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Wroughton - St. John The Baptist and St. Helen Wroughton - St. John The Baptist and St. Helen

Wroughton Village Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Broad Hinton - Broad Town - Chisledon with Draycote Foliat - Lydiard Tregoze - Ogbourne St. Andrew - Ogbourne St. George - Swindon

 

Websites

Duncan and Mandy Ball's - Website for images of St. John the Baptist and St. Helen's Church
GenUKI - For information relating to Wiltshire and Wroughton
North Wiltshire Muster Roll for Wroughton
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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 - Wroughton Entry
Wroughton History Group - Local History Group website

The Wroughton History Group - The Group can be emailed via the Contact an OPC link on the home page under contact us or can be reached from the link at the top of this page.

 

The Parish Church of St. John The Baptist and St. Helen

Wroughton closely adjoins Swindon on the South west., and the old village has been much spoilt by the erection of many ugly brick cottages and villas. The church (SS. John the Baptist and Helen) stands high on the ridge at the west end of the village and commands fine views to the north. The nave and tower are perpendicular and the chancel is good decorated. Two transitional doorways to the north and south of the nave recall an earlier church. Notice (1) perpendicular font (2) royal arms , George III (1817) in south aisle (3) 17th century altar-table in south aisle (4) good corbels to nave roof (5)beautiful decorated sedilia and piscina (6) brass with interesting rhyming epitaph to William Sadler and his wife (1588) on north of sanctuary (7) handsome 18th century heraldic tablets to the Benet and Botton families in chancel. In the churchyard is an old cross and a wide spreading yew.          Burderop Park associated with Richard Jefferies, lies a little to the east. It was the 'Oketowne Chase 'in his 'Round about the estate'. [source: The Little Guide, Methuen 1949]

St. John the Baptist & St. Helen Church Gallery                 Inside St. John the Baptist & St. Helen Gallery                

Churchyard

St. John the Baptist & St. Helen Churchyard Gallery                   Churchyard Survey

Please note that the Churchyard Survey above has been compiled from images published on Find A Grave it is a work in progress and entries will be added as and when we come across them.

Parish Register Transcripts

Marriages

1609-1699           1700-1799            1800-1837

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1653-1964
Marriages 1654-1973
Burials 1654-1962
BTs 1838-1844 are held at the Bristol Record Office

Baptism and Burial Lookups can be obtained from the OPC via the Contact Us Tab

 

Parish History

Today, Wroughton is a picturesque village at the foot of the Downs. It was mentioned in the Domesday Book and is a fast growing village housing over nine thousand people.  Wroughton Parish Church is unusual in having a dual dedication to St. John the Baptist and St. Helen, and whilst located high above the present village it is approximately at the centre of the parish.  The parish, itself, is situated on the southern edge of the Municipal Borough of Swindon and through its clay vale pass the M4 Motorway, the main railway line from London to Bristol and the remains of the Wilts and Berks Canal.  The ancient Ridgeway path, now a National Trail, runs along the top of the Downs and passes near the earthworks known as Barbury Castle.  For most of its existence Wroughton was an agricultural area in the lee of the North Wilts Downs.  In the nineteenth and early twentieth century it was home to seven successful racing establishments, one of which trained five Grand National winners.

The parish includes the tythings of Elcombe, Overtown, Salthrop and Westlecott

Newspaper Extracts 1800-1849

Civil Registrations

1837 - 1898 Highworth Registration District
1898 - Present Swindon Registration District

 

Buildings and Land

Building of Note

Midsummer Cottage

Is a typical chocolate box cottage situated in Bakers Road and built around 1740. Originally it was two cottages but was converted to a single dwelling in 1954.

Canal

Notice of Intended Construction of the Wilts & Berks Canal 1793

Inclosures

Inclosure Awards abstract for Elstub Hundred 1796                Inclosure Awards Abstract 1797

Landowners

Owners of Land 1873

Maps

Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings 1818                         Ordnance Surveyor's Drawing North Wilts 1826

Public Houses and Beerhouses 

Swan Beerhouse License 1875-1877

Tithes

Tithe Commission Notice 1846

 

Crime and Legal Matters

Animal Related Crime

Appeal for Return of Cart Horse 1780

Bastardy and Paternity

Bastardy Examinations 1871

Arson

Arson by a Boy 1869

General Crime

Crime Reports 1800-1849                  Crime Reports 1900-1949

Poaching and Game Law Crime

Game Trespass by Mays and Broad 1877

Prisons and Prisoners

Inmates of Gloucester Gaol 1815-1879                 Order to Maintain Convicted Daughter 1874

Swing Riots

Trials 1831

Theft

Labourers Steal Stones 1870

Transportation

Transportation of Prisoners 1827

 

Directories

Kellys 1867               Swindon & District 1928

The directories below have been transcribed by members of the Wroughton History Group and are available for look ups.

Pigots 1830 & 1842 (Gentry Only) Robsons 1839 (Traders) Only Post Office 1848, 1855, 1867, 1875 
North Wilts 1875, 1876, 1878-1888, 1892, 1920 Swindon & District 1927-1935, 1952-1953
Kellys 1880, 1885, 1895, 1898, 1899,1903, 1907, 1911, 1915, 1920, 1923, 1927, 1931, 1935, 1939

 

Education

Education Gallery

 

Emigration and Migration

Strays Index

 

Employment and Business

Agriculture and Land

Game Licences 1834          Aspects of the Life of the Wiltshire Agricultural Labourer c1850         

Stock Sales

Stock Sales by Mrs. Watts 1878

Communications     

British Postal Services Appointments 1737-1969      

Transport        

Aviation    

Aviators Certificate - Elizabeth Jean McClure 1947

 

Miscellaneous Documents

 

Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Primitive Methodist Chapel

Primitive Methodist, Joseph Sweeper 1834-1911              Primitive Methodist Chapel Sale by Auction 1879

Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

Wesleyan Chapel In the News 1877-1895              

 

People and Parish Notables

Elections and Polls

Election Notices

Voters Lists Revisions 1843                 Electoral Lists Revision Court 1902                County Council Election Notice 1925

Voters Lists

Poll Book 1705           Poll of Freeholders 1772            Poll Book 1818            Voters List 1832                  

Family Notices

1800-1849                   1850-1899               1900-1949                    2000 - Present

Inquest Reports

Hannah Burchall 1771               New Born Child 1869

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.                

Uncategorised Items

Secrets of Farming Book Subscribers 1863

                       

Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse

Bastardy

Bastardy Payment Rules              Bastardy Payments Made 1810-1824                                  

Medical Matters

Medical Relief 1837

Miscellaneous items

Public Assistance Administration 1948      

Removal Orders

Removal Orders 1736-1830     

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank Peter Bathe for his contribution of Bathe Family information to the Removal Orders Documents.

Union Supplies

Poor Law Union Supplies 1847      

Workhouse Crime

Workhouse Crimes 1835-1850

 

Probate

Will of John Dore Bendrey 1864 - Trust Indenture only - Although the testator lived and died in Worcestershire the Trust Estate created by the Will, later had an Indenture dated 1877 and 1884. This Indenture included the appointment of Richard Tooth Bendry (Wroughton resident) as trustee under the Will of John Dore Bendry, transfer of estate, Trustees, Wroughton property, death dates and other useful information.

Parishioners Wills

Giles Franklin 1639

 

War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery

General Military Items

Why the Poppy           Military Matters 1850-1899       

Servicemen & Women  

Chelsea Pensioners 1808-1828       

War Memorials

Wroughton War Memorial WWI & WWII           Poppy Trail 2014 

Wiltshire Regiments

North Wiltshire Muster Roll 1539           Servicemen & Families with the 1st Wilts. Regt. in South Africa 1911 

WWI

Funeral Report of Private William F. Stevens 1914               For King and Country 1916                 Victoria Cross Recipient William Gosling 1917

British Red Cross/Voluntary Aid Detachment

Service Record for Kate Burford 1916-1918

War Memorials 

St. John Church Roll of Honour 1914-1918   

Wiltshire Regiment in WWI

Wounded List July 1917              

 

 

Elcombe

Elcombe

War, Conflict and Military Matters

North Wiltshire Muster Roll 1539

 

Transcriptions

Census 1697               Census 1700               Census 1701  

Please note that servants in the above census returns were recorded by given name only
You may request look ups for parish information such as church records, census etc. by contacting the Wroughton History Group via the OPC contact list or from the link at the top of the page

Markham

Markham

Buildings and Land

Sale by Auction of Buildings and Land 1902

Overtown

Overtown

Probate

Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Oliver Webbe 1635

 

Transcriptions

Census 1697               Census 1700               Census 1701

Please note that servants in the above census returns were recorded by given name only
You may request look ups for parish information such as church records, census etc. by contacting the Wroughton History Group via the OPC contact list or from the link at the top of the page

Salthrop

Salthrop

People and Parish Notables

Family Notices

1850-1899

 

Transcriptions

Census 1697               Census 1700               Census 1701

Please note that servants in the above census returns were recorded by given name only
You may request look ups for parish information such as church records, census etc. by contacting the Wroughton History Group via the OPC contact list or from the link at the top of the page

Uffcot

Uffcot

Transcriptions

Census 1697             Census 1700               Census 1701

Please note that servants in the above census returns were recorded by given name only
You may request look ups for parish information such as church records, census etc. by contacting the Wroughton History Group via the OPC contact list or from the link at the top of the page

Westlecot

Westlecot

Transcriptions

Census 1697              Census 1700               Census 1701

Please note that servants in the above census returns were recorded by given name only
You may request look ups for parish information such as church records, census etc. by contacting the Wroughton History Group via the OPC contact list or from the link at the top of the page

 

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