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Neston - St. James & St. Philip Neston - St. James & St. Philip

Corsham Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Atworth - Biddestone - Box - Chippenham - Ditteridge - Lacock - Melksham



Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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

St. Bartholomew's church was an important one of the "wool country". It's nave is 12th Century; there was once a central tower but this was taken down during the 19th Century and the present one built. As a "clothiers church", the richness of its architecture is concentrated on the eastern parts of the building. The chancel with its chapels and burial places for the local magnate's tombs can still be seen today. There is stone panelling and a stone screen in the North chapel.         St. Bartholomew Gallery

Corsham & Lacock Churches -  Inscriptions on the headstones, memorials and tombs in St. Bartholomew’s churchyard.

Interesting entries from the parish registers 1727-1730               Marriage of George Smith (15yrs) and Honour Sumbler (13yrs 9mths) 1824


Parish History

The Parish includes Avon, Easton, Garsdon, Neston and Pickwick

Population and Other Information


Devizes & Wiltshire Gazette 1816 - Present Salisbury Journal 1738-1819 Sherborne Mercury 1737-1867
Somerset & Wiltshire Journal 1855-1925 Trowbridge Advertiser 1855-1874 Trowbridge Chronicle 1861-1906
Wiltshire Independent 1836-1876 Wiltshire News 1909-1955 Wiltshire Times 1880 - Present


Buildings and Land

Robert Hulbert - Defeazance of Land 1785 Harp & Crown PH Sale by Auction 1838 Chippenham Turnpike Notices 1846 
Corsham Turnpike Notices 1846 Donation to Roads Maintenance 1870 Owners of Land 1873 



Cattle Plague Regulations 1867           

Buildings of Note

Corsham Court

Corsham Court Gallery

Flemish Cottages

Flemish Cottages Gallery


Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings 1808-1811                Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings 1813-1814

Public Houses

Methuen Arms

Methuen Arms Gallery

The front of the inn is 19th century, but the back is part of Winter's Court, A Tudor building in which the inn was established in 1608, the famous Edinburgh skittle alley forming part of this earlier inn. The inn stands near the gates of Corsham Court, Lord Methuen's seat, and his Arms may been seen above the portico. The chequer design painted on the door posts of the bar entrance is a unique survival of this oldest of inn signs, which originated in the Roman Tabernae, the custom being carried through Saxon times.    


Crime and Legal Matters


Bastardy Examinations 1814

Court Cases

Action for Slander 1866

Crime Reports

1800-1849                1850-1899

Motoring Offences

Manslaughter Charge Reduced to Dangerous Driving 1940                 Fine & Driving Ban for Drink Driving Offence 2014 

Prisons and Prisoners

Bedford Gaol

Solomon Emery 1851                 Harry Parker 1881                 Harry Parker 1885

Devizes Gaol

Committed to Devizes House of Corrections 1800-1849

Gloucester Gaol



Pigots 1830               Pigots 1842                 Slaters 1852/53               Post Office 1875           Kellys 1889               Kellys 1915



Education Gallery

Chapel Knap School, Corsham
Corsham Free School
Corsham Primary
Corsham Regis Primary School
Corsham School
Corsham Secondary Modern School
Heywood Preparatory School, Corsham
Lypiatt Primary School, Corsham
National School for Girls, Corsham
St. Patricks Catholic Primary School, Corsham


Emigration and Migration

Strays Index                  Emigration Home Contact Requested 1800 - Present


Employment and Business

British Postal Service Appointments 1737-1969 General Medical Council Registration 1859-1959  
Dreadful Accident at Stone Quarry 1853 Lord Methuen & The Labourer 1874 Police Sergeant Reakes Retires 1932


Agriculture and Land

Gamekeepers Certificates 1807             Gamekeepers Certificates 1846                

Wiltshire Society Apprentices

Edward S. Higgins 1855


Miscellaneous Documents

Poem - Yew Tree 1915               Filming of Poldark for TV 2014


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Non-Conformity Gallery

Baptist Chapel, Moor Green
Brethren, Pockeridge Lodge
Brethren, Corshamside Hall (also used by Neston Brethren)
Congregational Church, Pickwick Road
Ebenezer Chapel, Priory Street
Ebenezer Baptist Chapel, Velly

Monks Lane Chapel

Monks Chapel Photogallery               Monks Chapel Website               A Short History of Monks Chapel               A Longer History of Monks Chapel


Baptisms   1760-1837               Burials      1778-1836               These transcriptions are published courtesy of and with thanks to AIGS

Particular Baptist, Pound Pill
Primitive Methodist Chapel, Station Road
Society of Friends (Quakers), Monks Lane
St. John the Baptist, Gastard (see Gastard tab below)
St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Park Lane
Sts. Philip & James, Neston (see Neston tab below)
Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Pickwick Road
Zion Hill Baptist Chapel


People and Parish Notables

People Gallery 

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

St. John Ambulance Fete and Prize Giving 1950                   Wiltshire H. S. Visits to Corsham & Salisbury 1952

Celebrations and Entertainment

Marlborough Ball 1838                    Festivities at Harthouse Park 1888

Elections and Polls

Poll of Freeholders 1722  Voters List 1832 Voters Lists Revisions 1843 MP Nominations 2015 (Chippenham Constituency)
MP Nominations 2015 (North Wiltshire Constituency)    


Hunt Ball 1929

Family Notices

Family Notices 1750-1799                  Family Notices 1800-1849                   Family Notices 1850-1899                   Family Notices 1900-1949

Funeral Reports

Funeral Report of Emily Hazell 1939

Parish Notables

Sir Richard Blackmore - Physician, Poet & Religious Writer Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall - 2nd Wife of Prince Charles, Prince of Wales   
Edward Hasted - Historian & Master of Hungerford Almshouse  Peter Gabriel - Musician and Record Producer Nick Mason - Musician, Composer and Drummer 
Herbert Spackman - Writer  Heather Tanner (nee Spackman) - Writer & Peace, Environment & Social Justice Campaigner   


Personal Research Items

Tuck Family

Marriage Extracts          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.


Cricket Match v Chippenham 1870                    

Cricket Match Yew Tree CC v Spye Park CC 1890                Brinkworth Pony Gymkhana and Sports 1937                    Pigeon Racing Annual Awards 1956 

Uncategorised People Items 

Longevity 1846                   People News 1850-1899                   Residents Mentioned in Kilvert's Diary 1870-1879


Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse

Charity News 1800-1899

Hungerford Almshouses 

Situated between Chippenham and Bath on the A4 road. It was built in 1668.               Almshouses Gallery



National Probate Index 1858-1966

Estate Notices

Mrs. Fuller 1931

Parishioners Wills

Annamoriah Banning Proved 1772 Edward Butler Proved 1610 Daniel Gay Proved 1813 James Hulbert Proved 1653
John Hulbert Proved 1808 Thomas Hulbert Proved 1705 William Hulbert Proved 1726 William Kington Proved 1591
Lucy Long Proved 1800 Ann Oakford Orchard Proved 1850  Frederick George Sheppard 1940 Richard Stookes Proved 1603



War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery

Why the Poppy                    Muster Roll 1539                     Chelsea Pensioners 1808-1828                Servicemen & Families with the 1st Wilts. Regt. in South Africa 1911


WWI Service Exemption Tribunals                    Letter Home 1914-1918                   German Censor Letter 1915 

British Red Cross/Voluntary Aid Detachment

V.A.D. & Red Cross Hospitals 1914-1918             


Annie Abbott 1916-1918                   Maude Bridgette Coles 1916-1919                 


Civil Registration

1837 - Present Chippenham Registration District


Parish Records Held at WSHC

Baptisms 1563-1973
Marriages 1563-1995
Burials 1563-1971
BT's 1838-1875 held at Bristol Record Office



Marriages 1563-1600 1601-1640 1641-1670 1671-1699 1700-1749 1750-1799 1800-1837
Census 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911      







People and Parish Notables

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1827-1871

Personal Research Items

Tuck Family

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.



Gastard Gallery

People and Parish Notables

Parish Notables

Robert Nicholas Fowler, 1st Baronet, JP and Deputy Lieutenant of Wiltshire

Personal Research Items

Tuck Family

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


Parish Records Held at WSHC

Marriages 1959-1986



Buildings and Land

Hartham House and Park

Hartham House Gallery



Inquisition of Richard Westfield 1625


War, Conflict and Military Matters

Muster Roll 1539

British Red Cross/Voluntary Aid Detachment

Kate Bird 1916-1919              Sarah Bishop 1916-1919                Jessima Davis 1916          



Neston Gallery

Church of Sts. Philip & James



Kellys 1915



Neston Primary School


Parish Notables

George Pargiter Fuller - Politician          John Hanning Speke - Explorer


Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1869-1969
Marriages 1869-1996
Burials 1868-1980






Crime and Legal Matters

Transportation for Assault 1841



Pickwick School



General Medical Council Registrations 1859-1959


People and Parish Notables

Poll of Freeholders 1772              Family Notices 1800-1849

Personal Research Items

Tuck Family

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



Parishioners Wills

Richard Guppey Proved 1723


War, Conflict and Military Matters

Calne & District Casualty Lists WWI

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