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Pewsey - OPC Vacancy

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Pewsey Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Everleigh - Manningford Abbas - Milton Lilborne - Wilcot


Websites of Interest

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Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies.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


The Parish Church of St. John the Baptist

Church Matters 1900-1949

Parish Register Transcripts


1569-1699            1700-1799             1800-1837

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1568-1960
Marriages 1569-1985
Burials 1568-1918

Look Ups for Baptisms and Burials up to 1837 can be requested from the OPC for Woodborough (Duncan McBurney) via the Contact Us Tab at the top of the Home Page


Parish History

Pewsey, or 'Pevisigge' as it was known in Anglo Saxon times, probably means the island (or dry land surrounded by marsh) that belongs to Pefe.  The first recorded mention of Pewsey is as one of more than 60 places that King Alfred of Wessex, who died in 899, bequeathed in his will.  Pewsey remained part of the royal estate until 940 when King Alfred's grandson, Edmund, granted it to Hyde Abbey in Winchester with income from the estate being used for the monk's clothing.  It was to remain in the possession of Hyde Abbey until the monastery was dissolved in 1539.           The Doomsday Book of 1086 records four entries for Pewsey ('Pevesei'), the principal entry being the lands owned by Hyde Abbey that comprised 30 hides (1 hide = approx. 120 acres) and had 7 mills with land for 24 ploughs.  The other entries are small land holdings in Pewsey but include a church held by Reinbold of Cirencester.  It is estimated that the total population of Pewsey at this time would be 350 to 400 people. 

Pewsey - A Village Description

The parish of Pewsey is located between Salisbury Plain and the Marlborough Downs at the centre of the Vale of Pewsey in east Wiltshire.  Included within the parish are the hamlets Southcott, Kepnal, and Sharcott, and the settlement Pewsey Wharf.  Six miles north of Pewsey lies its nearest town, Marlborough, with nearby villages including Oare, Wootton Rivers, Wilcot, Manningford Bohune, Manningford Abbots, Huish, Manningford Bruce, Woodborough, and Burbage.           Pewsey is a traditional large rural Wiltshire village boasting a range of styles of architecture, including Georgian homes and shops, thatched and slate roofed cottages, and more modern style buildings.  Noted for its attractive landscape, the village is situated on the River Avon, one mile south of the Kennet & Avon Canal, and one mile south of Pewsey Hill.  Pewsey Hill is significant in that on its slopes Pewsey’s most famous landmark, the chalk cut Pewsey White Horse can be found.  In 1985 Pewsey’s architectural and historical heritage was recognised when it was designated a Conservation Area.

Rates Charges 1951          

Civil Registration

1837 - April 1936 Pewsey Registration District
April 1936 - Present Devizes Registration District


Buildings and Land

Cattle Plague Regulations 1867           Owners of Land 1873         White Horses of Wiltshire 1930

Inquisitions of Lands Held

William, Earl of Pembroke 1630


Ordnance Survey Map 1811-1812

Property Auctions

Sale by Auction 1868

Public Houses


Railway Station

Pewsey station originally sat on a single track line on the Hungerford to Devizes Route.  In 1900 the present station was built on a new double track line to provide a fast route from Reading to the South West.  The station building was built of red brick with a gabled entrance on a single storey with a slate roof.  The station was built on a distinct bend as the track passes by this pretty Victorian building.


Crime and Legal Matters 


Goodman & Amor, Trial & Execution 1824

Miscellaneous Items

Crime Reports 1800-1849                  Crime Reports 1850-1899                  Bakers Charged with Selling Underweight Bread 1869                   Denouncing Wadworths Beer 1889


Trial & Execution of William Amor 1773

Prisons and Inmates

Convicts sent to Prison Hulks 1823-1842

Quarter Sessions

Court Appearances

George Ashton 1869

Victims of Crime

Charles Waite 1870

Swing Riots

Swing Letter Author Arrested 1831           Trials 1831


Horse Thefts 1865                 Stealing a Loaf of Bread 1869                 Father & Daughter Gaoled for Theft 1870 



Kellys 1915




Emigration and Migration 

Parish Strays          Emigration Home Contact Requested 1800-Present


Employment and Business


Newspaper Advertisements 1850-1899

Agricultural and Land

Gamekeepers Certificates 1807                Gamekeepers Certificates 1834          Agriculture Report 1847       


Christopher Alsup 1747 Alexander Crew 1716 William Fidler 1713 William Franklyn 1752 Richard Gale 1758
James Mattox 1720 William Neate 1743 William Noyes 1753    


Community Services

Police Sergeant Reakes Retires 1932



Advertisement R. L. Pinniger 1853


General Medical Council Registrations 1859-1959

Postal Services

British Postal Service Appointments 1737-1969                 Sunday Mail Deliveries 1850


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship


People and Parish Notables

People Gallery

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Wilts Friendly Society Membership 1827-1871 

Census Returns Transcripts


Elections, Polls and Voters Lists

Poll of Freeholders 1772          Poll Book 1818              Voters List 1832                   Poll Book 1865         

Council Elections            

County Council Election Notice 1925       

MP Nominations       

MP Nomonations 2015


Hunt Ball 1929

Family Notices

1800-1849                  1850-1899


Rev. Edward Seymour Awdry 1936         Mary Ann Ansell (Nee Bird) - 1927

Parish Notables

Zoe Wanamaker - Actress

Personal Research Items

Family Research

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.

Help Required

Childrens Tea Party c1912-1914



Pewsey v Tidworth 1847                   Melksham v Pewsey Vale 1874


Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse

Poor Law Union

Supplies and Tenders

Pewsey Union Supplies Tender Notice 1846                  Pewsey Union Supplies Tender 1890


Workhouse Crime

Workhouse Crime 1835-1850

Workhouse Inmates

Adult Paupers in Union Workhouse for 5 Years Consecutive 1861

Workhouse Staff

Union Workhouse Chaplain to Resign 1838 



Estate & Probate Notices

Robert Highlett 1872           Eliza Louise Plank (Ward) 1871       


Wiltshire Wills Index 1545-1881

Parishioners Wills

Elizabeth Price proved 1816


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery

Why the Poppy

Boer War

Casualty - James Bandy  1872-1900

Service Men and Women

Servicemen & Families with the 1st Wilts. Regt. in South Africa 1911                Chelsea Pensioners 1808-1828


British Red Cross/VAD Volunteers

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


Jane Cave 1916-1917

War Memorials and Books of Remembrance

Roll of Honour Plaque 1914-1918           Pewsey War Memorial           Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918                  Calne & District Casualty Lists 1914-1918 

Wiltshire Regiment in WWI 

Wounded List July 1917




Crime and Legal Matters

Bastardy Examinations 1849 (Hillcott)



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