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North Newnton - The OPC is Duncan McBurney

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North Newnton Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Beechingstoke - Wilsford - Woodborough

 

Websites

GenUKI - For information on Wiltshire and North Newnton
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies
Wiltshire Community History - Historical information for parishes within the Wiltshire County jurisdiction.

 

The Parish Church of St. James

A church stood in Newnton before 1291, being administered by the abbess of Wilton.  The chancel and nave of the current church were originally constructed in the 13th century, the church being dedicated to St. James by 1442.  The tower was also added in the 15th century. The church was closed for repairs on a number of occasions in the 19th century with the nave and chancel being extensively rebuilt in 1862.  The tower holds four bells, the oldest of which has been assigned to the period 1380 - 1420.  Although the tower was repaired in 1959 the bells can only be chimed.    

The church backs onto what was Manningford Bohune Common.  Manningford Bohune was a detached tithing of the Parish of Wilsford, which did not have its own chapel until 1859.  As a result, many residents of Manningford Bohune would use the Church of St. James in North Newnton, rather than travel three miles to their Parish Church in Wilsford.

Incumbents

New Vicar 1843

John Martin and his 4 Wives 1830-1897          Presentation to Mr. Clift, Churchwarden 1860

Parish Register Transcripts

Bishops Transcripts

There are several runs of Bishops Transcripts that predate the earliest surviving Parish Registers that start in 1755 and these have been transcribed where they exist.

Baptisms (Bishops Transcripts): 1605/06; 1615-1636; 1664-1680; 1710-1727
Marriages (Bishops Transcripts): 1615; 1619-1624; 1635; 1668-1679; 1716-1727
Burials (Bishops Transcripts): 1605; 1615; 1619-1636; 1665-1680; 1711; 1716-1727     

Baptisms

1605-1837

Marriages

1615-1841

Burials

1605-1837

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1756-1890
Marriages 1755-1987
Burials 1756-1986

 

Parish History

Location & Topography

The Parish of North Newnton is located approximately 3 miles south west of Pewsey and 10 miles east south east of Devizes in the Vale of Pewsey.  The village that gave its name to the Parish now consists of little more than the medieval church, a few cottages and Falkner Farm House.  The church itself is set back some distance from the old Avebury to Amesbury turnpike road that runs from the north west to the south east corner of the Parish, which now has the character of a small country lane.

The Parish also includes the tithing of Hilcott, which until recently was the largest settlement in the parish, Gores, Cuttenham (farm) and detached land at Rainscombe north of Oare approximately 5 miles to the north.  The detached land at Rainscombe was transferred to Wilcot parish in 1885.

The Parish also now includes the settlement of Bottlesford (a corruption of the name Botwell's ford), which was transferred from the Parish of Wilsford (being part of the detached tithing of Manningford Bohune) in more recent times.  

In the south east corner of the Parish is the Woodbridge Inn, where the Pewsey to Devizes road crosses the Avebury to Amesbury road.  Here the River Avon is augmented by a stream flowing south from Alton Barnes and, presumably, this was also the site of a wooden bridge crossing the river that gave its name to the Inn. 

Civil Registration

1837 - April 1936 Pewsey Registration District
April 1936 - Present Devizes Registration District

 

Buildings and Land

Owners of Land 1873

Farms

Farms Gallery

Cuttenham Farm

Cuttenham Farm is located in the far South West corner of the Parish next to the Parish and village of Wilsford.  When the Manor Farmhouse of North Newnton was destroyed by fire in the 1530s it was not rebuilt, but a new structure (Cuttenham Farm) replaced it next to its fields.  A photograph of the farm during the flooding of January 2014 may be seen in the Farms gallery above.

 

Crime and Legal Matters

Trespass - Alexander v Jesse 1824

 

Directories

Kellys 1889               Gillmans 1913          Kellys 1915 

 

Education

 

Emigration and Migration

In 1840 a Colonial Land and Emigration Commission was created, amalgamating two smaller organisations, to administer arrangements for emigration schemes to the Colonies.  Many schemes involved assisted, or free, passage from the UK.  In December 1847 agents in Devizes and Enford began advertising free passage to New South Wales, South Australia and the Cape of Good Hope in local newspapers.  The advertisements claimed there was a particular need for Agricultural Labourers, Shepherds, female Domestic Servants and Dairymaids.  This prompted a surge in emigration from the Vale of Pewsey, including a number of families from Hilcott and North Newnton.

Assisted Emigration Advert 1848

Emigrants

Joseph Russell 1840 Elizabeth King (nee Looker) 1841 Jane King 1841 Job King 1849
William King 1841 Ann Keepence 1849 Charlotte Keepence (nee Chandler) 1849 Charlotte Keepence 1849
Edward Keepence 1849 John Keepence 1849 Joseph Keepence 1849 Edith Spratt (nee King) 1849
Edwin Spratt 1849 Carol King 1855 Hannah King 1855 James King 1855 
Job King 1855 Sarah King 1855 Elizabeth Roberts (nee Simper) 1855  

 

Employment and Business

Apprentices

Apprentice records published here may not necessarily mean that the apprentice was from the parish but was apprenticed to a master within the parish.

John Cooper 1711

 

Miscellaneous Documents

 

Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

 

People and Parish Notables

Census Returns Transcripts

1841        1851          

Elections, Polls and Taxes

Poll of Freeholders 1772               Voters List 1832                Voters Lists Revisions 1843                  MP Nominations 2015

Family Notices        

Family Notices 1800-1849          

 

Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse

Family Deserted by Robert Woodroffe 1807                Pewsey Union Supplies Tender Notice 1846

 

Probate

Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

William, Earl of Pembroke 1630

 

War, Conflict and Military Matters

Military Gallery

World War I

There is a small memorial inside the Church of St. James that lists all those from the Parish of North Newnton that served in World War I.  A separate memorial to those that lost their lives in both the First and Second World War can be found in the small cemetery at Hilcott about 1.5 miles from the Parish Church in North Newnton.

Casualties of WWI Honoured in the Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book          Parish Roll of Honour 1914-1918

 

 

Bottlesford

Employment 

Emergency Services

Jess Barlow Police Constable 1885-1910

 

People and Parish Notables

People Gallery

 

War, Conflict and Military Matters

WWI Casualty - Herbert James Barlow

 

Hilcott

Hilcott

Emigration and Migration

Assisted Emigration

The following individuals were granted an assisted passage to New South Wales in Australia

William Hawkins 1855 John Hobbs 1849 Ann King (nee Pinchin) 1849 Eliza Augusta King 1849
Emma King 1849 Harriett King (nee Allinson) 1849 James King 1849 Jane King 1849
Mary King 1849 Thomas King 1849 Thomas King 1855 Hannah Pinchin 1849
Joseph Pinchin, Jnr. 1849 Joseph Pinchin Snr. 1849 Martha Pinchin 1849 Matilda Pinchin 1849
Sarah Pinchin 1849 William Pinchin 1849 William Roberts 1849 Daman Spackman 1855
Ann Waight (nee Pope) 1849      

Emigration to Australia

Death of Henry Burge 1933

People and Parish Notables

Poll of Freeholders 1772

Personal Research Items

Tuck Family Research Burial Extracts - This item was donated by Ken Tuck and contains entries that may or may not relate to the Tuck family however they have been published as such.  Many refer to Quaker burials found across the county

 

 

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