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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



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Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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.
Register of One-Place Studies - Alderbury Entry
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   

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               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.

Ivy Church

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

Ivy Church Gallery

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          Machinery Riots 1830


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



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

Alderbury 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911
Ivychurch 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911


Coroners Bills

County coroners were introduced in England in around 1194 once established other boroughs and liberties sought the right to have their own coroner.  Often in Medieval times the coroner also assumed the role of the sheriff and his duties weren't limited to holding inquests on dead bodies although almost a full time post they were unpaid for the duties apart from those that were deemed murder of manslaughter when they would receive 13s. 4d.   From the 24th June 1752 a law was passed allowing the coroner to claim £1 for every inquest they attended not held in a gaol and also to claim 9d per mile travel allowance from the place of residence.  Inquests held in any gaol were performed at a rate totalling no more than £1.  These costs were to be paid from the county rates.  In cases of homicide the coroner also received the former fee of 13s. 4d.  The coroners submitted their bills at the quarter session sittings for approval.             Coroners Bills 1752-1796   

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


Inquest Reports 1800-1849 

Parish Notables

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

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



Probate Index 1550-1881 (WSHC)                Probate Index 1550-1881 (WSHC) (Ivychurch)          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

Why the Poppy Chelsea Pensioners 1808-1828 Diocese of Salisbury Remembrance Book 1914-1918
Casualty Biographies WWI St. Mary Roll of Honour Plaque 1914-1919  Casualty Biographies WWII 
St. Mary Roll of Honour Plaque 1939-1945 Book on Alderbury War Memorials Launch 2005  
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