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Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Burcombe - Durnford - Fugglestone St Peter with Bemerton - Great Wishford - Stapleford - Wilton - Woodford


Websites of Interest

GenUKI - For information relating to Wiltshire and South Newton.
University of Leicester's - Website has 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Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies.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.


The Parish Church of St. Andrew

St. Andrew's Church was built mainly of rubble with ashlar dressings and has flint and stone chequerwork. It consists of a chancel with a north chapel and south vestry, a nave with north aisle and a south porch and a west tower. Nearly all the external walling was rebuilt in 1861-2 to designs by T H Wyatt.  The chancel and the aisle were built in the early 13th century, as was the chancel arch, which in 1861-2 was moved to become the tower arch. In 1553 a plate weighing 1.5 oz was confiscated and a chalice of 6.05 oz was left in the parish. The chalice was replaced by one hallmarked in 1576. Of the original four bells from 1553, two still hung in the church in 1993. A fifth bell was added in 1862 and a sixth in 1887.

Protestation Return 1641-1642     


Incumbents List 1550-1834           Suspension of Benefice 2018

Parish Register Transcripts


1604-1837           1838-1910 


1695-1838          1695-1838

Note the marriages here are sorted in alphabetical order with bride and groom hence the two sets of marriages for the same date

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1695-1924
Marriages 1695-1994
Burials 1695-1902


Parish History

The parish of South Newton is immediately north of Wilton; a detached part North Ugford is immediately west of Wilton, in the main the parish is essentially the land of a 10th century estate bounded on the west by the river Wylie and on the east by a way along the ridge dividing the valleys of the Wylie and the Christchurch Avon. Four settlements grew up by the Wylie, South Newton, Little Wishford, Stofold and Chilhampton.

Burdens Ball to the south is a fifth settlement. The village stands beside the Wilton to Warminster road, The church, vicarage and Manor farm  formed a group on the east side of the road. Manor farmhouse  was rebuilt in 1799, the vicarage demolished in the mid 19th century.

North of the church there were farmsteads and other buildings on both sides of the road in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Those that have survived on the east side are Newton cottage (thatched and dated 1679) and the Bell Inn (opened in 1759) which now occupies an 18th century house. The Plough was an Inn in the early 18th century.  A fire in the village destroyed seven houses and three barns in the village in 1752. 

South of the church, South Newton Mill has long stood on the River Wylie. By 1773 a line of buildings stood along the east side of the road,  north of the mill.  Newton House and a new vicarage were built just north of the church, both have now been converted into nursing homes. Pembroke cottage and a terrace of four houses are dated 1859.  In 1993 the Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery owned most of the land.

Civil Registration

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


Buildings and Land


Cottage Fire at Wishford 1858           


Notice of Petition for Inclosure 1808       


Owners of Land 1873

Property to Let



Crime and Legal Matters

Animal Cruelty

Killing a Neighbour's Bees 1870


Bastardy Examinations

Miscellaneous Items

Crime Reports 1800-1849                  Crime Reports 1850-1899

Prisons and Prisoners

Committed to the Devizes House of Correction & New Prison 1800-1849

Proceedings in Chancery Elizabeth I Era (1558-1603)

Gardyner v Hughes


William Whatley Sentenced to Transportation 1812                Transported for Theft of Fowls 1829          Robbery on the London Road 1839



Kellys 1889



1783 no school in the parish
1818 three Dame schools had 75 pupils, 35 were children of paupers
1833 a small school, attended by 7 boys and 17 girls, opened 
1838 National school, with a teachers house built. It had 58 pupils in 1846.  The National school was described as clean and tidy and well conducted in 1858 when there were 30-40 pupils. That number rose to 75 by 1873 and in 1909 the average attendance was 58, falling to 22 in 1927; the school closed in 1935.


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. 14 paupers emigrated to South Australia under an assisted emigration programme between April 1839 - April 1840

Strays Index 


Employment and Business


Gamekeepers Certificates 1807          Gamekeepers Certificates 1834          Agriculture Report 1847           Ploughing Match & Shepherding Prizes 1868


Apprentice records published here may not necessarily mean that the apprentice was from the parish but was apprenticed to a master within the parish.

William Absolom 1758          Daniel Beckingsale 1752


British Postal Service Appointments 1737-1969 

Community Services

Appeal for Police Constable for Wishford 1901             


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship


People and Parish Notables

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Oddfellows Lodge Anniversary 1851                  Agricultural Society Gathering 1872

Census Returns Transcripts

1841           1851           1861           1871           1881           1891           1901           1911 

Elections and Polls

Poll of Freeholders 1772           Poll Book 1818           Celebration for Mr. Benett's Election 1819           Voters Lists 1832            Poll Book 1865          MP Nominations 2015          MP Nominations 2017

Family Notices

1800-1849                   1850-1899


Frederick Goodfellow 1860


Boxing Day Football Match v Great Wishford 1908


Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse

Charities for the Poor

Some of the money given by Mr. Daniel for poor widows of the parish had been lost by 1786, thereafter Daniels charity comprised from £10 and distributed annually. J. H. Flooks yearly increased the amount by 10s. and in his will in 1844 he gave £50 to the charity.  In 1901 each of 10 widows received 3s. 4d., in 1930 £2 0s. 5d was distributed, and in 1950 £1 10s. 4d.  In the later 20th century the income was allowed to accumulate; £34 was distributed in 1961.     

J. H. Flooks also  gave in his will the income from £500 for bread for the poor of South Newton and Wilton.  South Newton was to receive the bread in alternate years, but in the late 19th century received £7, half the income.  Annually 210 gallons of bread were distributed in 1901, 102 gallons of bread  shared by 227 recipients in 1930 and in 1960 £6. 7s. 0d. was spent on bread for 21 parishioners.  Nothing further is known since 1960.

Wilton Union Guardians Appointed 1835          Guardians Dinner & Election of Guardians 1870 

Appointment of Overseers        

1860          1870           1872



Probate Index 1845-1851 (WSHC)                 Estate Notice of George Lush Deceased 1845

Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Thomas Eyre 1629               Richard Grobham 1630                   William, Earl of Pembroke 1630

Parishioners Wills

John Kyngman Proved 1522                John Blake 1553/1554              Alice Blake Proved 1566


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War & Military Gallery

Why the Poppy Autumn Manoeuvres 1872 Reservists Leave for the Front 1899 Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918
South Newton War Memorial Roll of Honour Plaques    



Alban West 1918 


We would like to thank Jean Barnwell for her efforts as OPC for this parish



Burdens Ball

This was probably a single farmstead in the 16th century. A chapel, possibly from the 13th century, was demolished when only Burdens Ball farmhouse and two other houses stood there.  The Wilton union workhouse was built north west of Kingsway and a chapel was built in 1864, served by the vicar of South Newton  until 1940. The railway station opened in 1856 and closed in 1955. A gasworks was built in 1859 and closed in 1934.  In 1990's the former workhouse and sites of the station and gasworks were used for industry. Burdens Ball Manor was sometimes known as Fugglestone Manor.

Church Matters

Burthenstall (Burden's Ball) Protestation Return 1641-1642




In the Middle Ages and until the mid 19th Century, Chilhampton seems to have been a small settlement consisting of a line of farmsteads on the land of South Newton Manor.  The road is likely to have been remade on a new course east of the village when it was turnpiked in 1761. 1800 there were about four farmsteads and several other houses and cottages. In 1993 the earl of Pembroke and Montgomery owned most of the land.

Church Matters

Chilhampton Protestation Return 1641-1642


Non Conformity

A house belonging to Stephen Wootton was licensed to hold meetings



John Blake 1610         William Blake Proved 1610



Little Wishford


A small settlement in the 14th century.  In the 18th and early 19th centuries, Little Wishford consisted of no more than two groups of farm buildings, both of which stood to the south of the Warminster road; only one included a farmhouse in 1844.  Little Wishford Farmhouse was rebuilt in the early 19th century.  A large farm building called Crough's barn was built north of Little Wishford farmhouse between 1957 and 1969.  A church at Little Wishford was mentioned in 1428 but at no other time.

Church Matters

South Newton & Wishford Protestation Return 1641-1642





The village comprised of a line of farmsteads on the land of South Newton Manor. The ford between Stofold and Great Wishford on the west bank of the Wyley had been replaced by a bridge by the early 18th century. The Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery owned most of the land in Stofold. There was a malthouse in the village in 1805 and brewers in 1848 and 1855.

Church Matters

Stowfold Protestation Return 1641-1642              Ringing for Five New Hats 1812


Buildings and Land

Fire at Mr. Gould's Malthouse 1837



1883 Stofold house was certified for use as a residential school for a maximum of 15 girls.


Non Conformity

1921 A small red brick chapel was built for United Methodists which closed in 1956


People and Parish Notables


Accidents 1850-1899


John Morris Lacey 1940



John Blake 1545-1546               Thomas Blake Written 1549               John Blake Proved 1572               Maud Blake Proved 1616               John Blake Proved 1637




Ugford was a village on the south side of the riverside road from Wilton to Mere. It had a church in the Middle Ages and its land belonged to Wilton Abbey.  Known as Ugford St John in the 12 and 13th centuries; Ugford Abbess in the 16th century; Ugford St Giles in the 17th century; but more often known as North Ugford. South Ugford was on the south side of the river Nadder and apparently lost its identity in the late 18th century since when North Ugford has simply been known as Ugford.   A cemetery for Wilton was opened in 1901 on land regarded as part of South Newton parish in 1844.

Church Matters

Ugford St Gyles Protestation Return 1641-1642


Non Conformity

1698 the house of George Blake registered for Presbyterian meetings
1777 the house of Joseph Horn registered as a meeting place 
1798 the house of Susan Randall registered for unspecified worship
1807 a licence granted for Methodist meetings
1812 Methodist chapel built in 1812, demolished by 1900


People and Parish Notables

Tax List 1332




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