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Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Blunsdon St. Andrew - Broad Blunsdon - Chiseldon - Liddington - Rodbourne Cheney - South Marston - Stanton Fitzwarren - Swindon - Wanborough

 

Websites

GenUKI - For information on Wiltshire
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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.
Stratton St. Margaret Parish Council - Official Parish Council Website
Wikipedia - Stratton St Margaret - Wikipedia entry for Stratton St Margaret
St. Margarets Church - link to the parish church site.
Swindon Library - Swindon Library's online collection of Stratton St Margaret photographs
Swindon Viewpoint - Local Video News Website includes Archive footage and photographs.
Highworth & Swindon Poor Law Union - Information on the Workhouse for Stratton St. Margaret

 

The Parish Church of St. Margaret of Antioch

St. Margaret Photo Gallery          St. Margaret Interior          Stratton St. Margaret Vicarage          Church People & Ceremonies Gallery

There was originally an Anglo Saxon wattle & thatch church on the site dating back before 1000 AD.  A Norman church was built in its place and the current Church of England parish church of St. Margaret of Antioch dates from the 13th century in the reign of Edward I (Edward Longshanks 1272-1307).          Read more about St. Margaret's Church here.

Incumbents List 1260 - Present               Curates List 1789-2013               Church Matters 1800-1899                  Church Valuables Stolen 1990

Parish Register Transcripts

Baptisms

1607-1699          1700-1799         1800-1837

Marriages

1607-1836 

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1608-1923
Marriages 1608-1982
Burials 1608-1978
BTs 1837-1863 are held at Bristol Record Office

 

Parish History

Stratton St. Margaret, once a village, has now become the north east part of Swindon and is rapidly becoming suburbanised.    For a full history of the Parish follow link - Parish History by Nigel Chalk

Items Relating to the parish from Highworth DC Meetings Minutes held at WSHC John Aubrey's Collection 1659-1670 Population Figures and Other Information 1801-2013 
A Topographical Dictionary of England Extract 1848 Crocodile Legend 1856-1901 National Gazetteer Entry 1868
The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-1895 Dame Durden - A Traditional Folk Song performed in 1915 Highways & Byways Extract 1917
Community Retains its Village Atmosphere 2011 Designation of Neighborhood Area November 2013  

Civil Registration

1837 - 1896 Highworth Registration District 
1896 - Present Swindon Registration District

Medieval Stratton

Petition in the case of Kings College v Merton College Oxford 1450 Release to all actions. Granter Merton College, Oxford. Grantee King's College, Cambridge, 16 January 1464
  Extract from the Exchequer Rolls concerning the lease of Stratton St. Margaret to Hugh Auseley, 14 July 1491

Parish Celebrations and Festivals

Parish Community Festivals Gallery

Coronation Booklet of King George VI 1937 Programme for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, 1953 Golden Jubilee Events Held by Schools 2012
Storm Showers Add to Family Fun 2014 Stratton Fetival 2016 Poster   

Parish Council

Parish Council Buildings and Sites Gallery

Parish Council Chairs & Clerks Parish Council Sites Plan for Greenbridge Rec. 1976
Twenty Years Service on Stratton Parish Council 1993 Meadowcroft Recreation Area 2004
Honda Help Save Floral  Displays 2012
Clean Up of Community Park 2013 Council Tax Benefit for Parish Councils 2013 Plea to Care for Local Pond 2013
Vandals Destroy Saplings November 2013 Grange Road Leisure Centre Fit For Purpose 2014 Designation of the Parish Neighbourhood Area 2015
Local Parish Election Results May 2015 Parish Clendar Advert 2017   

Parish Magazines

Issue 1 - Winter 2008 Issue 2 - Spring 2009 Issue 3 - Summer 2009 Issue 4 - Autumn 2009
Issue 5 - Spring 2010 Issue 6 - Summer 2010 Issue 7 - Winter 2010 Issue 8 - Summer 2011
Issue 09 - Winter 2011 Issue 10 - Spring 2012 Issue 11 - Summer 2012 Issue 12 - Winter 2012
Issue 13 - Spring 2013 Issue 14 - Summer 2013 Issue 15 - Winter 2013 Issue 16 - Summer 2014
Issue 17 - Winter 2014  Issue 18 - Spring 2015 Issue 19 - Summer 2015 Issue 20 - Winter 2015
Issue 21 - Spring 2016 Issue 22 - Summer 2016 Issue 23 - Winter 2016

Parish Publications

Gallery of Front Covers

 

Buildings and Land

Builders Plaques Gallery               Queensfield Gallery                  Residential Gallery                  

For a list of buildings and their details please read our document Buildings and Land of Stratton St. Margaret

Houses & Their Build Dates Streets & Their Names Lords of the Manor 1086-1875
Notice of Intended Construction of Wilts & Berks Canal 1793 Inclosure Award Abstract 1796 Housing Trends 1820-1960
Owners of Land 1873 Sale of Property 1900-1949 Proposed Speedway Track 1947
Tenancy Agreement for 77 Green Road 1951 Tenancy Agreement for 77 Green Road 1953 Land & Building News 2000-Present
Homes Plan Gets the Go Ahead 2001 Big Tree Plant 2012 Ermin Street Weight Restriction Order Map 2013
Ermin Street Weight Restriction Order 2013 Headlands School to Housing Development 2014  

Breweries

Star Brewery for Sale 1878

Cemeteries

PLease note that some of the parish council burial records were burnt and therefore the lists below are not complete

Green Road Cemetery, Upper Stratton 1861-1985  (Please note that anything in italics within the spreadsheet have been added or amended and may not appear in the original registers.  More images will be available as and when the OPC can obtain copies.  Those available at present are marked with a YES within the spreadsheet). Available images can be viewed here 

Available Images and look ups for dates after 1985 can be obtained by contacting the OPC via the Contact Us Tab at the top of this page and selecting OPCs from the drop down menu. It is anticipated that all Headstones will be photographed and made available online until that time please request a copy from the OPC who can be contacted via the Contact us link at the top of the page.

For Lower Stratton Cemetery please refer to the Lower Stratton Tab below.

Conservation

Designation of Conservation Areas  1992               Conservation 2013

Farms

Farms Gallery                Many thanks to Clive Carter for supplying additional information for individual farm histories below.

Breach Farm

Sited on the border with South Marston and is now part of an airfield site it covered 28 acres.  Believed to date back to 13th Century.  An Enclosure awarded was granted to Harry Ovens in 1796. In the 1841 census William Burdock is farmer, in 1851 John Collett, in 1861 William Collett, and 1868- 1871 John Collett, On 3rd March 1877 W J Collett was advertising for a Strong boy and a girl as farm servants.  In the 1881 census has William Jacob Collett as farmer here, in 1887 he gave notice not to Trespass, Hunt or Sport on his lands and 1889 he was advertising two cottages to let and looking for a servant & cowman, according to the 1890 North Wilts Directory he was still resident and in March 1891 he was advertising for a Cowman.  Reported in local papers with Henry Manners the farmer, in 1894 Fanny Osmand his domestic Servant was assaulted by two local youths on her way back from delivering eggs to the vicarage and in 1896 William Garland a 24 year old labourer was charged for taking apples and eggs from his employer. In both the 1901 Census and 1911 Kelly’s Directory record Henry Manners as still being the farmer.  The 1948 Street directory shows Mr. W. Weston in residence.

Brewery Farm

Brewery Farm

Catsbrain Farm

Catsbrain Farm Gallery                Catsbrain Farm               Proposed New Development at Catsbrain Farm 2014

Clays Farm

Clays Farm               Sale of Stock & Machinery of Clay's Farm

Crowdy’s Hill Farm

15 Acres, situated on the west of Cricklade Road, was originally bought by Henry Tuckey in 1850’s from Upper Stratton Farm, also known as Coxpits. In 1860 it was sold as part of the estate of Thomas Tuckey, Land Tax shown as 14s.  In the 1948 and 1951 Street Directories P. Herring is living here.  It is now site of the Co-op Funeral Service.

Diamond Farm

Situated in Ermin Street.  The 1948 street directory has L. P. & P. S. Hinder in residence and L. P. & O. P. Hinder by 1951.  The site became the Hinders Yard.

Dockle Farm

Dockle Farm

Marsh Farm (Green Farm)

The farm was at Stratton Green.  Joseph Hayden was farmer here according to the 1881 census.  The 1948 Street Directory shows Emily Baker living here, but now called Green farm.  By 1951 it had reverted to Marsh farm as listed in the 1951 Street Directory with Holloway family in occupation.

Parsonage Farm

Situated on the Swindon Road.  In the 1890 Trade Directory Joseph Higgins was farm bailiff here and in the 1901 census shows Edward Tuckwell as farm bailiff living here with his family.  The site of the farm is now used for industrial purposes.

Auction Sale 1895

Penhill Farm

Penhill Farm

Auction Sale 1896

Pidgeon House Farm

Pidgeon House Farm

Pond Farm

This is shown on 1922 map as being behind Jacobs Ladder in Ermin Street.

Ryall Farm (Rial farm)

The farm is believed to date back to 1602.  A 1796 Enclosure Award was granted to William Tompkins.  1858 Pole Book shows Henry Tuckey of Stanton Fitzwarren as owner.  Swindon Advertiser 05/10/1896 - To be let at Michaelmas - The Ryal Farrm, now in the occupation of Mr Joseph Gilling, together with two closes of land called "Blindmoors" the whole containing about 90 acres arable land and 13 pasture, with cottages rent £125 a year.  It is now part of the Honda Factory site and was originally alongside Highworth Road.   Kellys Directory of 1905 shows Henry James Bourton in occupation and in 1936 Arthur Greenaway is recorded on the Electoral Roll.

Stratton Farm

Sale of Stratton Farm 1807

Sturrey Brook Farm

The farm was situated on the Highworth Road.

Wharf Farm

Situated at Stratton Park, next to canal on the Wanborough Road and covered land up to Hill View Road.  The 1861 & 1871 Censuses show Thomas Ford as farmer here.  In 1891 Stephen Cox had taken over and in the 1901 Census William John Cox is recorded as the occupying farmer.  By 1911 George William C Manners is in occupancy, he actually owned the farm from 1894 until 1922.  The last known tenant was John Harris in 1947 who is also listed here in the 1948 & 1951 Street Directories.

Fires

Gallery

Fire at Derelict Care Home 2016

Footpaths

Footpaths Gallery

The parish of Stratton St. Margaret is criss crossed with many footpaths.  Some of these footpaths follow the ancient walkways that the early Stratton residents would have used.  The Boundary Close Footpath is preserved as such.  More details about the footpaths

Rights of Way Letter 1986                 Rights of Way Schedule 1986

Maps

Gallery

Map Showing Parish Shrinkage Map of c1804 Ordnance Survey Map 1811-1812 Ordnance Survey Map 1816
Map of 1841 Map of 1882 Map of 1893 Map of Land for Sale 1906

Planning & Development

Planning & Development Gallery

Bellway Homes, Ermin Street Site Planning, Original Site Layout 2010 Jephson Housing Association, Highworth Road Site, Planning Layout 2011
Planning Notice, Rear of The Rat Trap, Highworth Road, 2011 Catsbrain Farm Development Phase 1 Business Layout 2014
Catsbrain Farm Development Phase 1 Site Map 2014 Former Bampton Brothers Site Fails to Sell 2015
Bridge End Road Oil Depot Plan 2016 

Property to be Let

1900-1999

Public Houses

Public Houses Gallery       

For list of pubs, their history and landlords go to  Public Houses 1700s-Present

Crown Inn Menu c1970s               Paul Hunt, Sport and the Wheatsheaf 2011                Bakers Arms - Battle of the Cooks 2015               Rooftop Works Completed at the White Hart 2015

Railway, Canal & Public Transport

Buses and Bus Routes Gallery                   Railway Gallery                     Road Building and Alterations Gallery

Stratton station was on Highworth Light Railway which opened on 9th May 1883, closing to passengers on 28th February 1953 and to all traffic on 3rd August 1962.  At one period up to 100 churns of milk were sent to London daily on the railway.    Read more about the history of the railway, canal and public transport here.

Ermin Street Railway Bridge Drawing                 Triple Rail Crash 1958               Network Rail Electrification Notice 2015 

Sale of Buildings and Land

Sale by Auction of Buildings & Land 1902

Weather Phenomena

Weather Gallery

 

Crime and Legal Matters

Courts Rolls of Adam De Stratton - (And before him to Isabel de Forz, Countess of Aumale.) Entry fines and payments for entry not expressly called fines are in general much higher than reliefs or heriots.  In Stratton the average payment over thirteen entries is £3 18s.  One fine upon a single virgate amounts to the enormous sum of £14 13s. 4d.  A fine and an entry fee, the fine said to be for half a virgate on the demesne, amount to £5 6s. 8d. Four payments are made in instalments.  Stratton court also twice regulated exchanges of land, exacting 6d. for the privilege and three times at Stratton the court amerced those who entered, sold, or bought land without permission, but the amercement,here stated, was surprisingly small.  Besides the fees to be drawn from licences the lord once or twice took an aid of his tenants.  At Stratton it was done at the September court in 1278 and yielded 30s.  In 1283 a suitor to Stratton court acted contemptuously because he refused to participate in an inquest. In at least two instances the inquests decided or were summoned to decide not merely the particular issue but a general point of principle, once whether the men of Stratton should pasture their beasts on Slade Keys after the hay had been lifted, and once about the rights to ancestral land of children ‘of the hearth’  on the remarriage  of  widowers  with whom they were living. These are in the nature of solemn declarations of manorial custom. (extracts from Wiltshire Record Society 1968 Vol. XXIV) 

Bastardy

Bastardy Examinations

Bigamy

Bigamy and First Wife Knew 1944

Criminal Damage

A Future Together 2000                   Smashed New Bus Shelter 2002                 Vandals Attack Park 2008

Miscellaneous Items

Crime Reports 1700-1799                Parishioners Eligible to Serve as Jurors 1771                  Crime Reports 1800-1849                  Youth Gang Culture 1976                     Crime Reports 2000-Present

Theft

Fleece Theft 1860           Acquitted of Theft of Hops 1870           Dog Collar Saves Vicar 2000          Attempted Car Theft Backfires 2014           Domino's Pizza Chain Raid 2014

 

Directories

Post Office 1855 Post Office 1859 Kellys 1867 Post Office 1875 Kellys 1889
North Wilts 1890 Kellys 1895 Kellys 1898 Kellys 1903  Kellys 1907
Kellys 1911 Kellys 1915 Swindon & District Directory 1928 Swindon & District Year Book 1948 (Description) 
Swindon & District Year Book 1948 (By Address) Swindon & District Yearbook 1951 (Description) Swindon & District Year Book 1948 (By Surname) Swindon & District Year Book 1951 (Residents) 
Directory of Swindon 1970 (by Residence) Directory of Swindon 1970 (by Name)      

The Swindon & District Year Book for 1948 is quite an important document for family historians since it lists names and address of residents of the parish.  Once the 1921 Census is released for public viewing in 2022 there will be no other available Census for public view scheduled for release until the 1951 Census is released in 2052.  The 1931 Census was lost in a fire in its entirety in 1942 and there was no Census taken during 1941 due to WWII action therefore leaving a large gap between 1921 and 1951.  The National Identity Card Records of 1939 is the only other source available which could help fill the gap this is controlled by the NHS Archives it is now available to view via Find My Past but charges will apply unless you have a subscription even then strict rules apply for access.

 

Education

Education Photo Gallery

A few children were educated by means of the rent of lands left in 1720 by John Hurring. The local school board was formed February 12, 1876 and was dissolved by the Education Act of 1902.

For more information about the schools in and around Stratton please read this article.                 Two Schools Told to Improve by Ofsted 2016

Beechcroft School

Admissions Register 1879-1909

Grange School

Grange School Gallery

Headlands Grammar School

Headlands School Gallery

Placement Letters 1963 Workbook Cover & Timetable for Susan Lott 1963 Headlandian Magazine 1967
G.C.E. Examination Timetable 1968 Headlandian Magazine 1968 School Sports Day Programme 1968

 

Ruskin Junior School

Giving Pupils A Say in Their Education November 2013

St. Catherine's R.C. Primary

Parking Problem at St. Catherine's R.C. Primary 2013

Teachers Registered living in Stratton

01/07/1915 -  9704 - Elsie Emma Davis (nee.Lewis) 53 Oxford Road

01/03/1920 - 32570 - May Birds (nee. Chapman) Eyam Villa, 85 The Street - French, Physiography, Human Physiology, Model drawing.

 

Emigration and Migration

Strays Index 60 years of the Polish Community Emigration Home Contact Requested 1800 - Present
Emigration & Migration News 1900-1999 Naturalization Certificate from National Archives 1941-1954 Just Look at Me Now 2000
Stratton to Uganda to Fight Poverty 2014    

 

From Leicester Chronicle 9/7/1853 - On the 14th February last, at Adelaide, South Australia, by special license, at Trinity Church, Alfred, eldest son of Mr. J. Adams, of Stratton St. Margaret's, Wiltshire, to Clara, eldest daughter of Mr. William Severn, late of Ashby-de-la-Zonch, Leicestershire, England

From online family trees it can be seen Stratton residents have spread around the world.  Australia and New Zealand appeared to be particularly popular.  One resident W. H. Carpenter (5th April 1863-1930) emigrated to Western Australia in 1885 later becoming Labour MP for that state from at least 1896, previously being a Trade Union leader.  Another John Adams from Upper Stratton emigrated to Australia in 1882, where he found employment in a mental hospital, married an Irishwoman and  founded a whole new branch of the Adams family in Sydney..  in 1960 the Leaver family of 27 Nythe Road left Tilbury Docks, London aboard the Strathaird on 20th December 1960, the group included Henry (born 16th December 1920), Lilian May (born 7th November 1921) Sheila (born 3rd March 1947) and Michael born 15th October 1948.  

 

Employment and Business

Stratton Industrial & Commercial Gallery 

For a History of local business and employment see Business and Employment in Stratton St. Margaret

Agriculture and Land

Gamekeepers Certificates 1807                    Gamekeepers Certificates 1834                 Fire at the Mill 1886 

Animals and Pets

Gallery

Hinders Pet Shop 1925

Apprentices

Apprenticeships were often advertised in local papers.  Please refer to Employment News 1800-1899 for examples

Apprentices 1711-1872 (Index)                 Daniel Bezley 1720

Banking

Barclays Bank
Lloyds Bank

Beauty and Hairdressing

Tales to Make Your Hair Curl 2001                             Shelf Stacker to Celebrity Hair Stylist 2014

Brewing

Brewing in Stratton St. Margaret

Arkell Family and Brewery

Arkell Family Photo Gallery          Brewery Gallery

In 1843 John Arkell established a Brewery in Swindon Road, Stratton St Margaret, until 1861 when he built a Steam Brewery at Kingsdown.  After his death in 1881 sons Thomas and James took over and Arkell's continued to expand, still focusing on the boom town of Swindon.  By 1900, Arkell's owned more than a quarter of the pubs in the Swindon area.  Arkell's became a private limited company in 1927.  The 1930s saw the closure of the malting and the opening of a high-tech bottling plant which employed up to 25 people, and the building of the chimney.  In the 1960's Arkell's bought out local firm Brown and Plummer's wine merchants and went on to purchase 50& of Edmont Joinery who were their pub outfitters.   A Complete History of Arkell's can be found on their website.

John Arkell - (Born 1802;  Died 21st October 1881) - Born into a farming family in Kempsford, South Gloucestershire he set up the family brewery. 

John Weatherstone Arkell (Born 1848;  Died 2nd May 1909)

Sir Thomas Noel Arkell (1893-1981) High Sheriff of Wiltshire in 1953

Peter Arkell OBE (1923 - 2010).  During World War II, flight lieutenant Peter Arkell flew sorties into occupied France to pick up allied spies and resistance fighters during the night and later was sent to Burma to form "C" Flight, 357 S.D. Squadron.  He became a director in 1954 and was Chairman of the family brewery from 1971 until 2008.  He was awarded to OBE in 1997.

Partnership Dissolved 1846               Dinner in a Barrel 1856          Probate Notice for John Arkell Deceased 1882               Promotional Mileage Chart 1969               Obituary and Tributes to Peter Arkell 2010

Brickmaking

Ermin Street - owned by Iles - opposite Stratton brickworks
Grange Drive - western end next to railway bridge
Kingsdown - owned by Archers next to Kingsdown Farm, now part of A419 Stratton by-pass.
Stratton Brickworks - owned by Hills, became Cement works now Strata Estate
Stratton Crossroads - owned by Day's was first to use steam powered brick making machinery was located west of Ermin Street between Railway line and today's Oxford Road.
Stratton Green - owned by Iles, pit was originally three times the size with kilns at southern end - now Claridges Lake and park.
West End Road - owned by Days, pond used for winter ice-skating for many years.

Carpentry & Sawyers

Bramhill Sawmill was just up Oxford Road on the site of the old brick works, Burden & Evergreen Closes now cover this area.
T. Colborne – Wheelwright & Carpenter, based at Stratton Crossroads later became a local builder. 

Carpentry Adverts 1800-1899

Cart and Wagon Builders

Gallery

W. H. Hill

Advert for W. H. Hill 1928

Clothing, Footwear and Textiles

J. Compton Sons & Webb - Swindon based clothing manufacturers had a factory in Stratton which was used to produce uniforms during the wars. 

Cooke's was a small boot & shoe repair shop

Engineering

Pressed Steel & Rover Group

Pressed Steel & Rover Group Gallery

Pressed Steel Decision To Erect New Factory 1955 Harold Lott - Pension Documents 1959 Strike at Plant 1961
Rover - 40th Anniversary Mayors Speech 1995 Mini Car Plant Investment Boost November 2013 Mini Car Plant Staff Help Gain Award 2014
Vickers Supermarine

Vickers Supermarine          Vickers and Phillips & PWS Salary Related Documents 1941-1945                 Harold Lott - ID Card for Vickers-Armstrong 1947          

Hovercraft trials at Vickers from British Pathe Newsreel 1961 and again in 1962

Entertainment and Hospitality

Employed as a Pirate 1980                  Madison Hotel to Close 2014

Food Preparation and Manufacturing

Bakeries

Godwin’s had a bakery in Hyde Road.

R & K Wise's Bakery - Situated on the Green Road and using the former NAAFI bakery built in 1942, Wises's was founded after the war.  They made cakes for a lot of major outlets including Marks & Spencer, the same cakes, but not in posh boxes, were also sold under their own label.  The business finally closed in March 2001 after being bought by Northern Foods, the buildings were demolished in 2001 for housing and is now Wise Close.

Meat Processing

St.  Margaret's Wiltshire Bacon Co. Ltd. - Began production in 1895 at The Green, Stratton St. Margaret (now Oxford Road, Swindon).  A substantial proportion of its output was sold locally.  In 1947 it was acquired by Brown & Knight Ltd. of Lambeth, London, bacon-curers and food-distributors and extended.  In 1956 about 50 people were employed in the factory.  The site was redeveloped in 1990's and is now a Matalan store.

Slaughterhouses

Coopers Slaughterhouse - Established in 1871 at Marshgate Cooper's had a slaughterhouse, being granted a licence in 1894.  At a sale held in Queens Arms, Swindon on 21st July 1902 Mr. Cooper, then of Belle Vue, formally bought the ‘Marshland’ for £450.  At the time the business consisted of just over 4 acres.   The site also producing potash fertiliser, famous locally for the stink when a batch was run, it finally closed in 1970's.    Cooper's went on to start up as Scrap Metal merchants (now E.M.R) in Gypsy Lane, seeing the opportunity when Pressed Steel plant opened in 1955.  

Garages, Cycle Shops, Vehicle Body Shops and Petrol Stations

Bampton Bros. - Stratton Road.  Formed by Reg & Ted in 1920's they were famous for their ingenious folding bicycle variety which they produced until late 1940's, they continued with vehicle repairs and bodywork up until 2003.  The buildings have now been demolished and site is vacant.

Pam Cook ran the Cycle store and petrol pumps in Beechcroft Road on corner of Dores Road.

The Green Garage - This was owned by the Loveridge family, this became an Esso garage which closed in late 1990's finally being developed as Owen Court in 2008.

Hills Cycles - A cycle shop and petrol pumps at Crossroads near to where Weymss Lodge is today.

Pratt’s GarageBased at Crossways - was one of the first Garages, Selling 'Perfection Spirit' they also had a Lorry, whilst advertising the 'North Pole Expedition', managed to go off track and crash into a house in Highworth Road.

St. Margaret's Garage - In 1936 George Brickell establisshed a garage on Highworth Road.  St. Margaret's Garage was originally a wooden structure with petrol pumps on the pavement.  The current building was completed after the WWII in 1946 and continued to sell petrol until 2009.

West End Road - Although looking like a small local housing estate it has an Industrial Estate at its end with small garage businesses, this area was originally a builders yard behind a small bungalow owned by the Powdrell family, in addition for many years G & K Bodies also had a car repair garage half way up on left hand side.

Laundries

North Wilts Sanitary Steam Laundry - Hoddinott & Sons trading from 4th May 1891.  Several reported accidents and mis-treatment to animals in local press.  In 1894 a Miss Holliday brought in from London, was made manager.

Local Advertising

Advertising Gallery

Advertisement for Morse's Herbal Ointment 1854           Advertising 1900-1949          Articles For Sale 1900-1999           Adverts from the Highworth Official Guide 1950s

Medical and Scientific

Chemical Industry

Royal Society of Chemistry Award 2014

Powder Works

Built for 1914-1918 war, a lot was demolished and sold off in 1931.  The rest of site was first used by the Pioneer Corps during WWII, then as a pow camp housing first Cypriots then Germans. Taken over by Plessey's after the war some of the buildings still remain, making up Kembry Park Trading Estate.    Stratton Powder Works    

Doctors

Medical License for Henry Kemble (Kembell) 1689

Miscellaneous Items

Employment News 1800-1899          List of Businesses 2014         

Oil Industry

Oil Depot Plan 2016

Postal Services

At one time the Post office was situated next to the Crown

British Postal Services Appointments 1737-1969

Retail Shops, Butchers and Food Outlets

The Shellfish Giant 2014                    

Butchers

Basil Gore was the local butcher in Beechcroft Road 

Fast Food and Takeaways

Beechcroft Road - fish & chip shop next door to Gore's butchers

Newsagents and Tobacconists

Richardson & Rabbetts at Beechcroft was the well known local Newsagents, and tobacconist’s store, today occupied by a Hardware store

Stores & Supermarkets
Aldis

New Aldi Store, Hobley Road 2015

Claridges in Swindon Road in front of the lake was a shop & off license which was demolished in 1973 

Cookseys was a small store in Stratton

Cornaby’s Stores, Ermin Street next to school.  Bought in 1949 from Iles’s, who used to supply oil to most of local villages.  The shop finally closed in 1997 and was converted to housing.

Industrial Co-operative Society - From 1929 the Society had a shop opposite the Crown, they became the Swindon then the Oxford & Swindon Co-operative, these premises were sold in 1985, after the road was widened and some land was lost, to a Security firm and a new store now Midcounties Co-operative opened ¼ mile up Ermin Street towards Kingsdown.  The building is now used as a music studio.

Charlie Reynolds, Ermin Street - a small store  

 

Transport Services

Bus Service Axing 2000

Blues Ivory Coaches - 11 Dores Road, Stratton St. Margaret, was housed in the old Baptist Church building run by Eagle Line of Lechlade in 1970’s.

Miscellaneous Documents

 

Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Other Places of Worship Gallery

To learn more about other places of worship in Stratton St. Margaret please read the attached document

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints opened 2004

Beechcroft Road Methodist Church

Sunday School Play Programme 1954

Lower Stratton Primitive Methodist Church

For further information about the Lower Stratton Methodist Church please visit their website

Primitive Methodist Organ Appeal 1930               Primitive Methodist Organ Dedication 1938

St. Barnabas - Gorse Hill

Please refer to the separate tab for Gorse Hill

St. Philip the Deacon - Upper Stratton

Please refer to the Upper Stratton Page

Stratton Green Baptist Church

Stratton Green Baptist Church Gallery          For more information visit Stratton Green Methodists 

History of Stratton Green Baptist Church 1751-2014 Stratton Green Baptist Church Service Notice 1948 Stratton Green Baptist Church Closure Order of Service 2014
Stratton Green Baptist Church Closes 2014     

 

People and Parish Notables

People Gallery

Richard (Dick) Henry 1899-1990 -Dick died of a heart attack at Princess Margaret Hospital on 7th November 1990 and was Cremated at Kingsdown on 13th November.  Over 100 people attended the ceremony.  Dick was best known for setting up the local Senior citizens 'Crocodile Club', in April 1986 and remained chairman until his death. The club started with 25 members and peaked at 60.

Tax List 1332 Marriage Separation Notice 1801 Family Notices 1900-1949
Children's Corner Evening Advertiser 1947 Obituary of Eliza Wells 1947 Children's Corner Evening Advertiser 1948
Public Assistance Administration 1948 Ration Book Cover for Malcolm Griffiths 1953-1954 Pigeon Racing Annual Awards 1956
Cliff Top Rescue 1976 Fatal Accident 2000 Fatal Accident Plea for Witnesses 2012
Mad March Hare Run for Cancer 2012 Shopkeeper Charlie Reynolds (Aged 96) 2012 Young Athletes Gain PBs 2014
Guide Dog Nutmeg Brings Alan Fletcher New Joy 2015 Obituary of Paul Rowley 2015  

Associations, Clubs and Organisations

Stratton St. Margaret has in the past and still is a very community minded parish.  There are many clubs, societies and community groups to suit all ages and caters for all kinds of leisure interests.  Many of the clubs and activities available in the community today have their roots in the industry from around the area including many sports clubs.  Here you may read more about these clubs and groups 

Clubs and Societies News 1900-1949                 Quoits Club Annual Outing 1902           St. John Ambulance Certificate for Elsie K. Hollis 1939

Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy Issues Documents Held at Kew 1290-1817               John Avery 1749               John Waldron 1762-1763          Bankruptcy Notices 1800-1899                  Robert Eddolls 2001 

Census Returns Transcripts

1841          1861          1871           1881          1891          1901           1911

For strays from the the various census years please see the strays Index document found under emigration and migration.          N.B. the 1911 Census includes parts of Stratton recorded in the Rodbourne Enumeration District

Elections and Polls

Poll Book 1705  Poll of Freeholders 1772 Poll Book 1818 Voters List 1831
Voters Lists Revisions 1843 Poll Book 1868 Electoral Lists Revision Court 1902  

General Items

Postcard Sent to Miss K. Bond 1915         Postcard sent from Stratton to Bath 1904

Inquest Reports

Henry Fisher 1860          James Minal 1859           Paul Rowley 2015

Local Families

In this section you can find items of interest about a particular family and associated links 

Axford Family

Lifestyle Project story of Ellen Martha Olive Jane Axford born October 1909

Butler, William, of Stratton, Wilts, yeoman., & Mary King, of South Marston, Wilts ; B'dman, Roger Butler, of the same, yeoman; W. Tho. Hawes, Ann Hawes ; 9 Apr. 1689. (Banns)

King Family

Beechcroft Road Photo gallery

Lott Family

Memories of a Stratton Family               Wedding Report of Elsie Cox & Harold Lott 1948               Lott Family Homes 1960s

Powell Family

Photo Gallery              Powell Family Information

Parish Notables

Doomsday book of 1086 shows that the parish was held by Nigel, physician to William the Conqueror.     For information about the Parish Notables of Stratton St. Margaret  follow the link

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.

 

Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse

Charities

Brind Charity 1700 - Present Mary Horne Charity 1794-1903 Sale of Swindon Church & Poor Lands at Cannons Close 1884
Thomas Arthur Beale and his Collecting Dog, Bruce. 1905-1915 Memorial Fund for Guide Dog 2014  

 

Poor Law

General Poor Law Matters

Poor Law Report 1840

Medical Matters

Medical Relief 1837         St. Johns's Ambulance Certificate for Elsie K. Hollis - 1939

Removal Orders and Settlements

Removal Orders 1729-1830                 Settlement Examinations 1786-1794

Supplies and Tenders

Swindon & Highworth Union Supplies 1838                   Poor Law Union Supplies 1847

Workhouse

Workhouse & Hostels Gallery

General Workhouse Matters

Workhouse and Hospital 1777-1977

Workhouse Births and Deaths

Newspaper Notices 1800-1950

Workhouse Crime

Workhouse Crime 1835-1850

Workhouse Inmates

Highworth Union Workhouse Census 1841                  Highworth Union Workhouse Census 1851                  Stratton Folk Born in the Workhouse 1866-1914

Workhouse Staff

Staff Required at St. Margaret's Institution 1947

 

Probate

Wills held at WSHC

Estate Notices

Estate Notice of John Kemble 1840 Estate of Charles Morse 1877 Death & Estate Notice of W. H. Scott, 1954
Claims on the Estate of Frederick Fairclough 2014 Estate Notice of John Inman 2015  

Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Lord Sandys 1633    

Parishioners Wills

William Richman Dated 1647               Edward Curtis Proved 1828

Sales of Buildings & Land for Probate Purposes 

Estates of Thomas Tuckey 1860

 

War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials Gallery                Stratton St. Margaret Military Graves               Stratton at War Gallery                  Why the Poppy

Military Service Records North Wiltshire Muster Roll 1539 (Netherstratton) North Wiltshire Muster Roll 1539 (Overstratton)
Chelsea Pensioners 1808-1828 V.A.D. & Red Cross Hospitals 1914-1918 Military Medal Awarded 1918
WWI Casualty Pte. Francis Taylor 1918 Good Service Certificate Lionel A. H. C. Frampton 1929-1937 WWII Civilian Deaths 1939-1945
War Time Snippets from the Evening Advertiser 1939-1945 Civil Defence Posting Notice - Miss E. M. P. Cox 1943 Lott Family WWII Identity Cards
WWII Unexploded Mortar 2001 New War Memorial by 2014 Milestone 2012 Prisoner of War Camps 2012
Peace Memorial 2014 Peace Memorial Dedication Order of Service 2014 St. Philip The Deacon Remembrance Service 2014
Order of Service for First Remembrance Service at the Peace Memorial 2014 Remembrance Service at the Peace Memorial 2015  
Servicemen & Families with the 1st Wilts. Regt. in South Africa 1911    

1919 - Red Cross Nurses recognised for service - Miss O King and Miss M Webb.

5th June 1936 - soon to be Sqn Ldr Harold Starr(1914-1940) crashed a two seater fighter at Stratton St Margaret. As a Hurricane Fighter Pilot he died Aug 30th 1940.

August 15th 1940 saw a string of 9 bombs land in fields near Catsbrain farm, probably after the Vickers Aircraft factory.

On 7th December 1941 Sergeant Pilot Norman William Barbeau had left Aston Down in Gloucestershire on a Spitfire training flight. Flying over Stratton St Margaret, the 20-year old Canadian pilot lost control and nose-dived. He died instantly.  He crashed in Ermin Street and a plaque was erected by the parish in 2005 to his memory.

During the WWII Boys at the Limes Home, Stratton St. Margaret were busy sewing and knitting for the troops. Under the supervision of the matron, Mrs Small, the boys had made bed socks and scarves for the troops at the front as well as hospital garments such as operation stockings

During WWII there was a small German Working Company camp at SU 1703 8720 where Europa Park is now.

For the latest list of casualties of war go to Stratton St. Margaret War Memorial List and for available photographs of the memorial stones to the fallen.

Ford Family

Ford Family in WWI - their story.

 

Acknowledgements and Contributors

Thanks to the following for supplying pictures, articles or family histories/memories.

Arkell's, Baptist Church's, BMW, Edward Browning, Margaret Brunger, Clive Carter, Stuart Dobson, Facebook-'Swindon on the Change' & 'Swindon Past & Present', Ford Family, Susan Griffiths, Hinders, Kings College, Cambridge, Kingsdown School, London Archives, Lott Family, David Macey, Network Rail, Barry Odey, Alan Pellymounter, Stratton St Margaret Parish Council, David Suchodola‎, Swindon Advertiser, Swindon Library, Ken Tuck, Paul Williams, and the many conversations with locals.

 

 

Kingsdown

Kingsdown

Kingsdown Gallery

Buildings and Land

Kingsdown Property Auction 1848                  Sale by Auction of Buildings & Land 1902

Farms

Hyde Farm

In the 1891 Census it shows Henry Hinder as farmer here. 

Sale of Hyde Farm 1947               Sale of Stock at Hyde & Kingsdown Farms 1947 

Kingsdown Manor Farm

The farm covered 217 acres.  There are conveyance documents dating back to 1735.  A 1796 Enclosure award was granted to John Phelps & James Crowdy, this site became Kingsdown house and the farm moved to it's present location.   The 1881 Census shows Samuel Coleborne as farmer and in the 1911 Kelly’s Directory Joseph Gleave Twiss is recorded as the farmer in occupation.  BY 1900 a thriving brick works had been opened next to the farm.  Stock was sold by Public Auction in 1947 see Sale of Stock notice under Hyde Farm.  The farm is now converted to business units and several private dwellings.

Maps

Maps Gallery

Education

Kingsdown School  

Kingsdown School Gallery 

Sci-Fi Book Inspired by Kingsdown School Pupils 2014                      

Employment and Business

Kingsdown Nurseries Fuschia Catalogue 1962

People and Parish Notables

Serious Road Accident at Kingsdown 2014

Inquest Reports

Daniel Hale 1902

 

Nythe

Nythe

Nythe Gallery 

Parish History

Parish History                 First Parish Council Meeting Agenda 2015               Parish Council Meeting Agenda March 2016          

Buildings and Land

Farms

Nythe Farm

This farm dates from around 1783.  It is an isolated farm to south.  After the building of the A419 bypass the land came under Wanborough parish.  In 1868 Richard Kemble was here but by 1878 as article in local paper shows, J K Sargent is farmer. the 1881 census shows Richard Kemble as farmer here and the 1890 North Wilts directory has Henry Fanners here.  The 1901 census shows William Bellamy and 1911 Kelly’s Directory shows William Bourton Manners as the farmer here.  A 1913 document shows the transfer of the farm to John Metcalf from the Gooch estate.  The 1948 & 1951 Street Directories show A L Fisher & A Hyde living here and finally in 1970 Stanley F Bailey.

Footpaths

Footpaths Gallery

Residential Streets

Streets Gallery

Directories

Directory of Swindon 1970 (by Name)                 Directory of Swindon 1970 (by Residence)

People & Parish Notables

People Gallery

Penhill

Penhill 

Gallery

History

1977 - Jack Straw visits Penhill as part of Government 'Estate Action".

Buildings and Land

Penhill Paddling Pool

Bramhill Sawmill was just up Oxford Road on the site of the old brickworks, Burden & Evergreen Closes now cover this area.

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