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Barford St. Martin with Groveley Wood - The OPC is Eric Read

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Barford St. Martin Village Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Baverstock - Burcombe - Compton Chamberlain - Great Wishford



GenUKI - For information on Barford St. Martin
University of Leicester's - Website - For historical Wiltshire directories
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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 - Barford St. Martin Entry


Parish Church of St. Martin

St. Martin Church Gallery               Inside St. Martin              St. Martin Churchyard                 St. Martin Church Cemetery

Church Cemetery Memorial Survey                Churchyard Memorial Survey              Protestation Return 1641/42               Church Matters 1800-1849

Parish Register Transcripts


1742-1812       1813-1837 


1754-1812       1813-1837     

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1653-1861
Marriages 1654-1979
Burials 1653-1885
Other Resources available elsewhere 


Parish History

Civil Registration

1837 - April 1936 Wilton Registration District
April 1936 - Present Salisbury Registration District


Buildings and Land

Notice of Petition for Inclosure 1808                Foot and Mouth Outbreak 1869                  Owners of Land 1873


Maps Gallery

Public Houses

Public Houses Photogallery


Crime and Legal Matters

Bastardy Examinations               Assault on an Ostler 1868               Thefts by Gypsies 1889



Post Office 1855               Post Office 1875               Kellys 1915



Education Gallery

There is a photograph in the gallery of the Class of 1958.  It is believed to have been taken on the occasion of the retirement of the headmistress Mrs. Shaw.   OPC Marion Swindells (nee Kellows) is the little girl on the front row in front of the vicar wearing a bib dress and a bow in her hair!  On the far right second row and second in is a fair haired girl who is Janis Hart.  We do not know the names of the other children but if anyone can name them then please either contact the OPC for this page, Marion Swindells or Teresa Lewis (Administrator).  All three may be contacted via the contact us option on the home page. 


Emigration and Migration

Assisted Emigration

Edward Mould & Family 1854

General Items

Strays Index


Employment and Business


Gamekeepers Certificates 1807                 Gamekeepers Certificates 1834               Aspects of the Life of the Wiltshire Agricultural Labourer c1850                 Game Licenses 1846


John Gravill 1729                   Wiltshire Society Apprentice - William James Sutton 1901   


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship


People and Parish Notables

People Gallery

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1837-1871


Defeat of Napoleon 1814

Census Returns Transcripts

1841       1851           1861          1871         

Elections, Polls and Voters Lists

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


Ploughing Match & Shepherding Prizes 1868

Family Notices



Inquest Reports 1800-1849          Inquest Report on Mary Ann Mould 1872

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


Tax List 1332          Falstone Day Book 1645-1653


Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse

Wilton Union Guardians Appointed 1835                 Overseers 1859-1872



Probate Index (WSHC)                National Probate Index 1858-1966

Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Thomas de Chaucombe 1305               Thomas de Chaucombe 1319              Inquisition of Lands Held 1433               William, Earl of Pembroke 1630


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery

Why the Poppy Wilts Rifle Volunteers on the March 1872 Servicemen & Families with the 1st Wilts. Regt. in South Africa 1911
Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918 Roll of Honour Plaque 1914-1918 Roll of Honour Plaque - Those Who Returned 1914-1919
Roll of Honour Plaque 1939-1945    


Casualties of WWI

Edward John Middlewick 1917

Wounded Soldiers

T. S. Snook 1915


Groveley Wood

Groveley Wood

Grovely Wood Gallery


Groveley Wood is an extra parochial place within the parish of Barford St. Martin. There is no church here and there are no records of separate parish registers. It can be assumed therefore that residents of the wood travelled to either Barford or Great Wishford for church services including baptisms, marriages and burials

Oak Apple Day Celebrations

The origins of the Grovely Ceremonies lie in the rights of the villagers of nearby parishes to collect wood for fuel from the woods nearby – charters still exist from Elizabethan times which stipulate conditions which must be met in order to keep those rights alive.  A group of dancers must go to Salisbury Cathedral and declaim “Grovely ! Grovely! And all Grovely!” and while this originally took place during Whit week , the festivities now occur on May 29th every year which is Oak Apple Day. The day begins with a raucous tin can band to wake everyone up (participated in keenly by the children armed with anything from trumpets to bin lids), followed by a procession into the forest with banners to gather the wood; houses in the village are decorated with bunting and boughs. The group of dancers, in period costume, still perform outside Salisbury Cathedral then lay branches on the altar there in the morning during a very brief service before returning home for a further procession and traditional village fair. There’s maypole dancing, stalls, food and entertainment.  The first grant of the charter took place in 1603.

Great Wishford 1950


Crime and Legal Matters

Committed to the Devizes House of Correction & New Prison 1800-1849               Theft of Silver Watch at Groveley 1858               Gamekeeper Charged with Assault 1868



Kellys 1889



School Fete in the Park 1868


People and Parish Notables

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1837-1871

Census Returns Transcripts

1841        1871       


War, Conflict and Military Matters

Autumn Manoeuvres 1872



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