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Horningsham - The Consultant is Jim Parsons

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Horningsham Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Frome (SOM) - Hill Deverill - Longbridge Deverill - Maiden Bradley - Warminster



GenUKI - For information relating to Wiltshire and Horningsham
Visions of Britain - For information relating to Horningsham
Jim Parsons Personal Web Pages - Includes parish register 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Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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.
Register of One-Place Studies - Horningsham Entry


The Parish Church of St. Mary

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1576-1974
Marriages 1561-1991
Burials 1561-1896
Parish Register Transcripts may be found by following this link 


Parish History

Civil Registration

1837-Present Warminster Registration District


Buildings and Land

for Longleat House see tab at bottom of page

Cattle Plague Regulations 1867


Crime and Legal Matters

Crime Reports 1800-1849



Kellys 1915




Emigration and Migration

Strays Index


Employment and Business 

Agriculture and Land  

Gamekeepers Certificates 1807                Gamekeepers Licences 1834                  


British Postal Service Appointments 1737-1969         


Miscellaneous Documents 


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Free Congregational Chapel 

This chapel was built as a Meeting House by Scottish stone masons employed on the Longleat Estate.  The Marquis of Bath granted a plt of land to build on and the chapel was completed in 1566.  The Scots wanted a place of worship of their own since they could not concientiously worship int he parish church since it did not follow the teachings of the Book of Common Prayer which was replaced by an act of Parliament thus following the teachings of a more Protestant nature.  Scotland was at the time stilll predominantly Catholic.  It was also stipulated that the building would always retain a thatched roof for as long as the building remained standing.   in 2016 the building celebrated 450 years of existence.

Incumbents List


People and Parish Notables 

Census Returns Transcripts

1797       1799       1801       1851

The 1797 Census is in fact a survey of the properties in Horningsham taken on 20th July 1797.  The transcript has tried to reflect family relationships wherever possible.  The Population was recorded as 1025, 482 male and 543 female.  The 1799 Census follows on similar lines to that of 1797.  In both of these census surveys many residents are annotated as having since died many of these are errors as the resident is recorded in following census returns.  Once again the 1801 census has thrown up similar problems as those found in 1797 and 1799.  It is highly recommended that these three census returns are used as a reference point only and that information found within these three are cross referenced with parish register entries wherever possibly.

Elections and Polls

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

Family Notices

Family Notices 1850-1899          Life Events from the Warminster Parish Magazine 1901                  Life Events from the Warminster Parish Magazine 1902

Inquest Reports

Wyndham Trollope 1846          Emma Marsh 1866


Medical Matters

Typhus Deaths & Registrar General's Report 1853

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

About Me (Jim Parsons OPC)

I live just over the county border in Frome, so it is not far to go if anyone wants photographs. Just email me.  I can be contacted via the Contact Us tab at the top of the page and selecting OPCs from the drop down menu.

Horningsham lies at the edge of The Marquess of Bath's estate, Longleat. One of the oldest Dissenting Chapels in the country was built in the village in 1566. It is believed this was built for the Scottish masons who built Longleat House.  The building shows alterations made during the Georgian period and a pulpit of that date.  Further features were added during the Regency period.

Some abbreviations I commonly use:
GENUKI - UK and Ireland Genealogy Website
WSHC - Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre (formerly WRSO at Trowbridge now at Chippenham).
Note: the Studies Library previously co-located with WSRO at Trowbridge remains at Trowbridge.


Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse



National Probate Index 1858-1966

Parishioners Wills

Mark Foulkes Proved 1811         Avis Trollop Proved 1624          Joan Trollop Proved 1691


War, Conflict and Military Matters

Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918           Why the Poppy

WWI Casualties 

Arthur Charles Flower 1917


Home Guards 1940-1944




Although the postal address of Longleat, the ancestral home of the Lords Bath, is Warminster and even sometimes Bath, the nearest parish church is Horningsham.  However for ecclesiastical purposes the parish should be Hill Deverill.      Longleat House & Estate Gallery

Longleat House is the ancestral home of the Marquess of Bath.  The house was built by Sir John Thynne in the second half of the 16th century.  A fine example of Elizabethan architecture in the Italian Renaissance style.  The house stands in 800 acres of beautiful parkland.  It was the first stately home to be opened to the public in 1949.  The estate also hosts the Longleat Safari Park opened in the 1960s.  Read more about Longleat House here.


Employment and Business

Aspects of the Life of the Wiltshire Agricultural Labourer c1850


Miscellaneous Documents

Receipt from Longleat Estate 3 May 1919


People and Parish Notables

Thomas Thynne Murder 1682          Longleat News Reports 1850-1899


War, Conflict and Military Matters

Military News 1850-1899                V.A.D. & Red Cross Hospitals 1914-1918          Why the Poppy




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0 #1 Angela Walters 2013-06-05 16:59
This is a fantastic site. I do appreciate all the hard work that has gone into it. I have just spent the afternoon on here and I have much more to do. Many thanks, Angela

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