Parish Church of St. Mary
|Rectors List 1297-2004||Incumbents List 1550-1816||News Articles 1843-1844|
|Consecration of Codford St. Mary 1844||Memorials of the Parish 1844||Rev. H. F. Crockett 1861|
|Rectory Appointments 1861-1868||Charles Hinton 1890|
Anzac & Codford St. Mary New Cemetery
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Buildings and Land
Grade I - Buildings of outstanding architectural or historic interest.
There are no buildings in this part of the village within this category
Grade II* - Buildings are particularly important and of more than special interest.
Grade II - Buildings are nationally important and of special interest.
|Cottage||East Codford Farmhouse||Lodge|
|Middle Farmhouse||Milepost About 1 Mile South East of Codford St. Mary||Old Rectory|
|St. Mary's Cottage|
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Crime and Legal Matters
|Biggs v. White & Another 1823||Sarah Wheeler - Arson 1831||Committed to Old Bridewell, Devizes 1835|
|Michael Brick - Driving Fine 1907||Boyton Manor Theft 1950|
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Chapel of the Holy Cross
In 1317, Sir Oliver de Ingham, the lord of the manor, was granted permission by Edward II to provide two acres of land in Crouchland to Henry de Marey Marsh. Henry was a chaplain and hermit who then built a chapel & hermitage. The boundary of the hermitage adjoined the churchyard and was supposedly marked by two yew trees. Two wooden candlesticks in St. Mary's Church are made of wood from one of these ancient yews.
The Independent meeting was founded by Thomas Haytor, with services held in the open air, in cottages and in the barn of Mr Rebbeck. A malt house was fitted up for worship in 1798. A chapel, with schoolroom and adjoining manse was opened on 2nd November, 1811 with Samuel Devenish as the dissenting minister. This became a Congregational Church in 1813. Further information.
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Anzac Day Services
Anzac Day is one of Australia’s important national commemorative occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces ANZAC – Australian & New Zealand Army Corps during the First World War. On 25th April, 1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers – ANZACS, formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula, in order to open the Dardanelles to the allied Navies. At the end of 1915, the allied forces were evacuated. Both sides suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships. Over 8,000 Australian soldiers were killed. News of the landing on Gallipoli and the events that followed had a profound impact on Australians & New Zealanders at home. The 25th of April soon became the day on which Australians remember the sacrifice of those who had died in the war. Anzac Day today is a national day of remembrance which commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations" and "the contribution and suffering of all those who have served”. Anzac Day Gallery
General Information Relating to Australian Servicemen in WWI
Word War I
Casualties of WWI
Codford ANZAC Military Cemetery
A Military Cemetery was established by deed of gift as the "Military Burial Ground", with a small part reserved for future burials from the parish and is located near St. Mary's church.
The "ANZAC" Military Cemetery, established by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, contains the graves of 31 Australian soldiers from WWI, 66 New Zealand soldiers from WWI and 1 Welsh Guards soldier from WWII. It is the second largest ANZAC cemetery located in England, the largest New Zealand war grave cemetery in the U.K.
Mick Smith - A Son of the Bush
Extract from an article written for The Forbes Advocate, NSW, Australia on 23rd February, 1917 by Sergeant-Major G. W. Brownhill:
Mick Smith no doubt in his thoughts before leaving the sunny shores of Australia pictured many possibilities of his career as a soldier, but it is almost safe to say that there never crept into his mind, even a suggestion of the grand military funeral that one day in December would make its solemn way through the little English village of Codford, with the body of Mick Smith on the gun carriage, covered over with the Union Jack. ........ And old Mick Smith is in a lonely, and soon to be untended grave, 13,000 or 14,000 miles from his Australian home.
Thankfully the people of Codford have made sure that these Soldiers are remembered! See Australian Buried in the Anzac Cemetery for more information on Michael Smith