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Salisbury city is made up of three main parishes, these are the Cathedral and Close, St. Martin and St. Thomas & St. Edmund.  Each have their own dedicated page which can be accessed from the parish menu on the front page of this website.

Salisbury Photo Gallery           Old Sarum Photo Gallery


Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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.


Church Matters

For individual Churches of the parish please refer to their own pages.

Salisbury Diocesan Guild of Ringers Meeting 1915


Parish History 

Thomas Hardy based his fictional Wessex town of Melchester on and around the sights, smells and life of the City of Salisbury.  It is the only Cathedral City within the county, but is not the county town.  It lies on two main railway links - The West of England Main Line which runs from London (Waterloo) to Exeter, St. David's and is currently operated by South West Trains and the Portsmouth Harbour to Cardiff Central line currently operated by First Great Western Trains on the Wessex Main Line.

Books and Reviews

A History of  Salisbury Haunted Salisbury Old Sarum
Memoirs Illustrative of the History & Antiquities of Wiltshire & City of Salisbury (1851) Popular History of Old & New Sarum 1897 Commonwealth Charter of the City of Salisbury, 1656 (1907)

Civil Registration

1837 - 1896 Alderbury Registration District
1896 - Present Salisbury Registration District

City Council

City Council Business  June 1890 


Music Festival at Assembly Rooms 1762                  First Annual Cucumber Festival 1830                 Exhibition of Youthful Industry 1858

General Items

National Gazetteer Entry 1868                   Facts and Figures About Wiltshire 1874                     Salisbury is Open 2018

Illness and Epidemics      

Cholera Epidemic 1849                  Influenza Outbreak in Spring 1949       


Buildings and Land                  


Cattle Plague Regulations 1867               Foot & Mouth Disease 1924-1925 


Inquisition Regarding The Bridge at Sarum 1267

Buildings of Note


History of the Council House (Guildhall)

John Halle Hall

Halle of John Halle & The Gaumont Cinema 1931 

Market House

New Market House Subscriptions 1857

Buildings Taxes

Appointment of Select Commissioners for Land and Assessed Taxes 1842 



Sarum Canal Navigation Meeting 1789  

Civic Plaques

Civic Plaques Gallery


West Woodyates Farm to be Let 1890


Salisbury Infirmary

Infirmary Gallery

Fonthill Rector Donation to Salisbury Infirmary 1815


Inquisition of Lands Held 1433           Owners of Land 1873


Maps Gallery

Mortgage Indentures

John Folliott & Sons, Old George Steam Brewery with PH's. 1900


Proposed Transfer of Museum 1949

Property Sales or to Let

Propert to Rent or Sale 1700-1799          Auction Sale of Property 1780          Webb's Court Property to Let 1780

Public Houses

Public Houses Gallery

Alehouse Keepers and Cookes XVII Century Publicans 1635-1685 Alehouses XVIII Century
Inns of the XVIII Century Parade Coffee House & Tavern for Sale 1805 Beerex Festival 1976
Half Moon Inn

Half Moon Tavern Advertisement 1767

Lamb Inn, Catherine Street

New Licensee 1807

Kings Head Inn

Indenture, Lease from Evans & Biggs to White 1735

Maidenhead Inn

Mary Hibberd, Publican 1827

Queens Arms Inn

Queens Arms Inn Sale 1858

Red Lion

Established in the 14th century, this is one of the finest examples of an old coaching inn in the country, and the ancient courtyard, with its magnificent hanging creeper and picturesque half timbering, is much as it was when the London - West Country stage would rumble through the great archway.  One of the bars until the early 1960's was for gentlemen only, a pleasing relic of the olden days, and in the dining room may be seen part of the original 14th century wall.

Three Swans

Situated in the Market Place

Advertisement for The Three Swans 1767

Vine Inn

This was situated at 43 Bedwin Street

Landlords           New Landlord 1780          New Landlord 1789

White Hart Inn

Advertisement 1762


Railway Station Gallery             

Great Western Railway Timetable Changes 1874                 Southern Railways Excursion Advert to Weymouth c1963

Turnpike Trusts

Notice of Sarum-Ealing Toll Avoidence 1789




Great Flood 1841          Salisbury Floods 1915


Crime and Legal Matters

Animal Crime

Dog Bit Porter - Hunt v Hitchcock 1841


Eccentric Charged with Hayrick Arson 1872


Assault & Robbery 1827                 Alleged Assault by Mother and Son 1857                    Stabbing of Husband 1866                   Wild Man Attack 1877


Bastardy Examinations

Capital Punishment

Capital Punishment in Wiltshire 1800-1827

Court Cases

Marlborough Quarter Sessions 1685 Legacy Dispute - Regina v Hull 1841 Salisbury Assizes March 1841
Claimant & Defendant in One Day 1855 Salisbury Petty Sessions July 1878 Complaint as Right of Way Obstructed in Chicklade 1936

Criminal Damage

Boy Cautioned for Throwing Stones Near Station 1857          Boys Damage Well 1903

Employment Cases

Claim for Wages 1886


Counterfeit Coins and Bank Notes Used 1838          Fake Notes in Circulation 2014


Man Obtained Money by False Pretences 1857

General Items

Crime Reports 1700-1799                  Crime Reports 1800-1849                  Crime Reports 1850-1899

Highway Robbery

Highwaymen Captured 1681          Robbery on the London Road 1839


Child Murder 1866                   Henry Bungay, Murder Charge 1880


Unlawful Shooting of Hare 1870

Prisons and Prisoners

Bedford Gaol Prisoner John Baldwin 1802                  Inmates of Gloucester Gaol 1815-1879              Convicts sent to Prison Hulks 1823-1842                  Criminal Life of Robert Sperring 1828-1830

Proceedings in Chancery Elizabeth I Era (1558-1603)

Thomas Grafton v William Grafton            Grafton, Ingram v Stock, Pytt and others 

Quarter Sessions


Herbert Barry 1912          Marcus Phillip Westhorpe Bartthropp 1911

Swing Riots

Swing Riots, Wilts. Special Commission 1831


Gun Stolen From Mr. Rhodes' Shop 1812 Spate of Attempted Break Ins 1812 Sentenced for Theft 1845
Fowl Theft at Market 1853 Thefts of Clothing 1858 Mother and Daughter Committed for Trial 1866
Serious Case of Felony 1868 Boys Charged with Stealing Wood 1872 Suspicion of Theft by James Harrison, Alias Lloyd 1874


Transportation of Prisoners 1827



Pigot & Co. 1822                   Pigot & Co. 1830                 Kellys 1875 Commercial



Education Gallery

Schools for the Infant Poor Divine Service 1815 Training College Success 1861 Training College Success 1872
Portrait of Miss G. M. Jerred 1950 From Police Station to University College 2014  

De Vaux College

Clerics & Scholars 1269-1541           John Nicholas, Master 1661-1711

National Schools

Anniversary Meeting of Salisbury National Schools 1838          Anniversary Meeting of Salisbury National Schools Report 1838

St. Probus Private School, Manor Road

St. Probus School               School Photograph 1953 


Emigration and Migration

Strays Index                 Emigration Home News Sought 1800 - Present

Emigration to America

William Blackmore 1774 Thomas Dunkham 1774 John Mansfield 1775 Robert Martin 1774 John Randall (1) 1774 John Randall (2)
William Smith 1774 George Woodford 1775    John Barlow 1775 John Thomas 1775   John Young 1775  Richard Mayer 1775



Emigration to Australia

Charles Rake 1820-1907

Naturalisation Records

Ernest Charles Augustus Glassmann 1892           Ernst Glassmann 1892


Employment and Business  

Business & Employment Gallery

Agriculture and Land

Agricultural Labouring

Aspects of the Life of the Wiltshire Agricultural Labourer c1850          Agriculture Report 1847       


Messrs. Read & Co. Advertisement 1858


Game License Issues 1800-1899          Gamekeepers Certificates 1807           


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

John Acton 1759 Richard Adams 1725 John Allford 1716 John Allen 1751 George Amor 1713
Elizabeth Andrews 1754 James Atchson 1759 Edward Atkinson 1723 Joseph Attwaters 1755 John Badcock 1729
Edward James Baker 1755 Richard Baldwin 1742 Robert Baldwin 1758 William Baldwin 1724 Robert Ballard 1719
Ambrose Bampton 1716 Robert Barber 1729 Thomas Barfoot 1713 William Barford 1742 William Barnes 1751
John Barry 1721 Ambrose Barter 1718
John Batchelor 1711 Joseph Batchelor 1740 James Bath 1715
William Batt 1754 Joseph Batten 1717 Barnabas Bayly 1729 James Bawdon 1759 Thomas Baxter 1716
Richard Bayly 1729 James Beatham 1725 James Bedford 1754 John Bedford 1754 John Befford 1755
Robert Benet 1719 William Benjefeild 1723 Charles Bennett 1722 Mather Bennett 1742 Thomas Beresford 1719 
John Bernard 1722 John Bernard 1729 Henry Berry 1721 Carolina Best 1752
Jobe Biddlecombe 1711
John Biddlecombe 1728 William Biddlecombe 1728 William Biggs 1716 Daniel Bishop 1721 Edward Bishop 1717
John Bishop 1711 Joseph Blackhead 1719 Henry Blackmore 1741 Charles Blake 1720 Sackler Blake 1723
William Blanchard 1756 Robert Bleeke 1715 John Burrow 1721
Charles Bush 1756  
Francis Clark 1720        Samuel Compton 1716
John Cook 1728 George Cooke 1713 William Cooke 1742 Joyce Coombs 1720   
Ann Cooper 1725  Edward Cooper 1717
George Cooper 1729
Thomas Cooper 1755  James Corfe 1729 
John Francis 1742 
Wiltshire Society Apprentices

John Chamberlayne 1821          William Compton 1884           Thomas Fulford 1820          Frederick Arthur Albert Hibberd 1877          Gertrude May Holloway 1897         John Tibbs 1826             


Edward Adams 1939 Arthur Leonard Bagshawe 1938 Roy Christopher Barnard 1939 Gerald Theodore Lydford 1939 (Handley)  Bernard James Macklin 1936
Francis William Marshall 1934 Kenneth Ernest Northcote Mould 1939      


Banks 1800-1899

Brewing, Victualling, Wines & Spirits Merchants

Brandy Dealers XVIII Century                    Sandemans & Castle & Co


Employment of the Poor in Road Building 1817             


Annual Graziers & Butchers Feast 1780           Butchers' Christmas Show 1870

Carriers and Transport

Coach Travel to London Advertisement 1827

Cloth Merchants, Mills and Tailoring

Tailors Fraternity Meeting and List of Masters 1451                   Tailors Guild Appointment of Viewers 1561-1562                  Wrongly Accused 1786                   Edward Vandenhoff, Silk Merchant 1830

Community Services


City Police Gallery

City Police Recruitment Notice 1858           Salisbury City Police 1905                    


Edwin Mullins Andrews 1878-1969          Ernest Frank Richardson, Chief Constable 1872-1952         James Tompkins 1858-1926                         

Cordwainers and Footwear Manufacturers

Mary Simmonds, Clog Maker 1827


Salisbury, Semley & Gillingham Dairies 1890

Domestic Services

Lady Servant Wanted 1763


Mechanical Engineers - Charles Varley Armitage 1912

Food and Entertainment

Snack Bars Increase 1951

General Items

Trade & Guilds Wardens September 1440  Employment and Business News 1700-1799 East India Company Recruitment Advertisement 1789 
Employment & Business News 1800-1899 Hair Powder Tax Stamp Distributors 1801  Situations Vacant and Wanted 1850-1899
Suspension of Trade for Coronation Celebrations 1858 Ancient Trades & Companies of Salisbury published 1912

Jewellers, Clock and Watchmakers

C. W. Beale, Clock & Watchmaker 1836

Markets, Farm Animals & Livestock Sales & Fairs

Markets 1800-1849 Sale of Cart Horses 1847 Pitched Market Proposal 1847
Markets 1850-1899 Horse Sale at The Repository 1858 Sheep and Cattle Fair 1858
Winners at Salisbury Sheep Fair 1878    

Medical Matters

Licensed Practitioners
William Gilbart 1634 John Ballard 1664 Henry Denny 1674 
William Denny 1678  Roger Farr 1692  Dr. Spence, Visiting Physician, 1827
General Medical Council Registrations 1859-1959    
Medical Advertisements & Services

Advertisement & Small Pox Denial of James Newman 1775                Moved to New Premises 1786               Advert for Medical Instrument Maker 1815               

Medical Appointments

Infirmary Surgeon, C. N. Smart 1828


Charlotte Matilda Case 1890                Louisa Case 1890 


Hubert Arnold - Violinist 

Post Office Services

British Postal Service Appointments 1737-1969                   Dismissal of Margaret Harding 1956

Railway Employment

Testimonial Presentation to George Wager 1861

Retail and Grocery Suppliers

Mercer Ceases to Trade 1762               Elizabeth Scammells Shop 1788                  Sale of Bacon at the Chough 1812            Salisbury is Open 2018

Situations Vacant


Smiths, Foundries & Metal Work

Bell Founders Associated with Salisbury 1465-1724                 Company of Smiths - Richard Snowe 1628               Company of Smiths - Thomas Roude 1628                     Company of Smiths 1636 


John Hibberd, Chimney Sweep 1804                   John Hibberd, Chimney Sweep 1827


Miscellaneous Documents

Mrs. Ridout and the Coombe Express              Theatre Advert 1836       


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Non Conformists Gallery

Salisbury Baptist Chapel


Brown Street Baptist Church

Parish Register Transcripts


St. Francis Evangelical Church

St. Francis Photo gallery


St Francis Church

Parish Registers held at WSHC

None that we are aware of at present

St. Mark

War, Conflict and Military Matters

Military Gallery

Casualties of WWI Honoured in the Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book                    WWII Tank Trap

St. Martin (See Milford Parish)

Roman Catholicism

Papist Oath of Allegiance 1792

St. Paul

War, Conflict and Military Matters

Casualties of WWI Honoured in the Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book


People and Parish Notables

Sir Stephen Fox - MP for Salisbury and Royal Administrator

People Gallery


Accidents 1850-1899                 Accidental Shot to Knee 1866              Runaway Horse 1875                Crashed into a Tree 1951           

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1827-1871 Literary & Scientific Institute News 1850-1899 Medical Club and Dispensary 1850-1899
Oddfellows Manchester Union 1850-1899 Working Men's Club & Institution News 1850-1899 Diocesan Institute for Trained Nurses Annual Meeting 1888
Rotary Club News 1900-1999 Bread & Pudding Committee 1911 Wiltshire H. S. Visits to Corsham & Salisbury 1952
Ancient Order of Foresters

Forester's Funeral - Henry Sworn 1868


Discharged Insolvency Notice of John Richmond 1720 Bankruptcy Notices 1700-1899 Bankruptcy of John Batchelor 1818 Bankruptcy of William Damlick 1819
Bankrupt Drapers Stock in Trade Sale 1823 Bankruptcy of Charles Higgins 1860    


Debtors Notices

Morris Applin 1780


Defeat of Napoleon 1814

Elections, Politics and Polls

Elections & Politics

Edward Hulse, Conservative Party Candidate 1888           Conservative Ball 1949          MP Nominations 2015           MP Nominations 2017


Poll of Freeholders 1772            Poll Book 1818          Polling District Poll Book Analysis 1857                  Poll Book 1865 (Addendum)           Polling District Poll Book Analysis July 1865

Entertainment, Fairs & Fetes

Cock Fight 1780          Goss's Benefit Concert 1789           Theatre Productions 1789            Race Ball 1823           County Ball 1872            Buddy Holly plays The Gaumont March 1958

Family Notices

1750-1799          1800-1849          1850-1899           1900-1949           1950-1999

Funeral Reports

Funeral Report of George Henry Hogbin 1937

General People Items

Giant Onion 1863           Secrets of Farming Book Subscribers 1863           Mayor Opens Campaign Against Hunger 1962          Swan Lady of Salisbury 1962

People News

People News 1650-1699          People News 1700-1799       

Inquest Reports

Inquest Reports 1800-1849          Inquest Reports 1850-1899

Individual Reports
Charles Connor 1851 George Fry 1849 Harry Gibbs 1849 Laura Louisa Gilbert 1887 Serena Hale 1883 Henry Hatcher 1846
William Pearce 1869 John Trubridge 1866  Susannah White 1870  Isaac Young 1815  Unknown Man 1775   



Death of Mr. F. Dixon 1905

Parish Notables

Christopher Biggins - Actor and TV Presenter Margaret Sarah Carpenter - Artist and Portrait Painter Michael Crawford - Actor, Comedian and Singer
Dave Dee - Singer and Songwriter Edwy The Fair - King of England Henry Fawcett - Academic, Statesman & Economist
Joseph Fiennes - Actor Ralph Fiennes - Actor Willoughby Gray - Actor
Phil Harding - Archaeologist Susan Howatch - Author Edward Hyde - Statesman - 1609-1674
Philip Massinger - Dramatist David Mitchell - Comedian William Pitt, The Elder - British Statesman & Prime Minister, MP for Old Sarum 
Rex Whistler - Artist - 1905-1944    

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.


Single Stick Match 1808                  Pigeon Racing Annual Awards 1956           


Cricket Match v Downton 1858           Cricket News 1800-1899         

Horse Racing       

Race Meeting July 1780           Race Meeting August 1789


Attempted Suicide 1909


Tax List 1332 (City)          Tax List 1332 (Old Sarum)          Falstone Day Book 1645-1653           Rates Charges 1951                   


Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse


Joan Popley Charity 1570-Present Charitable Donations and Bequeaths 1800-1849 Endowed Charities of Salisbury & New Sarum 1907
Charity Run in Aid of Hope for Tomorrow 2014    


Poor Law Union

General Poor Law Matters

Poor Relief Meeting 1838


Appointment of Overseers 1870

Poor Law Guardians

Alderbury Union Elected Guardians 1835                 Number of Paupers etc. within the Salisbury Union May 1857


Workhouse Crime

Workhouse Crime 1835-1850

Workhouse Inmates

Adult Paupers in Workhouse for 5 Years Consecutive 1861

Workhouse Supplies and Tenders

Contract to Supply Goods to the Workhouse 1786



Probate Index 1562-1881 (WSHC) Sale of Contents of the Estate of Richard Willoughby 1763 Notice of Beneficiaries 1779
Probate Notices 1800-1849 Notice for Claims Against the Estate of Charles Henry Ackroyd-Stuart 1941 Probate Notice of William Sands Chapman 1949 

Estate Notices

William Teacy 1830                  Josiah Coombs 1845

Inquisitions Post Mortem

William de Cardinvell 1254 Robert Waleraund 1273 Walterus de Wilton 1277 Henry de Pennebrigge 1279
William de Ippele 1303 Robert de Mucheldevre 1330 Thomas Chafyn 1619 Edmund Ludlow 1625
Thomas Eyre 1629 George Irton 1629 William, Earl of Pembroke 1630 John Ray 1630
John Lowe 1632 Katherine Mompesson 1632 Christopher Bennett 1638 Matthew Ley 1638
Marian Norwell 1639 Edward Blacker, Lunatic 1647    

Parishioners Wills

Phillip Crewe Proved 1638           Sarah Smith Proved 1857


War, Conflict and Military Matters

Military & War Memorials Gallery

Napoleonic War

Napoleonic War Reserves - Isaac Adams 1803

Boer War

Reservists Leave for the Front 1899 Wiltshire Yeomanry - Volunteers for Active Service 1899 Post Office Staff Called to the Front 1899 Wiltshire Yeomanry - More Volunteers 1899-1900
Return of Salisbury Volunteers 1901                                 


Charities and Fund Raising

St. Dunstan's Appeal Snooker & Billards Exhibition 1949

General Military Items

Why the Poppy          Autumn Manoeuvres 1872           Prisoner of War Camps 2012

Royal Navy

Deserters in Australian Newspapers 1843

Servicemen & Women

Chelsea Pensioners 1808-1828

Wiltshire Regiments

Encampment of the Wiltshires 1868          Wiltshire Yeoman Cavalry on Parade 1868          Shooting Competition for Wilts Volunteers and Yeomanry 1872            Servicemen & Families with the 1st Wilts. Regt. in South Africa 1911


British Red Cross/VAD Volunteers

V.A.D. & Red Cross Hospitals 1914-1918


Charles Bowles 1915-1916              Ella F. Burden 1916                George Buckeridge 1916-1918               Violet Brunker 1918-1919          Katherine Mary Hobden 1916-1918


Thomas Davies 1914

WWI Casualties

Casualties of WWI with Salisbury Connections           Charles Cobb (Hatcher) 1915          George James Thomas Sanger 1918

Casualties in Military Hospitals

Australian Casualty - Alan Malcolm Andrews 1917 

Victoria Cross Recipients in WWI

William Robert Fountaine Addison 1916          Thomas Edwin Adlam 1916

Wiltshire Regiment in WWI

Wounded List July 1917

War Memorials and Books of Remembrance

Postal Services War Memorial           Bell Ringers Book of Remembrance in St. Pauls Cathedral Library WWI

Royal Air Force

Auto-Giro Accident 1935

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0 #1 Jan Evans 2015-06-29 02:11
Wonderful work you have done. Most gratefully appreciated.
Cheers Jan, in Sunny QLD Australia

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