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Nunton & Bodenham - OPC Vacancy

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Nunton & Bodenham Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Alderbury - Britford - Downton - Odstock - Whitsbury


Websites of Interest

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Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies.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

History of St. Andrew          Memorial Inscriptions          Church Matters 1850-1899

Protestation Return

Nunton & Bottenham Parish 1641-1642                

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1672-1906
Marriages 1672-2000
Burials 1672-1965


Parish History

The Village of Nunton

The village grew up, in Saxon times, around a farmstead, whose occupants grew pulses and corn on 12 ha of land. Its early history was tied in with Downton, where the moderately luxurious villa was the centre of a typical Roman farmstead, until it was superseded by Saxon settlement on sites nearer the river, and was deserted. Downton was the principal village in the 7th and 8th centuries, and the centre of the bishop of Winchester's manor - one of the See's earliest endowments and richest manors - visited by William I in the late 11th century. The 13th century demesne had more than 2,000 sheep, never exceeded after 1312, but totals below 1,000 were rare. Most of the Avon valley meadows and a great sheep walk were still part of the demesne when it was leased. Nunton's lands reached back from the Ebble some 6 km. to the Wiltshire-Hampshire border beyond Grim's ditch. The lordship of Downton manor was leased in 1551 to Sir William Herbert, created earl of Pembroke that year, and again under the 1558–9 Act. Sir Joseph Ashe, Bt. replaced Philip, earl of Pembroke and Montgomery, in 1662 as lord farmer; the manor was bought, in 1741, by Anthony Duncombe (created Lord Feversham in 1747). At his death in 1763 Lord Feversham's widow Anne (d. 1795), married (in 1765) William Bouverie, Viscount Folkestone (created earl of Radnor in that year). The tithing contained 28–30 households c. 1577 and a tenth of the rateable wealth of Downton parish in 1628. The 1801 population of the 1,215 a. (492 ha.) parish, was 221; declining to 259 in 1931.

Exhibition of Youthful Industry & Wild Flowers 1858               Demonstration of Loyalty 1872

Civil Registration

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


Buildings and Land

Nunton House

News Reports 1700-1899


Crime and Legal Matters

Animal Cruelty

Tearing a Horse's Tongue 1892


Bastardy Examinations

Court Cases

Thomas Horner 1886


Alleged Embezzlement 1892

General Items

Crime Reports 1800-1849                 Crime Reports 1850-1899



Post Office 1855          Kellys 1859           Post Office 1867         Post Office 1875           Kellys 1889             Kellys 1903               Kellys 1915     



There were two day-schools (neither in a special building) in the parish in 1833: one, with 26 children, was started in 1826, and supported by the parents; the other, with 32 children, was supported by the generosity of a lady. Nunton's glebe-house was, however, converted for the Sunday school - and in 1846 it was adapted as an elementary school, funded from 1860 by the state. 1863's average attendance was 49, falling to 36 by 1903 - and closing in 1922 when the children transferred to Odstock.


Emigration and Migration

Strays Index


Employment and Business


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship


People and Parish Notables


Accident Reports 1700-1799                  Bridge Collapsed on John Weeks 1864               Thomas Weeks Accident 1867                     Threshing Machine Accident 1872

Elections and Polls 

Poll Book 1818          Voters List 1832          MP Nominations 2015           MP Nominations 2017

Family Notices

1700-1799          1800-1849          1850-1899         

Funeral Reports

Sir Augustus Stephenson 1904


James Crook 1891                  John Fryer 1901


Galloway and Pony Races 1799


Tax List 1332


Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse

Alderbury Union Elected Guardians 1835              Workhouse Audit 1858             



1860           1868           1870           1872



Probate Notices 1700 - Present

Inquisitions of Lands Held

Richard Grobham 1630


War, Conflict and Military Matters

Military Gallery

Memorial to Captain Duncombe F. B. Buckley 1857                   Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918             Nunton Roll of Honour 1939-1950          Why the Poppy





Employment and Business

British Postal Services Appointments 1737-1969


People and Parish Notables

Elections and Polls

Poll of Freeholders 1772             


James Bennett 1837


Tax List 1332               Falstone Day Book 1645-1653                 



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