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Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Bathford (SOM) - Box - Bradford on Avon - South Wraxall - Winsley


Websites of Interest

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Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies.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

The church has a chancel, nave, tower and north porch, and has a stone-tiled roof. The building is Grade 11* listed, with the oldest parts being the 12th century arched north door and the tower, which is generally thought to be 13th Century. The church was extensively rebuilt in 1844 and again in 1874, and there is a single story extension to the south of early 19th century date, now a vestry.

Between 1800 and 1843 the entrance to the church was moved from the south side to the north, and at that time the font was moved to the base of the tower and a framework to house three bells was also built. The font, and the bell ropes, are still to be seen there by visitors today. Original features still to be seen in the interior include two sections of linen-fold panelling (originally from a gallery on the west wall) and the Piscina and Ambry. There are many interesting memorials on the walls, and a carved wooden pulpit which may be Jacobean. There is also a carved memorial on the wall of the church for some of the dead of the two World Wars , and in the porch a wooden-framed and hand-written Roll of Honour which lists the names of eighty four casualties of World War 1. Twelve of the names on the Roll of Honour bear a mark beside them, and these are the names commemorated on the memorial inside the church.  The surrounding burial ground holds many interesting and old headstones, but unfortunately many of them are now sadly indecipherable due to weathering          Church Gallery              Church Interior Gallery               Churchyard Gallery 

Church and Churchyard Memorials          Churchyard Survey           Incumbents List 1842-2005 

Church Memorial Plaques

Sarah Grant 1602 Hayward and Deverell 1717-1727 Cottle Family 1733-1814
Revd Richard White 1735 Cottle Family 1754-1769 William & Pacience Harper 1759 & 1769
Richard Grant 1763 Mary Cottle 1788 Joseph Blinman & Son 1811 & 1843
Michael John Morres 1840 Anne Wade Brown 1847 Susan Brown 1847
Eardley Smith Wade Brown 1855 Frances W. Tooke 1886 Thomas Hammond Tooke 1888 
Church Memorial Plaques Summary    

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1570-1881
Marriages 1570-1982
Burials 1597-1949


Parish History

History of the Priory 1857

The parish of Monkton Farleigh includes the hamlets of Farleigh Wick, Farleigh Rise and Pinckney Green. These three hamlets between them have less than 30 properties, and the current population of the parish as a whole is circa 500.

The parish of Monkton Farleigh lies at the edge of Wiltshire, four miles north of Bradford On Avon and just over five miles from Bath. It is situated at a height of around 700 feet on the highest and most northwestern extent of a crescent of hilly ground which runs from Bradford on Avon through Monkton Farleigh and on towards Box and Corsham. On both the northern and western sides the land slopes steeply down to the Somerset border. The old London to Bath Roman road runs close by, and in the area there are signs of Bronze and Iron age occupation.

Two possible derivations for the name are given generally, with both agreeing that the 'Monkton' part refers to the Priory Monks owning or living there. One version gives the original name as 'Farnlege', a Saxon word meaning ferny clearing - whilst the other gives the original as 'Farlege' meaning fair meadow.

Monkton Farleigh village is small and formed around the Manor, and is largely agriculturally based, although there has also been an extensive history of stone quarrying and mining of the local Bath limestone. The village of Monkton Farleigh is attractive and historical and there are over thirty listed buildings including the Church, the Manor, the Refectory ruins and the Kings Arms Public House. Within the village are four farms: Home Farm, Hill Farm, Manor Farm and Church Farm, and there are more farms in the immediate vicinity. There is a small village shop/Post Office  There is an infrequent bus service linking the village to Bradford on Avon & Trowbridge, and the nearest railway access is either Bradford On Avon or Bath Spa.

Monkton Farleigh is mentioned in the Domesday Book, with two entries. Both entries seem identical in as much as they both record for the year 1086 5 villagers, 3 smallholders and 4 slaves and a taxable value of 5 geld units, with the same amount of ploughlands (4) and 20 acres of pasture and 3 acres of woodlands. The differences appear in the recorded holders of the land. One record simply shows the Lord in 1086 as Alwy, brother of Brictric. The second entry records the Lord in 1066 as Brictmer and the Lord in 1086 as Aelfric of Melksham.

Books on Monkton Farleigh

Our Village, Monkton Farleigh & Farleigh Wick. Published 2012 by Monkton Farleigh Women's Institute, this book is a beautifully presented facsimile of the original 1956 book and it was produced in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year.

Civil Registration

1837 - April 1936 Bradford Registration District
April 1936 - Present Trowbridge Registration District


Buildings and Land


Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings 1808-1811

Notable Buildings

Monk's Conduit

The Monk's Conduit is situated in a field immediately outside the village and is  a small 14th Century stone building with a steeply pitched roof, built over a spring and associated with the Cluniac Priory founded in Monkton Farleigh in 1125. It was rebuilt in 1784. The building is Grade 11 listed and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Public Houses

King's Arms

The inn is of chiefly 17th and late 19th Century construction, of a U-shaped plan with front courtyard. It is mostly of 2 storeys, with the central gabled porch being of three storeys. There are mullioned windows and stone tiled roofs and it is overall very attractive. The building is reputed to be haunted. It is Grade 11 listed.  In April 2013 new owners changed the name of the King's Arms to be The Muddy Duck.

Owners of Land 1873


Crime and Legal Matters


Crime Reports 1800-1849 


Poaching Charges 1846


Assault, Robbery and Theft of Livestock 1831 


Kellys 1915



A Sunday School maintained by voluntary subscription was opened in Monkton Farleigh in 1818.  In 1829, the Bishop of Salisbury built a room attached to the church for the use of the Sunday School - all children attending were educated at the expense of their parents.  Between 1842 and !863, this room was also used to hold a night school for pupils aged between fourteen and twenty four, who had to pay in advance for each session which they attended.

In 1845 Mr Wade Brown, who was the lessee of the Manor, founded a school for boys and girls which was held in a cottage near Church Farm. This school continued until 1870, when a National School was founded. A new school and a teacher's house were built in the mid 1880s, and by the early 1900s there were over sixty children enrolled. Ten years later, the school roll had increased to seventy five.

From 1930, children over the age of eleven began attending secondary school in Bradford on Avon (four miles away), and the Monkton Farleigh school became a junior mixed and infants school with around fifty pupils. This number increased in the 1950s after some new building in the parish and with the transfer of the pupils from South Wraxhall school: - the Monkton Farleigh school then being called Monkton Farleigh & South Wraxhall school. In 2006 the school merged again, this time with the Atworth school, and became called The Churchfields school. The school has two bases (one in Atworth and one in Monkton Farleigh) and an enrollment of around a hundred pupils.


Emigration and Migration


Employment and Business

Employment in Monkton Farleigh was historically largely agricultural and farm labouring, with some traditional crafts such as weaving, brewing and blacksmithing. Stone mining and quarrying had existed from possibly as early as the thirteenth century, but grew very quickly from the early 1800s.

Community Services

Health & Pension of P.C. Joseph Mizen 1905 


Mining History of Monkton Farleigh


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship


People and Parish Notables

Census Returns Transcripts

1841           1851

Elections and Polls

Poll of Freeholders 1772           Poll Book 1818           Voters List 1832            Voters Lists Revisions 1843          MP Nominations 2017               

Family Notices

Family Notices 1750-1799                 Family Notices 1850-1899

General Items

Secrets of Farming Book Subscribers 1863                 Residents Mentioned in Kilvert's Diary 1870-1879

Personal Research Items

Tuck Family Research Marriage 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.                             


Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse

Appointments of Poor Law Officers

Election of Poor Law Union Officers 1835                 Bradford Union Medical Appointments 1842               Election of Guardians of the Poor March 1842               Election of Guardians of the Poor June 1842         

Miscellaneous Items

Bradford Union Registration Districts 1836             Poor Law Union Audit 1849



War, Conflict and Military Matters

Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918 War Memorial 1914-1918 Casualty Biographies WWI
Church Roll of Honour WWI Military Service Exemption Tribunals WWI War Memorial 1939-1945
Casualty Biographies WWII Why the Poppy 



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