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Bremhill - The OPC is Teresa Lewis

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Bremhill - St. Martin Bremhill - St. Martin
East Tytherton - Moravian Chapel East Tytherton - Moravian Chapel
Foxham - St. John The Baptist Foxham - St. John The Baptist
Spirthill - Wesleyan Chapel Spirthill - Wesleyan Chapel

Bremhill Village Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Calne - Chippenham - Christian Malford - Highway - Hilmarton - Lyneham - Sutton Benger - Tytherton Kellaways



GenUKI - For information on Bremhill
Bremhill - Parish website
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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 - Bremhill Entry


The Parish Church of St. Martin

A Short Description of St. Martin's Church               St. Martin's Church Gallery               Churchyard Gallery                St. Martin's Churchyard Survey

Incumbents List 1547-1831  Rector's Sermon Published 1777 Church Matters 1800-1849
Battle of Waterloo Sermon and Collection 1815 Church Matters 1850-1899 Church Re-Opening 1850
Sudden Death of Rev Henry Drury 1863 Obituary of Venerable Archdeacon Drury 1863 Archdeacon Drury Memorial Service 1864
Obituary of Rev Charles A Harris 1874 Church Matters 1900-1949  

Books Relating to the Church

Parochial History of Bremhill 1828       

Parish Register Transcripts





Please note that the burials records above are just 6 entries found in family history papers and are from copies of the registers

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1591-1990
Marriages 1598-1993
Burials 1590-1874

Old Parish Register 1932


William Lisle Bowles (Rector)

The Poetical Works of William Lisle Bowles

Publications by W. L. Bowles 1805-1827 Memoir to W. L. Bowles 1820 Poem - Lockswell Spring by W L Bowles 1822
Epitaph by W. L. Bowles to Benjamin Tremlyn 1823 Epitaph by W. L. Bowles to John Dark 1824 Epitaph by W. L. Bowles to R S Smith 1832
Epitaph by W. L. Bowles to John Harding 1835 Address to Chippenham Agricultural Association 1836 W. L.  Bowles Ailment & Recovery 1840
Obituary of Rev W. L. Bowles 1850 W. L. Bowles Memorial Tablet 1851 Posthumous Publication about the Life of W. L. Bowles 1853


Parish History

The parish of Bremhill (formerly known as Brimble) is 4 miles east of Chippenham and includes the tythings of Charlcutt, East Tytherton, Foxham & Spirthill and Studley

Christmas Festivities 1820-1837

Civil Registration

1837 - April 1936 Calne Registration District
April 1836 - Present Chippenham Registration District

Parish Newsletters 

July 2013 August 2013 September 2013 October 2013 November 2013 December 2013
January 2014 February 2014 March 2014 April 2014 May 2014 June 2014
July 2014 August 2014> September 2014 October 2014  November 2014> December 2014
January 2015 February 2015 March 2015 April 2015 May 2015 June 2015 
July 2015 August 2015 October 2016 November 2016 December 2016 January 2017
February 2017 March 2017        


Buildings and Land

Fires in the Parish 1800-1849 Land & Building News 1800-1849 Farm Blaze 1801
Land & Buildings to Let 1817 Sale of Bremhill House and Farm 1833-1834 Fires in the Parish 1850-1899
Land & Building News 1850-1899 Owners of Land 1873 Maude Heath Legacy 1898
Lightning Caused Cottages Fire 1905 Fire Destroys Farmhouse Dairy 1908 Lightning Strike 1938
Grant for Village Hall 2009    


Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings 1813-1814

Crime Reports 1800-1849 Inmates of Gloucester Gaol 1815-1879 Theft from Shopkeeper 1830
Daring Burglary 1832 Turnpike Outrage 1833 Burglary at the Dumb Post Inn 1837
Transported for Stealing a Harness & Saddle 1837 Anne Sims, Poacher 1663-1775 Remembered 1846 Crime Reports 1850-1899
Death of a Baby 1851 Night Poachers 1851 Theft from Calne Baker 1858
Theft of Lead 1859 Horses, Drink & Embezzlement 1860 Thieving Chimney Sweep 1865
Trespass and Poaching Charges 1865 Charges of Assault, Drunk & Disorderly 1872 Crime Reports 1900-1949
Fraudulent Sale of Zither Harps 1905 Breaking and Entering 1928 Dangerous Driving Charge 1931
Vicar Left Motor Car Engine Running 1937 Fowl Unfit for Sale 1939  More Fowl Unfit For Sale 1941

Bastardy Examinations

The definition of a bastard for the period when examinations were carried out by  parish overseers and local justices is as follows:-  any child born out of wedlock including those where the mother and father later marry, children of a second marriage whilst the first wife is still living; the issue of divorced couples; children born where the husband is known to have been abroad for some years; A child born after the father has died.  The definition has evolved since the Act of 1732/33 where a “single mother” was by law obliged to declare her pregnancy and state the name of the reputed father.  Some parish registers may record the words base-born against a baptism record and some may even name the reputed father.  Below are some of the surviving bastardy examination reports transcribed from various sources such as court books and overseers accounts.  It is interesting to note that only the mother’s and witnesses’ oaths seem to be recorded even though the defendant would have been summoned to the hearing.  Perhaps their evidence was pre-delivered for the examiners to peruse before the mother was required to prove her case.  It is also interesting to read the language used to describe the situation the mother found herself in and the circumstances in which the child was conceived.  It would appear that the examination itself would not have been a pleasant experience for plaintiff or defendant no matter what the outcome.                Bastardy Examinations 1852-1872

Duck v Webb 1852-1853               Hadrell v Cook 1855   


Police Officer Found Lost Bank Notes 1866         



Post Office 1855                 Post Office 1875                  Kellys 1915                  Swindon & District 1928                 Kellys 1931




Emigration and Migration

Strays Index               Emigration & Migration News 1850-1899        


Employment and Business

Agriculture and Land

Game Licenses 1750-1799                  Game Licenses 1800-1849                Gamekeepers Certificates 1807                    Ag lab to Deputy Chief Constable 1848-1926                    Threshing Machine Accident 1861         


Apprentices to London Livery Companies 1626-1703                Apprentices Index 1626-1703

Apprentices Registers 1817-1922 records the names of apprentices with a connection to Wiltshire in some way and were selected by the Wiltshire Society to receive assistance.  There are a few names that applied for apprenticeships but were unsuccessful and not selected.  We have attempted to show the parishes of association either through the apprentice having been born or living in the parish or one or both parents were born in the county.  The candidate may in some cases be apprenticed to a master within the county.  Some of the entries have further information that can be requested from the administrator via the Contact Us tab at the top of the page.  Many of the candidates are apprenticed to masters in London and the names and addresses of the master may be requested as can the date of the apprenticeship, the duration and the amount of money paid to the master.  The number of candidates selected was fixed each year according to available funds.  Seven apprentices were to be taken from London Residents within the Metropolitan Board of Works, originally defined as the ‘Limits of the Bills of Mortality’.  The remainder were to be selected from either London or the county of Wiltshire.  Applications were received by the Society in January of each year and the Committee examined each candidate.  The application was often prepared by a solicitor and supported references from the local vicar or the child’s teacher, as to his or her suitability for an apprenticeship.  

Medical Services 

Medical License Directory Extract for John Wilson 1700

Miscellaneous Items

Employment News 1850-1899                  Employment News 1900-1949

Postal Services  

British Postal Services Appointment 1737-1969

Miscellaneous Documents

Miscellaneous News Snippets 1800-1849


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

For the Moravian Church records at East Tytherton please visit the page dedicated to this denomination.


People and Parish Notables

People of Bremhill Photo Gallery


Accidents & Sudden Deaths 1800-1899                    Boy Dragged by Horse 1868                     Accidents 1900-1949                  Tram Accident 1906                   Storm Fatality 2014       

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1827-1871   


Bankruptcy Notices 1800-1899      

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

Census Returns Transcripts

1841          1851          1861          1871           1881           1891           1901          1911

Elections and Polls

Poll of Freeholders 1772                  Voting List 1832                Voting Lists Revisions 1843                  MP Nominations 2015           MP Nomonations 2017

Family Notices

1800-1849          1850-1899          1900-1949          1950-1999                 

Funeral Reports

Husband & Wife Buried Together 1784                    Funeral Report of William Powney 1870                   Funeral Report of Benjamin Slade 1935

General People Items

People News 1800-1849                   People News 1850-1899                   Secrets of Farming Book Subscribers 1863                     Residents Mentioned in Kilvert's Diary 1870-1879                     People News 1900-1949

Inquest Reports

Inquest Reports 1800-1849 Louis Aspeck 1852 Betty Whittle 1852 John Burgess 1854
William Godwin 1855 George Gerrish 1865 John Palmer 1870 Joseph Brittain 1871
R. A. C. Eddrup 1879 William Charles Smith 1932 William Henry Ponting 1933 Donald John Ridgewell 1940

Medical Matters

Parishioners Treated at Bath Hospital 1800-1849


Rev. Francis Fisher 1858 Marriage and Death of Susan Anne Freegard 1923 Rev. Arthur Herbert Hitchcock 1921
Edward Champion Long 1921 Canon Arthur George Peters 1943  


Personal Research Items

Townsend Family

Pete Townsend has produced a valuable family history on his website

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 Notables

William Lisle Bowles, Cleric and Poet - read more about the Rector of Bremhill under the Parish Church Section

Maude Heath - Widow and Benefactress

Maud Heath Remembered 1837-1838


Knight Compositions 1628             

Wedding Reports

Marriage Report - Bishop to Hazell 1946                     Marriage Report - Peters to Conoley 1929


Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse

Fine Imposed for Not Giving Poor Relief 1820 Rural Poverty 1844-1846 Poor Law, Charity & Workhouse News 1850-1899
Poor Relief Fraud or Wrongful Allegations 1851    



National Probate Index 1858-1966

Estate Probate Notices

Abel Ferris 1793 Probate Notices 1800-1849 Probate Notices 1850-1899
Charles Pavy 1885 Robert Hammond 1934   

Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

John Hungerford 1636

Parishioners Wills

Richard Pinnegar 1801               William Fry 1801                


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery

Why the Poppy Muster Roll 1539 Soldiers Small Book Harry L. Henly 1905
Military Service Exemption Tribunals 1914-1918 Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918 Soldiers Who Died in WWI Named in Calne & District Casualty List
Local Tribunals 1916 War Memorial Dedication Service 1920 Civilian Deaths 1939-1945





Kellys 1931


People and Parish Notables

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1837-1871



Charlcutt Photogallery


Buildings and Land 

7 Year Leases at Charlcutt 1808                Sale of Charlcutt Farm 1930


Crime and Legal Matters

Crime Reports 1800-1849                Bastardy Examinations 1855-1868     



Kellys 1931


Employment and Business

Wiltshire Society Apprentice - Joseph Great 1872


People and Parish Notables

Coroners Bills 1752-1796 Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1837-1871 Family Notices 1850-1899
Bankruptcy Notices 1900-1949 Family Notices 1900-1949  

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



Parishioners Wills

Henry Wisdome Proved 1642                Jane Hayward Proved 1685


War, Conflict and Military Matters

WWI Casualty Biographies

Harry George Aspeck               James Henry Summers

East Tytherton

East & West Tytherton

Nigel Pocock should be consulted on all Moravian issues he may be contacted via the Contact Us Tab at the top of the page

East Tytherton photo gallery


Buildings and Land

Owners of Land 1873


Crime and Legal Matters

Crime Reports 1850-1899



Kellys 1931


Non Conformity & Other Places of Worship

Moravian Church

For images of some of the memorial stones for this burial ground please read the document "The Moravian Burial Ground" which can be found below

Moravian Burial Ground Moravian Memorial Stones  Moravian People Buried at East Tytherton 1748-1951
Lamb's Acre Burial Ground c1748-c1767 Moravian Church Centenary Jubilee 1848 Moravian Excavations and Finds 2007-2009

Moravian Faith

Donations to the Moravian Mission Introduction to the Moravian Faith at East Tytherton Moravian Funeral Ceremony Described 1828
Will of Mary Seager Hulbert of Calne Proved 1857 - Leaves a legacy for the Moravian Mission  Moravian Archive Material 1880-1951

Moravian Education

Moravian Girls School 1794-1939               Harriet Maynard 1850-1906

Moravian People                    

Leonora Carr - Born Into Slavery

Slavery in Wiltshire - Hard to believe perhaps but since Bristol was so close it would be naive of us to believe that slaves brought into England via that port failed to be bought by wealthy Moonrakers - The Georgian House in Bath is known to have had several slaves working both in the house and outside in the grounds.  Here we read in four instalments about the life of one such slave Leanora Carr - A slave born of a slave mother in Antigua and raised as a Moravian. 

Part 1      Part 2      Part 3      Part 4

A History of Three East Tytherton Families - Pocock, Long and Collett

Read about these family histories in five parts including many images   Part 1        Part 2       Part 3        Part 4         Part 5

Moravian OPC Feedback 

To read some of the feedback and success generated by the OPC Scheme please read 'The Fruits of OPC Inquiries'


Quakers of East Tytherton


People and Parish Notables

Foxham People Gallery

Census Returns Transcripts

1841          1851           1861           1871           1881          1891           1901           1911

East Tytherton

Family Notices 1800-1849                Family Notices 1850-1899               Inquest Report of John Whittle 1852                 Almost Fatal Accident 1853                Family Notices 1900-1949

West Tytherton

Family Notice 1800-1849

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.



National Probate Index 1858-1966

Parishioners Wills

Mary Guy Proved 1827                Penelope Gay Proved 1832               Priscilla Smallcomb Proved 1849       


War, Conflict and Military Matters

Calne & District Casualty Lists WWI               Servicemen & Families with the 1st Wilts. Regt. in South Africa 1911


Foxham & Spirthill

Foxham & Spirthill

Foxham Photo Gallery                Spirthill Photogallery


The Church St. John the Baptist


Buildings and Land

Fires in Foxham and Spirthill 1800-1849               Sale of West End Farm 1853               Owners of Land 1873


Crime and Legal Matters

Crime Reports 1850-1899             Bastardy Examination Fry v Williams 1855               Bastardy Examinations 1855-1864             



Kellys 1931 (Foxham)               Kellys 1931 (Spirthill)



School & Education News 1850-1899


Employment and Business

Christmas Fare at Devizes 1870


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Wesleyan Chapel at Spirthill

The building is dated 1825 but was registered as newly built in 1929.  Is is a red brick building with a pan tiles roof.  The window and door surrounds are made of ashlar stone.  The windows are of a Gothic style and are two light traceries with small glass panes.  There are two large south side windows and keystones above the doors.  In 1987 the building was being used as a store room.

Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1850-1911
Marriages None Listed
Burials 1850-1911


People and Parish Notables

Coroners Bills 1752-1796 Brothers in Brawl 1835 Royal Wedding Gifts Presented to the Children of Foxham 1840
Family Notices 1850-1899 Family Notices 1900-1949 Almost Married 1921

Inquest Reports


Alfred Matthews 1864                 David Reeves 1864


John King 1870

Personal Research Items

Tuck Family Research Burial Extracts (Foxham) - 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

Tuck Family Research Burial Extracts (Spirthill) - 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



Probate Notice of Charles Vines 1868


Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse

Thomas Fry (Freegard), Legacy to the Poor 1873


War, Conflict and Military Matters

Roll of Honour WWI St. John The Baptist               Calne & District Casualty Lists 1914-1918                 WWI Casualty - Matthews, Sidney Herbert 


Stockham Marsh

Stockham Marsh

People and Parish Notables

Coroners Bills 1752-1796



Buildings and Land

Chippenham Turnpike Notices 1846


Crime and Legal Matters

Bastardy Examinations 1856-1877



Kellys 1931




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

David Barrington 1729


People and Parish Notables

Tax List 1332               Coroners Bills 1752-1796                 Poll of Freeholders 1772               Family Notices 1800-1849


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

See Bremhill-Studley Photo Gallery

Little Zoar Chapel, Studley

This appears to have been founded by William and Martha Wiltshire. Their grave memorial is located at St. Martins Church, Bremhill.  See Bremhill-Studley Photo Gallery for photograph.



William Henly 1824 & 1827


War, Conflict and Military Matters

WWI Service Exemption Tribunals          Calne & District Casualty Lists 1914-1918           Servicemen & Families with the 1st Wilts Regt. in South Africa 1911     



Sunday School Librarian's Register 1899-1910




Kellys 1931

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