Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)
Barford St. Martin with Groveley Wood - Burcombe - Little Langford - South Newton - Stapleford
Websites of Interest
GenUKI - For information on Wiltshire and Great Wishford.
Great Wishford - Community website.
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies.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.
The Parish Church of St. Giles
Building & Maintenance
Choir and Bell Ringers
Cost of Your Daily Bread
Set into the churchyard wall at Great Wishford are stones that show the price of bread at various points over the last 200 years. In 1800, it is to be noted that a gallon of bread cost 3s. 4d., while in the next year 1801 the price rose sharply to 3s. 10d. for the same amount. At the start of the 20th century they still sold bread by the gallon costing 10d. in 1904, but 2s. 8d. in 1920 (possibly sold by the pint by this date).
Amongst the Baptism Entries in the Parish Register we find an entry on February 20th 1720 - Mary, daughter of John Blake and Rebecka Down; this couple pretend they were married by a groom or aleseller at Mitford about 2 months before her delivery.
Incumbents and Rectors
Miscellaneous Church Items
Parish Register Transcripts
Parish Registers held at WSHC
Sunday School Treats 1827 Sunday School Entertainment 1905
Books About Wishford
Great Wishford, The making of a Wiltshire Village written by Tim Garraway Jones and published by Waterlane Books.
Wishford Station written by Terry Waldron and published by Bretwalda Books.
Celebrations and Customs
Oak Apple Day
1837 - April 1936 Wilton Registration District
April 1936 - Present Salisbury Registration District
Parish Council News 1850-1899 Parish Council Meeting 1895 Letter from the Chairman 1898 Parish Council News 1900-1949
Buildings and Land
|Beehive House||Chedworth Monument||Churchyard Bread Stones||Eagle Cottage|
|Granary, Wishford Farm||Milestone near Royal Oak Inn||1, 2, 3, 4 South Street||Stable, Wishford Farm|
|Stoford Bridge||Yew Tree Cottage|
Crime and Legal Matters
Trespass and Wilful Damage
Entertainment and Treats
School Treats 1850-1899 School Entertainment 1903 School Entertainment 1904 Bioscopic Treat for School Children 1905
General School News
Managers Meeting 1903
Pupils and Scholars
Teachers and Assistants
Emigration and Migration
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.
Wiltshire Society Apprentices
Employment Offered & Sought
Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship
People and Parish Notables
Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies
Benefit & Friendly Societies
Culture & Traditions
Census Return Transcripts
Elections and Polls
|Inquest Reports 1800-1849||Thomas Simper 1823||Inquest Reports 1850-1899|
|Frederick Goodfellow 1860||Catharine Slow 1862||John Trubridge 1866|
|Peter Smith 1867||Fatal Railway Accident 1874||John Morris Lacey 1940|
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.
Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse
Guardians of the Poor
War Time Relief
Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held
Property Sales for Probate
War, Conflict and Military Matters
General Military Items
Casualties of WWI
War Memorials and Books of Remembrance
Dioceses of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918 Roll of Honour Plaques
Employment and Business
People and Parish Notables
Wishford - School Entertainment
The school entertainment was held on Friday, when the room was crowded with an enthusiastic company, many being unable to obtain admission. The concert, which was quite up to the standard of previous years, commenced with recitations, interspersed with school songs. One item “The Proverbs” was considered especially good. Lily Scott, Fred Mundy and Ethel Plowman played two instrumental trios on the piano and violin in good style. The tambourine drill was one of the choice bits of the evening and was performed in excellent fashion by twelve girls who had been most carefully trained by Miss Wallis. The infant’s part of the programme is always entertaining and this year proved no exception to the rule, the little ones doing justice to the careful training given to them by Mrs. Hatfield. The concluding piece was a farce entitled “The Jumble Sale” which created much amusement and I which the juvenile actors did their parts well. At the conclusion the Rev. F. W. Macdonald proposed and Mr. H. G. Duncher seconded a hearty vote of thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Hatfield and Miss Wallis for the care and trouble they had taken in preparing the children to give them such a pleasant evening. This was heartily responded to. In response Mr. Hatfield, who was enthusiastically received, said that the best way in which the teachers could be repaid for any trouble would be that the children should be regularly sent to school. Salisbury Times, Friday 20 Feb 1903
The first meeting of the school managers under the new Act was held in the classroom on Saturday. There were present: the Earl of Pembroke, the Rev. F. W. Macdonald, Messrs. A. Scott, H. Lever, Geo. M. Young, and J. Richings. The Rev. F. W. Macdonald took the chair. A requisition list for school materials was examined, signed and forwarded to the local authority. Standing orders for the conduct of the meetings was discussed and adopted. The Rector was appointed correspondent, and discretionary power in certain matters was given him. Incorporation with the Sarum and Wilts Diocesan Voluntary Association was sanctioned, and an agreement made with a school attendant.
At a meeting of the foundation managers a vote of thanks to the lord of the manor, for conveying the school and buildings on trust to the rector and churchwardens for education purposes, was accorded, and resolutions as to the use of the school were passed.
Salisbury Times, Fri 13 Nov 1903
Wishford - School Entertainment
This long-looked for event was held on Wednesday evening, the room being well filled with the parents and friends of the children. Everything went off very well and reflected the greatest credit on the teachers and children. It showed the great amount of interest taken in this entertainment. The infants’ part of the programme was especially good, and the “Wreath Drill” by 12 girls conducted by Miss Dora Young was done faultlessly. The Topsy Turvy song by Miss Scott’s class was very amusing and “The Awkward Squad” was a good finish. The singing of Miss E. Plowman is most promising and the playing of both A. Gough and F. Mundy was done well. At the close hearty cheers were given for Mr. and Mrs. Hatfield, the teachers and children. Mr. Hatfield takes this opportunity of thanking all who helped make the concert a success, especially recognising the help so ungrudgingly given by Messrs. Scott and Lever who had taken great pains to make the stage look nice, also the managers for the use of the room, the rector and others for the loan of the many things needful on these occasions.
Salisbury Times, Fri 8 April 1904
Wishford - Evening School Report
This school has again been conducted in an intelligent and effective manner: 28 pupils had been admitted and 13 were present. The register had been signed seven times, and the registration and order were excellent. The subjects taken were drawing, commercial arithmetic, and commercial geography, and the results of the instruction were very good. The drawings were particularly good, and the notes, exercises and maps were neatly done. Salisbury Times Fri 29 July 1904
Wishford - Sunday School Entertainment
On Friday the Sunday school children had their annual entertainment. Assembling at the school at 4.30 they were regaled with tea, and, after some singing, the prizes for merit and good attendance were distributed. Nineteen scholars received books, and picture cards were given to the rest. Mary Simper attained the first prize for unbroken attendance, closely followed by Herbert Newton, Evelyn Burt, Stanley Gray, and Olga Newton, who had each only been absent once during the year. A magic-lantern display of illustrations of old nursery rhymes followed, the Rector giving the readings, and Mr. Lever manipulating the lantern. The next part of the entertainment consisted of an admirable concert given by a gramaphone conducted by Mr. B. Davis, of South Newton, which afforded great pleasure to the audience, the songs being especially appreciated. The distribution of buns and oranges followed, and a pleasant evening was brought to a close by the national anthem and cheers for the Rector and Mrs. Macdonald, Miss Mundy, and the Sunday school teachers. Salisbury Times, 13 Jan 1905