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Ramsbury Village Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Aldbourne - Baydon - Chilton Foliat - Froxfield - Hungerford - Lambourn (BRK) - Little Bedwyn - Mildenhall - Ogbourne St. George


Websites of Interest

Duncan and Mandy Ball's - Website for images of Holy Cross Church.
GenUKI - For information relating to Wiltshire and Ramsbury.
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies.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 Holy Cross

On the banks of the River Kennet not far from the Berkshire border is the ancient town of Ramsbury which in pre-Conquest days was the seat of Wiltshire's Bishop.  Its large mediaeval church is distinguished by a massive west tower surrounded by tremendous buttresses.  The chancel is of thirteenth century origin but its windows were replaced during the fourteenth century. The spacious nave is late Gothic.  The church contains a number of monuments, particularly in the Darrell chapel north of the chancel.  Of outstanding interest are the fragments of crosses and gravestones of pre-Conquest date, gathered together at the west end of the north aisle.  They are presumably relics of the old cathedral.  

Holy Cross Gallery               Inside Holy Cross Gallery              Holy Cross Churchyard Gallery  

History and Tour of the Church Inside Church - Memorial Plaque Survey Holy Cross Churchyard Survey
Walk around the Churchyard Interesting Entries from the Parish Register Easter Vestry Meeting 1951
Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1678-1968
Marriages 1678-2008
Burials 1678-1945


Parish History

The Village Square was once the location of its centuries old Wych Elm.  The tree was believed to have been left standing as Ramsbury grew from a clearing in the great expanse of Savernake Forest.  Over the years the tree became dried out and became hollow due to Dutch Elm Disease.  The tree was deemed unsafe and removed but replaced with an Oak Tree.  Legend has it that the original elm tree was the shade of a local witch who had taken up residence in the tree, and locals were worried that she may curse the area if the elm was felled.

Ramsbury Includes the tythings of Axford, Eastridge and Whittonditch.  Also includes the areas known as Marridge or Marriage Hill and Membury.

Rates Charges 1951

Civil Registration

1837 - April 1937 Hungerford Registration District
April 1937 - Present Marlborough Registration District


Buildings and Land

Indenture of Land Transfer 1701            Inclosure Award Extract 1778           The Genuine Brewery for Auction 1842            Cattle Plague Regulations 1867           Owners of Land 1873


Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings 1818


Crime and Legal Matters

Crime Reports



Inspector Huntley Gets the Man 1862       

Prisons and Prisoners     

Inmates of Gloucester Gaol 1815-1879     

Quarter Sessions

Victims of Crime

Abigail Smith 1869   

Swing Riots

Trials 1831     


Candlestick Theft 1860


Universal British 1793-1798 Pigot & Co. 1830 Robsons 1839 Pigot & Co. 1842-1844 Slaters 1852-1853 Post Office 1855
Post Office 1859 Kellys 1867 Kellys 1889 Kellys 1898 Kellys 1903 Kellys 1915
Post Office Telephone 1920 Swindon & District 1928        



Emigration and Migration

Assisted Emigration

Thomas & Jane Dawson 1854           Abraham Evans & Family 1854          Thomas & Maryann Fuller 1854          Thomas & Mary Ann Fuller 1854-1893

General Emigration/Migration Items

Strays Index               Emigration Home Contact Requested 1800 - Present

Obituaries of Emigrants in Australia

William Hobbs 1916


Employment and Business

Medical License Extract for Henry Garrett 1633 Register of Duties Paid for Apprentice Indentures 1710-1811 British Postal Service Appointments 1757-1969
Gamekeepers Certificates 1807 Gamekeepers Certificates 1834 General Medical Council Registrations 1859-1959


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 Bond 1717

Wiltshire Society Apprentices

Robert Edward Kimber 1881


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship


People and Parish Notables

Ramsbury People Gallery     


Death in a Well 1871

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1827-1871

Census Returns Transcripts

1841        1851           1861               

Please note that these transcripts also contain the tithings of Ramsbury such as Axford.  

Elections, Polls and Voters Lists

Poll of Freeholders 1772           Poll of Freeholders 1772 (Marridge Hill)           Poll Book 1818          Poll Book 1818 (East Ridge)          Voters List 1832          Voters lists Revisions 1843

Council Elections

County Council Election Notice 1925          Councillor Nominations 2015

MP Nominations

MP Nominations 2015


Marlborough Ball 1838

Family Notices

1800-1849          1850-1899          1950-1999          

Inquest Reports

Fanny Woolford 1878

Miscellaneous Items

People of The Village                  Secrets of Farming Book Subscribers 1863

Parish Notables

Laura Collett, British Three Day Eventer.  Laura is based at the stables of Membury House and had the honour of training the former champion racehorse Kauto Star in dressage.  Sadly the horse was injured in a freak accident whilst in his paddock and later had to put to sleep by vets in July 2015

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.


Death Ends Strange Golf Match 1938

Wedding Reports

Wedding of Martha Whiting 1951


Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse

Settlement Examinations 1808



Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Thomas Freeman 1639          Joan Noyes 1623          William, Earl of Pembroke 1630          

Parishioners Wills

John Appleford Proved 1804 Stephen Appleford Proved 1598  James Blackman Proved 1798 Sarah Cripps Proved 1725
Sarah Curll Proved 1791 Agnes Edwards Proved 1650 Frances Knackstone Proved 1746
Mary Loder Proved 1693
Elizabeth Osmond Proved 1827 Thomas Stagg Proved 1853 Ambrose Thomson 1709 Joseph Trimnell Proved 1843
Philip Zillwood 1838    

War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery

Why the Poppy British Army Service Records (Chelsea Pensioners) British Army Service Records (Non Pensioned Servicemen)
Chelsea Pensioners 1808-1828 Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918 Soldiers Who Died in the Great War 1914-1918
V.A.D. & Red Cross Hospitals 1914-1918 Ramsbury War Memorial Servicemen & Families with the 1st Wilts. Regt. in South Africa 1911

WWII Casualties

Harold Kvam 1944




Axford Village Gallery

The Church of St. Michael

St. Michael Gallery                St. Michael Churchyard

St. Michael's Church

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1866-2006
Marriages 1944-1990
Burials 1866-2007
Other Resources


Village History


Buildings and Land

Public House Licenses Granted 1860               Owners of Land 1873      


Crime and Legal Matters



Swindon & District 1928


Employment and Business


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

Stephen Appleford 1713


People and Parish Notables

Census Returns Transcripts


Elections, Polls and Voters Lists

Poll of Freeholders 1772           Poll Book 1818



Parishioners Wills

Edward Appleford Proved 1695           Stephen Appleford Proved 1765          Thomas Vickers Proved 1821


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery

Servicemen & Families with the 1st Wilts. Regt. in South Africa 1911      




Buildings and Land

Littlecote House

Royal Visitors 1550-1941

Crime and Legal Matters

William Darrell of Littlecott           William Darrell Proceedings in Chancery 1558-1603


People and Parish Notables

Poll of Freeholders 1772




Buildings and Land

Owners of Land 1873


Emigration and Migration

Strays Index


People and Parish Notables

Census Returns Transcripts


Elections, Polls and Voters Lists

Poll of Freeholders 1772          Poll Book 1818


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