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Southbroom - St. James Southbroom - St. James Courtesy of Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre

Southbroom Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (Our neighbours)

All Cannings - Bishops Cannings - Devizes St. John - Etchilhampton - Potterne


Websites of Interest

University of Leicester's - Website for historical Wiltshire directories
St. James Parish Website - Parish Information
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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.


The Parish Church of St. James

The church is first mentioned in 1461 as being on the Green and was sometimes called the Green Church. The dedication to St. James is known by 1505. The church may occupy the site of the hospital chapel of St. James and St. Denis, which had gone by 1338. Originally the church was a chapel in Bishop's Cannings parish but it had its own graveyard for burials by 1505 and christenings and marriages were taking place by 1572. The church seems to have been built in the early 15th century with a chancel, nave with continuous aisles, a south porch and a west tower. There were some lancet windows of the 13th century that possibly came from the original chapel. [Source: Wiltshire Community History]   St. James Church Photo Gallery

The church interior has been modernised in recent times but retains its ancient impressiveness.  It is a very busy church commanding two Sunday morning services both of which are normally full.  From the amount of memorials to to the Wiltshire Regiment within the church it would appear that many of the battalion worshipped here over the years.  Images of some of these memorials can be found in the document and gallery below. 

St. James Interior Gallery.          St. James Churchyard Gallery

St. James Churchyard Memorial Survey (incomplete)          Salisbury Diocesan Guild of Ringers Meeting 1915

Parish Register Transcripts


1550-1649          1650-1699          1700-1749          1750-1774          1775-1799           1800-1824          1825-1839          1840-1849          1850-1859          1860-1869          1870-1879



Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1572-1974
Marriages 1572-1979
Burials 1572-1946


Parish History

The Crammer Pond is reputably that most associated with the Moonraker Legend

Civil Registration

1837 - Present Devizes Registration District


Buildings and Land

Devizes Poor House and Lunatic Asylum were in this parish.

Bellevue Lunatic Asylum Census 1851


Parting Letter of Mr. Estcourt 1859          Owners of Land 1873


Crime and Legal Matters


Assault on a Postman 1865


Bastardy Examinations 1838-1879

Crime Reports


Proceedings in Chancery Elizabeth I Era (1558-1603) 

Harte & Hayward v Nytt 



Post Office 1875




Emigration and Migration

Strays Index


Employment and Business


Wiltshire Society Apprentices 

James Alexander 1904           Gordon F. Little 1923

Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship


People and Parish Notables

Census Returns Transcripts

1841          1851          1861           1871           1881           1891            1901           1911

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

Elections and Polls

Voters List 1832         Voters Lists Revisions 1843        

Family Notices     

Family Notices 1800-1849                  Family Notices 1850-1899                 Life Event Reports 1850-1899

General Items

Newspaper Reports 1850-1899

Funeral Reports

Funeral Report for Mark Stobbart 2014


Sudden Death of Mrs Parry Nisbet 1861 


Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse

The parish was the location of the Devizes Union Workhouse.  Poor Law covers the whole of the area covered by the Workhouse Catchment Area.

Poor Law Supplies Contracts & Tenders

Bread & Flour Contract 1838           Bread, Flour and Meat 1847

Relieving Officers

Relieving Officer Appointed 1846

Workhouse Census

1851          Adult Paupers in Workhouse for 5 or More Consecutive Years 1861

Workhouse Crime

Murder at the Workhouse 1881-1882

Workhouse Employment

Porter Required 1846

Workhouse Statistics

Union Workhouse Facts & Figures 1874

Workhouse Supplies and Tenders

Union Workhouse Sealed Tenders 1838



Indenture Notice of William Heale 1851


War, Conflict and Military Matters

Return of the Wiltshire Regiment 1902                   Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918                  Bell Ringers Book of Remembrance in St. Pauls Cathedral Library WWI 


British Red Cross/VAD Volunteers

E. R. M. Isborn 1917-1918         Frances Mary Isborn 1917-1918


James Harris 1917        



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