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Hindon Village Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Chicklade - East Knoyle - Fonthill Gifford


Websites of Interest

GenUKI - For information on Hindon.
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies.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.
Old Maps - Historical Map archive showing Hindon.


The Parish Church of St. John the Baptist

St. John the Baptist Church Gallery                

The church was built in 1871 and was built on the site of the chapel-of-ease that it was replacing.  Richard Grosvenor, the Marquis of Westminster, paid £3,100 for the new church and it was designed by T. H. Wyatt.  The church was consecrated on 6th July 1871. 

Incumbents List 1820-1830                Church Service for Death of King George V 1936                New Vicar 1938

Parish Register Transcripts



Parish Registers Held at WSHC

Baptisms 1599-1886
Marriages 1612-2005
Burials 1599-1945 


Parish History

Hindon is located in the south-west of the Wiltshire county. It is located about 16 miles (26km) west of Salisbury & 9.6 miles (15.4 km) south of Warminster. Hindon was a market town but is now a village.          Hindon was developed between 1219-1220 by the Bishop of Winchester, Sir Peter de Roches, in the manor of East Knoyle.  The town was built with a series of burgage plots along the main street.  In 1219, a weekly market to be held on a Thursday was granted along with an annual fair to be held at Michaelmas.  Hindon became a highly prosperous town, mainly due to it being suitably placed with sufficient distance from the markets at Salisbury, Shaftesbury, Mere and Warminster.           Hindon suffered a blow to it's fortunes on 2nd July 1754 when a spark from the forge owned by Mr. Tyler, a cutler, ignited the thatch roof of his house which was located on the western side of the high street behind the church.  The fire quickly took hold and the flames spread from one side of the high street to another.  By that evening around 140 houses had burned to the ground, but luckily only one death was recorded.  The houses were soon re-built using stone from the Chilmark and Tisbury quarries.  It was around this time that the market had started to decline.  Fortunately for Hindon, the coaching era had now begun.  Due to an increase in trade between the South West and London and the development of the roads, Hindon was ideally placed to take advantage of the passing traffic and the first London-Exeter mail coach passed through Hindon on 2nd August 1784.          In the 19th Century came the development of the railways, and with the Salisbury-Yeovil line commencing in 1859 and Tisbury station only three miles away, this started the decline of Hindon as a prosperous town and into the small village that it is today. The weekly market had ended by 1880 and at the start of the 20th Century only the autumn fair remained but by the end of the First World War this had also ceased to exist.

Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Civil Registration

1837-April 1936 Tisbury Registration District
April 1936-January 1978 Mere Registration District
January 1978-Present Salisbury Registration District

Population Figures

Population Figures 1801-2011


Buildings and Land

The land was used as pasture for the Bishop of Winchester's sheep and by the end of the 13th Century it had been ploughed.  The fields were divided into strips and the villagers were given the strips to work on.  In the 16th Century there is evidence that there were many small enclosures and by 1741 there were several farms in Hindon.            The Bishop's remained overlords with the land as freeholds, however in the 14th Century the Mussel family accumulated a substantial part of the estate and this remained in the family for at least three generations until it was mortgaged to Thomas Tropnell in 1452.  It remained in the Tropnell family until around 1620 when it was sold to settle a debt.  It went through several owners including a Hindon Inn Keeper.  By 1820 it was in the hands of the Calthorpe family and the manor of Hindon now consisted of more than 129 acres and 89 houses.  In the 1850's it sold to Richard Grosvenor who was the Marquess of Westminster.  Along with Fonthill Abbey, the manor eventually descended to his daughter's husband Sir Michael Robert Shaw-Stewart until the family sold the estate in 1922. 

Appointment of Select Commissioners for Land and Assessed Taxes 1842 Amesbury Turnpike v Hindon Highway Board 1868 Improvement Loan Applied For 1868
Proposed Erection of Telegraph Poles 1932 Best Village Awards 2004 & 2006  



County Agriculture Report 1847                     Cattle Plague Regulations 1867          

Ancient Monuments

Hindon has one ancient monument listed.       Ancient Monuments List  


Owners of Land 1873

Listed Buildings

Grade I - Buildings of outstanding architectural or historic interest:

There are no listings for this category within the parish

Grade II* - Buildings are particularly important and of more than special interest:

There are no listings for this category within the parish

Grade II - Buildings are nationally important and of special interest:
Abraxas and Cottage to the North Albany House Apple Tree Cottage, Lamb Cottage & Queen's Head Cottage
April Cottage Maridon Baker's Arch Banham High Steps
Bank House Beckford Cottages  Beckford Cottages Ivydene
Brampton Cottage Byeway Oak Tree Cottage Chances Pitch
Church Cottage Church View Cottage  Cottage on High Street
Cottage to North of Rose Cottage Cutlers Cottage Daysmead
Demelza Cottage Dene House, with Stable Block & Walls Dormers Runnymede
Edward Cottage Grant Cottage Greystones
Grosvenor Arms, with Rear Stable Block Hacker Monument in Churchyard 2 High Street
8 and 10 High Street Holmwood Inverie
Iona Jasden Peace Haven K6 Telephone Kiosk Adjacent to Post Office (Hindon 241)
Kennack Lamb Inn Laurels
Lower Cottage Milestone About 175 Metres South West of the Grosvenor Arms Monks Cellar
Moonfleet Weedree Old Bakery and Shop to Right Old Cottage
Old Forge Pilgrims' Rest Velden Players
Post Office & General Stores Prospect Red Lion House
Rose Cottage Roseneath Spring Cottage Rosslyn
Says Cottages (4 buildings) Selby Cottage & Wyvern Cottage Shop and House on South Corner of Road to Mere
St. John the Baptist Church Stage One Tanswell
Top House Victoria Cottages Wardour Cottage
Weavers Well Head in front of Peace Haven Willow Cottage

Property For Auction, Let or Sale

Premises to Let 1782
10 High Street  For Sale 2014
Queen's Head Cottage For Sale 2014
Weavers For Sale 2014 Swan House For Sale 2015 Tanswell For Sale 2015

Public Houses

Public Houses Photo Gallery

By 1754, there were a recorded 14 Inns and Public Houses.

Grosvenor Arms/Angel Inn

Prior to the construction of The Grosvenor in 1750, a medieval inn called The Angel existed on the site.  The Grosvenor Arms is now known as The Angel once more and still retains many of the original features. 

Lamb Inn

This fine old posting-house dates from the 16th century, but the building is probably earlier.  In the tap room may be seen the great open fireplace, with original oak beams and pillars, and the room has an unusual curved window and window seat.  The bar is decorated with copper ware, and the old settle and refectory table maintains the pleasing atmosphere of the coaching days.

Crime and Legal Matters  

Animal Related Crime

Theft of a Donkey 1858


Bastardy Examinations 1850-1857

Civil Matters

Possession Claim Fails 1942

Firearms and Weapns Crime

Arms Transaction 1947

General Crime Items

Crime Reports 1800-1849          Crime Reports 1850-1899

Motoring Offences

Driving Without Due Care 1937


Murder at Pertwood 1822

Poaching and Trespass

Poaching Charge 1895

Prisons and Prisoners

Dorchester Prison Admission and Discharge Registers 1782-1901

Proceedings in Chancery Elizabeth I Era (1558-1603)

Elyngton v Couper and others



Robsons 1839 Pigots 1842  Post Office 1849  Hunts 1851 Slaters 1852-1853  Post Office 1855
Post Office 1859 Harrods 1865  Kellys 1867 Post Office 1875  Kellys 1880  Kellys 1889
Kellys 1895
Kellys 1898 Kellys 1903  Kellys 1907  Kellys 1911  Kellys 1915
Kellys 1920  Kellys 1927 Kellys 1939      


Johannes Elles Schoolmaster 1679               Education Reports 1850-1899               School Treat 1885


Emigration and Migration

Strays Index                 Emigration Home Contact Requested 1800 - Present


Employment and Business

During the 17th Century, Hindon was noted for its Corn Market, and it was said to only be second to the market at Warminster which was one of the largest in the South West.  In 1332 the annual fair was replaced by two fairs to be held at Ascension and St Luke's Day and each fair lasted for three days.  However by the 1790's the fairs had been limited to one day each on the Monday before Whitsun and the 29th October and by the late 19th Century the dates were fixed to 27th May and 29th October.  Due to the success of the market and fairs, a variety of trades existed in Hindon.

Agriculture and Land

Game Licences & Gamekeepers 1846          


Register of Duties Paid for Apprentices Indentures 1710-1811          Benjamin Beckett 1723          William Bell 1730


British Postal Service Appointments 1737-1969          Retirement Presentation to Postman Dick Pensos 2010

Community Services

Wiltshire Police Retirement Archives 1873-1884

General Employment & Business Items

News 1850-1899


Articles of Clerkship - James Richardson 1825


Medical License Extract for Francis Mead 1702          General Medical Council Registrations 1859-1969

Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Primitive Methodist Chapel

The Primitive Methodists were given a plot to build a Methodist chapel on the western side of the upper high street in 1840.  There were many objections to this and this led to the chapel being built at night.  In 1898 the chapel was re-built and moved to the lower high street.  The chapel was closed in 1981. 

Congregational Church

In 1810 a Congregational chapel was built by a Warminster minister.  The chapel seated one hundred and from 1854 the congregation had links with East Knoyle.  Due to a decline in membership, the chapel was sold in 1972 and became a private house.


People and Parish Notables 


Accident to Carter 1867          Road Fatality 1935

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1827-1871                  Wilts Friendly Society Anniversary Meeting 1861                  Fruit, Flower & Vegetable Legion Show 1938


Thomas Harrison 1830

Census Returns Transcripts

1841          1851          1861           1871          1881          1891         1901          1911

Elections, Polls and Voting Lists

Poll Book 1705 Poll of Freeholders 1772 MPs' Letter of Thanks 1780 Poll Book 1818
Voters List 1832 Polling District Poll Book Analysis 1857 Poll Book 1865
Polling District Poll Book Analysis  July 1865
MP Nominations 2015


Family Notices


Funeral Reports

George Henry Hogbin 1937          Mrs. Sutton 1949         Fred White 1940

Inquest Reports

Stephen Burleigh 1822                  Jesse Sandell 1830                  Charles Vincent 1869                  Infant Child of James White 1846


William Edwin Lewis 1951

People of the Parish

People News 1850-1899                 Lord Seymour says "Thank You" 1928                   Robert Vaux Zinzan - Scandal 1864


UK Death Duty Registers 1796-1811             

Wedding Reports

Marriage of Roy Small & Muriel Nicholas 1939


Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse



Probate Index at WSHC 1538-1881               National Probate Index 1858-1966

Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Thomas Bennett 1635 


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery 

Army Records        

Records of Armed Forces - Army 1799-1854       

Local Military Burials

Military Headstones in St. John the Baptist Churchyard Gallery                    Summary Table of Military Burials in Churchyard

Merchant Navy

Register of Merchant Seamen 1932

Royal Navy

Register of Seamen's Services 1855-1916

Uncategorised Military Items

Why the Poppy                   Chelsea Pensioners 1808-1828                                     


Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919                  

Casualties of WWI
Frederick Jesse Ashford Edwin (Edward) Lucas Baker William Charles Barrett Albert Edward Blandford
Charles Beckett George Burt John Cole Henry William Cool
George Howard Doughty William George Dukes Thomas Charles Goodfellow Edward Hibberd
William George Holloway Cecil King Ingram Albert William Phillips Sidney George Phillips
Frederick Henry G. Snook Oliver Snooke Arthur Frank Stevens Stewart Stevens
Lewis Vincent Francis George Wilson    


Men Who Served in WWI

Wilfred George Fry                   Arthur Joseph Howell                Charles George Howell


Casualty of WWII

George Albert Edgar Sanday               Dennis Leslie Small                 George Edmund Wilson 

Home Guard

Home Guards 1940-1944

War Memorials and Books of Remembrance

The Hindon War Memorial is located in the grounds of St. John the Baptist Church.  There are three Commonwealth War Graves in the Churchyard of St. John the Baptist - Two from WWI and one from WWII.

Church Memorials and Rolls of Honour

Church Roll of Honour Service 1914-1918                Church War Memorial List WWI & WWII               

Memorial Books

Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918               

Village War Memorial

War Memorial WWI & WWII                 Summary Table of Casualties of WWI & WWII Named on War Memorial

Wiltshire Regiments

Wiltshire Yeomanry, Hindon Troop News 1800-1899                   Reward for Samuel Howell, Deserter 1809                   Wiltshire Yeomanry Parade 1824



Grateful thanks to Clare Brunton for her submissions to this parish whilst OPC



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