Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)
Dilton - Frome (SOM) - Upton Scudamore - Warminster
GenUKI - For information relating to Wiltshire and Corsley
British History Online - For further parish information
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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.
University of Leicester's - Website has historical Wiltshire directories free to view
Jim Parsons Home Pages - I have some transcripts of Parish Registers on the OPC page in the Wiltshire section of my personal website
Register of One-Place Studies - Corsley Entry
The Parish Church of St. Margaret of Antioch
St Margaret of Antioch is the Parish Church for Corsley, situated on the Chapmanslade side of the village. A Chapel of Ease, known as St Mary's, was built at Temple on the Warminster side. St. Margaret's Photo Gallery Inside St. Margaret's Churchyard Memorials
Parish Register Transcripts
Please note that the baptisms 1686-1799 have large gaps in the transcripts.
Parish Registers held at WSHC
This Parish has two main churches - St. Margaret of Antioch and St. Mary's. The parish also includes Chapmanslade.
Mr. Coombes, the silk manufacturer of Corsley gave a dinner once a month to all people in the parish with only one leg, one arm or one eye.
1837 - Present Warminster Registration District
Buildings and Land
Crime and Legal Matters
Emigration and Migration
Employment and Business
Agriculture and Land
Apprentice records published here may not necessarily mean that the apprentice was from the parish but was apprenticed to a master within the parish.
Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship
For Chapmanslade Churches see tab below
Baptist Chapel, Chapmanslade
Congregations Chapel, Chapmanslade
St. Mary - see tab below
Sts. Philip & John, Chapmanslade
People and Parish Notables
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 or 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
Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse
Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held