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Keevil - The OPC is John Pope

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Keevil Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

East Coulston - Edington - Erlestoke - Potterne - Seend - Semington - Steeple Ashton - Worton & Marston


Websites of Interest

GenUKI - For information relating to Wiltshire and Keevil.
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies.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.
Keevil Village Website - For Historical and Local Information.


The Parish Church of  St. Leonard

The church (St Leonard) was originally early english but was largely rebuilt in the 17th century. It contains a monument to John Harris, citizen and alderman of London  (1657) and many other 17th and 18th century memorials to the Blagden, Beach, and other families.

St. Leonard's Gallery St. Leonard's Churchyard Gallery St. Leonards Interior Gallery
Inside Church - various memorial details Churchyard memorial survey from information supplied by Lynne and Paul Powell Church Lightning Strike 1794

Parish Register Transcripts


1702-1759              1760-1812

Marriage and Burial Transcripts

John Pope's Genealogy Resource Project for marriages and burials 1702-1813.

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1559-1954
Marriages 1559-1990
Burials 1562-1993


Parish History

The parish has been known in the past as Couvele, Kyvele, Kyvle or Kyneleygh

Keevil (Cyla's leah or clearing) has two very notable old houses as well as some lesser ones of equal age. 'Talboys' is a fine half-timbered house of the 15th century, containing good panelling, but it has suffered somewhat by restoration. Later in date is the very beautiful stone-built and gabled manor-house, which was built circa 1580 by the Lamberts , by whom it was sold in 1680 to William Beach of Fittleton. It contains a panelled hall with Jacobean screen and is one of the best buildings of its kind in the country.  [source: The Little Guide, published by Methuen, 1949]

The parish included the tything of Bulkington until 1860 when it became a parish in its own right

Scarecrow Trails 2014

Civil Registration

1837-April 1936 Westbury Registration District
April 1936 - Present Warminster Registration District


Buildings and Land

Domesday Book Extract Enclosure Awards 1796 Game Certificates 1839 Game Certificates 1849
Tithe Awards 1864 Owners of Land 1873 Old Field Names

Listed Buildings


British Listed Buildings in Keevil


Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings 1808-1811


Crime and Legal Matters


Feet of Fines 1558-1574


Con Men 1852

General Crime

Crime Reports 1700-1799          Crime Reports 1800-1849

Prisons and Prisoners

Inmates of Gloucester Gaol 1815-1879


Highway Robbery 1846          Turnpike Gate Robbery 1847



Post Office 1855           Post Office 1875          Kellys 1889          Gillmans 1899          Gillmans 1900           Kellys 1915




Emigration and Migration

Strays Index


Employment and Business

Agriculture and Land

Gamekeepers Certificates 1807


Apprentice records published here may not necessarily mean that the apprentice was from the parish but was apprenticed to a master within the parish

Alexander Applegarth 1730           William Bartlett 1713          Charles Blake 1725

Market and Fairs

Christmas Fare at Devizes 1870




Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

 Methodist Chapel and Schoolrooms (closed 1988)


People and Parish Notables

People Gallery 

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Keevil District Society 1874

Census Returns Transcripts

1841          1851          1861          1871          1881           1891           1901           1911

The 1841 &  1871 Census can be found on my website "North Wiltshire Online Census Project".

Bishop Compton's census 1676

Aged over 16 years - 463 conformists, 7 non-conformists.

Elections and Polls

Poll of Freeholders 1772          Poll Book 1818             Voters List 1832            Voters Lists Revisions 1843          MP Nominations 2015                


Hunt Ball 1929

Family Notices

Family Notices 1700-1799                 Family Notices 1850-1899                  Family Notices 1900-1949                  Diamond Wedding Celebrated 1936

Inquest Reports

1850-1899                Suicide of James Matthews 1869

Local Families

Bodman Family 2006

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

Contributing to Photo Galleries

If you have early photographs of Keevil or engravings of family members who were born in the village? 
These are not only of great interest to researchers in the UK and Worldwide who cannot get to the parish in person, but they really do help the Keevil pages 'come alive'.  If you would like to share photographs (copyright credited and retained by contributor) of your ancestors, please email me via the Contact an OPC link.  Thank you.


Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse

Poor Rate 1752               Poor Rate 1782               Workhouse Provisions & Clothing Tenders 1846                 Poor Law Union Audit 1849 



Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

William Jones 1626 Giles Tooker 1627 Roger Blagden 1630
Thomas Lambert 1639    

Miscellaneous Probate Items

People Named in  Probate Documents

Parishioners Wills

 Robert Pope proved 1775           George Gilbert proved 1792


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorial & Military Photo Gallery

Why the Poppy Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918 Egg Collection for Wounded Servicemen 1914-1918
Calne & District Casualty Lists WWI War Memorial  

British Red Cross/Voluntary Aid Detachment


Ruby Baylis 1915-1919                 Harriet Laura Chamberlaine 1915-1919


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