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Alderbury Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Britford with East Harnham - Downton with Standlynch - Laverstock & Ford - Nunton & Bodenham - Pitton & Farley - West Grimstead - Whiteparish - Winterbourne Earls


Websites of Interest

GenUKI - For information on Alderbury
University of Leicester's - Website for historical Wiltshire directories
Alderbury & Whaddon Village - History of the Village
The Homestead - For parish records
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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.
Wikipedia - Alderbury Entry
Vision of Britain Through Time - Alderbury Entry


The Parish Church of St. Mary

Ivychurch Priory was established in the mid 1100s near the present Green Dragon Inn and was used by the local population as well as royal visitors to nearby Clarendon Manor until the dissolution of the monasteries in 1536. There was a medieval church on the site of the present St Mary's church. The Doomsday Book of 1086 makes mention of it and the Yew tree, which stands at the door of the present church, is thought to have been there at that time.

The present church was built in 1858 incorporating the foundations of the old church designed by Samuel Sanders Teulon.  It is grade II listed.  Within the church are examples of stained glass by Henry Holiday, Clayon & Bell, Heaton, Butler and Bayne and William Morris.  The church is surrounded by about an acre of graveyard, all tombstones except one date from the 18th century onwards.    

St. Mary's Church Gallery               Inside St. Mary's               St. Mary's Churchyard

Protestation Return 1640-1641 Church Matters 1750-1799 Church Matters 1800-1849
Church Matters 1850-1899 Consecration of New Church 1858  Incumbents List 

Parish Register Transcripts


1606-1699          1700-1749          1750-1799           1850-1899          1850-1899          1900-1949


1606-1799          1800-1899          1900-1949



Please note that transcripts of the above vital records may contain large gaps of missing data since they have not been transcribed from the original parish regiaters.

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1606-1649
Marriages 1606-1988
Burials 1606-1978
Records available from other sources


Parish History

The parish includes the village of Whaddon and the hamlet of Shute End it also includes the extra parochial location of Clarendon Park and the area known as Ivychurch.  Alderbury village is situated about three miles south east of Salisbury in southern Wiltshire.  It stands to the east of the River Avon bordered on the west by Longford Estate and on the east by Clarendon Estate.  It is a very pretty small village with many thatched cottages and surrounded by well kept farmland. Although close to the city of Salisbury it is peaceful and quiet. The motorway from Salisbury to Southampton bypasses the village.  In the early 1300's the village may be referred to as Alwardbury.  Alward being the priest in charge and Lord of the Manor.  In 1801 the population of the village was 430. By 1851 it had risen to 742 but then dropped slightly and remained the same until about 1930. Mass immigration took place in the second half of the 19th century, caused by great poverty in the mid 1800s when mechanisation took away the jobs of many farm workers. By 1996 there were 2077 living in the village. Many travel to nearby Salisbury and other areas to work but prefer to come home to quiet village life.

Jurisdictions and Population


Celebrations for the Poor 1814          Coronation Celebrations 1831       

Civil Registration

1837 - 1896 Aldebury Registration District
1896 - Present Salisbury Registration District


Buildings and Land

UK Land Tax Redemption 1798                 Earl of Radnor's Tenants 1839          Appointment of Select Commissioners for Land and Assessed Taxes 1842              Owners of Land 1873


The Salisbury and Southampton Canal was built from Kimbridge (where it joined the Andover Canal) to Alderbury but was never completed as far as Salisbury; construction stopped at Tunnel Hill, near Alderbury House.  The canal was opened in 1802 or 1803 and closed in 1806.

Listed Buildings

Listed Buildings  

At Shute End, St. Marie's Grange was built in 1835 by architect Augustus Pugin for his own occupation.  The house is Grade I listed.   


Streetmap c2018          Alderbury and Surrounding Villages c2018

Public Houses

Green Dragon Inn

The inn dates from the 15th century with 16th century additions. The inn was visited by Charles Dickens not long before he wrote 'Martin Chuzzlewit'. It is widely believed that the Blue Dragon Inn from the book was based on the Green Dragon Inn. It is also believed that Dickens was ferried across the River Avon by members of the Hazel family who had ran this service for over a hundred years.          Green Dragon Gallery

Cart Left at The Green Dragon 1813

Goose Inn
Queens Head
Three Crowns
White Horse Tap Room

There is a social club which is situated next to the village hall in the grounds of the recreation field.


Railway Gallery

The Bishopstoke-Romsey-Salisbury section of the London and South Western Railway was built north of Alderbury and Whaddon, turning west into the Dean valley towards Dean station at West Dean. Opened in 1847, it continues in use as part of the Wessex Main Line between Bristol and Southampton. In 1866 the Salisbury and Dorset Junction Railway was built from a junction with the earlier railway near Alderbury, skirting Whaddon and turning south towards Downtonand the south coast. This line was closed in 1964 and the track was lifted.

Trip on the New Salisbury to Bishopstoke Railway 1846


Crime and Legal Matters

Animal Related Crime

Animals Killed Illegally 1763


Knife Incident 1837


Bastardy Examinations 1792-1835


Notorious Criminal 1836

General Crime Items

Crime Reports 1800-1849

Prisons and Prisoners

Committed to Devizes House of Correction & New Prison 1800-1849           Committed to Fisherton Gaol 1800-1849


Sectarian Riot 1826   

Swing Riots      

Machinery Riots 1830          Swing Riots of 1830-1831 - Commissioners Report 1834


Robbery at Carpenters Shop 1839         Sentenced for Theft 1845


Post Office 1855 Post Office 1859 Kellys 1867 Post Office 1875 Kellys 1889
Kellys 1907 Kellys 1911 Kellys 1915 Kellys 1931 Post Office Telephone 1940



Alderbury has a primary school, Alderbury & West Grimstead CofE (VA) Primary School (commonly abbreviated as "AWGS") which opened in 1993 on a new site to replace a building which had been used as a school since 1838


Emigration and Migration

Emigration Gallery

Assisted Emigration

Charles and Mary Bungey 1854                 Joshua and Pamela Fry 1854                Herbert and Eliza Ann Hurst 1854


From Wiltshire to Wales by Ray Palmer 

General Items

Strays Index        Emigration Home Contact Requested 1800 - Present


Employment and Business

Agriculture and Land

Gamekeepers Certificates 1807                 Gamekeepers Certificates 1834   


British Postal Service Appointments 1737-1969     


General Medical Council Registrations 1859-1959   


Alderbury has a local store on Canal Lane.  


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Non Conformist News 1800-1849

Church of England

Church of England Church at Whaddon, now demolished


In 1802 Methodists met in the home of John Cook.

Primitive Methodist Chapel, Southampton Road, Whaddon, now demolished (See Whaddon Tab Below)

Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Folly Lane, Alderbury

This chapel was built in 1825 and demolished in 1970


There is mention in old records of a strong group of Quakers being in the area about 1677. Their burial ground was at the far end of a track call Quakers Drove situated between Alderbury and Whaddon.

Roman Catholicism

Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, Southampton Road, Whaddon, established 1990 using the former Primitive Methodist Chapel (See Whaddon Tab Below)


People and Parish Notables

People Gallery


Accident Reports 1800-1849

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Exhibition of Youthful Industry & Wild Flowers 1858           Women's' Institute Branch News  1915 - Present       

Census Returns Transcripts


Elections and Polls

Poll of Freeholders 1772                 Voters List 1818               Voters List 1832                 Poll Book 1865                  MP Nominations 2015          MP Nominations 2017

Family Notices

1750-1799                  1800-1849                  1850-1899

General Items

Knight Compositions 1628                 Animal Tales 1800-1849                   Horticultural Tales 1800-1849


Coroners Bills 1752-1796          Inquest Reports 1800-1849 

Parish Notables

Violet Millicent Pinckney 1871-1955, British Tennis Player & Olympian

Tennis player Violet Millicent Pinckney (1871-1955) was born at Alderbury.

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


Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse

Although named the Alderbury Union Workhouse the building was in fact situated within the parish of Britford at Longford. (See Longford Tab on the Britford Parish Page)

Alderbury Union Elected Guardians 1835                Workhouse Audit 1858               Inmates of Alderbury Union for 5 years Continuously 1861       



1860          1868         1870           1872



Probate Index 1550-1881 (WSHC)                National Probate Index 1858-1966         

Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Cristina, wife of Henry Haraz 1319               Katherine Mompesson 1632


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery

General Items

Why the Poppy          Chelsea Pensioners 1808-1828          Book on Alderbury War Memorials Launch 2005



Casualty Biographies WWI

Memorials and Books of Remembrance

Diocese of Salisbury Remembrance Book 1914-1918          St. Mary Roll of Honour Plaque 1914-1919          War Memorial 1914-1919



Casualty Biographies WWII 

Memorials and Books of Remembrance

St. Mary Roll of Honour Plaque 1939-1945           War Memorial 1939-1945



Clarendon Park

Clarendon Park Photo Gallery

This estate is part of the parish of Alderbury; many of the estate workers would have attended the nearest parish church. However it is wise when researching to also check within the parishes of Britford, Laverstock & Ford, Pitton & Farley, Salisbury, West Grimstead and Winterbourne Earls.


Buildings and Land

Inquisition of Lands Held by the King 1273               Recent Storm Damage 1856


Crime and Legal Matters

Bastardy Examinations               Unlawful Shooting of Hare 1870


Emigration and Migration

Strays Index


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.

James Burrow 1729


People and Parish Notables

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1827-1871

Census Returns Transcripts


Elections and Polls

Poll of Freeholders 1772                Voters List 1832                Poll Book 1865                  High Sheriff of Wiltshire Nominations 1925

Family Notices

1800-1849                 1850-1899

Parish Notables

August Welby Morthmore Pugin, Architect, Designer, Artist & Critic - Born 1 March 1812 in Keppel Street, Bloomsbury, London, Middlesex - Died 14 September 1852 in Ramsgate, Kent - Resident of St. Marie's Grange, Clarendon Park, Alderbury c1833-1841  


Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse   






National Probate Index 1858-1966

Inquisitions of Lands Held

Jordanus de Larkestok 1304               Edmund de Mulford 1305               John de Putton 1320                Robert de Mucheldevre 1330



Ivy Church

Ivychurch Priory, near Alderbury, was an Augustinian monastery established in the 12th century and dissolved in 1536.

Ivy Church Gallery


People and Parish Notables

Census Returns

1841          1851

Parish Notables

John Dove - Parliamentarian Politician - died at Ivychurch c1644/1645



Probate Index 1550-1881 (WSHC) 





During the 12th to 14th centuries there was a church or possibly a chapel which fell into disuse sometime before 1536.

Protestation Return 1641-1642


Buildings and Land

Cattle Plague Regulations 1867


Crime and Legal Matters

Bastardy Examinations 1790-1792                 Apprentice Absent Without Leave 1868


Employment and Business

Whaddon has a post office combined with a newsagents.


Non-Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Non-Conformity Gallery


People and Parish Notables 

Census Returns Transcripts


Elections, Polls and Voting Lists

Poll Book 1818


Inquest Reports 1800-1849


Sidney Parsons 1926

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.



Probate Index 1550-1881

Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Alan de Plokenet 1299

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