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The Project

The OPC Project concept was the original idea of family historians in Cornwall who launched the first OPC project;  Devon and Dorset followed next, and there are several now more counties taking part.  The idea 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 historical and social information.  All parishes have been registered as one-place studies.    We now have a diary page which will be updated from time to time.  You can also follow us on Twitter and on Facebook.          Put a face to the name - meet your OPC Team.          

Surname Interests

We have decided to create some files via Facebook to accommodate those members who would like to register their surname interests.  

A Little Information About Using This Website  

As mentioned previously information is laid out within parishes.  There is also a page to cover the whole of the county and also a military page which relates to the county as a whole.  There are also pages for research inquiries and other general information just explore the drop down menus at the top of the page.  Most pages follow a set layout to assist you in finding information quickly under categories which have a set order.  The Categories are Neighbouring Parishes (Contiguous); Websites; Parish Church; Parish History; Buildings & Land; Crime & Legal Matters; Directories; Education; Emigration & Migration; Employment & Business; Miscellaneous Items; Non Conformity & Other Places of Worship; People & Parish Notables; Poor Law, Charity & The Workhouse; Probate; War, Conflict and Military.  Under Transcriptions at the bottom of the page can be found any Baptisms, Marriages, Burials & Census that have been completed.  Categories will contain sub headings but these should be selective and contain a series of documents of the same kind such as parishioners wills.  The documents themselves will normally follow a layout of oldest items first reading from left to right in columns of 3 or 4 items per row.  The documents are linked to a pdf format and the title should be descriptive but concise so that you can see what you are likely to find within.  Where there is a tithing or hamlet that has a fair amount of information these will have a tab (page) within that parish towards the end of the page.  Photo Galleries can be found by following the links on parish pages or by accessing the main gallery section at the top of the page.   The most recent parishes or items updated or expanded can be found by clicking on the images under the 3 headings towards the top of the home page.  Also if you are looking for something specific such as the First World War it is possible to find a list of such items by using the search facility at the top of the page by keying in WWI. 

Although most items are published on parish pages please also check the Wiltshire Additional Parish Page, Wiltshire County Wide Page, Wiltshire Military Page and the Nationwide Page.  All of these may contain additional information not published on a parish page.  

Due to the nature of the project some pages will hold more information than others.  New items are being added to the site daily.

As you can see from the Memorial Days Section to the right of the page we are adding as many soldiers memorial days as we can.  If anyone knows of soldiers whose deaths are not yet listed please let the admin team know.

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 particular parish which may be of value to family history researchers and social historians.  Our motto is "What may or may not be of interest to you, will be of interest to others".  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 or parochial church council.    

Adopt a Parish and Become an OPC

Firstly, you do not 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 several 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.  Others choose their parish because of a subject interest such as Australian Soldiers of WWI buried in the county.  Once you adopt a parish then you become its custodian by researching and building on the resources on the parish page.  Even if a parish is adopted then other contributors are still welcome to submit items for inclusion.

You may feel you don't have the time to adopt a parish, but you can still 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)            

For a complete list of vacant parishes and other positions you could help with please go to our diary page

 

Fugglestone St. Peter - Parish of the Month

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St. Peter

"FUGGLESTONE ST. PETER, (or Fulstone, St. Peter), a parish in the hundred of Branch, county Wilts, 3 miles W. of Salisbury, its post town. It is situated at the junction of the rivers Willey and Nadder, close to the town of Wilton, where there is a station on the Salisbury section of the Great Western railway. The village forms a continuous appendage of the town of Wilton, and participates in its manufactures. The parish includes the chapelry of Bemerton, and the tything of Quidhampton. A monastery was founded here in early Saxon times, in which Ethelbert is said to have been buried. Afterwards a hospital for lepers was established on its site.           The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Salisbury, of the value with that of Bemerton annexed, of £482. The church is dedicated to St. Peter. The register commences in 1658. There are endowments producing above £200 per annum, which are devoted to the hospitals of St. Giles and St. Mary Magdalene. Fairs, chiefly for sheep, are held on the 4th May and 12th September. The Earl of Pembroke is lord of the manor."           [Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]

The parish includes the tithing of Quidhampton

Fugglestone St. Peter has an entry on GENUKIVision of Britain and British History Online.  The parish is not included but the tithing of Quidhampton has an entry on the WSHC Website.  Details held by Wikipedia can be found here.  The parish is not listed on the British Listed Buildings website, however the Church of St. Peter has en entry in the Wilton Lists.  There does not appear to be a community website for the parish.  

The parish currently has no OPC and is available for adoption.  If you would like to adopt the parish and build on its resources please contact the Administrator, Teresa Lewis.  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 the administrator from the contact us drop down lists.   

Site Statistics

During July 2016 OPC's and transcribers uploaded 387 items to parish pages (including updated documents).  New documents added as we go through August will be published here.  New images are added to our galleries on a regular basis.  At present it is estimated that we have in the region of 5000 items awaiting upload, revamping or transcribing (however much more information is available elsewhere to be gathered in and processed).

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 at present we have over 18300 items on parish pages.  Items highlighted in green have been updated; Those highlighted in red or yellow are being re-transcribed and are available for look up purposes; 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. 

We currently have 63 OPC's and 6 Consultants who cover between them 135 parishes/pages of the 334 available.   We also have 25 transcribers registered (not all active at present) 

The site currently has over 550 registered returning users and the web site has been visited over 271000 times.  

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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.

If you find this site useful please tell others - if you have a problem with it then please tell us.  Users of the site are invited to leave comments/constructive criticism &c. in the box at the foot of each parish page or in our guest book.  You may also rate the page using the star option on each parish page.  Thank you.  

Please Consider Helping Us Improve This Website - We Ask For No Financial Donations - Just a Little Time or Some Photographs or Documents that you are willing to share with us.

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Thu Aug 25
Avebury, Castle Eaton & West Kennet - On this day in 1914 Corporal WALTER BRINDLE gave his life for his country. RIP
Fri Aug 26
Bradford-on-Avon - On this day in 1918 Private EDWIN CUMMINS gave his life for his country. RIP
Fri Aug 26
Chippenham - On this day in 1942 Flying Officer DUDLEY GERALD NEWMAN gave his life for his country. RIP.
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Durrington - On this day in 1918 Private CECIL REGINALD RANGER gave his life for his country. RIP
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Pewsey - On this day in 1915 Lance Corporal ERNEST DICKMAN gave his life for his country. RIP
Fri Aug 26
Pewsey - On this day in 1918 Private ALBERT JAMES AMOR gave his life for his country. RIP
Fri Aug 26
Stratton St. Margaret - On this day in 1918 WILLIAM FRANK HAMBRIDGE gave his life for his country. RIP
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Chippenham - On this day in 1943 Stoker 1st Class MICHAEL JOHN CHIVERS gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sat Aug 27
Blackland - On this day in 1916 Private HERBERT WILLIAM GREEN gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sat Aug 27
Bradford-on-Avon - On this day in 1917 Private ALBERT DAGGER gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sat Aug 27
Codford St. Peter - On this day in 1918 Private HERBERT POOLMAN gave his life for his country. RIP
Sat Aug 27
Durrington - On this day in 1916 Private JAMES TOOMER gave his life for his country. RIP
Sun Aug 28
Aldbourne - On this day in 1918 Private JOHN VEITCH gave his life for his country. RIP
Sun Aug 28
Alton Barnes & Alton Priors - On this day in 1918 Driver JACOB FRANCIS RAWLINGS gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sun Aug 28
Ashton Keynes - On this day in 1915 Trooper CHARLES CYRIL MILLING gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sun Aug 28
Broad Chalke - On this day in 1914 Private GEORGE EDGAR COMPTON gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sun Aug 28
Chippenham - On this day in 1944 Corporal HAROLD IVOR BOWSHER gave his life for his country. RIP.
Mon Aug 29
Chippenham - On this day in 1918 Rifleman GEORGE JOSEPH SPOONER gave his life for his country. RIP.
Mon Aug 29
Chippenham - On this day in 1941 Sergeant JAN KLOS gave his life for his country. RIP.
Tue Aug 30
Ashton Keynes - On this day in 1917 Private CECIL ROBERT CANNON gave his life for his country. RIP
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Chippenham - On this day in 1918 Private FRANK GREGORY gave his life for his country. RIP.
Tue Aug 30
Chippenham - On this day in 1944 Flying Officer EDWARD ERIC FLETCHER gave his life for his country. RIP.
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Sedgehill - On this day in 1940 Commander TREVELYAN MICHAEL NAPIER gave his life for his country. RIP
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Chippenham - On this day in 1940 Flight Lieutenant PERCY STEVENSON WEAVER (DFC) gave his life for his country. RIP.
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Ramsbury - On this day in 1917 Private THOMAS MILDENHALL gave his life for his country. RIP.
Thu Sep 01
Bradford-on-Avon - On this day in 1916 Corporal WILLIAM JAMES WILSHERE gave his life for his country. RIP
Thu Sep 01
Chippenham - On this day in 1941 Leading Aircraftman/U/T Pilot VINCENT DOMINICUS JOSEPHUS JANSEN gave his life for his country. RIP.
Thu Sep 01
Durrington - On this day in 1943 Private JAMES GREEN gave his life for his country. RIP
Thu Sep 01
Holt - On this day in 1917 Captain HAROLD FRANK BARCLAY TURNER gave his life for his country. RIP.
Fri Sep 02
Chippenham - On this day in 1918 Private NOAH DAVIS gave his life for his country. RIP.
Fri Sep 02
On this day in 1945, a formal surrender ceremony was performed in Tokyo Bay, Japan, aboard the battleship USS Missouri. This ending the war against Japan and her allies
Fri Sep 02
Stratton St. Margaret - On this day in 1917 Private WILLIAM RODBOURNE gave his life for his country. RIP
Sat Sep 03
Chippenham - On this day in 1918 Private HERBERT T. HOLLOWAY gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sat Sep 03
Blackland - On this day in 1916 Corporal CHARLES JOHN JAMES gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sat Sep 03
Chippenham - On this day in 1915 Private EDGAR WALLACE COUSENS (COUZENS) gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sat Sep 03
Chippenham - On this day in 1916 Private GEORGE HULBERT gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sat Sep 03
Chippenham - On this day in 1919 Private H. J. COLLAR gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sat Sep 03
Chippenham - On this day in 1943 Gunner THOMAS NICHOLS gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sat Sep 03
Colerne - On this day in 1946 BRIAN ASHTON, England rugby international and coach was born in Leigh, Lancashire and resident of Colerne
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Hindon - On this day in 1916 Private WILLIAM GEORGE HOLLOWAY gave his life for his country. RIP
Sat Sep 03
Stratton St. Margaret - On this day in 1918 Gunner FRANCIS BLOXHAM gave his life for his country. RIP
Sat Sep 03
Stratton St. Margaret - on this day in 1918 Private HARRY BLOXHAM gave his life for his country. RIP
Sun Sep 04
Aldbourne - On this day in 1918 Captain JOHN ROLLO LOWIS gave is life for his country. RIP
Sun Sep 04
Stratton St. Margaret - On this day in 1918 Private JOHN ROBERT SELWOOD gave his life for his country. RIP
Mon Sep 05
Bulford - On this day in 1918 Private CHARLES JAMES HEDGES gave his life for his country. RIP
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Amesbury - On this day in 1940 Flying Officer KENNETH MUNRO gave his life for his country. RIP
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Amesbury - On this day in 1940 Sergeant FRANCIS WILLIAM KENNETH WOOD gave his life for his country. RIP
Mon Sep 05
Chippenham - On this day in 1915 Private ROLAND JOHN ROSE gave his life for his country. RIP.
Mon Sep 05
Chippenham - On this day in 1940 Brigadier DENNIS WALTER FURLONG DSO, OBE, MC. gave his life for his country. RIP.
Mon Sep 05
Chippenham - On this day in 1945 Corporal MAURICE FREDERICK SIMPKINS gave his life for his country. RIP.
Tue Sep 06
Aldbourne - On this day in 1945 Flight Lieutenant GUY RICHARD BROWN (DFC) gave his life for his country. RIP
Tue Sep 06
Chippenham - On this day in 1918 Private CHARLES OPIE gave his life for his country. RIP.
Wed Sep 07
Bremhill - On this day in 1918 Shoeing Smith FREDERICK GEORGE EDGAR BULL gave his life for his country. RIP.
Wed Sep 07
Chippenham - On this day in 1915 Private JOHN EDWARD GRIFFIN gave his life for his country. RIP.
Wed Sep 07
Avebury - On this day in 1944 Private WILLIAM MITCHELL HAIG gave his life for his country. RIP
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Ramsbury - On this day in 1917 Private WILLIAM PICKETT gave his life for his country. RIP.
Thu Sep 08
Amesbury - On this day in 1918 Private SIDNEY PERCY NETTON gave his live for his country. RIP.