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Alderbury & Whaddon with Clarendon Park - OPC Vacancy

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Alderbury Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Britford with East Harnham - Downton with Standlynch - Laverstock & Ford - Nunton & Bodenham - Pitton & Farley - West Grimstead - Whiteparish - Winterbourne Earls



GenUKI - For information on Alderbury
University of Leicester's - Website for historical Wiltshire directories
Alderbury & Whaddon Village
The Homestead - For parish records
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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.
Register of One-Place Studies - Alderbury Entry


The Parish Church of St. Mary

Ivychurch Priory was established in the mid 1100s near the present Green Dragon Inn and was used by the local population as well as royal visitors to nearby Clarendon Manor until the dissolution of the monasteries in 1536. There was a medieval church on the site of the present St Mary's church. The Doomsday Book of 1086 makes mention of it and the Yew tree, which stands at the door of the present church, is thought to have been there at that time.

The present church was built in 1858 incorporating the foundations of the old church.  Surrounded by about an acre of graveyard, all tombstones except one date from the 18th century onwards.      St. Mary's Church Gallery               Inside St. Mary's               St. Mary's Churchyard

Protestation Return 1640-1641 Church Matters 1750-1799 Church Matters 1800-1849
Church Matters 1850-1899 Consecration of New Church 1858   

Parish Register Transcripts


1606-1699          1700-1749          1750-1799           1850-1899          1850-1899          1900-1949


1606-1799          1800-1899          1900-1949



Please note that transcripts of the above vital records may contain large gaps of missing data since they have not been transcribed from the original parish regiaters.

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1606-1649
Marriages 1606-1988
Burials 1606-1978
Records available from other sources


Parish History

Alderbury includes the extra parochial location of Clarendon Park.  Alderbury village is situated about three miles south east of Salisbury in southern Wiltshire.  It stands to the east of the River Avon bordered on the west by Longford Estate and on the east by Clarendon Estate.  It is a very pretty small village with many thatched cottages and surrounded by well kept farmland. Although close to the city of Salisbury it is peaceful and quiet. The motorway from Salisbury to Southampton bypasses the village.  In the early 1300's the village may be referred to as Alwardbury.  Alward being the priest in charge and Lord of the Manor.  In 1801 the population of the village was 430. By 1851 it had risen to 742 but then dropped slightly and remained the same until about 1930. Mass immigration took place in the second half of the 19th century, caused by great poverty in the mid 1800s when mechanisation took away the jobs of many farm workers. By 1996 there were 2077 living in the village. Many travel to nearby Salisbury and other areas to work but prefer to come home to quiet village life.

Jurisdictions and Population                 Village Celebrations 1800-1849               Exhibition of Youthful Industry & Wild Flowers 1858

Civil Registration

1837 - 1896 Aldebury Registration District
1896 - Present Salisbury Registration District


Buildings and Land

Listed Buildings         UK Land Tax Redemption 1798                 Earl of Radnor's Tenants 1839               Owners of Land 1873

Public Houses

Green Dragon Inn

The inn dates from the 15th century with 16th century additions. The inn was visited by Charles Dickens not long before he wrote 'Martin Chuzzlewit'. It is widely believed that the Blue Dragon Inn from the book was based on the Green Dragon Inn. It is also believed that Dickens was ferried across the River Avon by members of the Hazel family who had ran this service for over a hundred years.          Green Dragon Gallery

Cart Left at The Green Dragon 1813

Goose Inn
Queens Head
Three Crowns
White Horse Tap Room


Railway Gallery

Trip on the New Salisbury to Bishopstoke Railway 1846


Crime and Legal Matters

Crime Reports 1750-1799 Bastardy Examinations 1792-1835 Committed to Devizes House of Correction & New Prison 1800-1849
Committed to Fisherton Gaol 1800-1849 Crime Reports 1800-1849 Sectarian Riot 1826
Machinery Riots 1830 Notorious Criminal 1836 Knife Incident 1837
Sentenced for Theft 1845    



Post Office 1855          Post Office 1859           Kellys 1867               Post Office 1875                Kellys 1907                 Kellys 1911               Kellys 1915               Kellys 1931




Emigration and Migration

Emigration Gallery

Assisted Emigration

Charles and Mary Bungey 1854                 Joshua and Pamela Fry 1854                Herbert and Eliza Ann Hurst 1854


From Wiltshire to Wales by Ray Palmer 

General Items

Emigration Home Contact Requested 1800 - Present


Employment and Business

British Postal Service Appointments 1737-1969             Gamekeepers Certificates 1807                 Gamekeepers Certificates 1834     


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Church of England Church at Whaddon, now demolished
Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, Southampton Road, Whaddon, established 1990 (See Whaddon Tab Below)
Primitive Methodist Chapel, Southampton Road, Whaddon, now demolished (See Whaddon Tab Below)
Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Folly Lane, Alderbury

There is mention in old records of a strong group of Quakers being in the area about 1677. Their burial ground was at the far end of a track call Quakers Drove situated between Alderbury and Whaddon.

There was also Methodist movement in the area. In 1802 they met in the home of John Cook. A chapel was built in 1825 in Folly Lane.

Non Conformist News 1800-1849


People and Parish Notables

People Gallery


Accident Reports 1800-1849

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Women's' Institute Branch News  1915 - Present 

Coroners Bills

County coroners were introduced in England in around 1194 once established other boroughs and liberties sought the right to have their own coroner.  Often in Medieval times the coroner also assumed the role of the sheriff and his duties weren't limited to holding inquests on dead bodies although almost a full time post they were unpaid for the duties apart from those that were deemed murder of manslaughter when they would receive 13s. 4d.   From the 24th June 1752 a law was passed allowing the coroner to claim £1 for every inquest they attended not held in a gaol and also to claim 9d per mile travel allowance from the place of residence.  Inquests held in any gaol were performed at a rate totalling no more than £1.  These costs were to be paid from the county rates.  In cases of homicide the coroner also received the former fee of 13s. 4d.  The coroners submitted their bills at the quarter session sittings for approval.             Coroners Bills 1752-1796   

Elections and Polls

Poll of Freeholders 1772                 Voters List 1818                Voters List 1832                 Poll Book 1865                  MP Nominations 2015

Family Notices

1750-1799                  1800-1849                  1850-1899

General Items

Knight Compositions 1628                 Animal Tales 1800-1849                   Horticultural Tales 1800-1849


Inquest Reports 1800-1849 

Parish Notables

Violet Millicent Pinckney 1871-1955, British Tennis Player & Olympian

 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


Poor Law, Charity  and the Workhouse

Although named the Alderbury Union Workhouse the building was in fact situated within the parish of Britford at Longford. (See Longford Tab on the Britford Parish Page)

Alderbury Union Elected Guardians 1835                Workhouse Audit 1858               Inmates of Alderbury Union for 5 years Continuously 1861



Probate Index 1550-1881 (WSHC)                National Probate Index 1858-1966             

Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Cristina, wife of Henry Haraz 1319               Katherine Mompesson 1632


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery

Why the Poppy Chelsea Pensioners 1808-1828 Diocese of Salisbury Remembrance Book 1914-1918
Casualty Biographies WWI St. Mary Roll of Honour Plaque 1914-1919  Casualty Biographies WWII 
St. Mary Roll of Honour Plaque 1939-1945 Book on Alderbury War Memorials Launch 2005  



Clarendon Park

Clarendon Park

Clarendon Park Photo Gallery

This estate is part of the parish of Alderbury; many of the estate workers would have attended the nearest parish church. However it is wise when researching to also check within the parishes of Britford, Laverstock & Ford, Pitton & Farley, Salisbury, West Grimstead and Winterbourne Earls.


Buildings and Land

Inquisition of Lands Held by the King 1273               Recent Storm Damage 1856


Crime and Legal Matters

Bastardy Examinations               Unlawful Shooting of Hare 1870


Employment and Business


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

James Burrow 1729

People and Parish Notables

Elections and Polls

Poll of Freeholders 1772                Voters List 1832                Poll Book 1865                  High Sheriff of Wiltshire Nominations 1925

Family Notices

1800-1849                 1850-1899

Parish Notables

August Welby Morthmore Pugin, Architect, Designer, Artist & Critic - Born 1 March 1812 in Keppel Street, Bloomsbury, London, Middlesex - Died 14 September 1852 in Ramsgate, Kent - Resident of St. Marie's Grange, Clarendon Park, Alderbury c1833-1841  



National Probate Index 1858-1966

Inquisitions of Lands Held

Jordanus de Larkestok 1304               Edmund de Mulford 1305               John de Putton 1320                Robert de Mucheldevre 1330

Ivy Church

Ivy Church

Ivy Church Gallery


Probate Index 1550-1881



Parish History

Protestation Return 1641-1642


Buildings and Land

Cattle Plague Regulations 1867


Crime and Legal Matters

Bastardy Examinations 1790-1792                 Apprentice Absent Without Leave 1868


Non-Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Non-Conformity Gallery


People and Parish Notables 

Inquest Reports 1800-1849

Elections, Polls and Voting Lists

Poll Book 1818

Personal Research Items

Tuck Family Research Burial Extracts - These items were 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 references to Quaker entries may be found from across the county.



Probate Index 1550-1881

Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Alan de Plokenet 1299


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