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Bishopstone (Wilton) - The OPC is Dot Gurd

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Bishopstone Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Broad Chalke - Burcombe - Martin - Stratford Tony - Wilton



Duncan and Mandy Ball's - Website for images of St John the Baptist Church
GenUKI - For information on Bishopstone
University of Leicester's - Website for historical Wiltshire directories
Gurd and Associated Families - Website based around South Wiltshire Families
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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 - Bishopstone (Wilton) Entry


Parish Church of St. John The Baptist

Just below Salisbury the River Avon is joined by the Ebble River, beside which stands the church of St. John the Baptist, Bishopstone, a large cruciform building full of interest. It is for the most part of the fourteenth century. The chancel is vaulted, has elaborate sedilia, and is entered through a priest's doorway of unusual elaboration. Within the north transept is a large tomb recess, and outside the south transept, which is vaulted, is a most unusual canopied mausoleum contemporary with the building. Near the priest's doorway the walling shows signs of bullet scars which are said to be memorials of executions during the Civil War.          

St. John's Church Gallery               St. John's Church Interior               St. John's Churchyard

Bishopston Tythinge Protestation Return 1641-1642               Fallerston Tythinge Protestation Return 1641-1642                 Flambston Tythinge Protestation Return 1641-1642                New Deacon Ordained 1861


Parish History

Includes the hamlets of Faulston, Flamston, Netton, Pitts, Croucheston and Throope


Buildings and Land

The Plantagenet Watchtower at Faulston               New Dog Kennels Burnt 1757               Owners of Land 1873


Maps Gallery


Crime and Legal Matters

Strayed or Stolen 1675 Bastardy Examinations 1794-1833 Crime Reports 1800-1849
Crime Reports 1850-1899 In the Courts - Henry, Joel and John Baker 1868


Post Office 1855               Post Office 1875               Kellys 1915



Schools Gallery


Emigration and Migration

Published in tables from the Poor Law Commissioners Annual Reports for 1835, 1836 and 1847-1848 the following may be of use for tracing missing ancestors.  56 paupers emigrated to Canada between July 1838 - April 1839 under the assisted emigration programme  *These may refer to the parish of Bishopstone (Nr. Swindon)

Strays Index (please note some of the the entries in this file may relate to Bishopstone (Swindon)


Employment and Business

Gamekeepers Certificates 1807               Gamekeepers Certificates 1834


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Primitive Methodist Chapel, Chapel Lane

This chapel closed in 1978 and did not have a burial ground attached.


People and Parish Notables

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1837-1871               Ploughing Match & Shepherding Prizes 1868

Elections and Polls

Poll of Freeholders 1772              Voters List 1832                  Poll Book 1865                   MP Nominations 2015


Walter Case 1840


Tax List 1332               Falstone Day Book 1645-1653            


Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse

Wilton Union Guardian Appointed 1835           



Probate Index 1770 (WSHC)

Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Walter Vaughan 1640


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorial & Military Gallery

Why the Poppy                Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918               Roll of Honour Plaques


Civil Registration

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


Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1636-1986
Marriages 1636-1985
Burials 1636-1987




Baptisms 1636-1664 1665-1699 1700-1749 1750-1812 1813-1849 1850-1890 1891-1909  
Marriages 1636-1664 1665-1699 1700-1749 1750-1802 1803-1838 1839-1890 1891-1920  
Burials 1636-1664 1665-1699 1700-1749 1750-1812 1813-1849 1850-1890 1891-1920  
Census 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911



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