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About 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.  

 

Photo Galleries

We must apologise for anyone using the photo galleries at present.  We are still adding to these galleries but sadly the facility to sort in any particular order has been withdrawn by Google Photos which is how we at present display out images.  Also in some cases the labelling of the image itself is not showing up.  This is mainly due to the creation of new galleries.  Anything added to a previously active gallery still shows this labelling.  The OPC Webmaster and team are looking into alternatives to enable us to publish our photos and have control over the order they are seen.  Many thanks for your patience whilst this is being sorted.

 

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.  

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.  You may check which names are included by browsing through the calendar facility on this page.  

 

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 visit our Vacancy page          For Items needing to be transcribed please visit our Resources Page

 

Teffont Evias and Teffont Magna- Parishes of the Month


 Teffont

Teffont Evias and Magna

TEFFONT-EVIAS, (or Teffont-ewyas), a parish in the hundred of Dunworth, county Wilts, 10 miles W. of Salisbury, its post town, 6 W. of Wilton, and 5 E. of Hindon. The village is situated at the head of the river Nadder, which rises in the chalk hills near the adjoining village of Teffont Magna, and forms a lake covering two acres. In the reign of Edward III. it belonged to Speaker Hungerford, the first who held that office. There is an excellent freestone quarry, besides extensive excavations, from which the stone used in building Salisbury Cathedral was taken. The living is a rectory's in the diocese of Sarum, value £240. The church has been rebuilt. The principal residence is Teffont House. It was the birth-place of Henry, Earl of Marlborough, Lord Treasurer and Chancellor of England in the reign of James II. There is a National school, partially endowed. Mrs. D'Salis owns the whole of the parish.

TEFFONT MAGNA, a parish in the hundred of Warminster, county Wilts, 10 miles W. of Salisbury, its post town, and 5 E. of Hindon. The living is a curacy annexed to the vicarage of Dinton, in the diocese of Sarum. The church is an ancient edifice. W. Wyndham, Esq., of Dinton House, is lord of the manor

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]

Teffont Evias is 6 miles SW of Wilton. Grid Ref ST993312. Postcode SP3 5RL. Population 176 in 1831.
Teffont Magna is 5 miles East of Hindon. Grid Ref ST988324. Postcode SP3 5QU. Population 213 in 1831, 297 in 1951.

Teffont Evias has an entry on GENUKI and Vision of Britain. The parish is included in British History Online. Details held by Wikipedia can be found here.

Teffont Magna has an entry on GENUKI and Vision of Britain. The parish is included in British History Online. Details held by Wikipedia can be found here.

The parishes are also listed on the British Listed Buildings website and there is also a website for the villages. There is also a One Place Study registered for Teffont Evias and Magna as well run by the OPC.

There OPC for this parish is Marion Swindells. 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 OPC or administrator from the contact us drop down lists.

Items already published for Teffont may be viewed here 

Site Statistics

During April 2017 OPC's and transcribers uploaded 297 items to parish pages (including updated documents).  New and updated documents added as we go through May 2017 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 20000 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 those in lilac are planned revamp items; 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 about a third of the parishes/pages of the 334 available.   We also have 8 transcribers registered (not all active at present).  

The site currently has over 450 registered returning users (figures reduced after removal of expired accounts) and the web site has been visited over 313000 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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Mon May 22
Bratton, Donhead St. Mary, Steeple Ashton (West Ashton) & Westbury - On this day in 1917 Private HAROLD FRANCIS COSSER gave his life for his country. RIP.
Mon May 22
Codford St. Mary - On this day in 1918 Private PATRICK THOMAS O'NEILL gave his life for his country. RIP
Tue May 23
Atworth - On this day in 1940 Lance Corporal CHARLES ERNEST WHELLER gave his life for his country. RIP
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Bishopstone & Broad Chalke - On this day in 1941 Petty Officer AUBREY WILLIAM SAUNDERS gave his life for his country. RIP.
Tue May 23
Dinton - On this day in 1941 Boy First Class DOUGLAS ARTHUR RICHARD BACON gave his life for his country. RIP
Wed May 24
Broad Chalke - On this day in 1940 Private FRANK PHILIP COLLINS gave his life for his country. RIP.
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Thu May 25
Sutton Mandeville - On this day in 1941 Ordinary Seaman EDGAR WILLIAM FRANK MULLINS gave his life for his country. RIP
Fri May 26
Ashton Keynes - On this day in 1917 Gunner EDWIN ALBERT CHAPMAN gave his life for his country. RIP.
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Fri May 26
Stratton St. Margaret - On this day in 1916 Private THOMAS SHUTE gave his life for his country. RIP
Sat May 27
Alton Barnes - On this day in 1945 Private EDWARD JOHN GODDARD gave his life for his country. RIP
Sat May 27
Atworth, Melksham (Shaw) & South Wraxall - On this day in 1918 Corporal GEORGE A. CAINEY gave his life for his country. RIP
Sat May 27
County (Wiltshire Regiment) - On this day in 1900 Private F. EASTMAN gave his life for his country. RIP
Sat May 27
Great Wishford - On this day in 1918 Private WILLIAM HERBERT HEAD gave his life for his country. RIP
Sun May 28
Alderton & Maiden Bradley - On this day in 1917 Gunner FRED HULANCE gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sun May 28
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Chippenham - On this day in 1917 Stoker 1st Class JAMES (or JOHN) THOMAS gave his life for his country. RIP
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Sun May 28
Chippenham - On this day in 1943 Major THOMAS DAVID HEYNES gave his life for his country. RIP.
Sun May 28
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Sun May 28
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Codford St. Mary - On this day in 1917 Sapper CHARLES SALISBURY gave his life for his county. RIP
Tue May 30
All Cannings & Etchilhampton - On this day in 1917 Private ARTHUR WILLIAM HISCOCK gave his life for his country. RIP.
Tue May 30
Amesbury - On this day in 1917 Private CHARLES JAMES HIBBS gave his life for his country. RIP.
Tue May 30
Chippenham - On this day in 1941 Private ALFRED JOHANSEN gave his life for his country. RIP.
Tue May 30
Market Lavington & Worton - On this day in 1945 Private SIDNEY TOPP gave his life for his country. RIP
Tue May 30
Sutton Veny - On this day in 1941 Petty Officer JOHN BASKIVELL HINTON gave his life for his country. RIP
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!On this day in 1916 a naval battle between the German and British Navies took place off the coast of Denmark. Many Wiltshire casualties were recorded over the two days of the Battle of Jutland
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All Cannings & Etchilhampton - On this day in 1916 Stoker CHARLES MASLEN gave his life for his country. RIP.
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Amesbury - On this day in 1916 Able Seaman ARTHUR FRANK WHATLEY gave his life for his country. RIP.
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Chippenham - On this day in 1916 Leading Stoker THOMAS HENRY CARPENTER gave his life for his country. RIP.
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Chippenham - On this day in 1918 Private THOMAS BRINKWORTH gave his life for his country. RIP.
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Codford - On this day in 1945 Leading Aircraftman THOMAS ROBERT STACEY gave his life for his country. RIP
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Colerne - On this day in 1916 Stoker First Class GEORGE WICKS gave his life for his country. RIP
Wed May 31
County (Wiltshire Regiment) - On this day in 1900 Lance Sergeant W. DUMBRELL gave his life for his country. RIP
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!On this day in 1916 a naval battle between the German and British Navies took place off the coast of Denmark. Many Wiltshire casualties were recorded over the two days of the Battle of Jutland
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Chippenham - On this day in 1942 Pilot Officer/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner VICTOR ERNEST WOOLNOUGH (DFM) gave his life for his country. RIP
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Codford St. Mary - On this day in 1916 Carpenters Crew ALFRED HENRY FORD gave his life to his country. RIP.
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Durrington - On this day in 1916 Stoker 1st Class CYRIL STURGESS gave his life for his country. RIP
Thu Jun 01
Longbridge Deverill (Crockerton) & North Bradley - On this day in 1916 Stoker 1st Class JOHN JAMES FOREMAN gave his life for his country. RIP
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Pewsey - On this day in 1918 Private JAMES NELSON LANSLEY gave his life for his country. RIP.
Thu Jun 01
Sedgehill - On this day in 1916 Boy First Class GILBERT JOHN MAIDMENT gave his life for his country. RIP
Thu Jun 01
South Wraxall - On this day in 1917 Sir RICHARD BURBIDGE, Chairman of Harrods, died in London
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Upton Lovell - On this day in 1916 Leading Stoker ALFRED HENRY PEARCE gave his life for his country. RIP
Fri Jun 02
Bradford-on-Avon, Calne & Winsley - On this day in 1917 Private THOMAS BALFOUR GORNALL gave his life for his country. RIP
Fri Jun 02
Chippenham - On this day in 1917 Corporal ERNEST VICTOR HAYWARD gave his life for his country. RIP.
Fri Jun 02
Chippenham - On this day in 1921 Private WALTER FRANK HAINES gave his life for his country. RIP.
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Chippenham - On this day in 1918 Private FRANCIS HERBERT HARDING gave his life for his country. RIP.
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Durrington - On this day in 1918 Private JAMES FREDERICK HOPPE gave his life for his country. RIP
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*Calne - On this day in 1943 Athlete and World Mile Record Holder WALTER GOODALL GEORGE died in Mitcham, Surrey
Mon Jun 05
*Wilton - On this day in 1604 Naturalist, Physician and Author, THOMAS MUFFETT died.
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Chippenham - On this day in 1918 Private WALTER GEORGE PARSONS gave his life for his country. RIP.
Mon Jun 05
Holt - On this day in 1918 Gunner CHARLES EDWIN HARES gave his life for his country. RIP.