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Corsley - The OPC is Jim Parsons

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Corsley - St. Margaret of Antioch Corsley - St. Margaret of Antioch Courtesy of Neil MacDougall
Corsley - St. Mary Corsley - St. Mary

Corsley Village Photo Gallery

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Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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

Interesting Entries in the Parish Register 1700-1750

Parish Register Transcripts



Please note that the baptisms 1686-1799 have large gaps in the transcripts.



Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1686-1978
Marriages 1686-1973
Burials 1686-1881

St. Mary

St. Mary's Photo Gallery


Parish History

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.

An Economic & Historical Survey of the Parish of Corsley

Civil Registration

1837 - Present Warminster Registration District


Buildings and Land

Appointment of Select Commissioners for Land and Assessed Taxes 1842                Owners of Land 1873

Public Houses 

Cross Keys Friendly Society 1888


Crime and Legal Matters

Crime Reports 1800-1849              Inmates of Gloucester Gaol 1815-1879                  Sergeant Enos Molden 1843-1892                 Crime Reports 1850-1899



Post Office 1875




Emigration and Migration

Strays Index


Employment and Business

Agriculture and Land

Gamekeepers Certificates 1807                 Gamekeepers Certificates 1834                 Aspects of the Life of the Wiltshire Agricultural Labourer c1850 


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

William Browne 1722

Wiltshire Society Apprentices

Harriett Sarah Hopkins 1862          Thomas Hopkins 1858-1862           William Tanner 1835


British Postal Service Appointments 1737-1969

Community  Services

Jess Barlow Police Constable 1885-1910


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

For Chapmanslade Churches see tab below

Baptist Chapel

New Harmonium for the Baptist Chapel 1872

Baptist Chapel, Chapmanslade
Congregations Chapel, Chapmanslade
Methodist Chapel
St. Mary - see tab below
Sts. Philip & John, Chapmanslade


People and Parish Notables 

Census Returns Transcript


Coroner 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 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

Poll of Freeholders 1772          Poll Book 1818           Poll Book 1865           MP Nominations 2015

Family Notices

Family Notices 1800-1849          Life Events Published in Warminster Parish Magazine 1901                   Life Events Published in Warminster Parish Magazine 1902

Inquest Reports

Inquest Report of Charles Pearce 1846                Inquest on George Udall 1885


Falstone Day Book 1645-1653 


Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse

Medical Tenders Request 1841



National Probate Index 1858-1966

Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Nicholas de Kyngestone 1323             


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery

Boer War

Veteran - Wilfred Alfred Wright 1901-1902

General Items

Why the Poppy                   Chelsea Pensioners 1808-1828


Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918                Soldiers of the Parish Buried Elsewhere in the UK       


Civilian Casualties 1939-1945    

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