OPC's choose to adopt a particular parish because their ancestors hailed from that village or town or because they once lived there themselves; some just want to be part of a voluntary project to help family history researchers worldwide. 

If you feel you don't have the time to adopt a parish, you can support the Wiltshire OPC project by:-

  • donating information you may have at home - school photographs, directories, village history booklets - in fact, any historical information on a Wiltshire parish
  • transcribing - we can email records to you to transcribe at home at your own pace
  • taking photographs in Wiltshire - war memorials, buildings, village scenes, plaques, etc. 

If you would like to help with any of the above please contact the OPC of the parish you can help with or if the parish is vacant, contact our Administrator.  Please note that you will need to register and sign in to contact OPC's/Administrator (via the Contact Us tab at the top of this page) 

 

Ramsbury - Parish of the Week    

 ramsbury holy ch cross

"RAMSBURY, a parish and post town in the hundred of the same name, county Wilts, 7 miles N.E. of Marlborough, 5 N.W. of Hungerford, and the same distance from its station on the branch line of the Great Western railway from Reading to Hungerford. The village, which is large, is situated on the banks of the river Kennet. Ramsbury was formerly a market town and a seat of the bishops of Wilts, in the 10th century, to which 13 bishops were appointed in succession when the see was annexed to that of Sherborne, county Dorset; and in 1072 the united sees were removed to Sarum. The parish, which is extensive, contains the hamlet of Park Town, with the tythings of Axford, Eastridge, and Whittonditch. The village chiefly consists of one long street, and contains several tanning, brewing, and malting establishments.          The ancient episcopal palace is still remaining, and is situated near the church, with which it once had a subterraneous communication. The glebe comprises about 70 acres. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Sarum, value £219. The church, dedicated to the Holy Cross, has a massive square tower, strengthened with buttresses. The interior of the church contains tombs of the Dorells of Littlecot, of the Reads of Crowood, and a monument to Sir William Jones, late of Ramsbury House. This church was the mother church to Sarum, and was a cathedral up to the time of the Norman conquest. The vicarage is a modern house, built by a late incumbent.          There is a National school for both sexes. The Wesleyans, Independents, and Primitive Methodists have each a place of worship. Littlecot Park, Crowood, The Cedars, and Ramsbury Manor House are the principal residences. The last-named is situated in a park watered by a stream of the river Kennet; and was for many years the residence of Sir Francis Burdett, Bart. At Littlecot Park is preserved a collection of ancient armour. Fairs are held on the 14th May for cattle and toys, and on the 11th October for hiring servants."          [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]

Ramsbury has an entry on WikipediaGenUKI and Wiltshire Community History.          The village has its own website.

The Village includes the tithings of  Axford, Eastridge & Whittonditch as well as the hamlets of Littlecote, Marriage Hill & membury.

The OPC is Brian Watts, Brian joined our team fairly recently and is building on the information available for the page.  This is a list of items transcribed for the parish

 If anyone has any photographs, postcards or items of interest that they are willing to share then please contact either Brian or Teresa from the contact us drop down lists.  

 

Site Statistics

During April 2015 OPC's and transcribers uploaded 428 items to parish pages (including updated documents).  New documents added as we go through May will be published here.  New images are added to our galleries on a regular basis.  

At the beginning of each month the site holdings list is updated to show what can be found on parish pages and elsewhere on the site.  Items highlighted in green have been updated; the original upload date is in the left hand column, the date when the item was uploaded with changes is in the right hand column. 

The site currently has just over 1730 users and the web site has been visited over 201400 times.  There are 59 OPCs, including the Admin team and webmaster.  Between them they cover 118 of 329 available parishes/villages.

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Copyright & Disclaimer

We think it is important that our users understand the strengths and limitations of this website.  The OPC Project aims to provide historical and genealogical information without charge that researchers might pay a fee for elsewhere.  OPC's voluntarily provide this information, often at their own expense by purchasing documents to transcribe.  In most cases their transcriptions are not checked by anyone other than themselves. 

Our OPC’s and volunteers are aware that material submitted for this site must be within copyright law and accreditation must be given where necessary.  Our Administrator checks items as they are submitted, however, occasionally an item may ‘slip through the net.’  If this occurs, we apologise most sincerely and will correct the issue immediately upon notification.

We don't guarantee to be perfect!  All information should be taken as a guide only and the original source consulted wherever possible.  In many cases this will be the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre.   Please note that some items are published to parish pages and are incomplete, such items will be updated as and when new information is transcribed.  These are mainly ongoing projects such as the national probate index, strays index, etc.

Please note that OPC's are unable to undertake family history research for our users, but we are always willing, where possible, to advise where the information being sought might be found.

Researchers can leave compliments/comments/constructive criticism in the box at the foot of each parish page or in our guest book.  Thank you

 

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Chippenham - On this day in 1918 Private ALBERT EDWARD CHIVERS gave his life for his country. RIP.
Thu May 28
Chippenham - On this day in 1943 Major THOMAS DAVID HEYNES gave his life for his country. RIP.
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Thu May 28 @ 7:30PM -
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Chippenham - On this day in 1940 Private HENRY FRANK GREGORY gave his life for his country. RIP.
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All Cannings & Etchilhampton - On this day in 1917 Private ARTHUR WILLIAM HISCOCK gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sat May 30
Amesbury - On this day in 1917 Private CHARLES JAMES HIBBS gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sat May 30
Chippenham - On this day in 1941 Private ALFRED JOHANSEN gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sun May 31
All Cannings & Etchilhampton - On this day in 1916 Stoker CHARLES MASLEN gave his life for his country. RIP.
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Allington & Boscombe - On this day in 1916 - Private FREDERICK WALTER PHILLIPS gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sun May 31
Amesbury - On this day in 1916 Able Seaman ARTHUR FRANK WHATLEY gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sun May 31
Amesbury - On this day in 1916 Stoker 1st Class WILLIAM GEORGE DOWNER gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sun May 31
Baverstock - On this day in 1916 Private JOHN VINEY gave his life for his country. RIP
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Chippenham - On this day in 1916 Able Seaman FRANK BEAVEN gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sun May 31
Chippenham - On this day in 1916 Leading Stoker THOMAS HENRY CARPENTER gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sun May 31
Chippenham - On this day in 1918 Private GILBERT ARTHUR KENNAUGH HIGGINS gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sun May 31
Chippenham - On this day in 1918 Private HERBERT THOMAS JAMES FORTUNE gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sun May 31
Chippenham - On this day in 1918 Private THOMAS BRINKWORTH gave his life for his country. RIP.
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Chippenham - On this day in 1917 Corporal ERNEST VICTOR HAYWARD gave his life for his country. RIP.
Tue Jun 02
Chippenham - On this day in 1921 Private WALTER FRANK HAINES gave his life for his country. RIP.
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Devizes - Bath & West Show by Colin Johnston
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Chippenham - On this day in 1918 Private FRANCIS HERBERT HARDING gave his life for his country. RIP.
Fri Jun 05
Chippenham - On this day in 1918 Private WALTER GEORGE PARSONS gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sat Jun 06
Chippenham - On this day in 1941 Sergeant FREDERICK WILLIAM ROGERS gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sun Jun 07
Alderton & Hilmarton - On this day in 1917 Private WILLIAM FREDERICK GOODWIN gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sun Jun 07
Amesbury - On this day in 1917 Corporal EDMUND JAMES LAWRENCE gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sun Jun 07
Blackland - On this day in 1917 Corporal EGBERT TAYLOR gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sun Jun 07
Chippenham - On this day in 1917 Private ORLANDO EDWARDS gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sun Jun 07
Chippenham - On this day in 1917 Second Lieutenant WILLIAM HERBERT DIXON gave his life for his country. RIP.
Mon Jun 08
Chippenham - On this day in 1942 Flight Lieutenant / Pilot Instructor KRIS HERBERT MOON gave his life for his country. RIP.
Mon Jun 08
Chippenham - On this day in 1942 Flight Lieutenant FREDERICK GEORGE PAFFORD gave his life for his country. RIP.
Mon Jun 08
Chippenham - On this day in 1944 Lance Corporal REGINALD PERCY GALE gave his life for his country. RIP.
Tue Jun 09
East Harnham - On this day in 1915 Major PHILIP GEOFFRY HILL gave his life for his country. RIP.
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Chippenham - WFHS AGM followed by Families & Trades in Chippenham & Calne by Mike Stone
Wed Jun 10
Chippenham - On this day in 1942 Private GEORGE HENRY CHARLES NASH gave his life for his country. RIP.
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Trowbridge - WFHS AGM followed by Meet the Wyatts, A Family of Architects - by Rita Burstow
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Swindon - Lydiard Millicent - by Carolyn Savory
Fri Jun 12
Aldbourne - On this day in 1942 Corporal LEONARD JOHN BARNES gave his life for his country. RIP
Sat Jun 13
Alton Barnes & Alton Priors - On this day in 1916 Private ALFRED JAMES GALE gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sat Jun 13
Bishopstrow & Tisbury (East) - On this day in 1944 Section Officer HELEN PAMELA ATWOOD gave her life for her country. RIP.
Sun Jun 14
Bratton - On this day in 1915 Lance Corporal ARTHUR FRANK CARTER gave his life for his country. RI
Mon Jun 15
Amesbury - On this day in 1915 Private ERNEST GEORGE BATCHELOR gave his live for his country. RIP.
Mon Jun 15
Bremhill - On this day in 1915 Private HAROLD JOHN KING gave his life for his country. RIP.
Mon Jun 15
Bremhill - On this day in 1915 Private OLIVER ARTHUR HENLY gave his life for his country. RIP.
Mon Jun 15
Chippenham - On this day in 1915 Private FRANK STAPLEFORD gave his life for his country. RIP.
Mon Jun 15
Chippenham - On this day in 1915 Private OLIVER ARTHUR HENLY gave his life for his country. RIP.
Tue Jun 16
All Cannings & Etchilhampton - On this day in 1916 Private GEORGE COOK gave his life for his country. RIP.
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Amesbury - On this day in 1915 Lance Corporal HENRY GEORGE BARTHOLOMEW gave his life for his country. RIP.
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Devizes Festival - A Talk by Marc Allum
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Chippenham - On this day in 1943 Sapper FREDERICK CHARLES SEVIOUR gave his life for his country. RIP.
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Chippenham - On this day in 1945 Gunner FREDERICK ALFRED CHARLES HART gave his life for his country. RIP.
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Milston - On this day in 1719 - JOSEPH ADDISON, essayist, died at Kensington
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Wilton - WFHS AGM followed by Conscientious Objectors in WWI - by Hillery Watkins
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Chippenham - On this day in 1941 Pilot Officer KENNETH JAMES HOLMES DFC. gave his live for his country. RIP.
Fri Jun 19
Chippenham - On this day in 1944 Private ANTONIO REYES - MARTINEZ gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sat Jun 20
Amesbury - On this day in 1917 Private JAMES FORD gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sat Jun 20
East Harnham - On this day in 1919 Private WILLIAM SEVIOUR gave his life for his country. RIP.
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Trowbridge - Wiltshire FHS Open Day
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Chippenham - On this day in 1916 Private EDWIN FRANK SCAMMELL gave his life for his country. RIP.
Tue Jun 23
Chippenham - On this day in 1943 Sergeant GILBERT ERNEST ROSE gave his life for his country. RIP.
Tue Jun 23
Chippenham - On this day in 1944 Pilot Officer / Air Gunner LESLIE JAMES BARNARD gave his life for his country. RIP.
Wed Jun 24
Chippenham - On this day in 1940 Trooper LESLIE HUNT gave his life for his country. RIP.
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Malmesbury - WFHS AGM followed by History on a Grave, William Henry Fox Talbot by Rita Burstow
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Westbury - American Museum in Bath - by Judi Grant
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Swindon - Lydiard Millicent Walk About
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Chippenham - On this day in 1942 Driver ERIC GEORGE BENTLEY COOK gave his life for his country. RIP.