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North Wraxall with Ford - OPC Vacancy

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North Wraxall with Ford Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Castle Combe - Colerne - Marshfield (GLS) - Nettleton - Slaughterford - West Kington


Websites of Interest

GenUKI - For information on North Wraxall.
Ruth Ranger's - Website has more information & transcriptions.
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies.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. James The Great

The beautiful piece of artwork found in the church was the gift off John Howell who died in 1872.

History of St. James The Great Incumbents List 1319-1540 Churchwardens 1588-1699
Churchwardens 1700-1759 Churchwardens 1760-1799 Churchwardens 1800-1915


Memorial Plaques in St. James Church

Holborow Family Plaque 1          Holborow Family Plaque 2

Parish Register Transcripts


1605-1749          1750-1799          1800-1849          1850-1899           1900-1906 






1605-1799               1800-1906  

Parish Registers Held at WSHC

Baptisms 1677-1992
Marriages 1677-1992
Burials 1677-1992
BTs 1838-1900 are held at the Bristol Record Office
IGI batch number: C152511


Parish History

North Wraxall is just to the north of the Bristol Road, A420 on the Chippenham (east) side of Marshfield. St. James church is currently part of a benefice of 10 churches. There is a grand stone memorial in a railed off area inside the church with memorial stones on the walls commemorating the Methuen family who owned Corsham Court and most of the land around the Chippenham area up to Bromham and across to Bristol. There is a small independent chapel in the village dating from 1851 which has its own graveyard.

Includes the hamlets of The Shoe, Upper Wraxall, Mountain Bower and Ford

Population Figures and Analysis 1801-2011

Civil Registration

1837 - Present Chippenham Registration District


Buildings and Land

Owners of Land 1873


Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings 1808-1811               Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings 1813-1814


Crime and Legal Matters  

Inmates of Gloucester Gaol 1815-1879



Kellys 1867               Kellys 1889



In 1850 the school benefited from the legacy of Richard Bennett in that the bequeath was used towards teachers salaries (see Bennett Benefaction below).  In 1872 John Howell also made a legacy to the benefit of the school (See Howell Benefaction below)

Education Timeline 1818-1874 School Staff 1865-1906 Average School Attendance & Government Grant 1871-1885
Education Timeline 1875-1880 Education Timeline 1881-1889 Education Timeline 1890-1905
School Accounts 4 August 1905    


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. 7 paupers emigrated to Canada under an assisted emigration programme in 1846.


Employment and Business

Blacksmith & Builder Daniel Simmonds                   Gamekeepers Certificates 1807            Gamekeeper Certificates 1834                 General Medical Council Registrations 1859-1959


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Census of Faith 1676          Dissenters License 1811-1812

Congregational Chapel

Congregational Chapel Memorial Stone Index          Fourth Anniversary Tea at the Chapel 1866

Independent Memorial Chapel, Ford

Baptisms 1838-1882 Independent Chapel Ford & Memorial Chapel North Wraxall


People and Parish Notables

Census Returns Transcripts


Elections, Polls and Voters Lists

Poll Book 1705          Poll of Freeholders 1772           Poll Book 1818          Voters List 1832          Voters Lists Revisions 1843

MP Nominations

MP Nominations 2015           MP Nominations 2017                                                                                     


Tax List 1332                 Lay Subsidy 1523                  Tax List 1598-1600                   Ship List 1634                  Tax List 1642


Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse

Hooper Benefaction 1842 Bennett Benefaction 1850 Howell Benefaction 1872
Mabbett Benefaction 1880 Unknown Benefactor of Charity 1884 Jubilee Fund 1887
Charity Commissioners Holdings c1905 Clothing & Coal Club Balance Sheet 1905 Clothing & Coal Club Depositors 1905
Shoe Club Depositors 1905    


Personal Research Items

Tuck Family Research Burial Extracts - This item was 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 refer to Quaker burials found across the county



National Probate Index 1858-1966

Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Richard Westfield 1625          William Davis 1631


War, Conflict and Military Matters

Muster Roll 1539          Why the Poppy


Home Guards 1940-1944



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